About us

A dynamic experiential community leadership program

Who is Leadership Seacoast?

Founded in 1988 by a group of seacoast community members concerned about furthering engagement in the community, Leadership Seacoast is a program designed for the adult learner that creates a core awareness of community through exposure to a broad range of issues affecting the Seacoast and by presenting varied points of view on topics being studied.

Annually, Leadership Seacoast accepts a diverse group of established and emerging leaders to participate in its seven-month community leadership program. Regional issues are examined through the perspectives of experts, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, problem-solving exercises, and other experiential activities.

Participants explore and examine key issues impacting the cultural, social, political and economic lives of Seacoast residents. Graduates of the program leave with an expanded awareness of the issues impacting the Seacoast region, a network of leaders who can support each other in building a stronger community, and a demonstration of the interconnectedness of the topics covered during the program year.

Leadership Seacoast is a seven-month experiential learning program for those who want to discover how their communities function and how they can become a positive catalyst for change.

Through dynamic, transformational programming, we offer participants the chance to experience things most people can’t or won’t. The program is a behind-the-scenes exploration of the places, programs, influencers, and experts who power the Seacoast community. Program highlights include ten interactive days spent exploring community issues and themes around justice, education, economic development, government, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.

Leadership Seacoast challenges assumptions and transforms traditional thinking, leaving participants empowered and motivated to lead within their communities.

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Companies in Our Community


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Our Staff

Lori Waltz

Executive Director

Driven by the passion to elevate our collective understanding of human connection and empowering individuals through community engagement, Executive Director of Leadership Seacoast, Lori Waltz has led nearly 200 people in the Seacoast Region through the nonprofit’s flagship program designed to discover, connect, and inspire. With two decades of experience in both the business and nonprofit sector, Lori is committed to making a lasting positive impact in the community. She is an intuitive, compassionate, and engaging leader who aims to develop the programs participants knowledge, awareness, and inspiration to become impactful community leaders.

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Our Committees


Co-Chairs: Erica Crosbie and Travis Billingham

The Alumni Committee provides opportunities for Leadership Seacoast alumni to remain informed of issues affecting the seacoast and to inspire active participation in the Seacoast Community.


Co-Chairs: Liz Driscoll and Andrew Strosahl

This committee is responsible for recruitment, review, and nomination of a broad and diverse group of candidates. 



Co-Chairs: Ben VanCamp and Joe Tarr

The Program Committee works closely with the Executive Director to develop program days that support the mission of Leadership Seacoast.

FY 2023 Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors of Leadership Seacoast are all proud graduates of the program. In selecting members of our Board, we strive for geographic diversity, a balance of men and women, a wide range of interests and points of view, and varying industry.


Susan Geier, Newmarket – Class of 2016
Director of Communications

Vice Chair

Ben VanCamp, Durham – Class of 2018
Chief Collaborator & President
The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth


Sam Rose, Epping – Class of 2020
VP & Office Manager
Cambridge Trust Company


Erica Crosbie – Class of 2020
Corporate Learning and Development Specialist

Natalie Allen – Class of 2020
HR Director
Edgewood Center

Travis Billingham, Hampton – Class of 2021
Seacoast HomePros

Liz Driscoll, Portsmouth – Class of 2020
HR Consultant
KMA Consulting

Darcie Letendre, Ogunquit, ME – Class of 2021
Team Lead and Reporting Analyst

Kim Lindquist, Newmarket – Class of 2018
Director of Events and Marketing
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce

Paul Neve, Eliot, ME – Class of 2021
Human Resources Business Partner

Jessica Parker, Newmarket – Class of 2019
Development Director
Hope on Haven Hill

Chris Strong, New Castle – Class of 2004
Strong Resource Group

Andrew Strosahl, Dover – Class of 2020
Law Office of Andrew Strosahl

Joe Tarr, Kittery, Portsmouth – Class of 2020
Account Executive
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