Launch is proud to announce that they have named their next Executive Director. Laura Nicholson, who has been serving as their Senior Director of Programs, will now lead the organization as their newest Executive Director. In speaking about her new role, Laura has said,
I am so excited and honored to be part of the future of Launch as the next Executive Director. During my four years at Launch, my commitment and love for Launch has continued to grow, and I can’t wait to engage with our staff, families and community in this new capacity as we continue to lead the charge to brilliant outcomes for the children in our care.
In her former role at Launch, Laura was responsible for directing program development as well as overseeing their programming across 13 locations – initiating and expanding programming as well as collaborating with external partners. Laura’s passion for ensuring that all students have equitable access to opportunities is why she is a great fit for the Executive Director role.
The Launch Board of Directors is confident that her passion, strategic vision, and commitment to equity will help guide the organization to new heights. Safi Sadiq, Board Co-Chair, echoes this sentiment in saying,
The Board is deeply honored and excited to work with Laura in her new capacity as Executive Director. Laura’s experience in early childhood education will propel Launch forward ensuring our mission and strategic plan is realized with greater impact.
Please join us in congratulating her on this exciting new opportunity!
Laura Nicholson is a proven nonprofit leader with a strong commitment to cultivating anti-racist, culturally affirming spaces for students and their families. Amid the extensive experience that she brings to the role, she is best known for her ability to build relationships, motivate the team, and plan strategically to lead well. She is committed to ensuring that students have access to the kind of life-changing opportunities that can pave the way for successful outcomes.
Prior to joining Launch four years ago, Laura held roles as child Development Coordinator with the Bellevue School District and Assistant Program Coordinator with AmeriCorps. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Seattle University and a Master of Education from Seattle Pacific University. Laura is also an advocate volunteer with Teen Feed, a mental health care organization for homeless youth.
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Launch is a nonprofit organization that exists to create brilliant outcomes for the children in their community by ensuring equitable access to quality learning opportunities and care. They strive for inclusiveness, respect, and compassion in everything that they do. They aim to take a balanced approach by valuing the whole person and striving for joy in learning.
In the community Launch builds trust through engagement, listening well and staying focused on people with everything that they do across their preschool, after school, and kids summer programs. They provide a safe place for children to grow and learn and play that is age-specific and developmentally appropriate.
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