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Lisa Pipes Joins Palmer Scholars as Development Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Pipes to the Palmer Scholars family. Below is a short bio Lisa wrote to introduce herself to our community of supporters. Welcome, Lisa!


I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and have lived in Tacoma for 19 years. I worked for twelve years at Russell Investments and thoroughly enjoyed their community-focused support for associates’ donating time to our community by tutoring at the alternative high school, undertaking various United Way projects, and teaching financial literacy at the middle school level. From there, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Kindergarten-1st Grade special education students within the Puyallup Tribe’s Leschi Schools and working with the Institute for Family Development bringing Parents As Teachers and ACES awareness to Tacoma area families who had children prenatally through three years old. All along the way, I felt that each of the educational interventions were not early enough nor addressed the underlying barrier I felt governed many obstacles for achieving full potential for our young community members. I am so excited to begin my work with Palmer Scholars within the Development team, assisting with helping underrepresented scholars pursue their dreams to fulfill their potential. I have a passion for and look forward to working with our terrific community to end generational cycles of poverty.

When I am not working, my husband and I have fun with our bio and bonus kiddos, dogs, and projects on our urban farm or in our 5-acre family forest.

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