Ms. Stubblefield joined Year Up in 2013 and most recently served as a National Site Director for the Southeast Region 

Boston, MA – December 4, 2018 – The national workforce training nonprofit Year Up announced today that Belinda Stubblefield will serve as its Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships, reporting directly to Year Up Founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian, and to Year Up President, Garrett Moran. In her new role, Ms. Stubblefield will focus on establishing and cultivating long-term strategic partnerships on Year Up’s behalf.

Ms. Stubblefield joined Year Up in 2013 as the Executive Director of Year Up Greater Atlanta. Most recently, she served as Year Up’s Chief Diversity Officer and National Site Director for the Southeast Region, where she was responsible for seven Year Up markets.

“Belinda’s strong entrepreneurial drive and leadership experience will ensure we can create strategic relationships at the highest levels with current and new partners,” said Chertavian. “As National Site Director for the Southeast, she more than doubled the number of students served in her region. She has also helped us make significant strides in diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re confident in her ability to develop new and expanded partnerships to help us better serve more young adults in need of an opportunity via mutually beneficial partnerships.”  The external-facing role will allow Ms. Stubblefield to identify ways to leverage Year Up in support of key partner objectives.

“As companies are challenged to find skilled, motivated talent and young people struggle to find pathways to economic self-sufficiency, Year Up’s proven approach to closing the Opportunity Divide is more important than ever,” said Ms. Stubblefield. “I look forward to working with leaders across the country to accelerate the reach and impact of Year Up’s program.”

Stubblefield was an entrepreneur prior to joining Year Up and partnered with Paradies-Lagardère to operate retail stores in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She also owned and managed WineStyles Cascade, a retail wine store in Southwest Atlanta.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Stubblefield spent 18 years in corporate roles.  She was an officer of Delta Air Lines and held leadership roles in Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Global Diversity.  She began her career in sales at IBM and continued on to marketing at Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.

Stubblefield was recently elected Vice President of the International Women’s Forum – Georgia. 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” 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 Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About Year Up

Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high-support, high-expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. cities in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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