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Leadership in Memphis

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

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry

Vice President & Executive Director for City Year Memphis

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry serves as the executive director of City Year Memphis. In this role, Catherine maintains strategic relationships with Shelby County and Frayser Community Schools, City Year Memphis’ board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Memphis community.

Catherine relocated back to Memphis from Indianapolis where she served for almost three years as the national executive director of Parents for Public Schools. Prior to that role, she served for five years as the director of research for the National Office of Girls Inc. and four years as the executive director of a Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee. During her career, Catherine has published regularly on a wide variety of topics, including diversity issues and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Additionally, she owned a consulting business and worked with clients in the U.S. and the Philippines, where she lived for a year.

She has a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in human development and family studies. Her Master of Arts from the University of Memphis and Bachelor of Science from Murray State University are in Organizational Communication. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors.

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry was born and raised in the Smokey City neighborhood in north Memphis, Tennessee and she’s a product of what was formerly called Memphis City Schools. She is the only child of Matilda Cushinberry, a retired educator from Memphis City Schools. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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These talented and dedicated professionals support the success of our students and develop our AmeriCorps members as leaders.

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

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More than 40 AmeriCorps members positively impact more than 2,000 students in Memphis.

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

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