HCLA names interim executive director


The Hamilton County Leadership Academy board has named Andrea Marley to serve as interim executive director and Corby Thompson to serve as chief experience officer for the Class of 2020.


Marley takes over from John Robbins, who is leaving the executive director role after two years. Marley has been HCLA’s program coordinator since 2018.

“Andrea knows HCLA inside and out. We are excited for Andrea to take the lead. Her HCLA knowledge, relationships and passion will continue moving our organization forward,” HCLA Board President Rachael Coverdale stated in a press release.

In her previous role, Marley managed the 10-month program that engages a cohort of nearly 40 distinguished professionals and leaders in Hamilton County. Outside of work, Marley is an active community volunteer: She is the Secretary of the Carmel Education Foundation’s board of directors and is a Japanese translator for Hamilton Southeastern schools.

Thompson, a 1995 HCLA graduate, Distinguished Alumni Award winner and two-time HCLA dean, will serve side-by-side with current dean Sam Mishelow to ensure that the current cohort has an outstanding leadership experience.

The board will soon implement the search for a permanent executive director.