The Leadership Staff

The Leadership team is a small but mighty group of dedicated people working toward the common goal of providing best-in-class programming to our current cohort as well as our alumni. From the development of engaging, challenging content to the unique selection of venues off the beaten path, each of us contributes to the overall success of the organization.

DAVID SACHS

Executive Director

I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue my professional passion: creating transformational leadership learning experiences for individuals and groups. Having joined The Leadership in 2013, I am excited by The Leadership community’s potential to continue to contribute to Baltimore’s growth and vitality. Spending my career in the field of leadership development, I have served in strategic management, teaching, and program design roles at Harvard Business School, UMBC, Johns Hopkins, MICA, and T. Rowe Price.

JENNIFER CATHRO

Program Manager

I joined The Leadership in May 2014 as Program Manager. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and have spent most of my professional career in higher education, having worked at Johns Hopkins University, UMBC, the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park, and, most recently, Harvard Business School’s Executive Education. I am the youngest of seven and grew up in Prince George’s County.

SINDEE ERNST

Manager

I have been with The Leadership since 2009, coordinating many aspects of the program and alumni outreach. I am a graduate of Oberlin College, and a certified Integrative Breathwork Practitioner. Originally from New England, I have had a lifelong involvement with traditional dance and music. As a writer of memoir and fiction, I created an online prompt workshop called Memoir Medley which provides a space for people to share their personal stories.

TAUREN R EL BEY

Program Assistant

I joined The Leadership in September 2019 as Program Assistant. I am a graduate of Frostburg State University with a major in Mass Communications; and certified in competencies of International Law and Global Diplomacy through The Hague at Universiteit Leiden. I am married to my college sweetheart, O’Dellshae; and we are proud parents of our first born son, Tzarean.

TANYA TERRELL

Chief Operating Officer

As a proud member of the class of 2019, I joined The Leadership in June 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer where I continue a 20+ year career in nonprofit management and civic engagement.  Prior to joining the team at The Leadership, I specialized in the areas of education and workforce development at local organizations including the SBLC|Learning Works, Associated Black Charities, Empower Baltimore Management Corporation and, ABAG.  I am originally from Boston, MA, but there is no place like Baltimore which has my heart and is my forever home.