Oakland Non-Profit Civicorps Schools Announces Alan Lessik as its New Executive Director

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Civicorps Schools (formerly the East Bay Conservation Corps), a comprehensive, Oakland non-profit educational organization located in West Oakland, is pleased to announce that its new Executive Director, Alan Lessik, will start on August 1. This marks the beginning of a new era for Civicorps Schools, a 28-year old agency that has served the Oakland community by employing and educating thousands of young people ages 18-24.

Alan Lessik has significant experience in education in a variety of non-profit and public settings in the U.S. and abroad. Alan holds a Masters of Management and Administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Masters of Social Change and Development from Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Alan was the founding Director of the St. Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985-86. Since then, he has served as the Treasurer of the Takoma Foundation in Takoma Park, Maryland (1989-92), was a Grant Program Manager for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Uganda and Honduras in Washington D.C. (1988-91), and Deputy Director for Finance and Administration at the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (1991-2001). He was the Executive Director of San Francisco School Volunteers from 2003-2005. Alan currently serves as the Assistant General Secretary for Goal Leadership on the American Friends Service Committee. Alan has experience in fundraising, strategic planning, program development, finance, and external relations. He is fluent in Spanish.

“Alan made instant connections with his professional and calm demeanor as well as his deep knowledge and experiences managing and supporting staff to be successful and consistently productive,” said Yolanda Peeks, a member of the Civicorps Schools Board of Directors. “Overall, members especially liked his management style. He doesn’t micro-manage. Instead he allows staff to do their jobs working toward specific results which he sets in partnership with each staff member. We liked several aspects of him, including his approach to strategic planning, his enthusiasm for strong, successful fundraising, his track record of building partnerships and his way of thoughtful considerations before responding and making decisions.”

The mission of Civicorps Schools is to promote citizenship and build a civil society by creating educational models that draw upon service as a way of learning. Civicorps Schools was established in 1983 as the East Bay Conservation Corps. In 2007, they changed their name to reflect both their foundation as a conservation corps and the addition of their charter schools. Often shortened to Civicorps, or “The Corps,” this powerful organization has transformed the lives of thousands of young people through education, service and employment.

The Civicorps Oakland public charter schools engage young citizens in advancing their education and personal development while addressing environmental and social issues within their communities. Students grow academically, participate actively as stewards of the environment, and tap into their potential to change the world.

For more information on Civicorps Schools, give them a call at (510) 992-7832 or visit them on the web at http://www.cvcorps.org. They are located at 101 Myrtle Street Oakland, CA 94607.

About Civicorps Schools Civicorps Schools is a conservation corps in the East Bay that promotes citizenship and builds a civil society by creating educational models that draw upon the power of service as a way of learning.


Rebecca Grove