City Year Jacksonville
Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Jacksonville by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.
Senior Vice President and Executive Director
Managing Director of Impact
Veronika McDougald’s core values include being present for others through relationship-building; leading on behalf of those who will come after her; and driving impact for all who have experienced marginalized gaps beyond their control.
McDougald has served with City Year in many capacities over the last 11 years, beginning with her AmeriCorps service year in 2011 at City Year Columbia, where she served a Senior AmeriCorps year as well. Since then, she has served with City Year Jacksonville as an Impact Manager at Northwestern Middle School; Impact Director of both Primary and Secondary School Partnerships; Corps Experience Director; and now, Managing Director of Impact. Throughout her tenure, she has ensured that the organization’s AmeriCorps members felt supported as they propel student success in Duval County Public Schools.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in German and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) in 2011, she earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management with a human services concentration from Northeastern University in 2018. She is also a graduate of LEAD (City Year’s executive leadership program) and is a Leadership Jacksonville Next Generation (formerly known as the Collegiate Leadership Experience) alumna.
This Georgia native moved to Jacksonville in 2013, where she now lives with her husband, Lacy and their daughter, little Miss Marley.
Managing Director of People, Operations, and Strategy
Alexis Holton has led City Year Jacksonville’s AmeriCorps members and impact teams since joining the organization during the summer of 2016. Her years of experience in the community impact arena provided her with the tools necessary to succeed in her new role with City Year. Previously, she managed programs with the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Inter-Tribal Sports and the Police Athletic League’s Eastside campus.
Holton is a first-generation college graduate and is proud to have earned two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice with minors in social work and American Sign Language from the University of North Florida. Most recently, she completed her master’s degree from the University of Southern California in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management leadership.
Over the years, she has served the Northeast Florida community in many different capacities. She was President of the Youth Leadership club at the Deland YMCA; led philanthropic events supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); and organized Dance Marathon events supporting the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2013, she served in the inaugural class of the Weaver Scholars Philanthropic Initiative through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. From 2012 through 2016, she served as a Take Stock in Children mentor, helping local youth achieve academic success.
When Alexis is not busy helping our community’s youth succeed, this Florida native is spending her free time being a mom and wife to her loving husband, Aaron, and their three beautiful sons, William, Michael and Matthew.