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Committees | Alachua County Emerging Leaders


ACEL committees develop young leaders, improve our community, and build a stronger organization. Contribute your expertise. Invest in ACEL. Join a committee today.

Community Service

Community Service provides meaningful service opportunities for young professionals through partnering with local organizations and participating in events that foster involvement, understanding, and investment in the community.

Chair Leigh Smadbeck, [email protected]
Meetings Fourth Thursday of every month, 6:00 PM, at The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave)

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications oversees ACEL’s public relations efforts, creates its marketing strategy, manages its social media platforms, develops its print and electronic collateral, and provides publicity materials to media professionals.

Chair Frank Avery, [email protected]
Meetings Third Tuesday of the month, 6:00 PM, at The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave)


Membership enhances the individual member experience through engagement, manages ACEL’s growth, and shapes the perception of ACEL’s membership in the community.

Chair Malcom Askew, [email protected]
Meetings Second Wednesday of the month, 6:00 PM, at Rockey’s Dueling Piano Bar

Professional Development

Professional Development educates members and helps them grow as professionals through a variety of programs and partnerships with other organizations and community leaders.

Chair Alicia Leeper, [email protected]
Meetings Third Monday of the month, 6:00 PM

Public Policy

Public Policy gives members the opportunity to interact with policy makers, to learn more about the infrastructure of the city and county, and to create a voice for young professionals in their community.

Chair Adrian Hayes-Santos, [email protected]
Meetings Third Thursday of the month, 6:00 PM, at The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave)


Social allows current and prospective members to network with their peers and other professional organizations by organizing events designed to appeal to young professionals’ diverse interests as well as monthly ACEL Happy Hours. The committee also hosts the ACEL Annual Dinner, its premier social event of the year.

Chair Natalie Claggett, [email protected]
Meetings Third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 PM

For the most current meetings times and locations, please subscribe to the ACEL calendar on our homepage.

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