BOSTON, MA (September 9, 2015) – City Year Boston, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes young adults to serve as full-time tutors, mentors, and role models in local high-need public schools, welcomed five new members to its Board: Andrew Bott, Principal at the Lincoln School; Reed Chisholm, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Stephen Hoffmeister, Managing Director at Advent International; Karen Keenan, Executive Vice President at State Street Bank; and Josh McCall, Chairman and CEO at Jack Morton Worldwide.

“We are grateful that these dynamic leaders have joined the City Year Boston Board,” said Bryan Rotach, Interim Executive Director at City Year Boston. “At City Year, we are focused on improving opportunities and outcomes for the students and schools we serve. The diverse experiences of our new Board members complement our existing champions and will drive us to reach our Long-Term Impact goal.”  

This year, 265 City Year Boston AmeriCorps members are serving full-time in 21 Boston Public Schools where they reach more than 10,000 students every day and will collectively provide more than 450,000 hours over the academic year.

Corps members partner with teachers and families to increase student achievement and engagement rates. Specifically, corps members arrive before the first student and stay until the last student goes home. They powerfully greet students on their way into school every morning, call home to any tardy or absent students and develop plans and offer incentives to increase attendance, provide real-time tutoring to students in class while the teacher presents the day’s lesson, meet with students over lunch to discuss classwork and behavior issues, and operate academically-focused free afterschool programming for students including homework help and enrichment activities.

“The City Year Boston Board believes deeply in the potential of every student and the impact that AmeriCorps members can have on student success and graduation rates,” said Dianne Ledingham, Partner and Director, Bain & Company and Chair of the City Year Boston Board. “Together we are creating a sustainable and powerful organization to recruit, train, and mobilize young leaders to have a dramatic impact on schools and our community at large.”

The City Year Boston Board advises site leadership on developing and implementing strategies to deepen the organization’s impact on student achievement. In addition to the Board, City Year Boston relies on the Seven Generations Board to build community connections and increase opportunities for engagement with local leaders from across a wide variety of industries.

The Seven Generations Board is a volunteer group of successful, socially conscious and motivated professionals who are committed to supporting and promoting City Year Boston and its AmeriCorps members, consistent with the vision and goals of the larger City Year organization and the national service movement.

Mr. Chisholm joins the City Year Boston Board in an ex officio capacity in his role as the Chair of the Seven Generations Board. Additionally, Marion Mussafer who was an ex officio member of the Board last year in her previous role as the Chair of the Seven Generations Board is now a member of the City Year Boston Board.

Biographical sketches of the news members are below:

Andrew Bott, Principal, The Lincoln School

Andrew Bott is the Principal of the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. Prior to this, Andrew was Principal of the Orchard Gardens (K-8) School in Roxbury, where a City Year Boston team serves. As Principal of Orchard Gardens, Andrew spearheaded the development of a rigorous K-8 arts program that includes music, visual arts, dance, theater and library/media arts.  In 2012, Orchard Gardens was one of eight schools nationwide selected for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. During his tenure at Orchard Gardens, Andrew led the school’s successful turnaround from a level 4 school in 2010 to a level 1 school in 2013.  Andrew began his career as a teacher in Houston and has held various leadership positions across the Boston Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Rice University and a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Reed Chisholm, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.;

Chair, City Year Boston Seven Generations Board

Reed is a Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor. He has been with Goldman Sachs for more than 24 years. His Boston-based team advises high net-worth families, foundations, and tax-exempt organizations on investment strategy, asset allocation, and risk management.  In addition to his work at Goldman Sachs, Reed is also a Trustee at The New England Aquarium and The Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Reed earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Providence College.

Stephen Hoffmeister, Managing Director, Advent International

Stephen is a Managing Director at Advent International. Previously, he worked at Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Company. Stephen co-chaired the City Year Boston Investment Community Breakfast for a number of years, now serves as a vice-chair on the event committee for the breakfast, and was a member of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board before joining the organization’s Board. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors, from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Karen Keenan, Executive Vice President, State Street Bank

Karen Keenan is an executive vice president in the Global Markets division of State Street Bank. She joined the company in July 2007 as part of the acquisition of Investors Financial. She served as chief financial officer at Investors during its initial public offering and its early years as a public company. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bentley College and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. In addition to the City Year Boston Board, she is a director of CLS Bank. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Josh McCall, Chairman and CEO, Jack Morton Worldwide

Josh McCall is Chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide, the world’s leading brand experience agency. He has been an integral part of Jack since 1984. Prior to becoming CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2007, he served in various capacities of increasing responsibility from an Account Executive to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, the agency has expanded its reach across the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and has been recognized for its creativity, winning dozens of awards that include Cannes Lions, Stevies, Ex Awards, PRO Awards, and Webby Awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed business and management training at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and The Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and holds an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston.

Marion Mussafer

Marion Mussafer has been extensively involved in child-centered and education-based philanthropies both in the United States and globally. She has been involved with City Year in a variety of capacities for well over a decade. She was a member of the Development Committee for City Year, Inc.’s Board of Trustees, led a service trip to City Year South Africa; was part of the founding team of City Year London, and has traveled to various U.S. cities for fundraising events on behalf of City Year. Marion was a vice chair for City Year Boston’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast, a co-chair of the annual Starry Starry Night gala, and the inagural chair of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board. In addition to her work with City Year, Marion served on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston for 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.

For more information on City Year, please visit www.cityyear.org/boston.

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About City Year:

City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 27 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in high-poverty urban schools, providing high-impact student, classroom, and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.