Susie Lee has enthusiastically dedicated the majority of her adult life to ensuring others have an opportunity for success. Susie currently serves as board president for Communities In Schools of Nevada, where she strives to provide students with resources necessary to succeed in school and life.

(Photo Courtesy of Susie Lee)

(Photo Courtesy of Susie Lee)

Lee explained, “Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program and we exist to help children at risk with both non-academic and academic needs (such as tutoring) so they can achieve in school and graduate.”

According the 34th edition of the “Las Vegas Perspective” market profile and economic publication, the Clark County School District (where Las Vegas is located) is the fifth largest school district in the country. With the amount of students attending its schools, there is diversity as well as issues that need to be addressed.

As a woman of philanthropy, Lee has strived to positively impact Las Vegas since 1993, serving as a founder and board member to local nonprofits including After-School All-Stars and Public Education Foundation. Lee obtained her undergraduate degree (E.S.) in public management and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration of Financial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

“As the board chair, my duties are to manage the board, oversee our CEO, fundraising, advocacy and public awareness,” she said. “My career has always been centered on public service and public organizations. My degrees have been incredibly relevant to my career and to what I have accomplished.”

Lee believes that “education is the great equalizer in people achieving their goals and I would urge everyone to pursue higher levels of education.”

With respect to public and nonprofit management, Lee stated that, “more and more nonprofit organizations are becoming more relevant in terms of the delivery of public services as government services become increasing less available.” The degrees Lee received gave her the business background to successfully run a nonprofit organization and pursue her goals of improving the education of Las Vegas children.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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