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Susan Horne

President & CEO

Susan Horne has served as president and CEO of Lead Virginia since March 2007. She was recognized in 2009 by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s 25 People You Need to Know and most recently as one of Virginia’s 42 Women in Leadership in 2022.

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. Her participation as a 2006 Lead Virginia class member opened a window onto the soul of Virginia for her. Since Lead Virginia’s founding, the program has been recognized as a leading voice for building a statewide network of leaders serving the Commonwealth and has been recognized by Virginia’s Governors, the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government.

Susan served in public office in her hometown of Leesburg as a member of the Town Council and as Vice Mayor. While in public office she co-founded Keep Leesburg Beautiful, a community beautification effort among many initiatives she began and supported.

She has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia (then Fairfax County) Chamber of Commerce. Susan is an honorary member of Leadership Fairfax and was recognized by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors for her many years with Leadership Fairfax where she served for 15 years as founding program director, then executive director and CEO.

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 of the Richmond Forum where she chaired the nominating/governance committee, Northern Neck Insurance Company where she chaired the audit committee and Needles Eye Ministries where she currently serves as chair. She served as a member of the Impact of Women committee for the 2019 Jamestown Commemoration - American Evolution; and is currently a member of the Executives Roundtable in Greater Richmond. She is active with her fellow state leadership program colleagues across the United States. Susan and her husband Bob live in Richmond and are active in their church with the newcomer’s ministry. They are blessed with two married daughters and their husbands, 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. 

Lauren Edelin

Lauren Edelin

Manager of Events

Lauren Edelin joined the Lead Virginia team as an intern in January 2023. She remained at Lead Virginia as a part-time employee while finishing college and became a full-time employee in June.

Lauren attended Randolph-Macon college where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Business Management and Communication Studies.

Currently, Lauren resides in Richmond with her fiancé. In her free time, she loves spending time at the beach or exploring new areas.


Alumni Stories

Brent Archer

Class of 2009