Lake Washington Schools Foundation welcomes new leadership

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation will begin the upcoming school year with strong, new leadership with the promotion of LeeAnn Wood to executive director and the election of new officers to its board of trustees, both occurring in June. The foundation raises funds to support academic excellence and success for all Lake Washington School District students, raising over $400,000 last year.

The foundation is pleased to announce that it has hired LeeAnn Wood as executive director. During the past year, while serving as the foundation’s interim director, Wood’s energy and commitment to excellence have made a mark on the foundation and on the school community, culminating in the foundation’s successful May fundraising luncheon.

Wood has over 15 years of non-profit experience in the Puget Sound region. Before joining the foundation, she served as executive director of the Overlake Hospital Foundation and earlier, as vice president of development for Easter Seals of Washington, part of a national organization with a focus on early childhood education and K-12 special needs education.

A volunteer since childhood, Wood has served on community and professional boards throughout her career. Initially specializing in estate and gift planning, she established the endowment and planned giving program for the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle, WA. Wood later focused her energy as the continuing education chair for the board of directors of the Washington Planned Giving Council, and as chairman of Leave a Legacy of Western Washington.

When Wood was asked what she found most compelling about being a part of the foundation, she immediately replied, “The people! Without a doubt, it’s the people. It is how I have spent the greatest part of my time this past year and how I’ve come to understand the mission and priorities of our students, the district and our communities.”

Wood went on to say, “The private, public and business communities of Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish are 100% united in their commitment to education and to children.” She emphasized, “What makes it possible for us to make a big difference is that we have people who are willing to act and to invest, and who want to do it together.”

In June, the foundation also elected three new officers to its board of trustees. Former Vice President of Board Development Peg Hunt was elected to replace the outgoing board president of two years, Terri Blier. Current trustee Barry Shaw was elected vice president of board development and will work to increase the size and diversity of the foundation’s board. Current trustee Bob Guild will serve his second term as treasurer, and new trustee Kathleen Reynolds was elected secretary. All officers serve a one-year terms.

President Hunt deeply values education. According to Hunt, “Education is critical for the future—for individual students, for the community, and for society.  The foundation is excited to work with the new superintendent to support the vision and mission of the district and make a greater impact on students.”