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National Senior Leadership Team

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO at Year Up

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.With its annual operating budget of approximately $100M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. Year Up has also been named one of the nation’s top 50 non-profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times for the past five years.

Gerald’s commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He has actively participated in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and was recognized as one of New York’s outstanding Big Brothers in 1989. He is the recipient of the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. In 2006, Gerald was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs, and in 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees.

Gerald began his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Following graduate school he co-founded Conduit Communications and fostered its growth to more than $20M in annual revenues. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Following the sale of Conduit to i-Cube in 1999, Gerald turned his full attention to creating opportunities for others.

Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. He has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mount Ida College. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald is a former Board member of The Boston Foundation and an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College. His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times best seller.



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Garrett Moran

President at Year Up

Garrett Moran is the President of Year Up, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of daily operations and helping to develop and execute its growth strategy.

Prior to joining Year Up Garrett served as the COO of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group from 2005 to 2012, overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations, playing a senior role in its investment process and guiding the firm’s CSR initiatives. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Garrett was the President of MMC Capital. Before joining MMC Capital in 2002, Garrett worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette for twenty years. His last position there was Vice Chairman and co-head of the Banking Group. He joined DLJ in 1982 as an investment banking associate and subsequently headed the firm’s High Yield Bond Department and served as Chief Operating Officer of DLJ’S Taxable Fixed Income Division.

Garrett serves as a board member of Middlebury College. He formerly served on the board of the Posse Foundation, the Blackstone Foundation, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, and the Brunswick School. He received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jeff Artis

National Director of Corporate Engagement at Year Up

Jeff Artis joined Year Up in 2013 as National Director of Corporate Engagement, with over 30 years’ experience selling complex business solutions to large enterprises in both the private and public sectors.

Jeff has an extensive background in selling workforce management and IT-based services solutions. He started his career with IBM and held a variety of sales roles of increasing responsibility over his 19 year career; including regional sales manager (for services) in the Midwest and national Business Unit Executive for Availability Services. Other roles have included Director, Consulting Services Sales (U.S. and Canada) for BMC Software, VP of Sales for Getronics and SVP, Technology Solutions for Spherion.

Jeff previously served on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Urban League and is a graduate of Williams College, with a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology. He is a native of Harlem, NY and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Connie Askin

National Director of Development at Year Up

Connie Askin joined Year up in 2015. In collaboration with her Co-Director of Development Susan Murray, she is responsible for creating and executing a strategy to secure the philanthropic resources needed to sustain and grow Year Up nationwide. Together, they lead Year Up’s National team of fundraising professionals.

Connie founded a marketing consultancy after earning her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Extension Studies, and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College. She continued to work in the public sector, shifting to leadership positions in finance for large organizations. Connie then jumped to the non-profit world, first as the CFO of AFS, an international student exchange organization, and then leading finance and operations for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Since returning to Boston, Connie has combined creative and analytical skills to grow charitable giving and operations for the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and City Year.

In addition to her work at Year Up, Connie serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Chop Chop Kids, an innovative non-profit that believes that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics. She lives in Wayland, MA with her husband, daughter and an exchange-student from Finland.

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Jay Banfield

Chief Officer of Innovation and Scale and Managing Director of California

Jay Banfield was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. Jay moved to California in 1986 to attend Stanford University, where he met his wife Kate. They have two daughters, Grace and Dray, and a son, Aidan.

After playing baseball in Europe, Jay began his career as a business development manager at Oracle Corporation in Washington, DC. While at Oracle, he built corporate volunteer programs and participated in the launch of the Clinton Administration’s AmeriCorps program, thereby prompting a return to the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree.

Jay has worked on local, state and national political campaigns and has served in both the legislative and executive branches of government. Jay was appointed the Assistant Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco in 1999 where he spearheaded a national award-winning e-government initiative. He was awarded the city’s Public Managerial Leadership Award in 2001 and later was appointed an Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For several years Jay served as an adjunct faculty member at the Edward S. Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University.

In the fall of 2005, Jay moved to the non-profit sector when he became the Executive Director of the San Francisco Parks Trust. Now serving on the board of the San Francisco Parks Trust, he moved on to launch the San Francisco Bay Area office of Year Up. In addition to his work as Executive Director at Year Up Bay Area, Jay remains an active member of the community. Trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Jay served on the board of San Francisco CASA for five years, serving one term as co-chair of the board. Jay has also served as a trustee at the San Francisco Friends School and coach of numerous youth athletic teams.

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Shawn Jacqueline Bohen

National Director for Strategic Growth and Impact at Year Up

Shawn Jacqueline Bohen is a member of Year Up’s senior leadership team, and she is responsible for crafting and orchestrating this social enterprises’ influence strategy.

Over the last 25 years, Shawn has made a career as a collaborative strategist, creating, growing, and strategically managing mission-driven high impact organizations. Shawn is recognized for her ability to turn great ideas into dynamic, diversely-staffed, fiscally-viable entities.

Prior to Year Up, Shawn spent more than a decade working at Harvard University in a series of leadership roles facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle some of society’s most challenging and interesting social, political and economic dilemmas. Partnering with academic colleagues, alumni and donors, Shawn led the strategic evolution of four university-wide start-ups, including the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School, the university-wide Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative, and the Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions. In her last post at Harvard, Shawn served as Assistant Provost, co-creating and co-leading the first institution-wide Office for Faculty Development and Diversity committed to transforming Harvard’s approach to finding, developing and promoting a diverse, world-class faculty.

Shawn began her career conducting grassroots environmental and consumer affairs campaigns for the Public Interest Research Groups in CT and MA. Shawn and her husband have five children between the ages of 10 and 23, three of whom are attending the public schools in Brookline and Sudbury, MA.

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John Bradley

Chief Operating Officer at Year Up

John Bradley joined Year Up as Chief Operating Officer in July 2015, after serving as a member of our National Board of Directors and chair of its Human Capital Committee for six years. Before joining Year Up, John served as the Global Head of Human Resources at UBS AG and was based in Switzerland upon joining them in 2009. He provided global support to businesses whose employee base comprised about 60,000 staff. Prior to taking this role at UBS  John served as Chief Human Resources Officer at JPMorgan Chase and was a member of the firm’s Operating and Executive Committees. John joined the predecessor firm, JPMorgan, in 1983, and held various human resources positions supporting areas such as Investment Banking and Technology & Operations and leading functions such as Employee Relations and Compensation & Benefits. He was also an HR executive for JPMorgan Chase’s operations in Europe and Asia, and was based in London for a period of time.

He has served as Non-Executive Director of the London-based Coalition Development Corporation and was formerly the Board Chair of INROADS/NYC. He also was a member of the South Orange/Maplewood, NJ Board of Education from 1991 to 1997, and served as its Chair from 1992-1994.

John completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University, earning a B.S. from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Scott Donohue

National Site Director at Year Up

Scott is the National Site Director for Year Up’s for Year Up’s Western Region. He is also a co-founder of YUPRO, a for-profit social benefit corporation that supports Year Up alumni in their pursuit of professional careers. He served as the founding Board Chair of Year Up Bay Area through April 2012, and as the interim Executive Director of Year Up Bay Area from January-July 2011.

Prior to joining Year Up, Scott founded five companies in the wireless and media industries as a technology entrepreneur. He was most recently founder and CEO of WCS Wireless and Coloma Broadcasting, LLC. Prior to his career in the communications technology sector, Scott worked in M&A for multinational investment companies in the UK and Europe.

Scott served on the board of the San Francisco Friends School where he co-chaired a $20 million capital campaign to acquire and renovate the original Levi Strauss denim factory as the school’s permanent home. He graduated from Wesleyan University and resides in San Francisco with his wife Amory, an education entrepreneur, and two sons.

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Donald Ger

National Director of Program at Year Up

Donald Ger has spent the past 20 years working with organizations in a variety of business development and consultant roles. Donald joined Year Up in 2007 as a consultant and shortly thereafter was hired to lead the Boston and National corporate engagement teams. He developed and led several organization-wide efforts to increase the number of internships offered to Year Up students.

Donald launched Year Up’s first ever community college campus-based program in Baltimore in 2010. This effort seeded the new Professional Training Corps program model and division that Donald now leads.

Donald lives in Needham, MA with his wife and four children. He actively supports the work of his wife’s non-profit, Beyond the 11th. He earned a B.A. from the George Washington University, a General Course Certificate from the London School of Economics and a MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Ellen McClain

Chief Financial Officer at Year Up

Motivated by curiosity and a propensity to lead, Ellen McClain has gained extensive professional management experience over the past 25 years as a CFO and COO at companies in various stages of development, helping companies navigate competitive challenges and market opportunities brought about by technological and regulatory change.

Ms. McClain began her career at Bank of New England, N.A. in 1986 as an analyst and lender to radio, television and cable companies. After graduating from business school in 1993, she joined Granite Broadcasting Corporation. As VP, Corporate Development and SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Ms. McClain financed the television station group through ten years of rapid change. In 2004, seeking a new challenge at a bigger company, Ms. McClain joined Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. As Vice President of Finance, Ms. McClain built a strong foundation in finance, acquisitions, investor relations, SEC reporting and financial controls, and sought to expand her industry and operating experience. In 2009, Ms. McClain joined the New York Racing Association. After turning around their failing finance organization, in the fall of 2011, Ms. McClain was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, then President, with responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the enterprise while managing all aspects of the operation. In 2013 Ms. McClain resigned in order to pursue board opportunities.

Ellen McClain earned a B.A. in Economics from Brown University in 1986 and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1993. She currently serves on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Audit and the Nominating and Governance committees, of Crane Co. A native of suburban Boston, she resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Susan Murray

National Director of Development at Year Up

In collaboration with her Co-Director of Development Connie Askin, Susan Murray is responsible for creating and executing a strategy to secure the philanthropic resources needed to sustain and grow Year Up nationwide. Together, they lead Year Up’s National team of fundraising professionals.

Susan joined Year Up in February 2011 as Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In this role, she partnered with Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO, to complete a successful $57 million growth capital campaign. Prior to joining the Year Up team, Susan raised capital for the University of Pennsylvania during the $4.3 billion Making History campaign. She also served as a Director of the Columbia University College Fund, and was part of the NYC2012 team that led New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

Outside of Year Up, Susan co-founded the Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development through the sport of lacrosse. She also serves as an advisor for the Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project.

Susan earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Casey Recupero

National Director of Program at Year Up

As National Director of Program, Casey Recupero is responsible for ensuring high-quality delivery of Year Up’s demand-driven program, with the goal of ensuring strong outcomes for young adults and top employers alike. Casey fosters consistent programmatic excellence across the organization’s multi-site network, oversees program innovations required to scale Year Up’s impact and meet market demand, and provides programmatic thought leadership and expertise both internally and externally.

Prior to shifting into this national leadership role, Casey served as the Executive Director of Year Up Boston, stewarding Year Up’s largest site through several stages of growth while deepening the organization’s impact on the Opportunity Divide facing young people in Massachusetts.

Before joining Year Up in 2004, Casey served as a Program Officer at World Education, where he partnered with African nonprofit organizations on a variety of initiatives, including HIV/AIDS peer education for Ghanaian youth, development of the South African small business sector, and grassroots education reform in Malawi.

Casey has a B.A. in Anthropology and African Studies from Harvard College, is a graduate of the LeadBoston program, and has served on the Selection Advisory Council for the GreenLight Fund, the Lewis Family Foundation’s Community Advisory Group, and Mayor Menino’s Success Boston Task Force.

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Sandy Stark

National Site Director at Year Up

Sandy Stark has spent the majority of her career building and growing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Sandy served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for The First Marblehead Corporation and was one of six members of the Chairman’s leadership team.

Prior to joining First Marblehead, Sandy focused her career on entrepreneurship and education. Her consulting firm, The Masix Group, specialized in assisting entrepreneurial companies by providing practical, customized plans to address their specific challenges and growth opportunities.

Previously, Sandy joined Baldwin-Wallace College to create the first degree program in entrepreneurial education. As an Associate Professor in an endowed chair, Sandy created an Entrepreneurship Center that provided academic curriculum, experiential learning initiatives, and economic development programs for minority and women-owned businesses.


Sandy started her career at KeyBank. During her 20 years there, she held positions of increasing responsibility in retail and commercial banking, culminating in her role as Vice Chairman of KeyBank’s Small Business Services division. In this capacity, Sandy conceived and implemented a new small business strategy that resulted in KeyBank becoming the nation’s largest small business lender within a two-year period.

For nine years, Sandy served as President of the Board of Trustees of Urban Community School, an independent, ecumenical school serving 400 inner-city children. In this role she led the first capital campaign to improve and expand the school.

Sandy earned a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Belinda Stubblefield

National Site Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Year Up

Belinda Stubblefield joined Year Up in July 2013 as Executive Director of the Atlanta site. In January 2015, she was promoted to National Site Director, responsible for supporting all sites in the Southeast Region to achieve strong results.

Stubblefield founded Stubblefield Ventures, LLC in 2007 and partnered with Paradies to operate retail stores and a café/bar in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including CNBC News, Spanx, Piedmont Park Travelmart, New York Times Booksellers, Pandora, Brooks Brothers and Sweet Auburn Market Café.

From 2006 to 2011, Stubblefield owned and managed WineStyles Cascade, a retail wine store in Southwest Atlanta. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Stubblefield was an officer at Delta Air Lines. At Delta, she held leadership roles in Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Global Diversity from 1999 to 2006. Marketing and Sales were the foundation of her career, starting at IBM and continuing on to Procter & Gamble and Nestlé, where she was Director of Marketing for the $800 million cat food business, which included Fancy Feast, Friskies, Chef’s Blend and Alpo cat food.

Stubblefield is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Previously, she served as Board Chair for CredAbility and Vice Chair of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has also served on the Boards of Leadership Atlanta, The Herndon Foundation and the Piedmont Park Conservancy. She was named “Woman of the Year” in 2014 by the Atlanta Business League and “Executive of the Year” by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Stubblefield holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Jim Thie

Chief Information Officer at Year Up

Jim Thie has worked in the technology field for three decades building and growing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Year Up, Jim was Chief Information Officer for three other nonprofits including the American Lung Association and Habitat for Humanity International – a top 10 international non-profit with $1.1 billion in revenue. At both organizations Jim led major technology innovations including those focused on constituent experience management.

Before joining Habitat, Jim was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ultimate Software – a top provider in mid-marker payroll. Jim also held positions at Encore Development, an e-business and systems integration company, and Computer Associates, an international advanced technology company. Finally, Jim was a senior executive at one of the nation’s leading financial institutions. In this capacity he served as Senior Vice President of technology and operations.

Jim earned his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College and BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

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Ronda Harris Thompson

National Director of Alumni Relations at Year Up

Ronda Harris Thompson is the National Director of Alumni Relations. Since joining Year Up in 2007, she has served in several critical capacities, including Senior Director of Program and Academics. In this position she drove the outreach, admissions, college enrollment, and academic components of 300 young adults annually, consistently exceeding expectations for each area of responsibility. Ronda also developed and implemented a groundbreaking dual enrollment partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.

With over 20 years of experience in the D.C. market, Ronda has held several positions maximizing her youth development and managerial expertise. Prior to joining Year Up, Ronda served as Deputy Director for City Year in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the site’s training, corps member support and service initiatives.

Other positions Ronda has held include Acting Director of the Public Affairs Office of the D.C. Housing Authority and Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ronda, a D.C. native, graduated from Bowie State University, an historically Black university, with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) in Organizational Development from Trinity Washington University. She currently serves on the board of Gifted Servants (Maryland).

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Alison Washabaugh

Chief of Staff at Year Up

Alison Washabaugh is Year Up’s Chief of Staff. She joined Year Up in 2014 as the Director of Strategic Projects. She partners with Year Up’s CEO and President to drive organizational initiatives with the goal of providing excellent outcomes to young adults and fostering a strong culture across all Year Up sites.

Prior to joining Year Up, Alison was a consultant with Huron Consulting Group’s Global Education practice, working with universities, libraries, museums and other education-focused nonprofits on their online and global strategies and operational efficiencies. Alison has also worked for the Congressional Hunger Center, City Year, American Prospect magazine, and the American Institutes for Research. She holds an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a BA in Public Policy from Brown University.

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Executive Directors

Leopoldo “Polo” Coronado

Executive Director at Year Up South Florida

Polo joined Year Up in 2016 after a successful professional career as an action-oriented COO, General Manager, Planning and Supply Chain Executive. Prior to Year Up, Polo held senior management positions with Fortune 100 companies including P&G and Avon, and most recently led Operations at Intcomex, a global technology distribution organization based in Miami.

Throughout his career, Polo has specialized in the creation of business strategies with the goal of embracing new customer and channel requirements. In his work throughout the Americas, he has developed and implemented manufacturing, customer service and distribution strategies, and brings experience enhancing company operations by applying practical, technical and strategic solutions.

In addition to his professional achievements, Polo brings a dedication to social impact work. He is a passionate champion of the United Way movement, as evidenced by his deep involvement throughout the Latin American region. Polo is a founding member of the United Way Brazil (ACJ) and a board member for the United Way in Mexico (Fondo Unido), Miami, and the United Way International Initiative at Miami-Dade.

Polo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Anahuac (Mexico City) and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Born in Mexico, he has lived in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and the US. He is married to Patricia and he is the proud father of Patricia, Isabel and Leopoldo. In his free time, Polo enjoys gardening, taking long walks with his wife, traveling, reading and spending quality time with his family.

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Joe Coyle

Executive Director at Year Up Philadelphia

Prior to joining Year Up, Joe served as Chief Solutions Officer with The Results Companies, where he was responsible for leading the company’s Sales and Marketing organizations. Prior to this role, Joe was President of Galt Energy until it was acquired by a strategic buyer in 2013. Before leading Galt, Joe spent the bulk of his career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), traveling extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim working closely with EDS’ largest global clients.

Joe currently serves on the Entertainment committee of The Union League of Philadelphia, and chairs the Main Line Wine Gala. He formerly served as Board Chair for The Children’s Home of Easton and Board Member for the March of Dimes. Joe earned an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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Jack J. Crowe

Executive Director at Year Up Chicago


Jack Crowe brings impressive experience to Year Up Chicago from the Cristo Rey Network where he was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Cristo Rey Network is the largest network of urban high schools in the country enrolling exclusively low-income youth. All Cristo Rey students work in a corporate work study program, which generates over $50 million per year from over 2,000 corporations. During his five year tenure, enrollment increased from 5,000 to nearly 10,000 students across the U.S.

Prior to working at Cristo Rey Network, Jack was a General Counsel of FBOP Corporation, a $16 billion bank holding company. Before joining FBOP, Jack was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn where he handled complex corporate disputes. He clerked for the Honorable Ilana Rovner, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Jack obtained a JD degree from Loyola University of Chicago and received a BA in English from Boston College. Following undergraduate studies, he taught at St. George’s College, a Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Bob Dame

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Boston

Bob is the Executive Director at Year Up Boston. He comes from an experienced background in senior leadership in the financial services industry. Bob previously worked at State Street as a Senior Vice President in the Investor Services Group. He managed several large client relationships as well as the Product and Technology implementation team. Earlier in his career Bob worked in the global business unit as Managing Director of the Australian Investor Services business and Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific. Bob has been active with Year Up as mentor and volunteer for many years before joining the organization. He has a Bachelors degree in Business from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.

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Cathy Doyle

Executive Director at Year Up Providence

Emily Schaffer

Executive Director at Year Up Bay Area

Emily started her career addressing poverty and its impact on educational opportunities as a part of the Teach for America teaching corps in urban Los Angeles. After teaching, Emily moved to the business sector to learn first-hand about business strategy as part of the tech start-up, Posit Science. She used this experience to guide her work in business development as the Director of Programs for SpringBoard Forward, bringing a cutting-edge career development program to entry-level workers in the Bay Area. At Year Up Bay Area, Emily oversaw the outreach, admissions, student services and corporate engagement teams, ensuring that each phase of the program students feel supported and well prepared for their next steps: internship, graduation and job placement. Emily currently serves as YUBA’s Executive Director, after 5 years of leading programmatic efforts. Emily received her Education M.A. from Loyola Marymount University.

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Jon Haseltine

Interim Executive Director at Year Up New York

Amy R. Mack

Executive Director at Year Up Puget Sound

Amy Rogge Mack has been involved with non-profit and public management for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Year Up Puget Sound, Amy was the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. There she was responsible for the management and oversight of a $3 million agency that provides one-to-one mentors for children facing adversity, positively changing their lives for the better, in a lasting way. In addition to raising individual, corporate, foundation, and event revenues, Amy was responsible for day-to-day oversight of the agency’s programs and operations as well as the operations of a revenue-generating used goods donation business. Previously, Amy served as President and CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters Federation, Amy was Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service. In this role Amy assisted the CEO in oversight of grant making and operations for AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve programming. Amy holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. Amy lives with her husband, David, and their son, Duncan, in Seattle, Washington.

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Kim Owens

Executive Director at Year Up Arizona

Kim brings more than 20 years of experience and executive leadership in higher education, healthcare, technology and hospitality. Prior to joining Year Up, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Apollo Education Group, where she led efforts for the University of Phoenix Community College Center of Excellence. There, she formed strategic partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. While at Apollo, Kim also established a Global Solutions team with the mission of building and delivering demand-driven, scalable academic solutions to Fortune 500 partners.

Kim currently serves on the executive committee and board for Opportunities for Youth Initiative in Maricopa County. She has also previously served on boards with Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) and UMOM New Day Centers; and was an active member of key industry organizations such as American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Kim received a BS in Journalism/Public Relations from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She and her husband Dan live in Phoenix, where they are active advocates in the community for youth, homelessness, education and workforce development.

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Guylaine Saint Juste

Executive Director at Year Up National Capital Region

Roland R. Selby, Jr.

Executive Director at Year Up Baltimore

Mr. Roland R. Selby, Jr. is the Executive Director for Year Up Baltimore. Prior to joining Year Up, Mr. Selby was a senior consultant with IBM, where he led projects such as the Express Scripts project and Risk and Issue Management in support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Mr. Selby is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has 20 years management-level call center/customer service operations and training experience; and was a National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF) Customer Service Skills (CSS) Certified Trainer.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Selby provided his unique blend of project management, call center management, and departmental leadership for Fortune 100 companies including, American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Citigroup Bank Card Services, Lockheed Martin, MBNA America, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Mr. Selby is a native of Baltimore and an alum of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Morgan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and serves on the Board of Directors for the Howard E. Rollins Foundation, and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program.

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Robin Tanya Watson

Executive Director at Year Up Jacksonville

Kim Williams

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Atlanta

Kim Williams joined Year Up in April 2015, as the Executive Director of the Year Up Atlanta organization. Year Up’s mission is to empower young adults ages 18-24 to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Atlanta serves 250 young adults a year with a successful track record of over 90% positive outcomes.

Kim has over 20 years as a proven business leader.  She provides leadership for Year Up Atlanta to deliver relentless focus on staff development, passion and rigor to increase our student reach and retention, build a sustainable donor base, expand our corporate partnerships and deliver excellence in all we do.

Prior, Kim was Chief Operating Officer at iCorps Technologies of Boston MA. She was responsible for ensuring operational excellence across all aspects of the company as it grew. The company delivered exceptional double digit growth, superb customer satisfaction with relentless focus on excellence in 2014 as a result of Kim’s leadership and partnership with the iCorps executive team.

Prior to that role, she spent seventeen years at Microsoft Corporation in multiple senior leadership roles including 10 years as General Manager in multiple segments. She is best known for building great teams and bringing her unrelentingly positive spirit and passion to driving exceptional sales leadership and business growth while coaching and mentoring so many people to success.  Kim’s legacy without a doubt will include her incredible focus on people.
Kim brings over 30 years of sales and business leadership to guide her teams to success. Kim led her team to the company’s top sales team award in 2008, the Circle of Excellence.  In addition to her record of sales excellence, Kim is a leader with a passion for people, development and diversity.  A graduate of Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Executive Academy Leadership Program, she carries out that commitment as a career coach and mentor within the Microsoft Community.  Kim is an active board member and past marketing chairperson for ITSMF and serves as the executive sponsor for the SMB diversity efforts. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1996, she worked with Digital Equipment Corporation for 13 years in numerous sales positions.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Maryland. She is currently based in Atlanta, GA.  There you will frequently find her playing golf or spending time with family.

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National Board of Directors

Paul Salem (Chair)

Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director at Providence Equity Partners

Paul Salem is a co-founder and a Senior Managing Director based in the Providence office. Mr. Salem is currently a director of Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion and NFL/PEP Ventures. Mr. Salem previously served as a director of Eircom, PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments.Mr. Salem established the London office in 1999 and returned to Providence in 2001. Before joining Providence,Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financing, leveraged buyout transactions and helping establish Prudential’s European office. Mr. Salem received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business   School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Salem is chairman of non-profit Year Up and a board member of Edesia Global Nutrition.

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Timothy Dibble (Immediate Past Chair)

General Partners at Alta Equity Partners

Timothy Dibble is a General Partner with Alta Equity Partners. Tim joined the Board of Year Up with over 25years of experience working with and investing in a variety of industries and companies. Tim began his career at the Bank of Boston in the Acquisition Finance Division, structuring and monitoring the performance of management buyouts in cash flow industries. Tim received a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University. Tim and Alta have incubated Year Up from the idea stage through to execution – offering office space, support, and resources. Tim also sits on the Board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and was previously the Chair of its Board of Directors. In addition, Tim is the current Chairman of the Board of Shining Hope for Communities.

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Peter Handrinos (Secretary)

Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

Peter Handrinos is a Partner with Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Handrinos practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and venture capital transactions for life sciences and technology companies. Mr. Handrinos has advised both public and private companies in connection with a broad range of matters, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, strategic investments, 144A offerings, cash and stock mergers, tender offers and going-private transactions.
He counsels numerous start-up companies and venture capital firms in venture capital financing’s. Mr. Handrinos also regularly represents investment banks in connection with capital markets transactions. A significant portion of his practice involves general corporate work for ongoing clients on matters such as SEC compliance, securities and disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Handrinos received a J.D. from New York University and an M.B.A. and B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal at MB2 Solutions, LLC

Melody Barnes is Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives at New York University, where she is also a Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.  Ms. Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and the Marguerite Casey Foundation.  She also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.

As Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Ms. Barnes provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the Administration.   Under her leadership, innovative new policies, practices and partnerships were initiated to address significant national challenges, including education, health care and the federal government’s relationship with local governments and communities.

Ms. Barnes received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1989. In 1986, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history.    Ms. Barnes’ media appearances include This Week with George Stephanopoulos, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose and Morning Joe.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Marland Buckner.

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Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO at Year Up

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.With its annual operating budget of approximately $100M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. Year Up has also been named one of the nation’s top 50 non-profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times for the past five years.

Gerald’s commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He has actively participated in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and was recognized as one of New York’s outstanding Big Brothers in 1989. He is the recipient of the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. In 2006, Gerald was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs, and in 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees.

Gerald began his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Following graduate school he co-founded Conduit Communications and fostered its growth to more than $20M in annual revenues. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Following the sale of Conduit to i-Cube in 1999, Gerald turned his full attention to creating opportunities for others.

Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. He has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mount Ida College. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald is a former Board member of The Boston Foundation and an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College. His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times best seller.



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Shanique Davis

Sr. Network Operations Engineer, AOL
(Year Up National Capital Region Alumnus 2008)

Shanique Davis graduated from the Year Up National Capital Region program in January 2008. Upon graduation, she was hired full-time at America Online (AOL), where she interned while in the program. She was previously employed at Verizon where she served as a Fiber Customer Support Engineer. She recently returned to AOL in 2014 where she currently serves as a Senior Network Engineer and a Lead for her team. Shanique also attends the University of Phoenix’s IT Network Security Bachelor’s Degree Program. During her free time, Shanique mentors young adults in her community including current Year Up students, interns and alumni while also serving as an Advisor to the Year Up National Alumni Board. She is very dedicated to participating in different community service projects, including: City Year events, Walk for AIDS, and Light the Night Walk for cancer. Shanique engages and encourages others to become more involved in their communities. Shanique was born and raised in Washington, DC.

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Paul Edgerley

Managing Director, Bain Capital

Paul Edgerley has been a Managing Director at Bain Capital since 1990, a private investment firm with over$75 billion in assets under management, where he focuses on investment in the industrial and consumer product sectors.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Boston Celtics, Steel Dynamics, Sensata Technologies, Hero MotoCorp, APEX Tool Group, FTE Automotive, MYOB and TI Automotive.

Paul is also Co-Chair of the Harvard University Capital Campaign and Co-Chair of the Harvard Campaign for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University Foundation and the Board of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Paul spent five years at Bain & Company where he worked as a Consultant and Manager in the healthcare, information services, retail and automobile industries. Previously, he was a certified public accountant working at Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Company.  Paul was awarded an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Kansas State University.  He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Brookline with their four children.

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William “Bill” Green

Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Accenture

William (Bill) Green is the retired Executive Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Accenture, a global management consulting firm. In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Green was involved in planning Accenture’s long-term business strategy. He represented Accenture with clients around the world, with business and government leaders and with key external groups. Mr. Green was also a champion for Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship efforts. He served on Accenture’s board of directors since its inception in 2001. From September 2004 through December 2010, Mr. Green served as Accenture’s CEO. He assumed the additional role of chairman in 2006. Mr. Green successfully navigated the company through a challenging global economic environment. During his term, Accenture grew revenue from $13.7 billion to $21.6billion, doubled its workforce to 211,000 employees and expanded its global footprint. In his 35-year career with the company, Mr. Green built a reputation for his strong work ethic, results-oriented consensus building and exceptional ability to forge and maintain major client relationships.

Prior to serving as CEO, Mr. Green was Accenture’s Chief Operating Officer of Client Services with overall management responsibility for the company’s operating groups. In addition, he served as group chief executive of the Communications & High Tech operating group from 1999 to 2003. He was also group chief executive of the Resources operating group for two years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Green led the Manufacturing industry group and was managing director for Accenture’s business in the United States. Mr. Green represented Accenture in a number of external venues, including Business Roundtable, where he serves as chairman of its Education, Innovation and Workforce Initiative and previously served as chairman of The Springboard Project, an independent commission on workforce issues. He was also a member of the Business Higher Education Forum, The Business Council, and the G100. Mr. Green is a frequent speaker at business, technology, and academic forums around the world.

Mr. Green joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He attended Dean College and is a member of its Board of Trustees. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics and a master of business administration from Babson College, as well as an honorary doctor of laws. He and his wife have two children.

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Lisa Jackson

Co-Founder and Managing Director, College for Social Innovation

Lisa Jackson is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at College for Social Innovation. The College for Social Innovation seeks to develop a diverse pool of leaders who effectively address the challenges facing humanity, at the local, national, and global level. Prior to this endeavor Lisa was the Managing Partner for Portfolio Investments at New Profit Inc., a venture philanthropy firm that invests nationally in nonprofits seeking to scale their impact. Lisa serves on the national boards of Year Up, the National College Advising Corps, Single Stop USA, and the Reset Foundation. Lisa is also a School Committee member for the Public Schools of Brookline. Lisa has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.

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Jordan Urrutia

Hiring Agent, CVS Health
(Year Up Providence Alumnus 2013)

Jordan Urrutia is a graduate of Year Up Providence. Upon graduation, Jordan continued to work towards Year Up’s mission by serving as a Year Up National and Year Up Providence staff member. Currently, Jordan is a Hiring Agent at CVS Health.

Jordan serves as the Chairman of the Year Up Providence Alumni Board. He received an Associate of Arts Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management at Johnson & Wales University.

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Joseph Baratta

Global Head of Private Equity, Blackstone

Judy Miner

Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Effective August 1, 2015, Judy C. Miner was appointed Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where she served as President from 2007 to 2015. She has worked as a higher education administrator in the California Community Colleges since 1979 where she has held numerous administrative positions in instruction, student services, and human resources.

She serves on six regional advisory boards, five national advisory boards, and serves as an expert advisor by Hewlett Packard and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) in their initiative to increase underrepresented student enrollment in computer science. Miner is also the Silicon Valley CEO representative to the Economic Development and Program Advisory Committee for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and serves as the chair of the planning committee for the 2016 American Council on Education national conference.

Under the auspices of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), she served on the Working Group that produced Report to the President, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, published by the White House in February of 2012. On March 23, 2012, Science magazine published her editorial entitled “America’s Community Colleges” with an accompanying podcast that highlighted the science initiatives at Foothill College.

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Rod McCowan

Founder and Principal, Accelerance Group

Rod McCowan is the founder and principal of the Accelerance Group, an advisory firm dedicated to helping visionary leaders build innovative, high-performing, and high-growth organizations that drive dramatic impact. Accelerance works exclusively with such leaders and helps them accelerate their performance. It focuses on the key drivers of innovation, performance and impact: effective CEO leadership, high-performing top leadership teams, and outstanding execution. Rod has helped a diverse range of CEOs, entrepreneurs, top teams and boards more effectively manage these inter-related issues of organization transformation and systems change to achieve higher levels of performance and impact.

Rod spent most of his early career leading complex, large-scale organizational transformation and improvement efforts, alternating between executive management and global chief human resource officer roles within the public, private, and non-profit sectors, both domestically and internationally. At Herman Miller, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, and VeriSign, Inc., he restructured and led global HR organizations to drive improvements in corporate performance. With Herman Miller, Rod also served as Managing Director, Southeast Asia, and President of Herman Miller East Asia. He led the transformation of both organizations into the highest performing business units in the company. He began his career with IBM in marketing, IT consulting, and government relations, and with MerrillLynch Capital Markets in investment banking.

Rod was a White House Fellow during the George H. W. Bush Administration. He was the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, where he led there invention of the $30B, 5,000-employee, cabinet-level department into a more strategically managed, high-performance organization. Rod earned an MAR from Yale University, with a concentration in Social Ethics, and an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was twice selected a Kennedy Fellow.

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Pedro Noguera

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Pedro Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, as well as in the Department of Sociology at New York University. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Dr. Noguera received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and history and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981. He earned his master’s degree in sociology from Brown in 1982 and received his doctorate in sociology from UC Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools, and at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000), where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He has published over 150 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the potential impact of school choice and vouchers on urban public schools, and race and ethnic relations in American society. His work has appeared in multiple major research journals. Dr. Noguera is the author of The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gapin Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006) City Kids, City Teachers (with Bill Ayers and Greg Michie, New Press 2008), and The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008). Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.


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Deval Patrick

Managing Director, Bain Capital and former Massachusetts Governor

Paul S. Pressler

Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Paul S. Pressler is a Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC, a private equity firm based in New York and London. The Firm’s professionals include a combination of financial and operating executives. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investments of more than $21 billion in 59 U.S. and European businesses representing abroad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $90 billion and revenues nearly$100 billion. Mr. Pressler is currently chairman of two of their portfolio companies, David’s Bridal and John Deere Landscapes, Inc. Mr. Pressler also serves on the board of directors for The Drybar, Inc.

Mr. Pressler was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gap Inc., a $15 billion leading specialty retailer, from September 2002 to January 2007. He led the company’s turnaround, strengthening its balance sheet, improving operations, returning cash to shareholders and launching a new brand.

Prior to joining Gap Inc., Mr. Pressler spent 15 years with The Walt Disney Company. Most recently, he was chairman of the company’s global theme park and resorts division. Mr. Pressler previously served as President of Disneyland, President of The Disney Stores and Senior Vice President of Disney Consumer Products. Prior to Disney, he was Vice President of Marketing and Design for Kenner-Parker Toys.

A native of New York, Mr. Pressler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Mr. Pressler served for 15 years on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, first in Los Angeles and later their National Board.

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Bob Steel

CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

Mr. Steel is a Partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining the firm, he was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration’s five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative for Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy, and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia where he oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010. During his tenure at the U.S. Treasury as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from 2006 to 2008, he received the President’s Working Group, the core group responded to the global economic crisis of 2008.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  Mr. Steel is the chairman of the Aspen Institutes’ Board of Trustees.

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Kerry Sullivan

President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Kerry Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation which supports the company’s purpose to improve the financial lives of the communities, clients and customers it serves.  The Foundation strengthens the economic and social health of communities around the world through $200 million in annual philanthropic investments, in support of its ten-year $2 billion giving goal.  In this role, Sullivan sets philanthropic strategy for the company, leading a team responsible for driving a broad range of national and international philanthropic partnerships associated with the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.    Sullivan manages strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues, including workforce development and education, community development, and health and human services.  She leads the company’s signature philanthropic programs, Neighborhood Builders® and Student Leaders®, which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 44markets across the U.S., with more than $190 million invested since 2004.  In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, employee volunteers around the globe who contributed 2 million hours of service to improve communities last year.

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Kim Tanner *

Senior Program Officer, The Jenesis Group
* Jenesis Group Representative on the National Board

Robert G. Templin, Jr.

President Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Bob Templin served as the fourth President of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) from 2002 to 2015.  During that time, NOVA became Virginia’s largest public institution of higher education, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse community colleges, and one of the leading associate degree-granting institutions in the United States.  NOVA enrolled over 78,000 students at its six campuses and awarded nearly 7,000 credentials in 2013-14.

Under Mr. Templin’s leadership the college created a strategic plan to increase college access and student success for 25,000 additional students drawn primarily from low-income and immigrant communities through a “collective impact” strategy that champions closer working relationships between NOVA and the region’s high schools, community-based non-profit organizations, universities, and employers.
During the last several years, Mr. Templin has become a leader in the national community college reform network, emphasizing the importance of student success through program completion, transfer and baccalaureate attainment, and superior labor market outcomes for graduates.  Since 2010, Mr. Templin has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Achieving the Dream, a national community college reform network.  He is also the founding Chair of the C-4 Network that supports the design and implementation of collective impact partnerships between community colleges and Goodwill Industries International at over 90sites across the country.

Shortly following the White House Summit on Community Colleges in 2010, Mr. Templin was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House.

Bob Templin retired from NOVA in early 2015 and is serving part time as both a Senior Fellow with The Aspen Institute and a Professor at North Carolina State University.  His current work focuses on continuing his national community college reform work by concentrating on the preparation of the next generation of community college leaders.

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Greg Walton

IT Service Provider & Consumer Support Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
(Year Up Boston Alumnus 2007)

Greg graduated from Year Up Boston in January of 2007 and has stayed committed to Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide. He’s the husband of Alicia Walton and father of four year old Greg Jr. & his new born daughter Gia Jalise. For the past seven years, Greg has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and he is currently a Desktop Support Specialist IT Consultant II. In this role, Greg provides computer support to a plethora of departments across the Institute.

Greg is the first alumnus of Year Up to join its National Board of Directors. He is also continuing his education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Greg is passionate about giving back and is a motivational speaker to young people across this country on the importance of giving back and staying dedicated to being the best you can be for yourself, your family, and your community. Greg was recently elected to the Boston Re-Entry Initiative (BRI) Advisory Board. The BRI program works with the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk County House of Correction, other law enforcement, and local youth/family/community services programs to help young men transition from prison back into society. Greg’s current mission currently is to get more people to care for and serve their communities and help create a positive movement of change that enables growth and success for all.

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Emeritus Trustees

Andrea Feingold

Co-Founder & Investment Principal, Feingold O’Keeffe Capital, LLC

Ms. Feingold is a Co-founder and Investment Principal of Feingold O’Keefe Capital, LLC, a Boston based alternative investment management firm. Prior to founding the company, Andrea was Co-head of High Yield at PIMCO where she managed $3 billion high yield securities. Earlier, she ran the leveraged credit team at Triumph Capital, a private equity firm. Prior to that, Andrea was responsible for all high yield investment and research at Colonial Management, a Boston-based fund company. There she oversaw $2 billion in assets including the firm’s flagship high yield funds which, under her tenure, produced Lipper top-quartile performance and achieved Morningstar’s highest ratings. Ms. Feingold also worked as a Private Placement Analyst at SunLife of Canada and began her career in the commercial bank credit training program at EAB, now part of Citigroup. Feingold O’Keefe Capital, LLC was co-founded in 2001 by Ms. Feingold and Ian O’Keefe, former PIMCO head of High Yield Trading. The firm manages two absolute return strategies including an event-driven opportunistic fund and distressed loan fund. Intense credit-oriented, fundamental research is the cornerstone of all investments and is supported by the deep experience of the Co-founders, who have worked together since the early 1990s, managing risk assets to produce strong non-correlated returns in a variety of markets.

Ms. Feingold graduated with a BA in Economics Cum Laude from Columbia University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Andrea is an Emerita Trustee for Year Up.

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Craig Underwood

Founder and CEO, Sports Loyalty International Inc.

David Ford

Former Executive Director, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

From April 2002 until January 2011, David Ford worked at the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation as Executive Director. The Foundation focuses on medical research, youth development and poverty alleviation, and contributes about $11 million per year primarily in the Boston area. Organizational capacity building is an overarching theme of the Foundation. For four years prior to joining the Smith Family Foundation, Mr. Ford was President of the Lucent Technologies Foundation and head of the Corporation’s community affairs program. From 1988-1998, Mr. Ford was President of the Chase Manhattan Foundation which provided grants to several thousand nonprofit organizations around the world.

Previously, Mr. Ford was Director of the Center for Human Resources at Rutgers University for nine years, provided philanthropic consulting services to a number of private foundations and corporations, was Deputy Director of the Bergen County, NJ Community Action Program and Director of the Upper Passaic County, NJ Head Start Program, and taught English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (while in VISTA).

In late February 2012, David left New England and drove to Belize, Central America, where he is now living. David is also very involved in volunteering for the Seine Bight Cultural and Community Center and the Seine Bight Artists’ Cooperative.

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Diane Schueneman

Former Senior Vice President & Head of Global Infrastructure Solutions, Merrill Lynch

Diane Schueneman started at Merrill Lynch & Co. in pre-automation days, working at night as a billing clerk while she was still in high school. It was an inglorious beginning for someone who had, as Head of Global Infrastructure Solutions, run the back office of the nation’s biggest brokerage. She managed services, operations, technology, and information security for the firm, which had net revenues of $35 billion.

Ms. Schueneman is one of a handful of women in top technology jobs on Wall Street. Her rise at Merrill began in 1971 when, lacking the money to finish college, she parlayed her early jobs there into a position in fixed-income sales. Over the next 33 years, she headed numerous businesses.

She oversaw a $1 billion overhaul of brokers’ work stations, a watershed accomplishment that experts say has given Merrill a several-year advantage over its competitors. Ms. Schueneman is currently a Board Member of ICAP Plc.

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Eileen Brown

Founder and Chancellor, Cambridge College

Eileen Moran Brown is the Founder and Chancellor of Cambridge College, an independent graduate school for working adults.

During the 1960s, Eileen taught high-school English for eight years in the inner-city. Following a M.Ed. degree in 1971, she created the educational model which became Cambridge College. She has been consultant to many educational entities and is designer/moderator of a series of colloquia, “Role Models and Mentors in the Professional Lives of Women.” Eileen adds an additional layer of expertise to our Board of Directors. She has a keen understanding of how urban adults learn best.

Eileen, and her more than 30 years of teaching and program administration experience, enhance capacity to design and evaluate curriculum, teach, and document best practices.

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Jim Pallotta

Chairman and Managing Director, Raptor Group

Mr. Pallotta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Raptor Group, a Boston-based investment management firm. In his portfolio management role at Raptor Capital Management LP®, he manages individual, institutional and his own personal capital.

Previously, from 1993 to 2008, he was employed by Tudor Investment Corporation (Tudor). Mr. Pallotta joined Tudor as Managing Director of the U.S. Equity Securities Group in 1993, became a Member of the Management Committee of Tudor in 1996, and became Vice Chairman of Tudor in 2005. He also served as a Director, Executive Manager and member of the Capital Allocation Committee of Tudor Group Holdings. While at Tudor, Mr. Pallotta served as the principal portfolio manager for the Raptor Global Funds, which he launched in 1993 with $200 million in assets under management. At the peak, Mr. Pallotta was responsible for managing in excess of $11 billion of assets under the Raptor strategy. Mr. Pallotta played an integral role with respect to Tudor’s efforts in direct and co-investments in private equity and third party hedge funds. He served as one of three members on Tudor Ventures’ Investment Committee.

Mr. Pallotta has more than 29 years of experience in equity research and analysis, including 25 years directing client capital. He is a member of the Executive Boards of the Boston Celtics and AS Roma. He is also a member of the Boards of certain charitable organizations.

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Joseph Smialowski

Managing Director, Citigroup

Joseph Smialowski is the Head of Operation and Technology for Citibank NA, as well as the executive responsible for Citigroup’s Data Innovation program. Prior to this role, Mr. Smialowski was the Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology for Freddie Mac. He was responsible for managing the largest segment of Freddie Mac’s business operations, including all of the company’s mortgage purchasing, master servicing, securities issuance and capital markets operations, and information systems divisions. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Mr. Smialowski was Executive Vice President at FleetBoston Financial where he was part of the firm’s management committee and had direct oversight for Fleet’s business lines in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He held a key role on the integration team following the acquisition of FleetBoston by Bank of America. Prior to joining FleetBoston in 1998, Mr. Smialowski was Chief Information Officer at Sears, Roebuck and Co., while at the same time serving as the Chairman of the National Retail Federation’s Technology Council. Earlier in his career, he held managerial positions in several organizations. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Merrimack College and a Master’s degree in Computer Systems Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Smialowski served on Year Up’s National Board of Directors until 2008,was one of the founding members for Year Up Boston in 2001, and helped found Year Up National Capital Region in 2005. He also served as the first Chairman of the Year Up New York Board of Directors. In addition, he was instrumental in the design of Year Up’s internal management reporting system. Finally, he introduced Year Up to many large companies such as State Street, CVS, JP Morgan Chase, Freddie Mac and Citi, just to name a few.

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Melodie Mayberry-Stewart

Senior Director of Global Initiatives, MidAmerica Consulting Group

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart has been a successful executive at two Fortune 20 companies, one of the largest healthcare hospital systems and one of the largest public sector enterprises in the country. Melodie started her career in technology at the IBM Corporation as a systems engineer. During her 13 years at IBM, she rose through the management ranks holding such positions as Systems Engineering Manager, Marketing Support and Operations Manager, and Regional Market Support Manager. She spent her next 14 years serving as the only black female Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the health care industry, where she pioneered the development of electronic medical records and other major technology “firsts” in the industry. She was the first female and black CIO at Community Health Corporation, (California), St. Thomas Hospital (Tennessee) and Beth Israel Medical Center (New York). She then became the first black female to serve as the Vice President and General Manager of Global IT Shared Services and Delivery for the Amoco Corporation.

To fulfill her personal passions, she founded the Black Diamond Capital Group LLC to provide management and technology consulting services solely to non-profit companies, working with non-profit executives to better plan and leverage technology to achieve their mission-driven goals. In 2002, she was appointed Cleveland, Ohio’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and CIO. She was responsible for the City receiving national recognition from such Fortune 50 companies as Intel, AT&T, Microsoft/Gates Foundation, and Oracle for developing a high technology workforce development program in area high schools, community centers and community colleges.

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Pamela Trefler

Founder and Chair, Trefler Foundation

Born in San Francisco, California, Pamela Trefler spent most of her childhood outside the United States. After 18 years as an investment banker, she finished her undergraduate degree in English literature at UMass Boston and received a Master’s in Education at Harvard University in 1994. She interned at Dorchester High School(now the Dorchester Education Complex) and is certified to teach English and English as a second language(ESL).

In 1999, Pam and her husband, Alan Trefler, founder of Pegasystems, formed the Trefler Foundation, which has focused resources on public education, including school restructuring and teacher training, and youth development.
Pam has served on many boards in the Boston area, including Boston Partners in Education and Teen Empowerment. Currently, she serves on the Board of Cambridge College and the Advisory Board of the Center for Collaborative.

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Gail Snowden

Retired CEO, Freedom House Inc.

Gail Snowden became Chief Executive Officer of Freedom House in January 2009 and retired in 2013. Freedom House’s mission is to promote educational excellence, economic self-sufficiency to alleviate poverty, and social innovation for Boston’s most distressed urban neighborhoods. Freedom House has an extraordinarily rich sixty-year history of addressing issues of poverty, educational achievement and social injustice, such as urban renewal, racial segregation, and educational issues including disparities in academic achievement (which have a long term negative impact on students of color).

From 2004 to 2007, Snowden served as Vice President for Finance and Operations of The Boston Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States. She oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the $650 million community foundation. Snowden, a veteran of the banking industry and a nationally recognized leader in urban community development, retired from banking after a successful 36-year career. She was Executive Vice President for Bank of America, where she was responsible for strategy development and oversight of over 60 strategic alliances and partnerships. Prior to that, she was President of Fleet Boston Financial Foundation and also served as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Fleet Boston Financials Community Investment Group. Here, she was responsible for directing and investing the bank’s resources into low-and moderate-income communities.

Snowden joined Bank Boston in 1968 and served in many capacities through the bank’s numerous mergers, including her membership on the bank’s Leadership Advisory Group. Under her leadership, innovative financial services were brought to those most in need, and nationally recognized community investment efforts were developed. Her contributions resulted in the awarding of “Outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings at the banks, and the White House Ron Brown Award for Advocating for the Needs of Minority and Low-Income Constituents.

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