Learning Bridge Early Education Center has named Laura Byes as the agency’s new executive director.

Board President Ellen Collar says Byes “will bring experience, enthusiasm and great communication skills to our organization” founded in Evanston 78 years ago.

Byes takes over from Lindsay Percival on July 1. Percival, who’s retiring, has served as executive director since 2011.

Collar says Byes has over two decades of administration and consulting experience in federal, state, and local early care and education programming. As a consultant, she implementing strategic planning processes and data management solutions that enhanced the quality of early childhood programming.

She also worked as CEO of a child care resource and referral agency in the San Francisco Bay Area and ran a Head Start program for a major Hispanic community non-profit in Phoenix, Arizona.

Byes holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s of education degree in global and social policy from Arizona State University.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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