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Leadership in Little Rock

Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Little Rock by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.

Jennifer Cobb

Senior Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Little Rock

Jennifer Cobb is an authentic, energetic, data-driven leader with more than 20 years of diverse experience in healthcare and nonprofit communications, fundraising, and marketing. A storyteller at heart, Jennifer serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Little Rock. She leads a team of 11 staff members supporting up to 45 AmeriCorps members who serve as student success coaches in public schools.

Prior to joining City Year, Jennifer served in leadership roles at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s, Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and at various nonprofits in Montgomery, Alabama, including the A+ Education Foundation, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to educational equity in K-12 schools.

Jennifer graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock and Rhodes College in Memphis. She is married to Chris Travis, a partner at Gill Ragon Owen LLC. Between them, they are the proud parents of five young adults who are in various stages of leaving the nest.

Courtney Brown

Impact Director for City Year Little Rock

As Director of Impact, Courtney oversees City Year Little Rock’s (CYLR) program delivery at its partner schools. She supports AmeriCorps members’ service by ensuring quality student interventions, enhancing school partnerships and providing local learning and leadership development opportunities.

Before joining CYLR in 2022, she was an elementary school’s Instructional Coach and a district Reading Initiative for Student Excellence (R.I.S.E.) trainer. She is a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher; and taught in Nashville, TN for seven years. She’s English Language Learner certified, has a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences: elementary education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in reading.

Courtney is married to her high school sweetheart; they have 2 beautiful children and a dog.

Brittany Paul

Director of Annual Giving and Events

Brittany is a native of Arkansas. She graduated from Cabot High and went on to graduate college from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a Bachelor of Science.

She is most proud of her daughter, Ellie (8). Whether it is traveling on the weekends for her All-Star Cheer competitions or taking time to slow down to enjoy the Arkansas outdoors along with their Labradoodle (Coco), it is her favorite thing to do!

Brittany has over 10 years of non-profit annual gifts and events experience and is excited to learn and grow with City Year.

Marquita Rogers

Director of Development & External Relations

Marquita Rogers is a passionate advocate for education, mentorship, and community development. With a background in AmeriCorps, she has dedicated her life to empowering underserved youth and young adults. Currently serving as the Director of Development and External Relations for City Year Little Rock, Marquita bridges the gap between the organization and the community to ensure access to resources and support for every young person. Her work is fueled by the belief in the power of small acts of kindness to make a significant impact. Marquita’s career highlights include connecting young adults to national service opportunities and witnessing their growth and success. Inspired by Mae Jemison’s quote, she encourages others to break free from limitations and imagines a world where everyone can thrive. Marquita enjoys being a devoted dog mom to her miniature schnauzer, Duchess Harper Rogers, in her free time.

Jeremy Hill

Chief of Staff

Alexis Freeman

Community Partnership Manager

Alexis, a product of Little Rock public schools K-12, holds a degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

As the Community Partnership Manager for City Year Little Rock, Alexis plays a pivotal role in expanding the organization’s reach and nurturing local partnerships. A dedicated member of the team and proud City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Alum from the class of 2020, Alexis demonstrates unwavering commitment to community service.

During her AmeriCorps tenure, Alexis showed exceptional dedication in supporting students, utilizing tireless efforts, boundless enthusiasm, and empathy to help them overcome challenges and achieve their goals. She is a champion for both the students City Year serves and the young adults who join as AmeriCorps Members, working tirelessly to ensure the organization’s mission reaches every corner of Little Rock.

Alexis is deeply invested in the growth and development of AmeriCorps Members, recognizing them as the heart of the organization. She provides essential resources, mentorship, and support to empower these young adults to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the students they serve.

Our board brings to City Year Little Rock their expertise and commitment to local communities and schools.

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City Year depends on committed public and private sector partners in Little Rock to support our work.

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More than 40 AmeriCorps members positively impact more than 4,000 students in Little Rock.

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Students who work with City Year report better academic outcomes than similar students who don't.

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