Thursday, November 12, 2009

Alliance President and CEO Patrick D'Amelio Steps Down

After taking a brief hiatus from posting Alliance blog entries, I would like to bring your attention to some significant changes in Alliance leadership. Patrick D’Amelio, President and CEO of the Alliance for Education announced his resignation on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, taking effect on December 4, 2009. Patrick will be assuming the role of President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

Alliance Board Chair, George Griffin assured the community that the Alliance is in a healthier position as a result of the Patrick’s great leadership which include making great strides in expanding community engagement, increasing college access, and improving teacher quality throughout the Seattle Public School System.

The Alliance Board has convened a search committee for a new President and CEO. And the hope is to find a new President and CEO by early February.

To read the press release on Patrick’s resignation, please visit

Although we at the Alliance are saddened by Patrick’s departure, the blog posts will continue because the Alliance’s mission -- to ensure every child in Seattle Public Schools achieve academic success – never ends.

We urge the entire community to continue blogging and using this site as a vehicle for public discourse on education issues. As Patrick mentioned in the first blog, “topics such as teacher quality, the achievement gap, student assignment, community schools, education reform, and equitable access to college” will continue to be a rich source of discussion. It is important that we get healthy participation from the entire community.

So, please, keep on blogging!!

Mark Yango, Director of Communications, AFE

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