FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JUNE 20, 1996
Lowry names Tony Orange executive director
of African American Affairs Commission
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today
named Seattle resident Tony Orange executive director of the Washington
State Commission on African American Affairs.
Orange, 48, coordinates a stakeholder listening project for the
Region 4 Community Services Division Administrator of the state
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to that,
he served for a year as acting director of the Central Area Youth
Association in Seattle and was staff assistant to the Seattle
Human Rights Commission from 1988 to 1994.
"Tony has a long history of involvement in the African-American
community and has worked hard his entire career for equal opportunity
for all people," Lowry said. "His background in education,
community service and public administration will serve him well
as he steps into his new office."
Orange was executive director for the Coalition for Quality Integrated
Education before landing a job as manager in the Equity and Compliance
Department of the Seattle Public School District in 1977. Since
then, he has served on more than 20 boards and commissions, including
the Task Force on Policy Issues in Elementary and Secondary Education
for the U.S. Office of Education, the Task Force on Goals for
Common Schools for the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction,
and the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Washington Council on
Crime and Delinquency. He currently serves on the board of directors
of Festival Sundiata and the Seattle affiliate of the National
Black Child Development Institute.
Orange will begin work at the commission June 24 and will earn
$48,075 annually. He replaces James Kelly, who left last month
to become a special assistant to DSHS Secretary Lyle Quasim.
The nine-member commission was created in 1989 to deal with issues
concerning the rights and needs of African Americans, and to recommend
to the governor, state agencies and the Legislature appropriate
changes in programs and laws.
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at (360) 753-6790.