- Regional Vice President
Prior to joining City Year, Derrick served as the Executive Director at University Settlement, a neighborhood center in the Broadway/Slavic Village community. Derrick managed 33 staff members and 11 AmeriCorps members and worked with 16 board members. He oversaw a $3M+ budget, three facilities, and 10 major programs that served 15,000 children, families, and seniors daily. Derrick led a successful turnaround, reducing the operational and structural debt he inherited by 75% in less than five years while increasing the budget by 42% during that same period. He increased funding from various funders, ranging anywhere from 25%-225%. Also, Derrick oversaw programming that helped students improve their literacy assessment scores by 80 percent.
Before joining University Settlement, Derrick served in several executive capacities, including at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Communities in Schools of Central Ohio (CIS). As a Transformation Specialist at ODE, Derrick managed nine schools, coached principals, and oversaw a School Improvement Grant (SIG) budget totaling $20 million. Overall, 100% of the schools Derrick oversaw were approved for consecutive years of funding. Also, at the helm of CIS, Derrick led the site through aggressive growth and expansion, serving nearly 5,000 students daily.
Derrick is a strategic leader with a results-driven performance history. He leads with integrity, authenticity, and passion, combined with experience working directly in the communities he serves. Also, Derrick has significant experience managing P&Ls, fundraising, leading diverse staff and boards, and developing collaborative partnerships within urban school districts with student achievement as the primary focus. Derrick graduated with a bachelor of science in sociology from Bluffton University and he earned his master's of science from the Franklin University. Derrick is the proud father of Jala Fulton.
- Regional Vice President
Delores Morton was most recently the president of Points of Light’s Programs Division where she provided oversight, design, and delivery of programs that mobilized volunteers to meet education, economic opportunity, emergency response and preparedness needs in communities. Included in this portfolio of programs were AmeriCorps National Direct and AmeriCorps VISTA that activated nearly 300 members in 50 communities. Additionally Delores was responsible for the leadership of Points of Light’s Knowledge Center which provided strategic volunteer engagement capacity building to national nonprofit organizations. She led the organization’s Recognition Programs including the Daily Point of Light Award established twenty five years ago by President George H.W. Bush and the President’s Volunteer Service Award which is operated in partnership with the White House.
Delores joined the Points of Light team in 2003. During her tenure, she developed training and consulting best practices to support nonprofits, government entities and companies to build and improve volunteer engagement strategies, managed national service programs, and provided strategic and innovative vision for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Prior to joining to Points of Light, Delores served as the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources at Volunteer Baton Rouge, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association for Community Economic Development, and the Chair of the Mid-South Collaborative for Nonprofit development.
Delores holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a graduate degree in Human Resource Management. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member in her Louisiana hometown. She is an accomplished nonprofit executive with twenty years of experience designing and leading creative enterprises that make a lasting difference in communities.
When baseball is not in season, Delores enjoys reading graphic novels, cooking, writing, and playing video games.
- Regional Vice President
Jordan Plante joined City Year in the fall of 2006. Over the years she has served in many roles, including Admissions Manager, Recruitment Director, Deputy Director of Site Operations, and Interim Executive Director in Rhode Island, Interim Deputy Director of Development & External Affairs in Miami, and Start-up Director in Orlando. Jordan is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna, having served with National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and National Preparedness & Response Corps (NPRC) with the American Red Cross, a LEAD City Year Executive Class alumna, and a University of Florida graduate. Jordan most recently served as the Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Orlando..
- Regional Vice President
Jay Thompson joined City Year in 2002 as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Greater Philadelphia. He has also served with City Year as a Program Manager and Program Director in Philadelphia, Deputy Director of Program and Service in London and Milwaukee, Startup Director and Interim Executive Director in Jacksonville, and Senior Director of New Site Operations for City Year Headquarters. Jay earned a B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s of Public Service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service. Jay lives in Glen Burnie, MD with his wife Monica, and he joined the Regional Vice President team in November 2014.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Baton Rouge
Ryann Denham is the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge, leading the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation. Prior to this role, Ryann served as Development Director at City Year Baton Rouge where she worked to advance the site’s fundraising portfolio by deepening City Year’s current building dynamic new investments and enhancing the ways in which City Year public and private stakeholders across the community collaborate to further advance the organization to achieve its impact goals. Ryann previously served as the Chief of Staff of City Year Baton Rouge from 2012-2014. As Chief of Staff, she directed City Year Baton Rouge’s operations, finance, human potential, public policy, and communications work. Prior to City Year Baton Rouge, she served as the Site Operations Manager of City Year New York for two years where she worked directly with the Chief of Staff and Executive Director to ensure that the organization functioned smoothly and efficiently in general operations. Ryann was responsible for managing the $9.1M organizational budget and facilitating site hiring and supporting staff human resources and talent development initiatives.
A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Ryann received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University. While at LSU she served as the Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs and as a Teaching Assistant with Career Services. Ryann is a graduate of the 2013-2014 City Year LEAD Executive Program. In her spare time, Ryann enjoys volunteering with Yelp!BR and is a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston
Sandra Lopez Burke joined City Year as the Director of Individual Giving in 2001, subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO, and most recently, was promoted to Vice President and Executive Director of the Founding Site of City Year – Boston. Sandra brought to City Year more than 10 years of management and event planning experience in the nonprofit sector, including working with Boston 2000 and the San Antonio Sports Foundation, and directing the 1998 NCAA Men’s Final Four. She also worked closely to establish the Dreams for Youth program, aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. Sandra is the parent of two City Year alumna.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Chicago
City Year has appointed Rebeca Nieves Huffman as Executive Director of City Year Chicago. City Year Chicago currently deploys 206 AmeriCorps members into 24 of Chicago’s highest-need schools, reaching more than 15,000 students per day. City Year local Executive Directors also serve as Vice Presidents of City Year, Inc.
“Rebeca is a talented, strategic and proven leader and we are excited to welcome her back to City Year Chicago, where she originally served as an AmeriCorps member," said Michael Brown, national CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. “She has already been a driving force behind City Year Chicago’s success to date from her participation on the Chicago Board. She is uniquely suited to lead City Year Chicago’s ongoing work helping students and schools succeed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.”
Huffman, a native of Chicago’s Humboldt Park community, previously served as a City Year AmeriCorps member at Piccolo Elementary, an experience that ignited her passion as an advocate for public education. Since her service with City Year, Huffman has served with various educational organizations including the KIPP Foundation, the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO), the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and most recently as the Executive Director for Education Reform Now–Illinois.
“Rebeca Nieves Huffman has dedicated her career to improving the educational options available to students,” said Casey Keller, City Year Chicago Board Chair. “I could not be more thrilled to have her lead City Year Chicago as we continue to ensure that more students succeed in communities across Chicago.”
An alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Education leaders and the first in her family to attend and graduate college, Huffman has a deep commitment to develop the next generation of leaders in her community—a commitment rooted in her service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago during the 1998-1999 service year.
“I am excited to build upon City Year’s amazing track record here in Chicago,” said Huffman. “City Year is an incubator for amazing leadership and my experience as an AmeriCorps member ignited my passion to work for educational equality. I am so proud to be coming home to City Year Chicago—returning to ensure every Chicago student has the opportunity to succeed.”
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Cleveland
Toi brings a solid history of fundraising, management, strategic planning and communications to her role.
Prior to joining City Year Cleveland, Toi served as the Development Director for Eliza Bryant Village, a nonprofit that provides services and outreach programs to seniors. Thereafter she spent several years serving as the Resource Development Manager of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, where she oversaw the Small Business and Healthcare division team that raised over $15 million for various programs. Previously, Toi served as the Assistant Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund of Northeast Ohio, where she raised over $1 million towards scholarships and grants for African American youth seeking to go to college.
As a Cleveland native, Toi also finds time to make an impact in the community outside of work. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Toi was inducted into the Kaleidoscope Magazine Forty/Forty Club, Class of 2009. She is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2015. Also, she is a member of City Year’s Executive Leadership Program, Class of 2015.
Toi holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialty in Management from Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from CSU.
Toi resides in South Euclid. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Columbia
Dr. Gail Wilson–Giarratano, (a native of Lancaster, SC) joined City Year Columbia on March 26, 2012. She was the President and CEO of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in Albany, NY. She has a B.A. in Education from Winthrop College, a M.S. in Early Childhood Education: Leadership & Policy from Wheelock College and a PH.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences. Gail is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has a vast experience in teaching, child welfare, research, public policy, and mental health. She is thrilled to return to her home state and make strides in reducing our state’s dropout rate. Gail is committed to supporting City Year’s mission to be an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Columbus
In this role she serves as the primary leader, internal manager, strategist, external champion, and builder of the Columbus site. Tasha develops and leads City Year Columbus’ annual and long-term strategy and priorities, in alignment with City Year Inc. strategy and priorities. Prior to joining City Year, Tasha served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for I Know I Can where she was responsible for all resource development and public relations activities of I Know I Can to recognize an annual organizational budget of $4 million. Tasha has 15 years of nonprofit experiences. She has held leadership roles for United Way of Central Ohio, Boy Scouts of America and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Tasha is dedicated to her community through her service on volunteer committees for the YWCA, and as a member of the Board of Directors for First Night Columbus and the advisory board for the YMCA Jerry L. Garver branch. She is a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter and is a member of WELD Ohio and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is a graduate of the JPMorgan Chase Gen Y Leadership Project and a Cycle 6 African American Leadership Academy Fellow. She was recognized in 2011 as a Girls Rock Columbus Honoree and in the Business First 2014 class of Forty under 40. Tasha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin University and holds a Masters of Education and State of Ohio Teacher’s licensure from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is the proud mother of one son, Logan.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Dallas
Alex Enriquez is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Dallas, an education-focused nonprofit that places 50 AmeriCorps members in 5 Dallas schools for one year of full-time service. The AmeriCorps members serve all day, every day, providing whole school support, as well as targeted interventions to students who are off-track in attendance, behavior, or course performance in math or English.
A Dallas native and third-generation DISD graduate (Bryan Adams), Alex was extremely excited to return to Dallas in 2014 and lead the effort to establish City Year in his hometown as Startup Director.
Alex served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Washington, DC, and stayed on the east coast for nine years to work in the government affairs field. In addition to working in the office of Dallas-area Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Alex has extensive experience working with federal, state, and local governments.
Alex is a graduate of Florida State University and lives in historic east Dallas with his wife Betsy, also an alum of City Year.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Denver
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Detroit
Andrew Stein is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Detroit, an education-focused nonprofit that places 71 AmeriCorps members in 11 Detroit schools for one year of full-time service. The AmeriCorps members serve all day, every day, providing whole school support, as well as targeted interventions to students who are off-track in Attendance, Behavior, or Course performance in math or English.
Andrew was born and raised in the Detroit area. He is a proud alumnus of Detroit Country Day School and Michigan State University. In 2004, after college, Andrew spent a year serving as a City Year corps member in Washington, DC, where he worked in the schools and neighborhoods in Southeast DC. After his service, Andrew attended law school at Georgetown University. He then worked at the law firm, WilmerHale, before returning to City Year.
Andrew is proud and humbled to lead City Year in his hometown. He lives in Detroit, along with his wife and two children.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Jacksonville
Dan is proudly from Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a degree in Biology from Seton Hall University. Moved by his college experiences to answer the call of community service, Dan chose to serve as a corps member and a team leader in the South Bronx with City Year New York. He then became a Program Manager and Senior Program Manager with City Year Los Angeles, and for the last two years has been a Program Director with CYLA, overseeing the service of 70 corps members serving 7 school partnerships in the South LA/Watts communities. Dan is a YDC graduate, a member of the current LEAD City Year class, and an original member of the Dean's Council. His deep knowledge of the Whole School, Whole Child model, his ability to connect with people and communities, and his leadership are going to make a huge difference for City Year Jacksonville.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Kansas City
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock
Sarah Roberson is a proud alumna of the ’97 and ’98 City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley Corps and is currently the Executive Director of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock. Sarah has spent over a decade serving with City Year in a variety of roles but is most proud of being part of the City Year Little Rock Start-up team serving as the founding Program/Service/Recruitment Director. In addition to her work with City Year, Sarah has also served as the Director of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and as the Program Coordinator for American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. She has a degree in Political Science from San Jose State University and is a recipient of the Comcast Leadership Award.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Los Angeles
Mary Jane Stevenson serves as the Executive Director of City Year Los Angeles (CYLA). In this role, Mary Jane is leading the organization with the goal of providing more tutors, mentors and role models to City Year’s partner schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. Specifically, Mary Jane works with the organization’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team to scale City Years’ service model throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Previously, Mary Jane was a leader in the Obama campaign and the President’s organizing work for five years. In 2011, Mary Jane served as California State Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Prior to the 2012 re-election campaign, Mary Jane served as the California State Director of Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee known as the President’s Field Team, where she organized staff, surrogates, political officials and volunteers across the state to support the President’s agenda. After her work on the presidential campaigns, Mary Jane founded and directed a political action committee (PAC) in support of Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles. The PAC raised and spent $2.2 million during a four-month period and forged an unlikely coalition of union leaders and private donors. Mary Jane started her career as a print and television reporter, spending 10 years as a reporter and anchor at Courtroom Television Network.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Memphis
Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is a native of Memphis, TN who graduated from Watkins Overton High School, a performing arts school in Memphis. She received her B.S. from Murray State University and M.A. from the University of Memphis, both in Organizational Communication. In 2004, she earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 2004, Catherine began a consulting business in Los Angeles, California providing consulting to nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of organizational development and change, evaluation, and staff development and training. She worked with an overseas client in the Philippines, where she lived for almost a year. As an independent consultant, Catherine also worked with grassroots organizations such as Camp PROMISE, Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.), and an organization that supported children of incarcerated mothers.
Prior to joining City Year, Catherine served as the National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools (PPS). She led PPS through a critical restructuring period to focus their vision, mission and resources. From 2009-2014 Catherine was the Director of Research for national office of Girls Inc. and was responsible for developing a network-wide tool to measure impact. Prior to her role with Girls, Inc., she served as an Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club, where Catherine was responsible for multiple sites and opened a teen center. She has also worked with nonprofits such as 4-H, Children’s Home Society of California, and Cheers to the Designated Driver.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Milwaukee
Since joining City Year in December 2015, Meralis Hood has served as the Managing Director of Impact and Interim Executive Director for City Year Milwaukee. Most recently, Meralis was promoted to Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Milwaukee.
In her time with City Year Milwaukee, Meralis has led the Impact team to excellence by building strategy around the AmeriCorps experience, executing data-driven results, and maintaining a flourishing relationship with the administration of Milwaukee Public Schools. She continues to lead the site with educational wisdom and energy, as well as an understanding of the growth needed to provide students with the resources they deserve.
Meralis was born and raised in Milwaukee after her mother was recruited from Puerto Rico to serve as a bilingual educator. She graduated from Hamilton High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her Masters degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before transitioning to City Year, Meralis served students and families as a teacher for over 10 years in Milwaukee Public Schools, concluding her time there as an Assistant Principal in Bay View High School.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Miami
Keith “Fletch” Fletcher currently serves as the Executive Director and Vice President at City Year Miami. Beyond a personal connection to the issue, Keith knows that educational access has never been more important- for the vitality of our community, for the preparedness of the workforce, for the strength of our economy and for the future of our nation. Prior to joining City Year he served as the Executive Director at uAspire and Assistant Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University. He worked closely on the creation of The Education Effect, an initiative to create a university-assisted community school and drive educational achievement in Liberty City. Fletch also held numerous roles at the University of Miami, including serving as the Director of the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development from 2005 to 2011.
Fletch’s additional past involvements include the Leadership Miami Program Chair (2012 & 2013) with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Education Chair and Co-Chair of the CONNECT Florida Institute. Fletch received his B.A. in Speech Communication/Public Relations from James Madison University and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Georgia.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year New Hampshire
Pawn Nitichan was a founding staff team member of City Year NH and currently serves as the site’s Executive Director. During Nitichan’s tenure, City Year NH (CYNH) has more than doubled its service capacity, hosted the National Convention during the Presidential Primaries, and moved its service location to NH’s largest city, Manchester, where the corps currently serves in the six lowest performing elementary schools in the state. With Nitichan’s leadership and her deep commitment to helping students & corps succeed, CYNH has developed a recognized culture of idealism and high quality of service, reflected in numerous awards, including Best of City Year Awards (CYNH being one of two sites to receive this award consecutively since the 2008 award inception) and the Corporate Fund’s Dunfey Award --one of the most prestigious awards in NH. Nitichan was born and raised in Thailand, and because of her interest in diverse cultures, she became a student ambassador in the international student exchange program at Assumption University. Nitichan was the first student invited to continue her education at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. She has since made a permanent life in the United States.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year New Orleans
Prior to assuming the Co-ED role, Peggy was the New Orleans Market Manager for T-Mobile, a National Leadership Sponsor of City Year, Inc. Before joining T-Mobile, she was a District Sales Manager for The Body Shop, a global organization. Peggy managed stores in Louisiana, Florida and Mexico for The Body Shop. Previous to that she was the Regional Sales Manager for Paul Harris stores. At T-Mobile, The Body Shop and Paul Harris, Peggy’s markets were the top performing markets in the nation. She has over 20 years of experience in multi-unit managing and credits her success to her powerful teams. Peggy is nearly a Louisiana native having lived there since the age of 4. She attended elementary, high school and college in New Orleans. She has a Bachelors Degree from Tulane University.
- VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CITY YEAR NEW YORK
After completing two years in the corps, Laura was recruited by City Year New York’s Development Director to serve as its Individual Giving Manager. Laura helped create an individual giving program that resulted in $1.7M in revenue in its first year and she also helped spearhead the planning for City Year’s annual gala. After two years, Laura was tapped to serve as Chief of Staff. After two years as Chief of Staff, Laura was promoted to Managing Director of Development where she helped grow the New York budget from $7.6M to $9M by increasing support from private funding sources.
Eventually, Laura accepted the challenge to lead a turnaround effort as the Vice President Executive Director for City Year Baton Rouge, a site that was struggling to meet its programmatic and financial goals post-Hurricane Katrina. During her four year tenure, Laura increased funding from $1.3M to $3M allowing the site to expand the corps by 60 percent. Laura led a dramatic improvement in staff retention and satisfaction at the site. In addition, during Laura's first three years, three of the four City Year Baton Rouge partner schools came off of the state’s Academically Unsatisfactory list, and the site increased its annual per AmeriCorps member funding from our district partner from $6,400 to $10,000. Laura most recently served as the Vice President for Development Operations for our national development department. She now proudly serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year New York City.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Orlando
Jared Billings was most recently a program director in the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). Prior to joining the NGA Center, Jared was a senior policy advisor to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. In this capacity, he advised the governor, senior executive staff, and cabinet secretaries on the development and implementation of a wide range of policy issues. His policy portfolio included higher education, workforce development, early childhood development and K-12 education. Jared was also the executive director of Teach Plus Mid-Atlantic; a high school psychology, government and history teacher; an academic advisor at Florida State University; and worked in Khayelitsha, South Africa and Siteki, Swaziland designing curriculum, building schools and training teachers. Jared now proudly serves as the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Orlando
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Philadelphia
Darryl Bundrige was named the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Philadelphia in July of 2015. In this role he inspires, challenges and supports, a staff of 40, an AmeriCorps team of 205 and oversees a $8 million budget. Darryl will also encourage potential funders, policy makers, alumni and other leaders in the Philadelphia community to contribute to the City Year mission of helping students get back on track to success.
Darryl is a long-time member of the City Year family. Prior to this role, he served as City Year Philadelphia’s Managing Director of Impact for over six years. In this position, he led the execution of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child school-based service model, the management of the Corps, and was the primary liaison to the School District of Philadelphia and PennSERVE, the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service. In this role, Darryl also launched the first ever School District Leadership Summit, an opportunity for local education leaders to meet and discuss impact. Darryl’s leadership was also critical in the implementation of the Diplomas Now collaborative model which was piloted in Philadelphia and is currently being expanded nationwide.
As a passionate supporter of youth education, Darryl’s experience prior to City Year includes roles as the After School Programs Director at Foundations Inc., the Dean of Students for Family Charter School and two years of service as an AmeriCorps member for the National School and Community Corps in Philadelphia.
Darryl is an Eastern suburb of Pittsburgh native. He is a graduate of Penn State University and a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association of which he is currently serving his third term on the Penn State Alumni Council, the governing body of the association. He is also a Cedar Park Neighbor Association Scholarship Co-Chair for the Berta and Earnest Bundrige Jr. Diversity Scholarship in State College, PA.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Rhode Island
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Sacramento
Jeff Owen is the proud Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Sacramento. Jeff was previously with School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A) a market leading K12 service and technology firm since its inception in 2002. A long tenured executive with SI&A, Jeff most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.
Starting in 2003, Jeff began channeling his energy and focus into working with education, non-profit, and state and federal leaders, in the effort to reduce chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. He is incredibly proud of his work in creating SI&A’s award winning software/service called Attention2Attendance®, his contributions to the California Attorney General’s 2013 groundbreaking report In School + On Track, and the many partnerships he’s forged across private, public and non-profit sectors that are committed to the same mission.
Jeff works closely with state and national truancy prevention organizations and is an active member of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) and the State SARB (School Attendance Review Board). Jeff has a passion for improving student outcomes, public service, and City Year’s mission of increasing the number of students on track to graduating College & Career ready. Jeff received his BA in Communications from CSU-Sacramento and resides in Elk Grove with his wife Danielle and their three children.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year San Antonio
Kelly Hughes Burton began her City Year career in 2009 with City Year Boston, where she supported the Executive Office team and the City Year Boston Board as the site prepared for significant growth. When City Year Boston doubled in size in 2012, Kelly became the site's Senior Manager of Human Potential and Site Operations, where she was responsible for overseeing site operations and leading staff recruitment, development and retention strategies.
In 2013, Kelly transitioned to the City Year Headquarters team overseeing the organization's Operating Model Transformation, where she served as the Director of Operations Transformation. In this role, she was responsible for leading an integrated change management and communication strategy and developing systems to monitor the quality of City Year's support services. Kelly also managed City Year's Internal Communications and oversaw the LEAD Executive Program.
Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University. She is originally from New York and relocated to Texas in September 2013 where she currently resides with her husband, who is a native Texan and a City Year staff and corps member alumnus. Kelly is a certified Change Management practitioner and a member of the 2014-15 LEAD Executive Class.
- VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CITY YEAR SAN JOSÉ/SILICON VALLEY
Prior to working in the field of education, Pete worked with the Walt Disney Company. He ended his career with Disney working in training development, where his love of educating took hold. After graduating from Georgia State University, he began his teaching career at Sarah Smith Elementary. He served on the founding board of the Sarah Smith Educational Foundation and in other leadership positions. Pete was tapped to become the Instructional Learning Specialist at Morris Brandon Elementary and led the transition to Response to Intervention practices that would help identify specific strategies for students in need of further support.
Pete was selected to be the administrator of the Morris Brandon Primary Center, where he led a staff of 35 educators and 480 kindergarten and first-grade students. The Primary Center at Morris Brandon quickly garnered a reputation as a warm and nurturing place that was dedicated to positive student growth. During the recent tumult in the Atlanta Public Schools in 2010, Pete was asked to lead a school (Westside Atlanta Charter School) that had been caught in the midst of the nationally reported cheating scandal. His efforts were chronicled that year on CNN, where the positive atmosphere that he had forged was the highlight of the report. Pete has served as President of the Board for Museum Towers and is active in fundraising for educational causes such as the Emory Vaccine Clinic.
- VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CITY YEAR TULSA
Paul is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in fundraising, board and people development, and operations. He has spent the last 9+ years in progressively senior roles with the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma (MHAOK), a $30M organization with 190 employees, and most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer overseeing fundraising, finance and operations, human resources, and marketing. He also has overseen large-scale change management and created MHOAK’s marketing and communications department. Paul got his start at as a lobbyist at MHAOK after spending time in Jordan pursuing his interests in political and public affairs. Paul grew up in California and North Carolina. Paul was attracted City Year due to its local and national scale, well-researched model, and ability to drive impact in education in the Tulsa community.
Paul is highly respected in the Tulsa community and a passionate people developer. He graduated from Drury University, with a bachelor of arts in International Political Studies, Design Arts, Middle Eastern Studies, and Architecture. In his spare time, Paul enjoys watching hockey and spending time with his daughters Mia and Olivia, and excited to strap on Mia's first pair of skates this winter. Also, when you see Paul, make sure to also ask him about his college Tuba scholarship. Paul now proudly serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Tulsa.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Seattle/King County
Kyle Angelo proudly serves as Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Seattle/King County. Kyle comes to City Year after 15 years in the private sector with cross-functional experience in Finance, IT, HR, Operations, and Leadership Coaching. Before joining City Year, Kyle spent 12 years at Microsoft leading a broad set of global initiatives; most recently as the Director of Global Staffing Programs in HR. Kyle brings tremendous transferable skills from his professional background, as well as a personal commitment to the community. The son of a retired fire chief, Kyle grew up surrounded by public service and has had a long-standing goal to make a meaningful impact by empowering young people. Kyle holds a B.A. in Finance from Western Washington University and is a Certified Executive Coach through the Hudson Institute of Coaching.
- Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Washington, DC
Jeff comes to City Year with extensive experience in the business development and management arena and has a successful track record of implementing corporate business/non-profit development plans. Prior to joining City Year in January of 2008, Jeff served as the Director of Global Business Development and Project Manager at Voxiva. Jeff helped develop Voxiva’s corporate strategy, analyzed market entry conditions and evaluated new opportunities in Latin America, Africa, and the US. Over the past 12 years, Jeff has also worked as a Senior Consultant at BearingPoint Consulting, Associate Director of Marketing and Sales at Corporate Executive Board, and a Consultant at the International Finance Corporation. Outside of City Year he serves on his church’s Steering Committee for young adults and has led efforts on a variety of volunteer endeavors in the community. Jeff is a member of D.C.’s Hands on Housing, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and Net Impact. Jeff graduated from Fairfield University in CT with a B.A. in Political Science, Pre-Medicine, and Spanish. He has a Masters in International Affairs and an MBA from American University in Washington, D.C.