Leadership in Philadelphia
Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Philadelphia by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.
Meet Darryl Bundrige
Executive Director and Vice President for City Year Philadelphia
Darryl Bundrige serves as the executive director of City Year Philadelphia. In this role, Darryl maintains strategic relationships with the Philadelphia school district, City Year Philadelphia’s site board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Philadelphia community.
For Darryl, service is a lifestyle. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in business, it was service that brought this Pittsburgh native to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. During the 1997 school year, Darryl enthusiastically served as a national school and community AmeriCorps member where he tutored and mentored elementary school students. Following his service year, he then became a team leader where he oversaw a six-person AmeriCorps member team.
Darryl’s work in education later advanced to roles such as dean of students for Belmont Charter School and managing director of City Year Philadelphia’s impact department.
In four years since becoming executive director of City Year Philadelphia, Darryl has enlarged the education nonprofit’s public and private funding, expanded the staff from 35 to 50 employees and reached an operating budget of $10 million, up from $8 million. Daily, he inspires, challenges and supports staff along with more than 200 AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25) who serve as mentors and tutors in 19 schools across Philadelphia.
In true servant leader form, Darryl describes his four-fold leadership approach as the following: 1) surround yourself with talented, committed people; 2) be the person who removes barriers, but presents resources to succeed; 3) get out of the way to let others lead; and 4) stay humble.
Service doesn’t stop when Darryl leaves the City Year office each day. When he’s not empowering and developing leaders at City Year Philadelphia, he remains civically engaged. Darryl mentors Penn State students and Philadelphia youth while being a steady advocate for youth education. Over a nine-year period, he’s served on the Penn State Alumni Council’s national governing body for its alumni association, as programming chair, and as development chair. He’s also the proud founder of the Berta and Earnest Bundrige Jr. Scholarship for Educational Equity at Penn State.
As for service to the city of Philadelphia, Darryl is the former co-chair of the National Service Task Force in Philadelphia, a current member of the Cedar Park Neighbor Association Scholarship Committee and member of the Fast Start mentoring program. Likewise, he is active in the Philadelphia African-American Leadership Development Forum — of which he was an inaugural class member — as well as the Urban League Leadership Forum.
Through it all, Darryl is celebrated for the pride he takes in connecting people to build networks and get things done. Notable recognition for his work and service have included being a 2015 Brothers Network honoree, 2010 Outstanding Alumni Council Member awardee, the K. David Weidner Diversity Award recipient, a 2018 “Made Man” honoree and a 2019 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader award recipient.