Kate Zimmerman, Executive Director

Kate Zimmerman was hired as Executive Director for Leadership Lancaster in Summer 2017 after serving as the organization's Program Director for 5 years. Prior to her roles with Leadership Lancaster, Kate worked as Director of Community Relations for Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity and in government relations in Washington DC.

Kate is herself a 2009 graduate of Leadership Lancaster, a graduate of Project Blueprint, and is certified in Fundraising from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Fundraising School. She holds a BA in Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Growing and learning with her two amazing children is Kate's greatest accomplishment. In addition to volunteering for their activities, Kate is a member of the Lancaster Chamber's Community Advisory Council, on the Board of the Manheim Township Educational Foundation, on WITF's Community Advisory Board, on the Bench Mark Program Development Committee, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Sustainable Housing (C4SH), a volunteer with the Lancaster County Community Foundation, was a founding member of 100 Women Who Care Lancaster, and has served as a Girls on the Run Coach.


Erin Sell, Program Director

Erin Sell is a graduate of the Core Class of 2016. She joined the staff of Leadership Lancaster in the Fall of 2017. She previously worked at Burrowes Elementary School as a Community School Director, scaling up their community school model through community partnerships, and recently stepped into the new position of Development Manager. Prior to working at Communities In Schools, she ran after-school programming and coordination at the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster, worked in housing case management for those with severe mental health diagnoses, and continues to participate in years of community volunteer work. Erin currently serves on the Board of Directors at Open Arms Christian Child Care Center.

Erin resides in Downtown Lancaster with her husband, Doug, and their daughter, Alice. She spends her free time training for her next running race, expanding her back yard urban garden, embracing her inner "foodie" by discovering new restaurants in Lancaster City, and volunteering her time in any way she can to better her community.


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