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National Senior Leadership Team

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO

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.

An intensive one-year training and education program that serves low income youth ages 18-24, Year Up provides the technical, professional and communication skills needed to empower urban young adults to make successful transitions to careers and higher education. With its annual operating budget of approximately $90M, 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.

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 and more than 130 employees in London, Amsterdam, New York and Boston. 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 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

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 and the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He formerly served on the board of the Posse Foundation, the Blackstone Foundation, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of 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

Jeff Artis is Year Up’s National Director of Corporate Engagement and comes to the organization with over 30 years’ experience selling complex business solutions to large enterprises in both the private and public sector.

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 years there, including regional sales manager (for services) in the Midwest and national Business Unit Executive for Availability Services. Jeff has also served as the Director of Consulting Services Sales (U.S. and Canada) for BMC Software, VP of Sales for Getronics, and SVP of 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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Jay Banfield

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

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

Shawn Jacqueline Bohen is Year Up’s National Director for Strategic Growth and Impact, a member of the executive leadership team and 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 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 has two middle school-aged children who are in the Brookline, MA public schools. She currently serves as a senior advisor to Partners in Health and she is on the Board of iScale.

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Casey Recupero

National Director of Program

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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Donald Ger

National Director of Professional Training Corps.

Donald 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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Scott Donohue

National Site Director

Scott Donohue is the Senior Leadership Advisor to Year Up and consults with Senior Executives of the organization on strategic initiatives related to site performance and long term employment for our graduates. He served as the founding Board Chair of Year Up San Francisco 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 early childhood education entrepreneur, and two sons.

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Jim Thie

Chief Information Officer

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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Sandy Stark

National Site Director

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

Belinda Stubblefield joined Year Up Atlanta as Executive Director on July 1, 2013. Prior to Year Up, she founded Stubblefield Ventures, LLC, which is a partner in 2 joint ventures with Paradies. Together, they operate 20 stores and a café/bar in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Stubblefield owned and managed WineStyles Cascade, a retail wine store in Southwest Atlanta. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Ms. Stubblefield held positions of leadership in marketing, sales, customer service and global diversity at IBM, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Delta Air Lines, where she served as an officer of the company. Ms. Stubblefield serves on the Board of CredAbility, is a member of the International Women’s Forum and was named “Executive of the Year” by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. Ms. Stubblefield holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Executive Directors

Jack J. Crowe

Executive Director, 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 undergratuate studies, he taught at St. George’s College, a Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Jay Banfield

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

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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Bobby Gondola

Interim Executive Director, Philadelphia

Lisa Chin

Executive Director, Puget Sound

Lisa is the founding Executive Director of Year Up Seattle. Prior to coming to Year Up, Lisa served as the Executive Director of Jubilee Women’s Center in Seattle, a provider of transitional housing for homeless women. During her tenure with Jubilee, Lisa forged partnerships with the YWCA, Mary’s Place, and other providers of homeless services, to strengthen the safety net for women in extreme poverty. Jubilee’s philosophy of meeting women where they are, and honoring the dignity and skills they possess, is one that resonates with Lisa’s commitment to social justice and equal access to opportunity. Prior to Jubilee, Lisa served as Executive Director of Open Arms Perinatal Services. While at Open Arms, Lisa led the organization through a period of unprecedented growth, including a 20-fold increase in revenue. Lisa helped increase awareness of how doulas are an important link in supporting early learning participation by authoring op-ed pieces and in dialoging with the Washington state legislature’s Senate Committee on Wellness. Lisa passionately believes in everyone’s right to a good education and an equal chance to participate in society, and is a past board member of the Statewide Poverty Action Network. She has been a partner with Social Venture Partners for 10 years, including serving as board chair, and participating in the K-12 Granting Committee and the Portfolio Granting Committee. She also co-chaired the capital campaign for Asian Counseling and Referral Services, raising $20 million for this largest regional provider of culturally competent social services for Asian communities. In the corporate world, Lisa worked for over 20 years in program management, most recently for Amazon.com. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

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Alicia Guevara

Executive Director, New York

Alicia Guevara assumed the role of Executive Director of Year Up New York in March 2013. Alicia has more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofits, as well as influencing public policy and developing business strategies. She also brings much knowledge from her background in corporate sales and marketing, program design, and fundraising. She has worked extensively with youth-serving and social justice organizations throughout her career and has a deep-seated passion for the issues of economic justice and inclusion that drive Year Up’s work.

Most recently, Alicia served as an executive director of the national youth organization Peace First, where she led regional centers in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Prior to Peace First, Alicia served as Director of Development at the Osborne Association, an organization providing individuals and families with prison and community-based programs for reform and rehabilitation. Before the Osborne Association, Alicia served as Director of Development for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, which works to build human, social, and physical capital for the revitalization of Harlem. Alicia has also worked as a consultant to community-based organizations, advising in the areas of strategic planning, organization and board development, program design, and fund development.

Alicia received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Columbia University, and she serves on the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a native New Yorker and life-long New York City resident.

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Kim Owens

Executive Director, Arizona

Betty Jeremie

Interim Executive Director, South Florida

Duncan McCallum

Executive Director, Boston

After years of mentoring Year Up students, Duncan joined Year Up Boston as its new Executive Director in 2014, bringing with him 18 years of successfully launching, leading and financing new ventures. Prior to joining Year Up, Duncan was an entrepreneur and executive in the software industry. He was CEO and co-founder of both VeloBit, an SSD-caching software vendor that was sold to HGST, and Cilk Arts, a multicore software vendor that was acquired by Intel. He also made significant contributions to Localytics, a rapidly growing SaaS vendor, where he was an early board member and served as interim COO.

Previously, Duncan spent a decade in venture capital as a general partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and Flagship Ventures. Duncan was an early investor and board member in 16 companies that have produced 12 acquisitions and an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $1.5 billion to date.

Before joining the venture capital industry, Duncan was at Haemonetics where he served as Assistant to the CEO, ran marketing for their largest division, and started a new service business. He spent his early career at Draper Laboratory as Senior Member of Technical Staff and Program Manager. Duncan holds a BS and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He has spent most of his life in Boston, where he now lives with his three children and wife Joy.

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Raphael Rosenblatt

Interim Site Leader, Baltimore

Robin Tanya Watson

Executive Director, Jacksonville

National Board of Directors

Paul Salem (Chair)

Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

Mr. Salem is a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners and is based out of the Providence office. Mr. Salem is currently a director of Education Management Corp., Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion and Nextag. Mr. Salem established Providence’s London office in 1999 and returned to our Providence office in 2001. Before joining Providence, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this, Mr. Salem spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financings, 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 the National Board of Directors of Year Up.

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Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO

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.

An intensive one-year training and education program that serves low income youth ages 18-24, Year Up provides the technical, professional and communication skills needed to empower urban young adults to make successful transitions to careers and higher education. With its annual operating budget of approximately $90M, 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.

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 and more than 130 employees in London, Amsterdam, New York and Boston. 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 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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Peter Handrinos (Secretary)

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Peter Handrinos is a partner in the Boston Office of 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 financings. 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.

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Tim Dibble (Immediate Past Chair and Treasurer)

Managing General Partner, Alta Communications

Timothy Dibble is a General Partner with Alta Equity Partners. Tim joins the Board of Year Up with over 25 years 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 Brother Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and was previously the Chair of its Board of Directors. In addition, Tim currently sits on the Board of Shining Hope for Communities.

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Shanique Davis

Fiber Tech Support Engineer, Verizon
(Year Up National Capital Region Alumna, ’08)

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 is currently employed at Affiliated Computer Services as a Junior Systems Engineer. She also attends the University of Phoenix’s Networking Security Bachelors Degree Program. During her free time Shanique mentors at the Hoop Dreams Association and Year Up. She currently serves as the Year Up National Capital Region’s Alumni Board President. Shanique participates in different community service projects, including – but not limited to – City Year events, Walk for AIDS, and Light the Nights Cancer Walk, while engaging and encouraging others to become more involved. Shanique was born and raised in Washington, D.C.

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William Green

Former CEO and Chair, 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 $21.6 billion, 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, 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, Green led the Manufacturing industry group and was managing director for Accenture’s business in the United States. 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.

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 Principal at Jackson-Ellis Associates

Lisa Jackson, Ph.D. is a Partner at New Profit Inc. where she manages the Pathways Fund. She leads the Pathways team to create and execute on the fund’s strategy and helps support the growth of the Pathways portfolio, continuously honing and applying New Profit’s approach to driving impact.

Before joining New Profit, Lisa was an Assistant Professor of Education at Boston College. She also served as the founding Project Director for GEAR UP Boston (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), where she managed partnerships between colleges and universities and Boston Public middle schools to increase access for middle school students to after-school programs focused on college preparation. In addition to providing technical assistance to the individual partnerships, Lisa developed systems that fostered collaborations across partnerships in a variety of areas including curriculum development, staff training, and evaluation. After leaving GEAR Up Boston, she became the Vice President for Performance and Outcomes at The Home for Little Wanderers, where she built a department dedicated to measurement from the ground up, integrating the value of data for the purpose of program improvement. Lisa then joined the Center for Effective Philanthropy as the Vice President for Research. There she worked closely with a variety of foundation leadership teams to use comparative data for the purpose of assessing their effectiveness. Lisa received her B.S. from Howard University in Psychology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.

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Rod McCowan

Principal, Accelerance Group

Rod McCowan is the Principal, of Accelerance Group.

Previously Rod was CEO of the Paideia Systems Group, a research and advisory firm that helps visionary education leaders build world-class education systems and drive significant improvements in student achievement. Prior to that he was a Partner at New Profit Inc, a venture philanthropy firm that helps visionary social entrepreneurs and their organizations bring about widespread and transformative impact on critical problems. He advised New Profit, its portfolio enterprises, and selected Monitor Group clients, on matters of strategy, leadership, and organizational performance, with a particular focus on organizational growth, turnaround, and performance excellence. He worked with CEOs/entrepreneurs, top teams, and boards to accelerate the impact and growth of their organizations. He worked with the partnership to select high-potential social entrepreneurs and organizations, and to build New Profit’s portfolio of high-impact social enterprises. He contributed to overall leadership of the fund, helped create and execute New Profit’s strategy, and represented New Profit externally. His driving passion is leading, and helping others lead, the building or turnaround of great organizations.

Rod spent most of his 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 individual, business unit, and corporate performance.

With Herman Miller, Rod served as Managing Director, Herman Miller South East Asia, and President, Herman Miller East Asia. Under his leadership, both organizations ranked among the highest performing business units in the company. During his tenure, the company was named by Fortune magazine as one of the “Most Admired Companies in America”, by Business Ethics magazine as one of the three “Most Ethical and Enlightened Companies in America”, and by IndustryWeek magazine as one of the “100 Best-Managed Companies in the World.”

Rod began his private-sector career with IBM in marketing, IS consulting, and government relations, and with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in investment banking. Subsequently, he served as a White House Fellow in the first Bush administration and in the State Department as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. During the Clinton administration, he acted as Assistant Secretary for Management in the U.S. Department of Education, where he led efforts to reinvent the $30B, 5,000-employee, cabinet-level department.

Rod is the founding CEO of the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps (LFRC), a nonprofit he launched on behalf of the Governor of Louisiana to assist victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina by better coordinating the humanitarian aid of more than 150 nonprofit, public, and private sector organizations. LFRC was honored when singled out by President William Clinton as a model for cross-sector, domestic disaster relief efforts.

Rod graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Ethics and Religion. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion, with a concentration in Social Ethics, from Yale University Divinity School. He earned a Master of Public Policy, with a concentration in Human Services, Labor, and Education Policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he co-founded the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy and was twice selected a Kennedy Fellow.

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Melody Barnes

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Melody Barnes Solutions; Former Director of Domestic Policy Council, Obama Administration 

Melody Barnes is CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.  Ms. Barnes also serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; and on the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.  From January 2009 until January 2012, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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.

Until July 2008, Ms. Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank.  From December 1995 until March 2003, Ms. Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003.  Barnes’ experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as a Principal at the D.C.-based consulting firm, The Raben Group.  Ms. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

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, Morning Joe and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Marland Buckner.

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Pedro Noguera

Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, NYU and Executive Director, NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. 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 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 bachelors’ 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 one hundred and fifty 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 Gap in 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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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 a broad 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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Robert Steel

CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

Gail Snowden (Interim Chair)

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Freedom House Inc.

Gail Snowden became Chief Executive Officer of Freedom House in January 2009. She served as Chair of the Board from 1997 to 2011 and Chair Emerita from 2001 to 2008. 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 finances 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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Kerry Sullivan

President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the economic and social health of communities across the company’s global footprint through $200 million in annual philanthropic investments. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for implementing a broad range of national and international philanthropic programs associated with the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Sullivan manages strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of workforce development & education, community development, and critical needs, as well as philanthropic efforts in support of the company’s broader CSR work related to the arts and environment. 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 40 markets across the U.S., with more than $150 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company’s global volunteer program open to the company’s 280,000 employees.

With more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan is recognized as an expert in the field of charitable giving. Prior to joining the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Sullivan managed Philanthropic Management Foundation Advisory Services at the company —a team responsible for distributing more than $200 million in charitable grants on behalf of clients. Under her leadership, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation distributed more than $85 million in charitable grants predominantly to organizations aimed at improving access to education for underserved populations.

She currently serves as Chair of the Summer Fund – a donor collaborative that raises annual support for summer programs to benefit Boston’s inner city youth. In addition, she serves on the Year Up Board, the Expanded Learning Time Advisory Board and the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee.

Sullivan has a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross-Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She resides in Sudbury, MA with her husband and two daughters.

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Kim Tanner **

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

Robert G. Templin, Jr.

Former President, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Bob Templin has been the president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) since 2002. NOVA is Virginia’s largest institution of higher education and one of the nation’s largest community colleges. NOVA projects that it will enroll more than 78,000 students at its six campuses during 2010-2011.

Under Dr. Templin’s leadership the college has increased its enrollment by over 18,000 students, expanded its revenues by more than $100 million annually, opened three new centers, and begun a dozen major capital projects totaling nearly 800,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space. Over the last six years Dr. Templin has led an alliance of business, education, healthcare, technology, and community leaders in creating a comprehensive strategy to double the region’s output of registered nurses and allied health professionals.

Dr. Templin came to NOVA from the Morino Institute where he served as a senior fellow and helped in the development and launch of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a $35 million philanthropic fund targeting youth-serving organizations in low-income communities in the Washington metro area. Between 1994 and 1999, Dr. Templin served as the president of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, an organization that enhances Virginia’s economic competitiveness through technology-based economic development. During Dr. Templin’s tenure, the Center was credited with helping to create or retain over 12,000 high-tech jobs, attracting or creating more than 225 technology-based companies, and increasing company sales or new capital investment by more than $500 million.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Templin’s work in workforce training, education, economic development and immigration policy has been featured in such media as National Public Radio, USA Today, PBS National News Hour and Fortune magazine. He was instrumental in the creation of the “Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia,” a strategic plan outlining the steps that Virginia should take to guide the state’s emergence as a leading technology state. He has been named “Virginia Business Newsmaker of the Year” by Virginia Business magazine and was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of “Washington’s 150 Most Powerful People” and one of the “100 Tech Titans” of the Washington region.

Dr. Templin has been honored by receiving the Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Marta V. Wyatt Award from the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and the 2009 “We Are America Now” award from Northern Virginia Family Service for his commitment to the state’s immigrant community, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Virginia Government by Virginia Commonwealth University, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region’s 2008 Civic Spirit Award for outstanding leadership in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 James M. Rees Award for contributions to the economy and quality of life in Northern Virginia.

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Greg Walton

Desktop Support Specialist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

(Year Up Boston Alumnus, ’07)

Greg graduated from Year Up Boston in January of 2007 and has since been committed to doing more for the communities in the Greater Boston area. He has been working as a Desktop Support Specialist at MIT for almost five years.

Greg will continuing his education at University of Massachusetts Boston this Fall after obtaining credits from both Salem State College & Cambridge College. Greg is the first alumnus of Year Up to join its National Board of Directors and is looking to continue to learn and find ways to lead young people to reach their full potential.

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Emeritus Trustees

Andrea Feingold

Founder and Partner, Feingold O’Keeffe Capital

Craig Underwood

Founder and CEO, Sports Loyalty International Inc.

David Ford

Former Executive Director, Smith Family Foundation

Diane Schueneman

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

Eileen Brown

Founder and Chancellor, Cambridge College

Jim Pallotta

Chairman and Managing Director, Raptor Capital Management

Joseph Smialowski

Managing Director, Citigroup

Melodie Mayberry-Stewart

Senior Director of Global Strategies, MidAmerica Consulting Group

Pamela Trefler

Founder and Chair, Trefler Foundation

Richard Smith

Co-Chair, Smith Family Foundation

National Advisors

Barry Sternlicht

Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group

David Gergen

Senior Political Analyst for CNN, Former Adviser to four U.S. Presidents

Dick Parsons

Former Chairman, Citigroup Inc.

Jay Hooley

CEO, State Street

Kenneth Chenault

Chairman and CEO, American Express

Michael Powell

President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Ruth Simmons

Former President, Brown University

Thomas Ryan

Former Chairman, CVS Caremark Corporation; Operating Partner, Advent International