leadership lorain county

Leadership Lorain County is a 501 c3 nonprofit in Lorain County Ohio. LLC cultivates a diverse network of innovative leaders who envision what the county and region can be, empower themselves and others to deliver positive change, and expand their awareness of community issues and resources.

Through the signature leadership program, the internship program, and board and organization training, LLC participants experience both personal and professional growth opportunities. These opportunities enhance their leadership roles as they engage in service that transforms our county into a stronger more effective community in the region.

Each year our Signature Class members, alumni, and volunteers donate hundreds of hours of their time working to improve the community in which we live.

Leadership Lorain County strives to touch all aspects of the community. Signature Class members, CONNECTIONS Young Professionals, interns, and community partners are introduced to the many facets of Lorain County. LLC utilizes the county as its classroom and today’s leaders as its teachers.


Community minded professionals to serve on their talented Board of Trustees. Although always seeking members of varied talents, the current needs are for professionals from the Medical, Education, and Mental Health fields.


Board members of LLC should provide oversight in the areas of financial stewardship, goal-setting, policy-making, strategic planning, and legal and ethical integrity. The volunteer Board member also hires and evaluates the Executive Director, actively participates in Board and committee meetings, helps garner financial and other resource development for LLC and it’s programs, helps promote LLC and it’s programs, and makes an annual give or get contribution of at least $1,000. Board members are expected to actively participate in at least one committee, regularly attend and support LLC events and programs, and actively support LLC’s mission and vision. The board member also strengthens the board by offering their expertise and also participating in board development including training, education, self-assessment and recruitment. Board members will help the organization connect with supporters, alumni, and organizations within the community who can enhance its ability to develop and advance leaders who support the growth and diversity of our county.


The Board meets at 7:45 AM on the forth Thursday of each month at the Leadership Lorain County office in Elyria. Committee meetings are scheduled based on participates availability and meet once a month. Committee meetings can be increased based on need during such times as event prep, class recruitment, or other circumstances as needed. (Current meetings are being held via Zoom to ensure all Covid-19 health and safety guidelines)


The mission of Leadership Lorain County is to develop and advance leaders who support the growth and diversity of our county by directing initiatives to connect the people, government, academia and businesses of Lorain County.

Our Vision – Leadership Lorain County will be the primary resource to connect the hearts of business, education and philanthropy throughout our region. We are dedicated to developing life-long leaders, passionate about improving the vitality of the county, able to lead initiatives within the dynamics of our community, all while helping their own organizations become a valued partner in the resurgence of Lorain County.


Julie Cruz Blair – Executive Director

(440) 281-8535