Leesa Carter-Jones took the helm as Executive Director of the Captain Planet Foundation in 2012 and has helped the organization successfully launch Project Learning Garden, the Education Leadership Center (science and environmental stewardship programs with the Georgia Department of Education), Project Hero, EcoSTEM Resource Kits, and the Planeteers Club Program. Leesa is a recognized and respected leader in the fields of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and youth education programs, and has been representing the work of CPF at such forums as the Clinton Global Initiative, the National Pollinator Garden Network meeting at the White House.
Leesa has a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University and executive-level involvement with industries ranging from organic products to nonprofit management. Prior to joining CPF, Leesa served as Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter as a leading advocate and educator for sustainable communities, green jobs and green building. Other experience includes National Field Marketing Director for Wild Oats Markets (a $1 billion natural & organic retailer bought by Whole Foods in 2007), production and special events for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), and over a decade of nonprofit arts management. She graduated with the 2012 Class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Leesa serves on the Steering Committees for Atlanta Recycles, Atlanta Community Foundation’s Grants to Green, FIRST Lego League’s 2015 Challenge Advisory Team, and on the Advisory Board for This American Land on PBS.