Tampa, Fla. – (Oct. 14, 2015) – The University Area Community and Development Corporation (UACDC) has appointed Wendy Leigh to the position of chief development and marketing officer.
In her new role, Leigh oversees the marketing and development departments while advancing and implementing comprehensive strategies to strengthen donor and volunteer support. Already, Leigh has jumped in as an integral part the UACDC’s recent Secret Garden Gala, a fundraiser that made more than $55,000. The 4th annual Gala raised money for funds earmarked to go towards the Harvest Hope Center – an exciting project that will expand the Harvest Hope Community Garden on 19th Street and 137th Ave. to include a tilapia fish farm, playground and sports field.
“Empowering our community with relevant, accessible services such as youth programs, adult education and resource assistance is key to the revitalization of the university area,” said Sarah Combs, CEO and executive director. “Based on Wendy’s background and involvement in and around the Tampa Bay area, I am confident she is the right person to lead this effort.”
Leigh joins the UACDC after nearly 20 years with Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where she most recently served as vice president of education and was instrumental in the creation of the Patel Conservatory.
“I am delighted to have the chance to use my experience and skills for the improvement of Tampa’s university neighborhoods,” said Leigh, adding that she has lived in this area for more than three decades. “I love this community, have raised my children here and plan to stay right here. I am so impressed by what the UACDC already has accomplished and am energized and thrilled by our plans for future improvements in this area.”
UACDC is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named Nonprofit of the Year for Public and Societal Benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, 14013 North 22nd Street, and is owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC. More information about UACDC is online at www.uacdc.org and by calling 813.558.5212.