WASHINGTON — The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Board of Directors is proud to announce the selection of George H. Lambert, Jr. as the new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2014.
Lambert comes to GWUL with 15 years of experience as an Urban League CEO. Most recently, he served as the CEO of the Lorain County Urban League in Lorain, Ohio, and prior to that, the CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League in Alexandria, Va. In addition, he has served in various capacities with the National Urban League, including a regional consultant for the mid-west central region.
In the private sector, Lambert worked as a public affairs senior executive in charge of strategic alliance initiatives on behalf of Fortune 50 telecommunications clients. He also served as a senior principal with the Gasby Group, a full-service strategic fundraising firm. In the non-profit arena, Lambert served as the Senior Director for Resource Development Operations for United Way of the National Capital Area.
“Lambert will be a great asset to the Greater Washington Urban League and we are confident he will hit the ground running,” stated Jerry A. Moore III, GWUL Board Chair. “His knowledge and understanding of the Urban League will make for a smooth transition, and his vast experience in the non-profit and the private sectors, as well as his desire to serve the community, will ensure our continued success well into the future.”
Lambert will succeed Maudine R. Cooper, who has served GWUL as President and CEO for 23 years.
“I have a very high regard for George as a person, professional, and colleague,” Cooper said. “He’s a first-rate intellect with a great intellectual curiosity and a wonderful sense of humor. With his combined devotion and appreciation of the League, it makes him a wonderful choice. Energetic and engaging, he is ideally suited to marshal the talents and resources of the League and continue to maximize its potential as a community leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.”
Lambert is known for his visionary leadership and progressive managerial achievement. He has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and commissions and maintains his involvement in a broad range of issues consistent with his interests and views.
“I am honored and humbled to assume the presidency of this great institution, which truly is one of the best Leagues in the country,” Lambert commented. “GWUL is devoted to public service and is dedicated to Washington, D.C., Prince George’s and Montgomery County, Maryland communities. It’s a tremendous opportunity and challenge to be asked to sustain and extend its traditions and achievements.”
Born in Washington, D.C., Lambert holds a B.A. Degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He is married to Bernadette Curtis-Lambert, and is the proud father of five young adult children and five grandchildren. He is an ordained deacon and a member of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.
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