BOSTON, MA (January 25, 2013) – City Year, an education-focused national service organization, has named former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Boston-area philanthropist Sandra Edgerley, and Boston Latin School Counselor Andrea Nicole Encarnacao Martin to its national Board of Trustees.
The City Year Board of Trustees is a volunteer board that provides strategic direction for the organization. As board members, Diaz, Edgerley and Martin will contribute to the organization’s efforts to scale the number City Year AmeriCorps members serving in high-need urban schools and increase the corps’ impact.
“We are honored to have these remarkable leaders join our national Board of Trustees, where their expertise, passion and knowledge will help guide City Year’s important work keeping students in school and on track to graduation,” said Stephen G. Woodsum, the Chair of the City Year, Inc. Board and a Founding Managing Director of Summit Partners.
Founded in 1988, City Year partners with public schools to help students and schools succeed. In 24 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. City Year corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.
In 2009, with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, City Year announced In School & On Track: A National Challenge, a campaign to address the nation's high school dropout crisis and turn around low performing schools by scaling City Year programs nationwide. Last year, Secretary Duncan once again joined with City Year as the organization announced its Long-Term Impact strategy to dramatically increase the nation’s urban graduation pipeline.
“Manny Diaz, Sandy Edgerley, and Andrea Martin are transformational leaders who will help guide our organization into the next phase of our critically important work helping students and schools succeed,” said Michael Brown, CEO & Co-Founder of City Year. “It’s time once again to mobilize a generation of young Americans that is eager to serve, and we are honored to have these leaders at the forefront of that effort as members of our national Board of Trustees.”
Manny Diaz, who currently practices law privately in Miami, played a leadership role in the founding of City Year Miami in 2008. During his two-term tenure as mayor, Diaz was recognized for implementing many innovative programs in the areas of urban design, sustainability, education, infrastructure investment, affordable housing, law enforcement, poverty and homelessness, and arts and culture. He recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Diaz is the author of Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
Sandy Edgerley, a long-time City Year champion, has been actively involved in the education and social service non-profit arena for many years. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, as a Board member of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Horizons for Homeless Children. She is a trustee of the Meadowbrook School in Weston, where she formerly co-chaired the school expansion effort as well as the Committee on Trustees and the Compensation Committee. Ms. Edgerley is also a trustee for the Noble and Greenough School, and is a Board Member of The Boston Foundation, Be The Change Inc, an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, and a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council.
Andrea Martin, City Year Alumna and Co-Chair of the City Year National Alumni Board, is a counselor at America’s oldest school, Boston Latin. In this role, she counsels a student caseload of over 300 students in grades 9 through 12 on academic, social, and emotional issues while writing college admission recommendations for over 60 seniors annually to the most competitive colleges and universities in the world. In addition, over the course of six years, she was the Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach, the assistant Varsity coach, and the Freshmen Girls’ Basketball Coach. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Harbor City School in Boston. She is an alumnus of City Year, served as Co-Chair of the City Year Boston Alumni Board. She also served on the Boston Mayor’s Young Adult Advisory Council.
City Year’s national Board of Trustees includes some of the nation’s foremost leaders in business, service and education. For a complete list of the City Year Board of Trustees, please visit the City Year Board of Trustees website.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to succeed.