For the past 29 years, City Year alumni have been making a difference in their communities both inside and outside of City Year. Since 2005, Comcast NBCUniversal has recognized 72 City Year alumni with our highest alumni recognition—the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award. This year’s recipients were announced last week at Summer Academy by David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast Corporation, and Co-Chair, City Year Board.
This year’s leadership award winners are:
Beth Bryant, City Year Boston '04, Vice President, Strategy at City Year, for dedicating 15 years to advance the national service movement and leading innovative strategies to accelerate City Year’s Impact and transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of students.
Maggie P. Chang, City Year New York ’07, Co-Founder, Art Director, & Producer at Rising Earth: Human Impact Education and Co-Founder and Program Director at Orange Giraffe Project, for her entrepreneurial drive and leading social impact through the visual arts and storytelling.
Michael Mandel, City Year Chicago '97, Immigration Lawyer at , McGuire & Margolis, LLP, and Co-Chair of the Advocacy/Media Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New York chapter, for his relentless support and advocacy of immigrants in their fight of justice and human rights.
Jay Patel, City Year New York ’10, Co-Founder & Vice President at Village Energy, for his intense passion and commitment to increase community access to affordable & reliable clean energy and promote equitable workforce development initiatives for young people.
Melissa Urbain, City Year San Jose/ Silicon Valley '06, Language Arts Teacher & Instructional Coach, San Jose Unified School District, and Representative, California Teachers Association State Council, for her tireless dedication to improving public education and advocacy for students, families and fellow teachers to build a more just, equal, fair and compassionate world.
Previous recipients of the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership award include City Year alumni leaders in city government, corporate social responsibility, education, community development and nonprofit sectors, in addition to City Year staff.