Big Brothers Big Sisters has new executive director

Mar 20, 2013
Pamela Shields

The YMCA of Snohomish County recently announced that Pamela Shields has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County, a YMCA affiliate, as its new Executive Director.

Shields now oversees the day-to-day branch operations, which includes staff supervision, volunteer and community relations, program development/operations, fiscal management, financial development, and board development.

Previously, Shields had been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound since 2006 serving as vice president of Communications & Community Engagement. While in that role Shields:

• Was responsible for all external agency communications, including public relations, program and fund development messaging, media, speeches, website communications, and the agency case for support.

• Worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America on nation-wide repositioning campaign for the network.

• Researched and identified potential private, city, state, and federal funding sources totaling in $962,000 in 2012.

• Produced an annual communications plan, including social media, written communications, media, and events.

• Played a leadership role in the creation of a three-year strategic plan, including responsibility for the final report production and public launch.

• Managed agency advocacy efforts with local, state, and federal governments.

• Managed all agency recruitment activities for volunteer “Bigs” (adult volunteers) and outreach activities for “Littles.”

She received both her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.

“Pamela was chosen from more than 70 applicants for our position,” said Ted Wenta, vice president of operations for the YMCA of Snohomish County. “We are excited about the strength of Pamela’s resume and are looking forward to her leading this next chapter of our agency.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County, an affiliate of the YMCA of Snohomish County, is a prevention-focused youth mentoring organization that creates and monitors safe, nurturing relationships between caring adult volunteers and children between the ages of 6 and 18.

The programs offered combine informal friendship and mentoring, backed by professional screening, training and supervision.

There is no charge to the children or families who receive services from Big Brothers Big Sisters. More than 90 percent of children in BBBS programs live below the federal poverty line and 93 percent live in a single parent household.

-Edited by Beacon staff


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