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Executive Directors

This group of renowned and talented professionals are dedicated to advancing the vision and mission of City Year.

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Allishia Bauman
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Jacksonville

Allishia Bauman is passionate about people and is experienced in building strong teams, culture, deep collaboration, inclusivity, and equity at every level; she has held many positions professionally and as a volunteer where she has deeply contributed to these aspects of work. A SHRM Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management, Allishia most recently served as the Managing Director of People, Operations, and Strategy at City Year Jacksonville, where she worked for almost 8 years. She has been on the Executive Leadership Team where she led Human Potential efforts, leader of the Operations Department, and leader of Strategic Planning and Goal Setting. She has also sustained an effective support structure for the director-level leadership team. She leads internal communications, all of which puts people first and results in the advancement of City Year Jacksonville's mission to put students first.

A proud Jacksonville native and product of Duval County Public Schools, Allishia earned her Associates Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville and later earned her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from The American Women's College at Bay Path University. In the past, she has been an engaged community steward supporting organizations and groups such as the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, TEDxJackosnville, and the Women's Giving Alliance.

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Jared Billings
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Orlando

Prior to joining City Year, Jared was 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.

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Darryl Bundrige
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Philadelphia

For Darryl Bundrige, service is a lifestyle. After graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in business, it was service that brought this Pittsburgh native to the City of Brother Love and Sisterly Affection. During the 1997 school year, Darryl enthusiastically served as a National School and Community corps member where he tutored and mentored elementary school students.

Darryl’s work in education later advanced to roles such as Dean of Students for Belmont Charter School and Managing Director of City Year Philadelphia’s Impact Department.

Since becoming Executive Director, Darryl has enlarged the education nonprofit’s public and private funding, expanded the staff from 35 to 50 employees, and reached an operating budget of $10 million, up from $8 million. Daily, he inspires, challenges, and supports staff along with more than 200 AmeriCorps members who serve in schools across Philadelphia.

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Kelly Hughes Burton
Vice President and Executive Director for 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.

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Sandra Cano
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Los Angeles

Dr. Sandra Cano is intimately familiar with the communities served by City Year LA, having been raised in some of the same neighborhoods where our students currently live. She has worked in the field of education for over two decades, starting her career as a kindergarten teacher on an emergency credential with her urgent need to provide for her daughter as a young mother.

Dr. Cano went on to attend the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received her teaching credential and master’s in education. As an educator, she served as a teacher, a staff development specialist, coordinator, and served as a principal for ten years. She received her doctorate in education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where her dissertation focused on culturally and linguistically responsive practices for long term English learners.

Dr. Cano most recently comes to us from the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she serves as a Field Coordinator for Beyond the Bell, LAUSD’s before and after school program. In this role, she oversees programming in 72 high schools serving 10,000 students. She works with 12 non-profit organizations that provide the programming, and manages $15 million in private, federal, and state grants that fund the programs. Dr. Cano also oversees several special projects for the department, such as a partnership with the Air Force Association’s Cyber Patriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, and the Take Action Campaign, which provides community service and leadership opportunities to social-justice minded high school students. She partners with the William Morris talent agency to provide internships for students, and helped develop a COVID-era E-Sports program with the A.C. Green Youth Foundation.

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Dyrell Clark
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Columbia

Dyrell Clark was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Dyrell attended Benedict College where he received his Bachelors in Business Management. While in college he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. which led to his unwavering dedication to service. Dyrell has always had a passion for leadership and serving the community. After graduating from college, Dyrell decided to further his education at Webster University and received his Masters in Counseling. Dyrell is currently the Interim Vice President, Executive Director with City Year Columbia. As Interim Vice President, Executive Director, he leads the City Year Columbia site and helps with the develop of a team of 24 City Year AmeriCorps members to implement Whole School, Whole Child programming, which includes working with all students through Tier 1 initiatives, such as tutoring after school, awareness events etc. He is serving high-need schools in the Columbia, Gaston and Swansea areas. His role as the Interim Executive Director is to coach staff and AmeriCorps members on how to support off-track students and strengthen partnerships while also developing AmeriCorps members’ leadership skills, community building, building relationships and personnel to ensure the necessary conditions are in place for AmeriCorps members to deliver high – quality attendance, behavior, and course performance interventions for students.

Dyrell’s leadership mission statement is to serve as a leader, motivator, to live a balanced life and to apply ethical principles to make a significant difference in the lives of the children and communities we serve. He wants to serve as a guide and constantly empowering young adults to stay true to themselves through challenging times as they work to achieve City Year’s mission of keeping students in school and on track to graduation.

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Toi Comer
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Cleveland

A native Clevelander, Toi serves as the primary leader of City Year Cleveland as its Vice President and Executive Director. Toi comes to City Year with more than 15 years of diverse experience in resource development and community relations, strategic planning, management and communications. She began her career at City Year Cleveland in 2011 as its Development Director where she led its fundraising team and efforts to build structures to support the site’s scaled impact growth plan. Eventually Toi was promoted to Managing Director of Development for the site. During Toi’s tenure, she more than tripled the size of the development team as the site’s revenue continued to increase annually.

Prior to coming to City Year Cleveland, she 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.

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Paul Davis
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Tulsa

Paul is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in fundraising, board and people development and operations. He was attracted to City Year because if its local and national scale, well-researched model and ability to drive impact in education in the Tulsa community.  

In his role at City Year, Paul sees the impact that decisions made at the policy and school leadership levels have on students in the schools on a day-to-day basis. He works closely with leadership in the public school system to better understand their vision and collaborate on how decisions impact students at the school level. Because of his work, Paul has key areas of expertise in systems change and public policy as they impact complex ingrained systems and the people they serve, such as building coalitions of support for school reform. 

Prior to joining City Year Tulsa, Paul spent nine years in progressively senior roles with the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma (MHAOK), a $30M organization with over 190 employees. 

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Robyn Ford
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Memphis

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Shanon Ford
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Little Rock

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Paolo Guttadauro
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year San José/Silicon Valley

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Myetie Hamilton
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Chicago

Myetie Hamilton brings over 20 years of experience leading innovative change in K-12 education. She served most recently as Executive Director of EPIC Academy, a public charter high school on the far southeast side of Chicago where she led organizational strategy and vision, fundraising and external relations, and board engagement. Prior to taking on the role with EPIC, Hamilton served as Deputy Chief of Schools for Network 9 with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), managing transformation efforts for 28 schools in Chicago’s Woodlawn, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park communities. She also held positions in CPS as Deputy Chief of Staff in the CEO's Office and Chief of School Support Services for the District.

Hamilton received an undergraduate degree in business management from Alabama A&M University, a master’s degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2016).

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Stephanie Maney-Hartlaub
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Milwaukee

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Annie Kessler
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year New York

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Jennie Johnson
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Providence

Jennie was named a recipient of the 40 Under Forty award from the Providence Business News, the Women of Excellence award from the Women’s Center of RI, has participated in The American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy and was named one of GoLocalProv's 12 People Who Made a Difference in 2012. In 2015, City Year Providence was proud to be honored by the Providence Business News with a Business Excellence Award for Excellence at a Non-Profit.

Prior to joining City Year Providence, Jennie worked as a Community Director for the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter. Born and raised in Warwick, Jennie became immersed in public service at an early age; her family was involved in local politics, and her grandfather, Walter Constantine, served on the Warwick School Committee for 20 years. Jennie is proud Rhode Island College alum who in 2000 earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology.

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Jada Lewis
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Baton Rouge 

Jada maintains strategic relationships with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, IDEA Public Schools South Louisiana, Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, Redesign Schools Louisiana, City Year Baton Rouge’s Board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Baton Rouge community.  

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Jada served as Assistant Dean for Diversity at LSU in the College of Engineering. She is also serving her first term as an elected member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing District 8, which is composed of fourteen parishes and seventeen school districts in Louisiana. Prior to joining the LSU College of Engineering, she held positions as a Regional Technical Advisor for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and as an Operations Planning Engineer for the Shell Motiva Convent Refinery.

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Emily Matthews
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Denver

Emily Matthews proudly serves as the Interim Executive Director and Managing Director, People & Site Operations for City Year Denver. In her role, Emily oversees people operations, including talent acquisition, staff learning and development, workforce planning, and team engagement initiatives, as well as budget design, event planning, and oversight of site operational systems. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish and Master of Arts degree in archaeology. Emily is a Colorado native who enjoys taking her family, including her two kiddos, and a playful pup named Pickles, on many outdoor adventures.

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Arielle McConduit
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year New Orleans

Arielle is an experienced nonprofit executive who most recently served as the vice president of education and youth development for the Urban League of Louisiana. In this role, she managed programming, advocacy, policy and fund development in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, including the agency’s Parent Information Center, Project Ready program and the Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. Her experiences in both sectors inspired her passion for serving students and families holistically.  

"I am joining a talented team of professionals dedicated to advancing equitable outcomes for the youth in my hometown,” she said. “City Year is poised to expand our work in New Orleans, and I look forward to partnering with our community and school district, so together we can support more students on their path to graduation.”

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Pawn Nitichan
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year New Hampshire

Pawn has served as Executive Director at City Year New Hampshire for 20 years. With her leadership and commitment to helping students, AmeriCorps members, and staff succeed, City Year New Hampshire has more than tripled its service capacity and developed a widely recognized culture of idealism. The organization consistently provides high quality service to students and communities as reflected in numerous awards including eleven Best of City Year Awards, City Year National’s highest recognition, as well as a Corporate Fund’s Dunfey Award.

Among Pawn’s community and professional commitments, she serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Reaching Higher New Hampshire and Manchester Proud. She also serves on the Governor’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

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Jeff Owen
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Sacramento

Previously, Jeff worked with education, non-profit, and state and federal leaders, in the effort to reduce chronic absenteeism and dropout rates starting in 2003. 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.

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Adero Robinson
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Columbus

Adero Robinson serves as the Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Columbus.

Adero has over 26 years of nonprofit experience. He began his career as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Columbus serving as a tutor and mentor in a Columbus City Schools 5th grade classroom. Adero then transitioned to a Project Leader, where he supervised AmeriCorps members serving at Gladstone Elementary School.

Later, as a Community Development Specialist with the Columbus Compact Corporation, Adero worked to improve the quality of life in Columbus’ central city neighborhoods through the implementation of high-impact community-based projects. During his tenure as a Senior Impact Manager with the United Way of Central Ohio, Adero led the Neighborhood Partnership Center and worked with education, health, and neighborhood-based non-profits on funding opportunities, programming, and capacity building. Adero also served as the Director of Education Services for the Columbus Urban League and as a Project Manager with Battelle for Kids.

He has received several community awards, including a national Comcast Leadership Award. Adero has also participated in several local and national leadership programs and has served in a leadership role on several non-profit and community boards and committees. Adero holds a B.A. from Denison University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

He is married to Tracy Robinson and is the proud father of four children and three stepchildren. In his spare time, Adero enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching Netflix, traveling, and coaching youth basketball. He is a 2nd-degree black belt and enjoys practicing and teaching karate.

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Jeff Shafer
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Kansas City

Jeff Shafer serves as the executive director of City Year Kansas City. In this role, Jeff maintains strategic relationships with Kansas City public schools, City Year Kansas City’s board, corporate and philanthropic partners and the wider Kansas City community.

Raised in Kansas City, Jeff grew up attending Kansas City Public Schools and is a graduate of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. He then spent 10 years in Chicago, where he received a BA in marketing communications from Columbia College Chicago and first got involved with City Year by serving as an AmeriCorps member from 2010-2012 on the city’s South Side. Jeff then transitioned to the staff team, working as an Impact Manager where he helped develop and coach 26 AmeriCorps members as they provided targeted support to 200 students across 3 Chicago Public schools. Jeff went on to utilize his talent for storytelling as the Grant Writer for City Year Chicago before joining the City Year Kansas City start-up team in 2015.

For the last 5 years, Jeff has served as Development Director. In that role, he has been responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of donor relationships and has exceeded fundraising goals each year. In addition to his impact on City Year, Jeff is involved in the community, serving as a Committee Member for Uncover KC and Board Member for BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Community).

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Andrew Stein
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Detroit

Andrew Stein is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Detroit, an education-focused nonprofit that places 105 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.

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Michael Stevens
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Buffalo

Michael has been with City Year more than 12 years, having served in several roles at Headquarters and locations across the network. His career in national service began with by serving in the founding corps for City Year Louisiana, followed by a second year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, FL.

Following his service years, he joined the staff of City Year Washington DC where he served in several positions during his 7-year tenure. Michael later joined the City Year Jacksonville team as the Managing Director of Impact where he managed the full operation of a department that included 120 AmeriCorps members and 17 staff members. After his time in Jacksonville, Michael served as the National Student Engagement Services Director with City Year’s National Program Design Team, leading the vision, strategy and pilot opportunities for Student Engagement services supporting 300+ schools across the network. He returned to the field to serve as Startup Director for City Year Buffalo.

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Michelle Taffel
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining City Year in December 2017, Michelle was a member of College Summit’s executive leadership team where she served as Chief Strategy and Advancement Officer and Chief Innovation Officer. In those roles, she was responsible for raising significant private funding to support the organization, leading the strategic planning and transition from a legacy program and organizational model to a new program, running product pilots, and overseeing alumni initiatives.

Prior to this, Michelle served as Chief of Staff at College Summit where she worked with the president, CEO, executive team, and board of directors to drive the achievement of College Summit’s mission. Prior to her time as Chief of Staff, Michelle served in various roles at College Summit beginning her time there as an AmeriCorps*VISTA.

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Lauren Treacy
Interim Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Seattle/King County

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Karen Velazquez-Vargas
Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Miami

Prior to her Executive Director role, Karen served as the Managing Director of Impact and Senior Program Director at City Year Philadelphia for six years. As an innovator in Impact, Karen worked closely with the Executive Director of City Year Philadelphia to build a coalition of district partners and principals to create the site’s first principal summit. Her contributions and leadership resulted in an improvement in impact, staff engagement, and culture, and increased funding from the district.

Prior to City Year, Karen worked as a Bi-Lingual Discipline and Truancy Liaison to navigate crises and disciplinary procedures with students, families, and district personnel covering 44 schools and impacting 16,000 students with the School District of Philadelphia. Earlier in her career, Karen also worked with several consulting and social work agencies, with a focus on performance management improvement and supporting bi-lingual communities.

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