Rebeca Nieves Huffman, Vice President & Executive Director for City Year Chicago

Rebeca Nieves Huffman serves as Executive Director of City Year Chicago. Huffman’s passion for education began at City Year Chicago, when she served as a corps member for two years (1998 and 1999). During her service, she led a team of corps members at Brian Piccolo Elementary in the Humboldt Park Community, the same community where she grew up. Today, Huffman is leading the organization with the goal of providing 230 tutors, mentors and role models to students within their 26 high need partner schools to increase their freshman on-track rate and scale City Year’s impact and service model within the Chicago Public Schools.

Having been the first in her family to attend and graduate college coupled with being exposed to the crisis in public education through her time as a City Year corps member, Huffman has dedicated her life’s work to quality educational opportunities for students in neighborhoods of limited resources. 

Huffman has served in a variety of leadership roles within and around the K12 education system locally and nationally. As the Associate Director of Recruitment and Selection for the KIPP School Leadership Program, she recruited talented and passionate educators to start their own middle schools and learned how school leaders/principals are critically important catalysts for student achievement in high need schools. As the founding president and CEO of the Washington DC-based Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO), she led stakeholders across all sectors to advocate for policies that support Latino students, which represent the country’s fastest growing yet among the most vulnerable populations. She was also the Vice President at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) where she created and managed their first grant-making program. 

An alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Education leaders, Huffman has a deep commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in her community. It is through that commitment that she returns to lead City Year Chicago, the organization that helped inform her future life’s work.    

Huffman is a 2017 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and serves on the board of the City Colleges of Chicago. She resides on the south side of the city of Chicago with her husband, Craig, and her school-aged children Sofia and Solomon.