Leo recently completed over a decade of service as a board member of the New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF). During his time at NCCF Leo served twice as Annual Appeal Co-Chair, was an Annual Grant Review Volunteer, and a two-term board member, including a term as Board Chair. Under Leo’s leadership, NCCF completed a Strategic Planning Process that resulted in the first ever “area of focus” for the Foundation: Behavioral Health and Substance Use, topics of vital importance to the overall health and wellness of the community.
The NCCF Behavioral Health Committee’s work has led to a community wide initiative entitled “Let’s Talk About It.” The initiative aims at breaking down the barriers of isolation, reducing stigma, and increasing awareness around mental health. The goal is to ensure there is a coordinated set of mental health services available for those who need them, and to make it socially acceptable to talk about the challenges individuals and families face when dealing with these issues.
Leo currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Waveny Lifecare Network’s Board of Directors. He previously served as President of the Rotary Club of New Canaan, where he was a member for over 30 years. Leo led the development of a private-public partnership between the New Canaan Athletic Foundation, a community run nonprofit, and the Town of New Canaan, to ensure the future needs and improvements of New Canaan’s Athletic Facilities.
Leo is former Vice-President of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association, where he served as a coach of the Girls Lacrosse program, and as a referee, for over 15 years. Leo is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also previously served on the Board of the New Canaan United Way, and as a volunteer on the Junior Achievement of Southwestern CT.
Karl Chevrolet has been consistently recognized for outstanding customer service on a local, regional and national basis. The company was founded in 1927 by Leo’s grandfather, Leo E. Karl Sr. As the third generation leader of his family business, Leo has been active in several area Chambers of Commerce and has served as President of the Metro New York Chevrolet Dealer Association.
Leo graduated from Sacred Heart University and received his B.A. in Business Management. His two daughters, Melissa and Jessica, both live and work in New York City. Leo’s wife, Janet, is a Career and Education Consultant, who works with young adults enrolled in college or young adults who have recently graduated college. Leo and Janet live in New Canaan.