July 18, 2019
MBAE Names Edward Lambert as Executive Director

Edward Lambert
January 17, 2019 — The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a Boston-based nonprofit that advocates for education policies aimed at improving Massachusetts public schools, recently announced it has named Edward M. Lambert, Jr. as its executive director.

Lambert succeeds Linda Noonan, who stepped down as executive director of Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) after 14 years.

Lambert most recently served as the vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Previously, he was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and founding executive director of the Urban Initiative at UMASS Dartmouth, a research center focused on strengthening the state’s urban, industrial communities.

Lambert also served as the mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts from 1996 to 2007, and represented Fall River and Westport in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was previously a member of the Fall River School Committee.

“Ed’s unique experience at the intersection of policy and education combined with his deep understanding of the challenges facing our gateway cities makes him the right leader at the right time for MBAE to move our policy agenda forward,” said William J. Walczak, board chair of MBAE. “The business community’s voice on education policy is as important as ever as the availability of a qualified workforce continues to be a top concern of employers across the state.

"Ed will continue MBAE’s mission to ensure the state fulfills its obligation to provide every student a high quality education that prepares them to successfully join the workforce and become a thriving citizen.”

“MBAE has consistently called on state leaders to set the nation’s highest standards for public education,” said Lambert. “I am truly pleased to be joining such an important organization at a critical moment in the future of our education system.”

This legislative session, MBAE is focused on ensuring any increase in school funding is used to close persistent equity gaps that for too long have held back students from our most disadvantaged communities, as well as creating career paths for all students to the workforce by providing them opportunities to earn high value, high demand credentials.

MBAE was founded in 1988 by employers concerned about the educational attainment and skills of graduates entering the workforce.

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