I am excited and honored to join Leadership Howard County as the new director of Youth Programs. With Leadership U in its 20th year, I am looking forward to working with the extraordinary staff, Leadership U steering committee, mentors, LU graduates, volunteers and board of directors of this remarkable organization.

We had an outstanding group of applicants for the Class of 2016 from all around Howard County. Looking ahead, my goal is to continue to grow the Leadership U program by introducing and promoting LU to our younger students and sharing what LU offers to help them grow as leaders in their schools and communities.

As we plan our 2016 summer session and the fall program, I am excited to identify opportunities to improve and enhance the program so our students gain the best skills to become effective leaders in their community.

Meg Ignacio joined the staff of Leadership Howard County in 2016.