We are indebted to the vision and commitment of our co-founder and outgoing chair Andrew Hauptman whose leadership propelled us from a scrappy startup nine years ago to the largest full-time AmeriCorps program in California. Andrew will remain on the board as Chair Emeritus and a Trustee of City Year, Inc., and be a trusted advisor to our new chair, Michael Walsh. We are incredibly grateful for his continued involvement and tireless commitment to education and national service.
During our annual Opening Day ceremony, City Year’s CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown honored Andrew and his wife, Ellen for their heartfelt dedication to our organization over the years.
“Andrew and his wife Ellen met with City Year LA’s start-up team in February of 2007. That was back when we barely had an office, let alone a corps in Los Angeles. From the moment they became involved, City Year Los Angeles was propelled to the next level and for that we are all eternally grateful. They made a game-changing investment of their personal resources. Yet their commitment to this work goes even deeper. Andrew instantly connected to the AmeriCorps members as he had served in Africa in his youth and understood what a transformational experience service can be for a young person. As our founding board chair, Andrew has given countless hours to this organization: opening doors to other funders and fiercely advocating for our work. It is no accident that City Year Los Angeles has been our fastest growing site and today is the largest in the country.”