Leadership Los Alamos Profile: George Marsden

2015-16 Leadership Los Alamos graduate George Marsden is the assistant teen director at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our area.

In the Leadership Los Alamos program, participants learn as much about themselves as they do about leadership, teamwork and the community. To learn more, visit About Leadership Los Alamos and Applying to the Program.

The Leadership Los Alamos profile series continues with 2016 graduate George Marsden, the assistant teen director at the Los Alamos Teen Center:

LLA: How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos?

Marsden: I have lived in Los Alamos for 10 years. After working from home for six months I went to work as the Men’s Department Manager at CB FOX Department Store. After 6.5 years of helping the men of Los Alamos not dress like homeless grad students I left to work for The Family YMCA as Assistant Director of the Los Alamos Teen Center.

LLA: Why did you enroll in Leadership Los Alamos?

Marsden: Peer pressure – all my friends and co-workers were doing it. More specifically the people I know in the community who had attended LLA seemed better informed, better connected, and more passionate about making our little town an even better place. I knew that increasing my knowledge about the community and networking with leaders from throughout the county would allow me to do my job of delivering programing and opportunities to Los Alamos teens more effectively.

LLA: What was your biggest “take-away” from the class?

Marsden: My biggest take away was the quality of leaders we have in our community. I was humbled to be part of a class with so many gifted, passionate individuals who are seizing opportunities to serve their community. In ways big and small, they are all making Los Alamos a better place.

LLA: What are you doing with what your learned?

Marsden: I am taking my new connections and more nuanced knowledge of how things work in Los Alamos and using them to find new opportunities for the teens I work with. I am also plotting the many ways I am going to rope my classmates and other LLA alumni into working with teens at the Teen Center. Wait, did I just say that out loud? Don’t publish that, it is my secret inner monologue…