Building Stronger Communities

March 12, 2024

Episode 311

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Leah King, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County, epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader. She shares her experiences growing up as a military child, learning how to adapt to change while embracing different perspectives, and ultimately, the importance of “making the place you choose to live better.”   

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United Way of Tarrant County

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Leah M. King, CFRE

President and CEO 

United Way of Tarrant County 

Leah M. King serves as President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County, a leading nonprofit organization that has worked to improve the lives of those in Tarrant County and throughout North Texas for 100 years. In her role, Leah is responsible for leadership and vision development of the organization as well as fiscal oversight, growing financial support, developing processes and new initiatives, facilitating cross-departmental and partner collaboration, and promoting a positive, multi-cultural environment. 

During Leah’s time as CEO, United Way of Tarrant County has invested tens of millions of dollars in the Tarrant County community through direct service programming, volunteer efforts, donor designations, agency allocations, and the distribution of federal and state grants. In the last two years, United Way of Tarrant County has continued to increase the number of people supported, which swelled to nearly one quarter of the county’s population during the pandemic. 

Prior to her appointment as president and CEO in November 2019, Leah served as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Tarrant County. In this role, she helped define the strategic vision and direction for United Way’s annual giving campaigns, donor relations, community investment, volunteer engagement and the Day of Action program, a rally for the community to support those with the highest needs. With Leah’s leadership, United Way of Tarrant County is focused today on addressing significant challenges facing Tarrant County residents including community health, community response, financial literacy, and education and learning. Leah is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women United group and has served as its Women’s Fund development committee chair. 

As a community advocate, Leah is an elected official and serves as president of the board of directors at the Tarrant Regional Water District.  She is a board member at the Fort Worth Club, Baylor All Saints Hospital, and T3 (Tarrant To & Through) and United Ways of Texas.  She also is an active member of the Fort Worth (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. Additionally, she serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Texas Wesleyan University and the Texas A&M Community Engagement Advisory Committee.  

Since 2020, she has been named by Fort Worth Magazine as one of the Top 400 of Fort Worth’s Most Influential People. She also was recognized with the 2022 Opal Lee Trailblazer Award by Unity Unlimited, Inc. Leah currently resides in Fort Worth with her husband, Barry.  

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