Learn to Earn Dayton picks Schweikhart as new CEO

Stacy Wall Schweikhart has been named CEO of Learn to Earn Dayton, an agency focused on helping kids get through school and become employed in careers that allow them to earn a living wage.

Schweikhart will begin Aug. 1.

“Stacy has deep roots in the Dayton community and a distinguished 20-year career in public service. We’re excited about her breadth of experience, and her knowledge of the region will be an incredible asset,” said Colleen Ryan, chair of the Learn to Earn Dayton board of trustees.

Schweikhart succeeds Tom Lasley, Learn to Earn’s first CEO, who returned to that position on an interim basis following the resignation of Kristina Scott in March. Scott began her tenure in September 2020. Lasley will be joining the Montgomery County Educational Service Center, where he will assume responsibilities for education policy and advocacy work.

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“Every resident of Montgomery County, regardless of where they grow up, deserves the opportunity to succeed. It takes a strong, well-connected, and multi-disciplinary network throughout our communities to make this goal a reality,” Schweikhart said.

Schweikhart is currently the director of strategy and engagement at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. At MVRPC, Schweikhart convened partners and led planning processes around regional economic development, livable and equitable communities, broadband and digital equity, air and water quality, environment and sustainability, and transit and mobility.

While she was at MVRPC, the organization added diversity and inclusion goals to its workforce economic development plans. Earlier in July, she told the Dayton Daily News inclusion and diversity were vital to moving the region forward economically.

Schweikhart said both the MVRPC and Learn to Earn need to work with partners in every sector, from schools to education to nonprofits to for-profit companies.

“What the two organizations have in common is a commitment to multi-sector partnerships, because we know that it will take the synergy of all our organizations to have the collective impact needed to achieve our goals,” she said.

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Before coming to MVRPC in 2019, Schweikhart held various leadership positions in her 18 years of service to the city of Kettering. During that time, she did some work with Preschool Promise, the Montgomery County program that expands access to preschool, to spread awareness of the program in Kettering.

Schweikhart earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Dayton, and she has a certified planner distinction from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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