Announcing Executive Director Departure

From Gary Swearingen, Board Chair

With much gratitude and a bit of sadness I announce that Shira Rosen will be leaving as Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Seattle effective December 31, 2016. Shira has played a critical role in the success of CIS of Seattle since joining us in 2010. We will miss her and her leadership. We wish her the best of luck at her new role as Director of Schools and Higher Education Programs at Forefront, where she will literally be saving lives.

We thank her for her 6+ years leading CIS of Seattle and celebrate the accomplishments we have made under her leadership, including:

  • Growing from serving 4 schools to 10, serving thousands more students a year, including partnering with Chief Sealth High School last year, South Lake High School and Dearborn Park Elementary this year, and with a corresponding increase in staff and AmeriCorps members from 7 to 19.
  • Shira brought Masters in Social Work interns to work in our schools to better support students.
  • Through the national accreditation Total Quality Systems, all our schools have full fidelity to the CIS model.
  • We continued to provide demonstrable results: At least 95% of students served each school year graduated or were promoted to the next grade.

The board is conducting a search for a new Executive Director, which we expect to be concluded in the next several months. Look for our upcoming announcement of the position—we would love your help in identifying candidates who can continue Shira’s leadership as we expand CIS of Seattle into more schools needing our services. In the transition period our dedicated staff will continue to support students in the Seattle School District with our proven model of integrated student support and along with the Board will continue our close relationship with our partners.

While we are losing a dedicated and inspirational leader, we are looking forward to the next chapter of CIS of Seattle and expanding our reach to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life! If you have any questions or concerns during our transition process please contact me at




Gary Swearingen, Board Chair, Communities In Schools of Seattle

From Shira Rosen, Executive Director

After 6.5 fantastic years with Communities In Schools of Seattle, I will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of December. While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, I am pleased that I will continue to work with schools and youth. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the work I have gotten to do to support Seattle students, families, and schools.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally over the years – staff, board, schools, community partners, corporations, foundations, and donors. Without all of you, CIS of Seattle would not be able to achieve such positive outcomes for students.

I am very proud of the work we have accomplished together. I am so honored to have been a part of this organization and I am excited to see how CIS of Seattle will grow in the future to continue to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity for the past 6.5 years and for supporting such a wonderful organization.

Best regards,



Shira Rosen, Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Seattle