The Leggett Legacy Forward Event
The event took place Sunday, September 23, 2018
The Music Center at Strathmore
Celebrating 28 Years of Service to Montgomery County
For their years of outstanding service to Montgomery County and higher education, Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, and his wife Catherine Leggett were celebrated at this special event.
The event proceeds benefited The Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship which will benefit the county’s historically underrepresented students in higher education, through the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program. A partnership among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove, the ACES program is free and provides access to individualized academic coaching, career readiness, and scholarship opportunities.
Ike and Catherine Leggett, Montgomery County’s first couple, have proven their unyielding commitment to our community through their years of public service. Individually, each has demonstrated extraordinary leadership—in their respective careers, each has earned numerous recognitions and honors. Together, they have championed initiatives and supported charitable organizations that work to improve the quality of life in all regions of the county, especially focusing on students reaching for higher education.
Ike Leggett is the first African American elected to the Montgomery County Council and to hold the office of county executive. Prior to his three terms in the executive position, he served 16 years as a county council member at large. He served as professor of law at his alma mater, Howard University Law School from 1975 to 2006, and as assistant dean of the law school from 1979 to 1986. He is a decorated military veteran, having served as a captain in the US Army during the Vietnam conflict. After service, he became an administrative aide for Congressman Parren Mitchell (MD 7th congressional district), worked as a Social Security Administration claims examiner, and served as staff attorney for the Department of the Navy. In 1977, he was selected as a White House Fellow under President Jimmy Carter.
Leggett has also been an active member on boards of directors for numerous professional, civic, and community organizations. In January 2016, he was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. He has received more than 200 awards and honors from various organizations and institutions.
Catherine Leggett is senior vice president of human resources at the International City/County Management Association. ICMA-RC is a nonprofit company that assists retired public service employees with financial matters. She serves as the first chair of the Maryland Commission on Public Art. She is former Maryland State Arts Councilor and previous director of the Young Audiences Imagination Stage, and a Lifetime Board member of Montgomery Hospice. She also served as senior vice president, human resources at Vertis, Inc., PG&E Generating Company, Freddie Mac, and Hechinger Company.
She received a JD and BA in sociology and psychology from Howard University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Senior Human Resources Executive Forum. Her professional recognition includes the Human Resources Professional Excellence Award from the Washington Business Journal, and the Human Resources Achievement Award from the Black Human Resources Network.