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Emerging Leaders United (ELU)

Connect. Serve. Lead.

What is Emerging Leaders United?

Emerging Leaders United (ELU) is engaging, inspiring, educating and empowering young professionals to create lasting change in Frederick County through volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy. Through volunteer service, networking and educational opportunities, ELU brings individuals ages 21 through 40 together to advance positive community change.

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Join ELU Today!


  • Under the Age of 40
  • $250+ annual contribution through United Way. (See our FAQ information on Give and Get)
  • Must be Enthusiastic About Working with a Team of Other Young Professionals to Drive Lasting Change in the Community


  • On-the-ground Volunteerism That Promotes Long-term Community Change
  • Personal Development Events, Where Many of Our Community's Most Prominent Leaders Share Their Secrets for Success! This Also Includes Exclusive Access to Trainings, Continuing Education Classes and Seminars!
  • Opportunities for Public Recognition and ELU Leadership Positions
  • Social Opportunities and Mixers with a Diverse Group of Young Professionals, Igniting Professional and Philanthropic Growth.


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Meet the Steering Committee

Gayon Sampson
ELU Chair
City of Frederick

Bailey Wright
ELU Vice Chair
First United Bank & Trust

Teddy Galloway
Events and Social Chair

Jamie Shelton
Membership Chair
First United Bank & Trust

Sophie Smith
Speaker Chair
Brunswick Main Street Inc.

Sarah Pard
Volunteer Chair
The Plamondon Companies

Natalie Cioffi
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland

Matt Doyle
Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Menzi Khumalo
Wright Manufacturing, Inc.

Danielle Doll
Downtown Frederick Partnership

Bre Harwood
Hood College

For more information or inquiries, please contact Amanda Holk at or call 301-663-4231.