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Susan Horne

President & CEO

Susan Horne has served as president and CEO of Lead Virginia since March 2007. 

From her involvement in the steering committee that shaped the original concept and framework of Lead Virginia, and subsequent service on the inaugural board of directors that launched the program in 2005, Susan continues to hold a strong belief in the compelling value of a statewide network of leaders who understand the Commonwealth’s growing complexity and need for visionary leadership. Since its founding, Lead Virginia has been recognized as a leading voice for building a statewide network of leaders serving the Commonwealth and has been recognized by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government. 

Susan is a 2006 alumnus of Lead Virginia where she was selected by her classmates as graduation speaker. She has been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s 25 People You Need to Know, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia (then Fairfax County) Chamber of Commerce. Susan is an honorary member of Leadership Fairfax and has been recognized by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors for her many years with Leadership Fairfax. Susan served for 15 years as founding program director, then executive director and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, as well as on the founding board for Leadership Loudoun. 

In 2004, Susan was elected to the Town Council in her hometown of Leesburg, and in 2006 was elected vice mayor. While in public office she co-founded Keep Leesburg Beautiful, a community beautification effort among many initiatives she began and supported. She served out her four-year term with frequent travel between Leesburg and Richmond, then settled in Richmond to take the position with Lead Virginia.

Susan holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a 1999 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Susan serves on the boards for the Richmond Forum, Northern Neck Insurance Company and Needles Eye Ministries. She is a member of the Impact of Women committee for the 2019 Jamestown Commemoration, American Evolution; the Executives Roundtable in Greater Richmond; and Sorensen Institute Richmond board. She is active with her fellow state leadership program colleagues across the United States and hosted their national conference in Virginia. Susan and her husband Bob live in Richmond and are active in their church with the newcomer’s ministry and in their neighborhood. They are blessed with two married daughters, three precious grandchildren and a lovable Labrador Retriever.

Kerrie Clarke

Kerrie Clarke Musah

Director of Administration

Kerrie Clarke joined the Lead Virginia team in January 2015 as the Director of Administration. Prior to becoming a member of the Lead Virginia team, Kerrie was employed by Virginia Commonwealth University in the Research Rehabilitation and Training Center as an event coordinator. There, she coordinated monthly training classes in various states in support of people with disabilities entering the work force.

She was also previously employed by the University of Richmond as an event and registration coordinator. There, she was the manager of the online registration system for events that included all athletic camps/clinics and various departments on campus. She also had the opportunity to assist with the visit of the President of United States in 2011 to the University of Richmond campus.

Kerrie holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University. She attained both of her degrees as a full-time working adult and takes great pride in her achievement. 

Kerrie resides in Richmond with her husband, she loves spending time with family near and far. 


Alumni Stories

Brent Archer

Class of 2009