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Boundless Playgrounds Announces New CEO




Frederick Leone

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Frederick Leone, a seasoned corporate executive with experience in finance, law and community outreach, was recently named CEO of Boundless Playgrounds, announced Steve Shaw, chairman of the board.

Boundless Playgrounds, a national nonprofit founded in 1997 in West Hartford, Conn., is dedicated to helping communities create inclusive playgrounds where children with and without disabilities can play together.

Mr. Leone was the senior vice president and general counsel for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York City. His role there was executive oversight for all legal matters and administering a multi-million dollar annual budget.

In his new role, Mr. Leone will provide leadership and direct oversight of daily management and operations, staff and all fundraising and development.

Mr. Leone’s corporate experience complements his community involvement. He is a 1988 graduate of Fordham Law School and a 1982 graduate of Yale University, where he served as captain of the varsity football team. His community activism includes leading the transformation of the Yale Club of New York City, serving on the Elwood School Board and supporting the RAIN Community Land Trust, the Target Margin Theater and The AIDS Resource Center.

“The lessons learned through play and organized sports have obviously been an important part of my life,” Mr. Leone commented. “For me, it’s essential to empower others and create change. For 10 years, Boundless Playgrounds has made its mark. My personal goal is to build on Boundless Playgrounds extraordinary record of success to bring the ideals of inclusive play for all to a whole new level.”

The Team

Mr. Leone joins a team of professionals led by Amy Jaffe Barzach, founder and “chief inspiration officer.” Her new focus is as liaison to key organizations and the media, to raise awareness and strengthen and develop more public/private partnerships.

“I am delighted to have Fred join the Boundless Playgrounds team,” said Ms. Barzach. “What Boundless Playgrounds has accomplished in its first 10 years sets the stage for making the goal of inclusive playgrounds within reach of every child in America achievable. So many problems in our world are seemingly intractable and yet we have succeeded in demonstrating how this one can be solved. Fred’s management talent and experience, combined with his big heart, will position Boundless Playgrounds to make an even bigger difference.”

Boundless Playgrounds has helped more than 100 communities in 24 states and Canada realize all-inclusive playgrounds

For more information visit boundlessplaygrounds.org.


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October 17, 2019, 9:13 am PDT

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