LAS VEGAS, NEV. – Tami Hance-Lehr, state director and CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), the fifth largest state office of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization serving 81 schools with affiliate offices in in the Clark, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe County school districts, announces the promotion of Alex Bybee to chief strategy officer.
In his new role, Bybee is responsible for leading the organization’s strategic planning process, bolstering partnerships with school districts, municipalities, state agencies and legislators, and overseeing the organization’s communications and messaging. Bybee brings a creative and collaborative spirit to CIS, broadening the awareness of CIS’ work and the importance of its mission to key stakeholders. Through his work, CIS continues to innovate its place in the education ecosystem, closing opportunity gaps and ensuring more students graduate college- and career-ready.
“As the organization continues to grow its reach in service to more of Nevada’s students, I am thrilled to announce the promotion of Alex to chief strategy officer, a position we created to ensure our external affairs and strategic vision continue to be at the front and center of our approach,” said Hance-Lehr. “A leader who serves with heart, Alex has always demonstrated a strong passion for our mission, advancing equity in education, and connecting students with the resources and tools to help them realize their potential in school and life. His contributions to this organization are invaluable, and we are confident his impact on CIS and Nevada’s schools will continue to grow exponentially with his elevation to our expanding C-suite.”
Bybee joined CIS in September of 2019, serving as director of strategic partnerships for nearly two years, before taking on the role as senior director of communications and strategic affairs for another year. His previous positions include Nevada state director for nonprofit organization, Teach Plus, and senior director of development and community relations for The Public Education Foundation. With a decade of experience in Nevada’s legislative sessions and several election cycles, Bybee has worked on various high-stakes initiatives and launched a multitude of marketing campaigns. Throughout his career, he has secured more than a billion dollars in revenue for public schools, successfully advocated for bipartisan appropriations and laws at the state legislature, and overall, inspired action and investment in evidence-based programs for public education.
About Communities In Schools of Nevada
Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS) is the fifth-largest state office of the nation’s leading evidence-based dropout prevention organization that believes every child has potential – regardless of race, zip code or socioeconomic background – but may lack equal opportunity to succeed. CIS places caring, well-trained, full-time employees in high poverty schools to build trusting relationships with students and families, assess their needs and remove the barriers they face to learn and graduate. CIS taps into a network of more than 120 agencies and nonprofits to meet student needs – literally bringing the community into the schools it serves. CIS has innovated ways to collaborate with partners during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of care, meeting students online, at home, or in the community to provide supports. Included in CIS’ strategies and culture are principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, CIS breaks down immediate and systemic barriers to create and sustain equitable outcomes. In total, CIS serves more than 80,000 students, including 12 schools in Western Nevada, 12 schools in Northeastern Nevada, and 57 schools in Southern Nevada. Nationally, Communities In Schools provides services in more than 2,900 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia, serving 1.7 million young people and their families every year. For more information, visit http://www.cisnevada.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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