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This profile was last updated on 3/9/11  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters , Public Administration
    The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
  • Masters , Social Work
    The University of Washington
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Board Development 101: How to build a strong and healthy board of directors | Seattle, WA | 03/09/2011, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
Melanie Lyons
Executive Director
The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association
Melanie has been involved in nonprofit organizational development for 12 years. In her current position, she is responsible for supporting and working in partnership with a national board to provide comprehensive governance and fundraising muscle to the organization. This includes: education/training, policy development, recruitment, orientation, evaluation and committee support. Previously, as Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director at Bike Works, Melanie was responsible for leading staff support of board development activities including recruitment of eight board members over four years, adoption of a comprehensive board governance/committee structure, and revision of by-laws. Melanie currently serves on the Northwest Development Officers Association Conference Scholarship Committee, the Pride Foundation Scholarship Committee, the Bike Works Risk Management Committee and volunteers with the Mayor's Office Youth and Families Initiative. She earned a Masters in Social Work from The University of Washington and a Masters in Public Administration from The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She is a member of Northwest Development Officers Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Melanie received a certificate in Advanced Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and participated in the Seattle Works Bridge Program which provides focused training on nonprofit and government board service.
The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, 1 May 2010 [cached]
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.
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.
Melanie 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.
Melanie 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.
During her time at the UW, Melanie received several awards for academic and leadership achievements. She 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 in 2005.
Melanie emphasized that her office door is open and she welcomes all of you to be in touch.
The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, 2 Mar 2012 [cached]
Melanie Lyons Executive Director
Contact Melanie at
Melanie began mentoring and investing in the power of young people when she was in her teens and never looked back. She is happiest when involved in this work and can't imagine ever being far from this engaging profession.
For 12 years Melanie has been working with nonprofit organizations that seek to learn about opportunities and challenges communities face, and to collaborate with communities to draw on strengths and build solutions.
Melanie has a strong interest in organizational development, systems creation, program implementation and collaborative strategy building. She has always found herself particularly drawn to programs that support young people to use their power, potential and talent in personal, local and global leadership. At Hamilton Friends she is inspired daily by our young people's incredible tenacity and tremendous accomplishments.
She craves outdoor adventures and can often be seen rolling by on her light green bicycle named Sweet Pea. Although originally a transplant from the East Coast, she looks forward to growing old in Seattle.
Melanie Lyons, Assistant ..., 30 Mar 2009 [cached]
Melanie Lyons, Assistant Director, (206) 725-9408 , ext. 1, (email)
If you are interested in joining our Board of Director and playing a integral role in educating youth and promoting bicycling in Seattle, please contact Melanie Lyons at or 206.725.9408 for a Board Member Application Form.
To learn more about Bike Works, please visit, or call Melanie Lyons at 206.725.9408.
Bike Works! Helping Columbia City Ride Bicycles., 17 July 2009 [cached]
Melanie Lyons, Assistant Director- David McLean Classes for Adults
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