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Milwaukee, WI (June 7, 2019) – City Year Milwaukee, an education-focused nonprofit that unites young people for a year of service in high-need schools, announces new board member, John Roberts, Vice President of Distribution Performance at Northwestern Mutual. 

“I am excited to welcome John Roberts to our board and I appreciate his commitment, and the commitment of Northwestern Mutual, to City Year Milwaukee,” stated Meralis T. Hood, City Year Milwaukee’s Vice President and Executive Director. “The impact we strive to make in our community is made possible by influential leaders like John Roberts, who believe in the power of young people.”

John Roberts serves Northwestern Mutual as vice president of distribution performance.  In this role, Roberts is responsible for the performance of Northwestern’s exclusive independent distribution system. A native of the Milwaukee-area, Roberts received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University. He is also a CFA charterholder. Roberts lives in Fox Point, Wisconsin with his wife Rachel and their three children.

“Education achievement is a complex and important topic with wide-ranging implications,” shared John Roberts.  “In Milwaukee, our community has a tremendous opportunity to continue improving our learning environment as we better ensure every student can thrive.  City Year’s mission-driven commitment to partnering with schools to improve the odds for those that need it most is an inspiring model for making an impact both in Milwaukee and nationally.  I am honored to be joining an organization with an incredible passion for making a difference in our community, our schools and in the lives of our students.”

City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps members serve full-time in 13 Milwaukee Public Schools reaching nearly 8,000 students each day. City Year AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and principals to provide academic and social-emotional support to students, helping them stay on track to graduate from high school prepared for college and career success.

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City Year Milwaukee's impact is made possible by a public-private partnership between corporations, philanthropic individuals, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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