New Project Manager aims to deliver much-requested community center to Skyway

Malcolm Lee

As a Skyway resident for nearly 25 years, Malcolm Lee sees the obvious: the diverse and vibrant community lacks a community center.

That’s why he’s so excited about his new role as Project Manager with Local Services. Malcolm’s objective is to leverage his experience as a resident and coordinating high-profile projects, along with a passion for uplifting culturally diverse communities, to help deliver a center to the urban unincorporated area south of Seattle.

“Skyway has needed a community ever since I was a young boy living in the neighborhood,” the U.S. Navy veteran says. “People in the community have spoken and desire a place where their children and families can gather, learn and celebrate. It would be a tremendous source of community pride to make this a reality.”

Malcolm has dedicated his career to serving the public and brings plenty of experience connecting community partners. He enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and became an Operations Specialist. His duties included tactical data coordination for the aircraft carrier strike group 3 and extensive operations and intelligence communications on two deployments to the Middle East and Southeast Asian Pacific. He also served as training supervisor and volunteered in his spare time to help guide fleet-wide leadership and community service.

After serving in the military, Malcolm worked as an Education Case Manager for Southwest Youth and Family Services. He was a liaison for youth and community organizations, coordinated youth training and was a student and family advocate to help connect them with housing, employment, education and social services.

Malcolm joined King County in 2019 as Outreach and Recruitment Manager for the Reconnect to Opportunity program with the Department of Community & Human Services. Over two years, he collaborated with schools, community-based organizations and employers to help create a dedicated network of youth success. His dedication to the program led to increased credential attainment and county wide support for employment opportunities with partner organizations.

In March, he became an Administrator III in support of pandemic response at Seattle & King County’s high-volume COVID-19 vaccination site in Auburn. He managed the site’s databases, supervised staff and helped support a site that welcomed nearly 40,000 guests over the course of its lifespan.

Malcolm now wants to take that experience working collaboratively to bring together partners that will make a Skyway community center reality. Behind the scenes, he’s currently working on several opportunities for the region and looks forward to keeping that sense of community and belonging

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