Kathleen Allen has been at SYSO for six years, having first served as SYSO’s Director of Education Program and Partnerships and then promoted to Managing Director in 2017. At SYSO, Kathleen led the SYSO in the Schools program, which serves 31 Seattle-area schools. She also established partnerships with other arts and education institutions and facilitated the development of SYSO’s strategic plan. Kathleen brings to the role of SYSO’s Executive Director 26 years of experience in arts education, which includes designing, managing, evaluating and fundraising for education programs at arts institutions, school districts, public television, and universities. As a volunteer, Kathleen has served on the boards of community arts organizations and parent associations. Kathleen earned her bachelors in art history from Vassar College and a masters degree in education from Harvard University.