EVP & Chief Operating Officer
United Way of Tarrant County
When you spend your childhood moving frequently because of family military assignments you quickly learn how to connect with others to find new friends. It is that childhood experience that shaped Leah King’s personality and laid the foundation for her professional interests. She has held positions in community relations, marketing and investor relations and public affairs in several industries including consumer electronics retail, oil and gas and banking. Leah is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Way of Tarrant County – a nonprofit leader that brings together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year United Way helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. As a key member of the leadership team, Leah is responsible for driving the strategic vision and direction of the organization in the areas of workplace campaign, donor relations, community investment, volunteer engagement, and the Day of Action program.
A passionate advocate for children, Leah is active in the community and has served as a director on the boards of the Child Study Center, Junior Achievement and Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County. Leah currently serves on the board for Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Trinity River Vision TIF. She is also an active member of the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Over the years, this driven community volunteer has also served on a host of committees and advisory boards including: Circle Theatre, Catholic Charities Refugee Services and Brighter Outlook, Inc., among others. Leah is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women’s Leadership Council, now known as Women United, and has served as its Women’s Fund development committee chair. She was a member of the Leadership Fort Worth 2010 class and Leadership North Texas 2011 class.
In May of 2017, Leah was elected to the board of directors of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and is currently serving her first term. TRWD is responsible for ensuring that a reliable and sustainable water supply, flood protection and family-friendly recreational opportunities are available for the 11 county-area it serves.
Leah and her husband live in Fort Worth and are completely obsessed with their new grandson.