For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Assistant Dean Madrid is First Hispanic Woman to Chair United Way Board

Sandra MadridUnited Way of King County (UWKC) has announced the election of Sandra Madrid, Assistant Dean for Students and Community Development for the UW law school, as Board Chair for 2006-2007.

Dean Madrid, the first Hispanic woman to become UWKC Board Chair, has served on the Board of Directors for nine years and held a variety of positions. UWKC is the largest United Way chapter in the U.S. In addition, she is currently a member of the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She also serves on numerous local boards.

“I’m more excited than ever to tap individual strengths and expertise at our disposal to help our neighbors overcome huge challenges in our society,” said Dean Madrid. “I’m extremely committed to United Way’s vision to end homelessness and help kids succeed in school. I’m also looking forward to making measurable progress on other key issues such as basic education and healthcare for all residents.”

Dean Madrid came to the UW School of Law in 1989. Her responsibilities include oversight of recruitment, admissions and financial aid. She also provides personal counseling and serves as Dean of Students and as Director of Personnel for classified and professional staff. She has received many honors including: The Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission for Minorities in the Profession; the Leadership Tomorrow Edward E. Carlson Outstanding Alumna Award; one of 75 Distinguished Leadership Award winners from the National Association for Community Leadership; the Outstanding Non-Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association; the Champion of Diversity Award from the King County Bar Foundation; and the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association. She was featured in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as one of “20 Trail Blazing Mujers: Elite Cadre in Higher Education” (February 2004).

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