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Ranch woman named president of LEAD

COAST CITIES — The LEAD San Diego board of directors announced the official appointment of Rancho Santa Fe resident Vicky Carlson to the position of permanent president and chief executive officer.
Carlson joined the LEAD board in July 2004 and has served as the interim president and CEO of the 29-year-old leadership organization since April of this year. LEAD provides intense issue-oriented programming, leadership skill building and community volunteerism opportunities to a growing set of regional leaders who understand and can respond to the quality of life challenges facing the greater San Diego region.
“Under Vicky Carlson’s management, LEAD will continue to educate and empower civic leaders who can understand and respond to ever-changing challenges facing the region,” said board chairman Ben Haddad, a partner with California Strategies.
“She has served LEAD in many capacities over the last six years, having twice chaired LEAD’s annual event, the Visionary Awards, and providing oversight of LEAD’s relocation from City Heights to downtown San Diego in early July,” he said.
Carlson brings nearly two decades of business experience to LEAD San Diego and was president and owner of Office Pavilion San Diego, a Herman Miller furniture dealership. During her tenure there, she transformed the company into a support center for progressive workplace environments in San Diego County.
Carlson received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming and completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program at Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She served as the president of the steering council for the National Dealer Alliance and chair of the California Alliance. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Conference at the pleasure of California’s First Lady Maria Shriver, and Voices for Children, where she will chair the organization’s 30-year anniversary celebration.
Established in 1981, LEAD San Diego is one of the oldest and most prestigious community leadership organizations in the nation and is highly regarded throughout the greater San Diego region.