Leadership in Columbia
Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Columbia by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.
Dr. Gail Wilson-Giarratano
Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Columbia
Dr. Gail Wilson–Giarratano serves as the executive director of City Year Columbia. In this role, Gail maintains strategic relationships with their local district, City Year Columbia’s board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Columbia community.
Gail joined City Year Columbia on March 26, 2012. Prior to this role, she was the president and CEO of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in Albany, New York.
She earned a bachelor’s in education from Winthrop College, a master’s in early childhood education: leadership & policy from Wheelock College, and a Ph.D. in applied management & decision sciences. Gail is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
A native of Lancaster, South Carolina, Gail has vast experience in teaching, child welfare, research, public policy and mental health. She is thrilled to return to her home state and make strides to provide schools with support and added capacity to help meet student needs. Gail is committed to supporting City Year’s mission as an education nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students and schools succeed.