SOURCE: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

June 18, 2009 16:07 ET

BELL Names Orlando Watkins Chief Development Officer

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - BELL™ (Building Educated Leaders for Life™) has named Orlando Watkins as Chief Development Officer. Watkins brings more than 15 years of experience in development and non-profit management, with a focus on serving schools and neighborhoods in under-resourced communities across the nation.

"Orlando brings many years of community-focused experience and a demonstrated track-record," said Dr. Tiffany Cooper Gueye, BELL CEO. "He shares BELL's dedication to making a difference in the lives of our scholars and he is an excellent addition to our team."

BELL provides summer and afterschool tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs to students in under-resourced communities. BELL's students, called "scholars," gain an average of five months of academic skills during the summer program; and 100 percent of students in the afterschool program advance to higher levels of proficiency.

Most recently, Watkins was the Senior Director of Foundation Relations at City Year, a national service organization providing tutoring and mentoring in 18 cities across the nation. Prior to City Year, Watkins served as Vice President of Programs and Grants at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, a key leadership position in the rebuilding New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Orlando has served in key leadership roles in several prominent national and local organizations, including an appointment by the Governor of Louisiana to the post of Executive Director of Louisiana Serve Commission.

About BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life):

BELL, founded in 1992, is one of the nation's leading providers of quality afterschool and summer educational programs. It is committed to enhancing the educational achievements, self-esteem and life opportunities of children living in under-resourced communities. BELL serves more than 11,000 children annually in schools throughout Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Flint (Mich.), New York City and Saginaw (Mich.). Please visit www.bellnational.org for more information.