Jessica CronauerExecutive Director

In her role as Executive Director, Jess oversees all Leadership Northeast development programs, fundraising, and alumni relations. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from dozens of exceptional educational institutions, committed community leaders, businesses and extraordinary individuals on a daily basis. She is humbled by the generosity and support of the Northeastern Pennsylvania community that makes LNE possible.

An alumna of the 2004 Core Program, Jess served for nine years in the Program Director role at Leadership Northeast where she has shaped and expanded leadership curriculum for the Core, Junior, Intercollegiate and Professional Development programs, working directly with thousands of executives, industry experts, mid-level professionals, college and high school students. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Impact: A Leadership in Education program created for K-12 classroom teachers, the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania. Cronauer has worked to evolve the mission of LNE, creating virtual options so LNE could continue its work through the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing progressive diversity initiatives for all program curriculum and participants. In May of 2022, she received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning from The George Washington University.

In addition to her work with Leadership Northeast, Jess has a background in education and communications. She has served as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University, and currently sits on the board of directors at the United Way of Wyoming Valley. She is the former board chair and a current board member of Dress for Success Luzerne County, as well as a member of the Luzerne County Youth Aid Panel. She serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of NEPA and a member of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council. In addition to GWU, Jessica was educated at the University of Scranton, New York University and King’s College. She is a Pennsylvania State Certified teacher and holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology. She received an Executive Coaching Certificate from Penn State University in 2019, a certificate in Leadership Development from Wilkes University in 2015, and an Advanced Leadership Development certificate in 2016.

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