Letreze Gooding
Program Director
Leadership Florida

 

Letreze began her Leadership Florida journey on November 6, 2017. As program director, Letreze oversees all programming and execution of the Cornerstone, Connect, Education and Executive class programs, as well as leads the recruiting and selection processes. Previously to joining the Leadership Florida team, Letreze worked at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) as director of education and events.  She was responsible for the curriculum and execution of FAC’s conferences and education certification programs for Florida's county commissioners and key county staff.  She also served as deputy executive director of the Florida Counties Foundation, the Board that oversees the Association’s educational programming.  In 2015, Letreze received the "Ethics in Government Award"‚Äč from the Florida Association of County Attorneys for the ethics education programs she organized for Florida's county commissioners and constitutional officers.

Before joining FAC, Letreze worked as a lobbyist for federally focused associations in Washington, DC. She also staffed federal campaigns for Presidential and U.S. Senate races in Florida and served as a consultant for the private sector in Georgia.

Ms. Gooding earned her degree in Political Science from Florida State University, and received her Certified Meeting Professional Certification (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council. For the last decade, she has served as an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Florida Society of Association Executives, (FSAE) and Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE). Letreze currently serves on the FSAE Board. She is a graduate of the 2009 TSAE Program for Association Leadership (PAL) program and in 2013 completed the Qualified Association Specialist program from FSAE.

Ms. Gooding is also an active volunteer in the Tallahassee community. She serves as the Board Chair for the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend. She has also held leadership positions in the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) where she has been honored with the Community Service Award (2016) and the First Year Active Member of the Year Award (2014).