As an active bicyclist and follower of state and local government, I have seen the impact that Cascade and Washington Bikes have made in Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and Washington state, where the amount of bicycling infrastructure continues to expand and where more people of all races, ages, genders, and backgrounds are riding bikes than ever before. Washington consistently ranks as one of the most bike friendly states in the nation thanks in large part to Cascade and Washington Bikes’ hard work uniting people to experience the joy of bicycling. As we emerge from the pandemic and press forward with efforts to make bicycling and society at large more equitable, we have a tremendous opportunity to use our collective pedal power to drive progress--and use bikes as tools to improve our region’s health, safety, sustainability, and economy.
Board President Tamara Schmautz expressed her enthusiasm in saying,
We are extremely excited and proud to find someone of Lee’s caliber to lead our organization, and help us chart a new path forward for the next 50 years. Lee is a lifelong resident of our region who has devoted his career to public service and nonprofit leadership that is uplifting, collaborative, and unifying. We all look forward to pedaling alongside Lee as he begins this new journey.
About Lee Lambert
As the Executive Director of City Year Seattle/King County for the last three years and the former Director of the Washington STEM Network, Lee Lambert has led efforts to increase opportunities for systemically underserved students in the community. His background in creating educational opportunities also served him in his role as the Founding Director for Washington College Access Network, while a part of the College Success Foundation.
Additionally, he has experience in the political arena, serving as the Washington state special projects manager and grants coordinator under US Senator Maria Cantwell, and a constituent services representative under US Representative Adam Smith.
Lambert has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University and a BA in Political Science from Washington State University.
He is the first Black Executive Director to lead Cascade Bicycle Club, marking an exciting milestone that reflects their increased commitment to racial equality.
About Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club aims to provides a healthy future where people are brought together to create a thriving community free of inequity. Their mission is centered around bringing people together to advocate for safety, equity, and sustainability in Washington State.
They are committed to ending racism by ceasing inequities in health outcomes, mobility, and transportation access in their community through their Anti-Racism in Bicycling initiative and have developed a Racial Equality Plan to guide their efforts.
As climate justice advocates, they also promote bicycle use as a clean, healthy, affordable solution to foster long-term sustainability efforts. Their aim is to address the climate crisis through increased community participation.
Furthermore, their values encompass a collaborative spirit that looks for ways to work with their local communities to remove transportation barriers to increase accessibility and foster a sense of belonging.
About Valtas Group
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Furthermore, Valtas Group partners with board members and senior nonprofit leaders on a variety of strategic consulting assignments. We offer comprehensive resources to guide your transition needs. Contact us to learn about our executive interim and placement services.
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