Lesley Stiles Scearce is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Chattanooga where she leads a dynamic and innovative nonprofit team committed to addressing social service issues to build a stronger and healthier community for all.

Since joining United Way in 2015, Scearce has partnered United Way with new community collaborators who bring new perspectives to solve our community’s most critical social issues. She has led several successful giving campaigns and currently serves on the core committee for Chattanooga 2.0 and the board of Tennesseeans for Quality Early Education. She was featured at TEDx Chattanooga in 2014 and was involved in Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Project.

Before coming to United Way, Scearce served as president and CEO at On Point: Direction for Life, where she led the organization to reach 240,000 local youth with skills and support necessary to avoid risky behavior and be prepared for life.

Scearce was an adjunct professor of nonprofit management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She led ASCEND, in Washington DC, as Board Chair.  She also leads community wide trainings in the 40 Developmental Assets®, the building blocks youth need to flourish. 

When she isn’t wrangling two young boys or watching games at the ballfield, you’ll probably find her on her front porch with her husband Daniel and their friends. Scearce loves fly fishing and folk music, and is an active member of Calvary Chapel.

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