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Our New CEO

Tacoma, WA – Aug. 10, 2015 - Child Care Aware of Washington is pleased to announce our new Chief Executive Officer, Robin Lester, a true leader for creating positive changes for families in Washington.

Ms. Lester brings to us dedicated and proven skills that will enable Child Care Aware of Washington to meet the exciting and expanding needs of the Early Learning field in this new era of historic investment in our state’s youngest children.Robin Lester photo

Robin most recently was the Chief Executive Officer of Courage360 (formerly known as WWEE, Washington Women’s Employment & Education) where she led this long-standing non-profit assisting thousands of women and men enter or re-enter the workforce and secure brighter futures for their families. During her almost 14 years at Courage 360 the organization successfully diversified its funding base, strengthened community partnerships and collaborations and re-branded to become COURAGE360.

Robin comes to CCA of WA at an exciting time of increased investment in Washington’s integrated system of high-quality early learning programs that benefit more than 120,000 young children age birth – 5 every day. This new investment will support and strengthen Early Achievers, our state’s quality rating and improvement system that serves 46% of licensed child care providers, and reaches more than 58,000 children in Washington. Early Achievers is improving child care and early learning programs, and providing parents with important information to help them make the best early learning choices for their families.

“We are thrilled to announce new leadership at CCA of WA. Ms. Lester has an impressive track record of improving the lives of families in Washington. We are confident that she will make significant positive contributions both at CCA of WA and in the field of early learning,” said Hilary Loeb, President, CCA of WA Board of Trustees.

Prior to her service at Courage 360, Robin was the Director of Legal Services for the King County Bar Association.  During her tenure directing the Legal Services Programs at the Association, they received the prestigious ABA Harrison Tweed National Award for outstanding national pro bono program of the year.

During the past 22 years, Robin has served on numerous community-based boards, commissions and task forces in the Puget Sound area. She currently is a member of the South King Council of Human Services; the Pierce County Human Services Coalition; Board Member and Chair of the Fund Development Committee for the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Tacoma/Pierce County, and Board Treasurer of the South King Alliance Center.

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