Ron Leinbach, former president and chief operating officer of Walton Global Holdings, Ltd., has been named to the board of directors of First Place, an Arizona nonprofit that serves adults with autism and other special needs. Walton, a Canadian-based real estate investment and development company, experienced tremendous growth in the United States during Leinbach’s nine-year tenure with the firm, according to the announcement from First Place. Before joining Walton, Leinbach was an attorney in private practice in Seattle. He received his Board of Directors Certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Business in 2010. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, an MBA from European University in Barcelona, Spain and his Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and resides in Phoenix with his wife, Jenni, daughter Alison and son Lucas. Lucas was diagnosed with autism in 2015. First Place AZ is a nonprofit organization, founded by Denise Resnik, its president and board chair, to advance residential options for adults with autism and related disorders.