The Foggy Bottom West End Village (FBWEV) today announced that Leigh Sempeles, pictured at left, will join FBWEV as the organization’s new Executive Director.
Sempeles who has served as a senior business leader in global information services companies and as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization serving the poor, homeless and unemployed, will begin her new role in early April.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead FBWEV as it provides high-quality programs and services to assist residents in the Foggy Bottom West End neighborhood live independently for many years to come,” said Sempeles. “The concept of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ is so vital to the future of the community, and I promise to leverage my experience as a nonprofit executive who knows how to capitalize on business strategies to keep this mission moving forward. “
Sempeles has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry, holding a number of senior management roles in strategy, marketing and product development. Her nonprofit background includes serving as the Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio, a charitable organization aiding the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter, transitional/ permanent supportive housing, food, clothing and household items, and guidance to leading a self-sustaining life. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in the MBA program teaching graduate-level course in management, leadership, organizational theory/design, business ethics, legal concepts and corporate social responsibility.
Sempeles received her JD degree from the University of Dayton School Of Law, her Masters in Management from Antioch University and her BA in History (Magna Cum Laude) from Wright State University. Upon graduation from law school, she practiced law and remains on active status as a member of the Ohio Bar.
“Leigh brings great passion for our mission and extensive expertise in non-profit management and strategic planning and will help our Village grow and prosper,” said Susan Haight, President of the Foggy Bottom West End Village. “We are delighted that she decided to join our organization.”
FBWEV is a Washington, DC volunteer/membership organization that provides services and social activities to help residents live independently for the long term.