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Jan Levy

Leadership Tomorrow
Seattle
Jan Levy is the Executive Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a civic leadership training program founded by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of King County. The program’s purpose is to cultivate, inspire, connect, and engage an effective community of leaders. Jan is a graduate of the program and has served as its director for more than twenty six years.

Jan is a Seattle native who lived in a number of other cities before returning home in 1980. Her diverse background includes professional dance, higher education administration, and, prior to joining Leadership Tomorrow, eight years at Washington Mutual Bank, where she held positions as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Officer and Manager of Student Loans, and Asst. Vice President for Lines of Credit. 

A self-proclaimed “leadership junkie,” Jan has a deep commitment to community leadership development. For nine years, she served on the board of directors of the Community Leadership Association (CLA), an international association of community leadership programs. She completed her term as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board in 1999. In May, 2000, Jan received the “Preceptor Award” for excellence in her field from CLA. She is also a former
member and vice-chair of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Jan has assisted with the formation of a number of other community leadership programs in the northwest, including Leadership Vancouver, B.C., Leadership Victoria, B.C., Leadership Kitsap, Leadership Thurston, Leadership Snohomish, and Leadership Skagit.

Jan is the current Chair of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission (mayoral appointment) and serves on the Visiting Committee of Seattle University’s Masters in Non-Profit Leadership Program. She Co-Chaired the Century 21 Committee, a mayoral-appointed committee charged with recommending a new design plan for the Seattle Center. Jan is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Temple de Hirsch Sinai. Other previous board memberships include the United Way of King County, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Puget Sound Camp Fire Boys and Girls, and the American Jewish Committee.

Jan was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Municipal League of King County, (March, 2010). She has received numerous other awards, including the “Woman of Influence” award by the Puget Sound Business Journal, (November, 2008), a “Spirit Award” from the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, (December, 2008), the 2007 “Woman of Distinction” award from the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the “Community Mentoring and Legacy” award from Women of Color Empowered, (September, 2007) and the “Executive Leadership” award from the Alliance of Non-Profits, a member organization made up of the region’s non-profits, (June, 2006). In January of 2001, The Seattle Times recognized her as one of the “Best Organizers of 2000” for the Puget Sound Region. In her “free time,” Jan enjoys yoga, dancing, attending theatre and listening to jazz. During the summer months, she spends her time backpacking and kayaking in the wonderful mountains of the northwest.