City Year Philadelphia Announces New Site Board Chair, Arlin Green
On Thursday, September 12, City Year Philadelphiaofficiallykicked off the 2019-2020 service yearwith the biggest and best Opening Day celebration yet. With the school year now underway, our Class of 2020 corps members aren’t the only ones getting adjusted and settled into their new roles. City Year Philadelphiais pleased to introduce its new Site Board Chairperson, Arlin Green. Green -- Founding Partner of Centura Capital -- joined City Year Philly’s board in 2016. In July of this year, he took the helm as head of the site’s board, succeeding Brad Brubaker who served mightily as board chair for two years.
Over the past three years, Green has been an active member of CYP’s Site Board, most notably in the area of government relations. From chairing the Government Relations Committee and advocating for City Year both in Harrisburg, PA and in Washington, DC. to -- most recently -- joining City Year as we welcomed Senator Bob Casey at Kensington High Schoolto showcase our work in schools. Green has demonstrated his commitment to rallying policymakers around City Year’s work.
Now as Chair, Green will oversee a19-member boardhelping to ensure City Year remains a sustainable organization and uniting Philadelphia’s change makers around education while striving to increase the city’s graduation rate.
What excites you most about your new appointment?
The mission. I’m very interested in the overall mission which I view through the lens of increasing graduation rates. I believe this is critical to helping our whole society. It’s a tremendous detriment to society if you don’t provide that opportunity to individuals.
What are some of the initiatives you’re seeking to start or strengthen in your new role as board chair?
It starts with brand awareness. I’m always struck by the lack of brand awareness for City Year in the city of Philadelphia. I want to devote energy and time to figuring out how to do better with that. Another area I feel we could dobetter in is the use of data to prove our case with government officials, funders, and potential corps members. Finally, we have to do a better job attracting corps members of color, particularly male. A lot of the work starts with accumulating gooddata, and with deepening our roots across the community.
What committees did you previously lead or serve on the board?
Before I became the Site Board Chair, I was chairing the board’s government relations committee. As part of my role on the committee and in leading it, I’ve gone to Washington, DC several times and visited with members of Congress on City Year’s behalf.
Why City Year? Why do you continue to support and lead within this organization?
I think the mission is worthwhile and I’m very impressed with the Executive Director. Darryl does a great job and I think City Year is something that the city, state, and federal governments -- as well as center city and suburban Philly residents -- should be supportive of, knowledgeable about, and thankful for.
Working on City Year Philadelphia’s Site Board alongside Arlin Green is CYP’s newest Vice Chair, Kerri Strike-Stahller, Area Director of Network Engineering and Operations for T-Mobile. Arlin and Kerriwere featured in GenerocityandTechnical.ly Phillyfor their latest leadership appointments on the CYP Site Board.