Carlee Alm-LaBar graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University in Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Louisiana State University. After a nearly 20-year career primarily in nonprofit and government, she became the President/CEO of United Way of Acadiana on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020. In addition to the work the organization is known for in the areas of education, earnings and essentials, Alm-LaBar led United Way of Acadiana’s COVID-19 response assisting in efforts ranging from food relief to vaccine outreach.
In May 2022, Carlee joined the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation as Executive Director. Having already partnered with the foundation on a number of projects including Leader in Me, Teacher Awards, the Love Our Schools CAFÉ initiative, Stuff the Bus, and others, Carlee was a perfect fit for helping to continue the foundation’s positive impact and momentum both here at home and across the globe.
Known for her efforts in community engagement in both professional and volunteer roles, Carlee has been active in many community organizations in South Louisiana. This includes board roles in organizations including the705, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Junior League of Lafayette, Parish Proud, The Current, and several others. She helped start the community’s highly successful Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market at Moncus Park, led the effort to adopt Lafayette Parish’s first comprehensive plan, directed a successful effort to change her community’s charter in 2018, and ran as an independent candidate for Mayor-President in 2019.
Carlee has won several community awards including the Women Who Mean Business Award, 20 Under 40, and Leadership Lafayette’s distinguished alumna award – and most recently, the Rising Leader Award at the University of Louisiana’s Women’s Leadership Conference.