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Biography - Lee D. Lambert

Updated October 2020

Organizational Memberships/Professional Affiliations


Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, Honorary Commander 
  • To inform about the military and the missions of the 162nd.
Citizen Diplomacy Alliance – Board member
  • Group that designs and implements professional programs for foreign leaders and international scholars.
Cradle to Career Leadership Council – C2C, member
  • Group committed to prepare every child for success in school and life, ensuring the economic vitality of our community.
Pima Association of Governments – PAG, Economic Vitality Advisory Committee, Member
  • Association of local, state and tribal governments with a mission to build consensus among its members and the public on regional planning for transportation, water and air quality and economic vitality.
Pima Community College Foundation – Board member, Ex-Officio 
  • Fuels the success of PCC students through scholarships, programs, campus facilities and beyond.
Rotary Club of Tucson – Honorary member
  • Group that shares its member’s knowledge, skills and talents in service to others.
Southern Arizona Leadership Council – SALC, Board member
  • Group that works together to create prosperity and high quality of life for our community in education, infrastructure and healthcare.  
Sun Corridor, Inc., - Board of Directors at Chairman’s Circle level, member, Ex. Committee Member, Recovery & Response Planning Committee, member, Workforce Dev. and Training Subcommittee, Chair 
  • This organization is a CEO-driven regional alliance whose members aggressively champion mega-regional issues that impact economic competitiveness and quality of life, attracting businesses that create jobs.
The Breakfast Club of Tucson – Member
  • Group that brings together various community leaders who share their expertise and current business news.
Tucson Airport Authority – TAA, member  
  • Organization that provides a sustainable airport system and pursues initiatives to promote and grow business opportunities.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona – Board of Directors, member
  • Organization dedicated to bringing education, financial stability and healthy communities to Arizonans.
University of Arizona STEM Learning Center – Board of Advisors, member
  • Dedicated to facilitate institutional partnership, support effective initiatives, and advance scholarships that promote equitable access to high-quality, STEM experiences, resources, tools and expertise. 
VIP Breakfast of Tucson, member
  • Group that brings together community leaders who share their expertise and provide insight on current issues. 


Achieve60AZ – Executive Board, member & Community College Representative 
  • Organization that promotes postsecondary attainment of Arizonans by acting as a statewide promoter for collaboration, public awareness, public policy, and date-informed planning and measurement. 
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Board member
  • Advocacy group promoting statewide business at the Arizona Capitol and with the Arizona Congressional delegation.
Arizona Commerce Authority, Board Member
  • State’s leading economic development organization with a mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy creating new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.
Arizona Community College Coordinating Council – AC4, member, CC Marketing and Social Media Committee, member
  • Primary providers of career readiness preparation in the state.  Responsible for developing the workforce for a major portion of the future jobs in the Arizona economy. 
Arizona Complete Count Committee (ACCC) Higher Education Subcommittee, member
  • Group advocating full and accurate count of Arizona citizens to get a full share of federal dollars in all budget formulas.
Arizona Manufacturing Partnership – AMP, Executive Council member
  • Group encouraging Arizona’s educational system to prepare students to earn nationally recognized, industry-validated credentials. Serving as the liaison between manufacturing needs and education articulation. 
Arizona State University – ASU, President’s Community Advisory Board, member
  • Comprising members who help identify issues and opportunities for engagement and solutions.  
Arizona Team Reskilling and Recovery Network, member
  • Network to equip Arizonans with the skills needed to get back to work and to help communities disproportionately affected by economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


American Association of Community Colleges – AACC, Task Force on Community Colleges Apprenticeships, member  
  • Primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level working closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.
American Council on Education – ACE, member
  • Organization helping people achieve their college and career goals by validating learning and skills developed outside the classroom and helping students apply what they know toward a degree or other opportunity. 
Association of Community College Trustees – ACCT, Advisory Committee of Presidents, member
  • Organization dedicated to foster the principles and practices of exemplary governance while promoting high quality and affordable higher education, cutting-edge workforce and development training, student success, and the opportunity for all individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and security. 
Community College Workforce Consortium/Jobs for the Future – Executive Committee, member
  • Select group of education leaders who develop state and federal policies that help students attain credentials for greater success in the labor market.  
Council for Advancement and Support of Education – CASE, member
  • Global organization dedicated to educational advancement, alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services.

Higher Education Commission – HLC, Nominating Committee, member

  • Organization that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States.
Higher Education Research & Development Institute – HERDI, Advisory Board, member
  • Organization dedicated to provide better products and services for students, faculty and staff by facilitating dialogue between community college leaders and the business community. 
Hispanic Association of Community College and Universities – HACU, Directorship Committee, member
  • Organization devoted to promoting Hispanic success in higher education. 
League of Innovation in the Community College, member
  • Organization dedicated to cultivating innovation in the community college environment. 
National Association of Manufacturers/Manufacturing Institute Education Council – Member & Founding member
  • Association representing companies from across the country, in every industrial sector.
National Asian Pacific Islanders Council – NAPIC, President 
  • Organization affiliated to AACC that provides a national body for Asian/Pacific Islander constituents of community colleges to have the opportunity to affiliate and identify in the interest of more effective education.
National Association of Workforce Boards – Board member
  • Organization that represents Workforce Development Boards and their business members that  coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. 
National Chair Academy – International Advisory Board, member
  • Premier leadership development organization for higher education and organizational leaders globally, advocating academic and administrative leadership across all levels of higher education.
National Community College Hispanic Council – NCCHC, member
  • Organization working on preparing Hispanic leaders for community and technical colleges.
National Coalition of Certification Centers – NC3, Board member and Founding member
  • A value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.
National Governors Association and AACC Reskilling & Recovery Network – Member 
  • A collaborative effort focused on helping reskill and retrain Americans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19
National Laboratory Education Transformation – NLET, Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor
  • Organization working on uniting the pieces of education, training and personal learning that are necessary to truly change student success, college completion and access to well-paying jobs. 
National Society of Collegiate Scholars – Honorary Board member
  • Organization that provides students with lifetime access to a variety of experiences and resources including scholarships, leadership and study abroad programs, service activities and partner offers. 
Sustainability Education & Economic Development Center – SEED, President’s Advisory Cabinet
  •  Center that aims to advance sustainability and clean technology education programs at colleges by sharing innovative practices to help college administrators, faculty and staff build the green economy. 
Southwest Transportation Workforce Center – SWTWC, Steering Committee member
  • Organization seeking to connect and empower the 21st century transportation workforce through research, education, and industry engagement. 
Unmudl – Steering Committee, Chair
  • Platform focused on providing course-to-job education programs serving the working learner, while connecting them to current jobs and jobs of the future.
Viridis Learning, Inc. – Advisory Council, member
  • Company that uses data analytics to match students with employers and expanding economic mobility around the world, ending the global skills gap and lending in 21st century workforce development.  

Other memberships

  • Breakfast Club of Tucson
  • VIP Breakfast Club of Tucson
  • Rotary Club of Tucson, honorary member

Previous higher education experience

  • June 2006-June 2013: President, Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash., outside Seattle. Also served as Interim President at Shoreline
  • January 2005-June 2006: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Shoreline Community College.
  • Previous: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Centralia College in Centralia, Wash., and served as Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.


  • Author, chapter in “Opportunity Knocking: How Community College Presidents Can Lead a New Era of Advancement,” 2015
  • Author, chapter in “Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations,” 2016
  • Author, “One Chancellor’s Comprehensive Approach to Agent-Based Recruiting,” National Association for College Admissions Counseling, 2018
  • Author, “Seoul Reflections: Yesterday and Today, published in the anthology, “Mixed Korean: Our Stories,” 2018


  • Juris Doctor degree, Seattle University School of Law
  • Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash. 
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Instructor on Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Employment Law at The Evergreen State College.
  • Thurston County (Wash.) Legal Clinic, former member

Selected Honors and Recognitions


  • Arizona chapter, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), award for service to PCC’s student-veterans, May 2015
  • Named Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve of the U.S., May 2015 and November 2016
  • Honorary Mission Support Group Commander for the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Wing, 2017

Workforce/Economic Development

  • Association of Community College Trustees CEO of the Year, 2017
  • Association of Community College Trustees, Pacific Region CEO of the Year, 2009
  • Pima Association of Governments, Thomas L. Swanson Leadership Award, March 2019
  • Advocate of the Year (with others), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2017
  • NC3 Founders Award for Vision and Leadership, July 2014


  • League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC) National Convention Humanitarian Award, 2018
  • La Estrella Award from Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for exceptional service to the Hispanic community in the border region of Southern Arizona or Northern Mexico, 2017
  • National Asian Pacific Islanders Council Leadership Recognition, April 2019
  • LULAC Council 1057 annual Educators Awards & Scholarship Banquet recognition, April 2015; LULAC/FBI Community Service Gold Award, September 2014 and September 2016
  • Pan Asian Community Alliance in Tucson, Man of the Year, February 2015
  • Victoria Foundation, Edith Auslander Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education recognition, September 2016

Global Education

  • At the invitations of the governments of China and India, presented to educators about the critical role community colleges can play in educating and training the workforce of the 21st century.
  • Honorary Professor, Wuhan Railway Vocational College of Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Honorary Professor, Wuhan Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Co-presenter. “How Industry 4.0 & Global Education will Shape the Future of Work: A Case Study from Arizona”; panelist, “Tertiary Education International Policy Forum,” World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics global conference, 2018
  • Keynote presenter for the AACC delegation at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress in Beijing, October 2014

Other state of Washington memberships/honors

  • Dale Turner Family YMCA (Shoreline/South Snohomish County), board member
  • Forward Shoreline, former board member
  • Human Resources Management Commission, former chair
  • Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, member
  • Washington Campus Compact, executive board of directors
  • Letter of Commendation from former Gov. Gary Locke, 2007


A U.S. Army veteran, Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash. area. He likes for people to call him Lee.
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