SVP International is delighted to welcome our new director of programs and operations, Cathy Lehman!
Cathy comes to SVPI with rich experience in training, operations, leading teams and working with a broad set of constituents. She was recently the education and outreach director at the Washington Environmental Council and the Washington Conservation Voters where she managed grassroots advocacy efforts for environmental issues and candidates across Washington State. While there she facilitated an inclusive process to write and operationalize the organizations’ first racial equity action plan, and served as outreach director for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, a broad coalition of labor, environmental, health, business, faith and community of color organizations working to pass an equitable and efficient price on carbon pollution.
A Washington native, Cathy served on the Bellingham City Council, stepping in to the role of council president in her final year. She also managed the work of SVP Seattle Investee, Futurewise in Whatcom County, and supported numerous community based nonprofits in NW Washington.
At SVPI, Cathy will work to cultivate a thriving team and ensure that all our programs, operations, communications and development functions are aligned for the greatest impact. She will also manage SVPI’s Philanthropy Development Curriculum, the annual Spring Summit, and numerous convenings and programs that strengthen and connect affiliates.
Cathy received her BA in Communications from Western Washington University and earned a Certificate of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University in 2008. She is also working on her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Change at Pepperdine University through a distance learning program for working professionals.
In her free time, Cathy enjoys exploring the joys of Seattle with her partner Dave and their black lab/German Shepard mix, Cash. She runs and takes a lot of walks, plays soccer, rides bikes, and generally looks for good excuses to get time in the sunshine whenever it comes out.
More Fun Facts about Cathy
Theme Song: “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie
Favorite Smell: Peonies
Things that Give You the Wiggins:
Egregius Egregious spelling errors
Kitchen Appliance You Can’t Live Without: Anything with which to make coffee
First Dance Move: Jitterbug with my Dad to the Beach Boys
Favorite Quote: “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
Secret Super Skill: Wayfaring!
Go-To Comfort Food: Caramel Corn
Actor Who Would Play You In a Made-for-TV Movie: Julia Stiles
Favorite Book as a Child: The Boxcar Children
Favorite Sound: Birds outside my window in the morning
Place You Go to Recharge: My room!
Life Motto: Today is not my own.
First Job: Warehouse worker for a sign making company