Fort Worth, Texas – Nov. 16, 2022 – Leadership Fort Worth (LFW), Tarrant County’s premier leadership organization celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, is pleased to announce its new board officers for the 2022-2024 term.
Peyton Salavarria Lehrer – President
A 2017 graduate of LeadingEdge, LFW’s program for young professionals, Peyton is the first LeadingEdge alum to serve as the organization’s board president. She is the executive director of Gill Children’s Services, a nonprofit organization that provides a safety net for Tarrant County children with unmet needs. Prior to joining Gill Children’s Services in 2014, Peyton held marketing and fundraising positions with Communities in Schools for Greater Tarrant County and Lena Pope. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Jason Byrne – President-Elect
A graduate of LeadershipClass 2016, Jason previously served as the LFW treasurer for five years. He is the senior director of corporate and foundation relations at Texas Christian University (TCU), responsible for maintaining existing relationships and growing the reach of TCU in local, state and regional business communities. Jason joined TCU in 2006 as the director of athletics marketing and licensing. He graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and also holds master’s degrees in sports administration from Florida State University and business administration from TCU.
Ramon Guajardo Jr. – Past President
A graduate of LeadershipClass 2016, Ramon is the vice president of Ramel Company, LLC. He joined the organization in 2016, and prior to his current role, he worked for Byrne Construction Services. With 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Ramon has managed projects for clients in the health care, education, museum, aviation and residential development industries. He is actively engaged in the community, serving as a volunteer and mentor for LFW’s LeaderKids program and previously served on the board of directors for BoardBuild. Ramon has a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Texas State University.
Ebony Jones – Secretary
Ebony is a graduate of LeadershipClass 2021. She currently serves as the chief of staff in the Office of Experience for Teach for America, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing systemic inequality in education. Ebony has more than 15 years of experience working in education and nonprofits. A former teacher in the Arlington and Fort Worth school districts, she serves on the advisory council for The Fort Worth Report, the Women United Steering Committee for United Way of Tarrant County and on the board of the National Juneteenth Museum. Ebony holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Benjamin Robertson – Treasurer
A graduate of LeadershipClass 2017, Ben is vice president and director of business development for Byrne Construction Services, where he oversees procurement efforts for the North and South Texas markets. He is an advocate for community empowerment and growth and currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including Trinity Metro, Rising Tide Initiatives, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and Samaritan House. In 2016, he was recognized by Fort Worth Business Press with the “40 Under 40” award. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Northeastern University in Boston.
“I am honored to work alongside this diverse group of leaders as we get ready to celebrate LFW’s 50th anniversary in 2023,” said Jennifer Trevino, executive director of LFW. “The expertise and experience they bring to LFW is invaluable and helps position us for success as we focus on continuing to create a pipeline of qualified leaders to make a lasting impact in our community.”
About Leadership Fort Worth
The mission of Leadership Fort Worth (LFW) is to educate, empower and connect diverse leaders for a vibrant, sustainable community. Founded in 1972, Leadership Fort Worth is based on the concept of community trusteeship, which challenges leaders to commit themselves to making their communities better places to live. Leadership Fort Worth serves the community through three adult leadership development programs, a program for eighth graders, and a forum for continuing education for the full membership. For more information, visit our website: http://www.leadershipfortworth.org or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.