The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Lyons as the new Executive Director.
With an extensive background and education in non-profit leadership, Melanie
brings twelve years of youth programming, fundraising and organizational capacity building experience to the role of Executive Director on the Hamilton Friends team.
I admire the accomplishments of Hamilton Friends
to illuminate the vitality of the youth of this country and to help pave ways for their dreams," said Lyons
"We are really excited about Melanie
is perfect for these needs."
"It is an honor to be asked to lead the organization at this time and I look forward to working with a dedicated Board of Directors and a talented staff," said Lyons
"I truly feel that I am joining the organization at a very exciting time.
We just announced our fourth cohort of Hamilton Award Winners and they are incredible group of young people.
We will have our largest internship season to date this summer.
We are poised to have our best Leader Weeks yet in both Seattle and Guatemala - and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate personally in both."
Melanie was most recently the interim Executive Director for the Seattle non-profit organization, Bike Works, an organization focused on building sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling.
She has served in a variety of leadership positions at youth serving non-profit organizations over the past decade including Passages Northwest; First Place School; YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County; Salish Sea Expeditions; and Great Hollow Wilderness School.
In addition to her administrative experience she has worked extensively on curriculum/program development and one-on-one with young people as an educator in both classroom and wilderness settings.
has an incredible commitment to serving the community.
She currently serves as a facilitator for Seattle Mayor's Youth and Families Initiative Facilitator, she's a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association Conference Scholarship Committee, and she continues to serve as a member of the Bike Works Risk Management Committee.
holds a both a masters in Social Work and a masters in Public Affairs from the University of Washington.
She also has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Additionally, Melanie holds a certification in Advanced Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.
time at the UW, Melanie
received several awards for academic and leadership achievements.
was honored as a NDOA Scholar in 2007, received the Leadership Award from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2006, was honored as a Denice Johnson Hunt Scholar in 2005 and was a University of Washington Mary Gates Leadership Scholar
emphasized that her
office door is open and she
welcomes all of you to be in touch.