Skip to content

Leadership St. Pete 2023 Class Project announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             

Leadership St. Pete® selects Allendale Equity & Justice Center for its 2023 Class Project

Leadership St. Pete's® 54th class of leaders will renovate former classrooms to create space for the 

Allendale Equity & Justice Center

St. Petersburg, Florida (Feb. 28, 2023) - The Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) Class of 2023 is proud to announce the launch of its class project with Allendale Equity & Justice Center. The LSP Class of 2023 will create flexible, technology-supported workspaces for local nonprofit organizations through a project called “Conscious Collaboration.”

The LSP Class of 2023 plans to create offices for nonprofit leaders to work, collaborate and provide services to the community. With LSP’s assistance, these former preschool classrooms will be converted into collaborative spaces for nonprofits to exchange ideas, build partnerships, coordinate rapid responses to emerging or immediate community needs, and plan actions that solve social issues.

More than 30 local nonprofit organizations, including Girls Rock St. Pete, PTSD Awareness, and Found Family Collective, already use the outdated classrooms to host meetings, workshops, and events. Once renovated, the rooms will be flexible and technology-supported spaces that many nonprofits use as they positively impact the local community. 

The LSP Class of 2023 will complete the renovations by May 2023. Once completed, Allendale Equity & Justice Center will be the first local nonprofit that provides collaborative spaces for change-makers. It will also become an incubator for justice work in Tampa Bay.

The “Conscious Collaboration” project will be made possible through donations and a series of fundraising events. The Class Project culminates with the LSP Class of 2023 completing a hands-on day of service.

Donate to the Bay Area Chamber Foundation to support the LSP Class of 2023 Conscious Collaboration project. Both cash and in-kind donations are needed to complete the project, and sponsorships are available.

Please direct media inquiries regarding LSP to one of the following media contacts:

Jenna Stock

LSP Marketing Committee Chair


Maggie Knaust

Chair, LSP Class of 2023


Leslie Hafer

Chair-Elect, LSP Class of 2024



As one of the oldest leadership programs in America and a division of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® and its 501(c)(3) Foundation, Leadership St. Pete® is a dynamic, intensive, interactive, six-month experience designed to promote and enhance community leadership through an in-depth introduction to social, economic, business and political issues in the St. Petersburg area. The mission of LSP is to identify, recruit and develop leaders who represent the diversity of our city and who will assume future leadership roles in our community. The LSP program is made possible through the generous support of community partners. Patron Sponsors of the Class of 2023 are Duke Energy, Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, Power Design, and Wallace Welch & Willingham.


The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 1,300 member businesses and organizations. Continually identifying ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber represents perspectives of local business in St. Petersburg, providing and fostering leadership on important business and community issues. Information is available at


Powered By GrowthZone
Scroll To Top