March 17, 2022: Lucas Metropolitan Housing has announced that LMH Chief of Staff Rachel Gagnon has been selected by Leadership Ohio for its new Class of Fellows for 2022.
“We are blessed to have a leader the caliber of Rachel,” stated Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO. “When I say we, I am speaking on behalf of the Greater Toledo community. My most sincere congratulations to Ms. Gagnon. Your body of work is being recognized for its quality and what it represents in support of the greater good. Keep inspiring us through your leadership.”
Prior to joining LMH, Gagnon served as the Executive Director of the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board (TLCHB) as well as the Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine Communities. She is a native Toledoan, and a graduate of Central Catholic High School, The Ohio State University, and Capital University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Michigan and has devoted her career to serving the community through a variety of roles in the nonprofit and volunteer sectors.
Gagnon believes housing is a fundamental right for all individuals; she has spent time in her career advocating for inclusive housing developments and rebuilding response systems to effectively serve community members in need.
“I am grateful to Leadership Ohio for the opportunity to work with and learn from such an inspiring group of individuals,” stated Gagnon. “I look forward to integrating our initiatives into the broader landscape state-wide and bringing back new ideas and approaches to our day-to-day work. LMH’s support of professional and personal growth is just one of many reasons why I appreciate serving on the LMH team.”
As Leadership Ohio celebrates its 30th anniversary year this year, 43 leaders from across the state will be given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and perspective of Ohio and contribute to the Leadership Ohio legacy of impact.
“This is an outstanding cadre of highly talented and accomplished fellows,” said Nan Baker, president of the board, Leadership Ohio. “We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group during our 30th anniversary year.
The 2022 Leadership Ohio class is one of the most dynamic in the organization’s history. Each Fellow was nominated and completed a competitive application process to be considered for the class. The fellows come from various backgrounds and communities, with leaders working in innovation and business, state reform, education, and more. They will engage in programming across the state from April through November, and the curriculum and experience will provide a thoughtful opportunity for different perspectives and backgrounds to come together to learn and grow.
Leadership Ohio’s Alumni go on to occupy positions of influence in leading companies, key government agencies, elected offices, commissions, and Ohio’s boardrooms.
For more information about Leadership Ohio, visit leadershipohio.org. The Leadership
Ohio press release can be found here.