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Hassan Charles

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington

Hassan Charles is the Executive Director at Year Up Greater Philadelphia. He currently oversees Professional Training Centers in both Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. Hassan joined Year Up in 2018, bringing with him a rich blend of corporate, education and public service experience.

Most recently Hassan served as the Executive Director of Engagement at Baltimore City Public Schools where he oversaw all school district volunteers, partnerships, communications and community engagement, while providing strategic planning and tactical support to the Chief Executive Officer and the nine-member cabinet. Prior to working in Baltimore City he led communications, public relations and media for approximately 7,000 public school employees and 46,000 students at District of Columbia Public Schools. In this position he also launched the district’s new, five-year strategic plan and helped reverse a four-decade trend of declining student enrollment.

Earlier in his career, Hassan held a variety of marketing and management positions at leading financial institutions such as NationsBank, MBNA and Wachovia. He holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Virginia and holds memberships in several professional associations. When Hassan is not working to close the Opportunity Divide for young adults across the Delaware Valley he enjoys hiking, biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.

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