Rebeca Nieves Huffman, Vice President & Executive Director for 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.”

Read more about Rebeca Nieves Huffman in the "People on The Move Section" of Crain's Chicago Business