Kathy joined the Great Valley Center (GVC) in 2011 as the Senior Director of Strategic Planning and was named the Executive Director in June 2015. Since 2011 she has provided the leadership for the American Leadership Forum – Great Valley Chapter, serving as the chapter’s Senior Director and now Executive Director. Prior to joining the GVC, Kathy worked at AT&T for 32 years, the last 12 as Director of External Affairs, responsible for government, business and community relations and corporate giving in the Central Valley. Prior to that, she spent 13 years in customer service and seven years as an IT project manager, helping develop several key software applications for AT&T.
Kathy has served in many leadership roles in the community. She is a past chairman of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, a past board member and officer for the Stanislaus Business Alliance (Opportunity Stanislaus) and is past-president of Modesto Rotary. She also serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Stanislaus County, and the ALF national board of directors. She is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Francisco University, where she received her degree in Organizational Behavior. She is a Class I graduate of the Great Valley Chapter of ALF. Kathy is a lifetime valley resident, and currently resides in Turlock with her husband, Dave. Her son attends UC Santa Cruz and her daughter is a senior at Pitman High School in Turlock.
Leng joined the Great Valley Center in the fall of 2015 as the Senior Director for the American Leadership Forum program. She is a Class V Senior Fellow and a lifelong member of the Central Valley. Leng works to create pathways for communities to engage in collective visioning and purposeful alignment. Her work in child welfare, disability rights and social justice causes allows her to see the intersectional potential of weaving our collective stories. At Great Valley Center-American Leadership Forum, Leng is dedicated to inspiring individuals to embrace transformative experiences and cultivating innovative and holistic leadership approaches.
Leng believes in the common good and works in many ways to ensure all members of the community can experience dignity, equality and well being. She is the Board Chair for the Modesto Peace Life Center, is a member of the Stanislaus County Equal Rights Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors for the West Modesto Community Collaborative. In her spare time, Leng lends her support and guidance to her two daughters as they navigate the worlds of junior high and high school. She is a lifelong practitioner of mindfulness, meditation and embraces a vegan lifestyle.