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Louisville Urban League Announces First New President/CEO in Nearly Three Decades

The Louisville Urban League today announced the selection of Sadiqa Reynolds as LUL’s president and CEO effective on October 1, 2015. With more than a decade of experience, Ms. Reynolds has served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Louisville Mayor since 2011 and becomes the eighth person and first woman to lead the Louisville Urban League since it was established in 1921.

Ms. Reynolds replaces the Urban League’s long-time head, Ben Richmond, who is in his 29th year as its president/CEO and announced in January 2015 his plan to retire. Her selection is the result of a national search conducted by the Louisville Urban League and certification by the National Urban League.

In her position within the Office of the Mayor, Ms. Reynolds has provided leadership to eight metro departments, overseeing approximately 1,400 employees and a combined budget of more than $100 million.

Ms. Reynolds’ past experience also includes serving as: District Court Judge in Jefferson County; Inspector General for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services; Chief of Staff for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness; and running her own law office for many years. Ms. Reynolds’ law practice included criminal defense, employment law and representing abused, neglected and dependent Louisville children by serving as Guardian Ad Litem. Ms. Reynolds’ career includes many firsts, not the least of which was serving as the first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court.

“Sadiqa is a special person. I’m very confident she will bring exceptional leadership to the Urban League,” said Daniel Hall, Chair of LUL’s Board of Directors and Vice President of Community Engagement at the University of Louisville. “Sadiqa is equally comfortable with corporate leaders as with community residents and is passionate about our community and the mission of the Urban League. She will elevate the profile of the Urban League and broaden its impact in serving the community.”

Ms. Reynolds received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and earned her bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has served on various boards and commissions within the community and has also been the recipient of a variety of community awards, including the Torch of Wisdom, the Tower Award for Public Service and the Champion for Community Recovery Award for her work in the mental health arena.

“I am pleased to pass the torch to Sadiqa,” said Ben Richmond, LUL’s retiring President and CEO, of her selection. “Her abilities and experience make her uniquely qualified to lead the Louisville Urban League.”