Leadership Eastside (LE)  president Stephanie Mapelli is stepping down from the position she held with the organization for the last five years to relocate to Montana with her family.  LE Board Chair Earl Bell, on behalf of the LE Board of Directors, commended Mapelli for her leadership and service in guiding the LE program through its formative years.  Mapelli joined the organization in 2006 as president after she participated in the program as a class member during its inaugural year.  “Stephanie has been a tireless champion of LE and its values, and a friend to us all,” said Bell.  “We will miss her greatly, and it’s thanks to her efforts that LE is well-positioned for the next phase of its growth.”The LE Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to recruit a dynamic, visionary individual who will have the opportunity to expand the organization’s position as a cutting-edge community leadership development program for the Eastside.

LE serves the greater Eastside region by helping individuals who want to make a difference in their local communities through leadership roles in volunteerism and public service. The organization has been a driving force in building community leaders since 2005. Distinguished by its three-year, skill-building program sponsored by local businesses, LE attracts participants who live or work on the Eastside and represent all sectors. With more than 200 alumni, students and community partners that represent the entire east King County region, LE is making a significant impact on the Eastside.  More than 140 Eastside organizations are currently benefiting from LE members’ volunteerism through 80 alumni and participants who are serving on nonprofit boards, commissions and chambers and 16 past members are holding or seeking public office.

For more information on the organization and its program, visit www.leadershipeastside.com

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