Launch Leadership names Hawthorne executive director

Launch Leadership names Hawthorne executive director

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Randy Hawthorne became executive director of Launch Leadership on Jan. 1.

“We are so excited to have Randy at the helm of our organization,” said Keith Wysocki, Launch board president. “Randy is an experienced nonprofit executive, and I am confident he will help Launch reach new heights. He is also a long-time volunteer for Launch, and his familiarity with our staff and students will be a tremendous asset.”

Said Hawthorne: “Having been a volunteer working with youth through Launch for more than 20 years, I have seen this organization evolve and grow. It was an opportunity I just had to explore. I’m ready to lead Launch boldly into the future.”

Hawthorne brings to Launch decades of experience in the nonprofit industry through several volunteer opportunities and professional positions.

Most recently, he served as executive director of The Foundry, a co-working center and coffee shop that gives all proceeds back to the community. Hawthorne will maintain strategic and marketing oversight for that organization, and will hold the executive editor position for Nonprofit Hub.

Additionally, Hawthorne has served on 12 nonprofit boards and helped start numerous nonprofits in his career. Currently he serves on the boards of Lincoln Community Playhouse, Rotary Club #14 and Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers.

Hawthorne has participated in Leadership Nebraska and Leadership Lincoln, where he regularly volunteers for Youth Leadership Lincoln.

Downtown Lincoln gave Hawthorne an Impact Award and Leadership Lincoln named him Servant Leader of the Year. He has been named Lincoln’s first luminary for embodying the values of the community.

Launch Leadership is on a mission to equip and empower students to become change-makers in their communities. Launch serves more than 2,000 students each year through experiential workshops and retreats. Launch has been working with middle and high school students since 1962.

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