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Philadelphia school district executive Dr. John Tupponce joins City Year as chief operating officer

John Tupponce City Year COO

City Year today announced that Dr. John Tupponce will serve as the organization’s new chief operating officer. In this role, Dr. Tupponce will serve as a key leader in the implementation of systems, processes and organizational design, and will work to align impact, fundraising, and district engagement operations with City Year’s vision and goals for the future.

Dr. Tupponce comes to City Year from the School District of Philadelphia, where he most recently served as assistant superintendent, managing and leading a portfolio of 20-40 educational sites and 300-500 employees, overseeing $90 to $150 million in funding, promoting transformational outcomes, and increasing student achievement. During his time at the School District of Philadelphia, Dr. Tupponce was a close partner to City Year, having brought City Year AmeriCorps members into many of the schools in his portfolio.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Tupponce will be adding his unique skills, leadership and experiences to City Year,” said Jim Balfanz, CEO of City Year. “As a career-long advocate for educational equity, he seeks to support and empower the communities he serves, and his leadership exhibits great balance and range, blending trust, relationship building and collaboration with data, objectivity, accountability and decisiveness.”

A native of Bronx, New York, Dr. Tupponce began his career as a teacher and has held other leadership roles in school systems in Virginia and in Philadelphia, including as a school principal and executive director. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree from The College of William and Mary and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tupponce will start his new role at City Year at the end of this month and will be relocating to Boston early in 2021.

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