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City Year Seattle/King County announces Lee Lambert as new Executive Director

Contact: Athena Mak

City Year Seattle/King County Announces Lee Lambert as New Executive Director

SEATTLE (October 29, 2018) — City Year Seattle/King County, an education nonprofit that recruits young adults for a year of service in public schools, is pleased to announce that Lee Lambert has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lee as the executive director of City Year Seattle,” said Colleen Oliver, board chair of City Year Seattle/King County. “Lee brings to the role a longstanding commitment to increasing equitable education outcomes for students in Washington, along with outstanding leadership experience and the ability to plan strategically to meet the needs of our community.”

Lambert is an experienced nonprofit leader who has held positions at Washington STEM as the Director of the Statewide STEM Network and at the College Success Foundation as the founding Director of the Washington College Access Network. Prior to his career in the nonprofit sector, Lambert worked for Congressman Adam Smith and Senator Maria Cantwell in their Washington State Offices. A native Washingtonian and a first-generation college graduate, Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and a master of public administration from Seattle University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead City Year Seattle/King County–I am joining a talented team of professionals dedicated to advancing equitable outcomes for the youth in Seattle,” said Lambert.  “City Year is poised to expand our work in Seattle, and I look forward to partnering with the community and school district, so together we can support more students on their path to graduation.”

This year, 94 City Year Seattle/King County AmeriCorps members are serving full-time in 11 of the city’s schools, reaching more than 15,000 students each day. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, mentors and role models, preparing students with the skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in life. Nationally, schools with City Year are two to three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. Last year, 93 percent of partner principals and administrators indicated that they were satisfied with the quality of service provided by City Year Seattle/King County.


About City Year

City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

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