Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards
Recognize Outstanding City Year Alumni

Annual leadership awards spotlight City Year alumni who strengthen their community
by inspiring, mobilizing and empowering others


Boston, MA (July X, 2015) – City Year, a national education organization that unites young adults for a year of service in high-need urban schools, presented Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards to five City Year alumni who served in Boston, Columbus, Philadelphia and San Antonio and are continuing to make a difference in their communities. Held at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena on Tues., July 14th, the awards ceremony was attended by more than 1,300 City Year staff members and Comcast NBCUniversal employees.

“Since our partnership began 14 years ago, it has been amazing to see City Year grow from 700 corps members in 13 cities to nearly quadruple that size today,” said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and President of Comcast Foundation, who spoke at the event. “We are proud that our investment in City Year honors our commitment to promote community service, helping to build tomorrow’s leaders and empowering students across the country.”

For the past 25 years, City Year alumni have been making a difference in their community, both inside and outside of the organization. Since 2005, Comcast NBCUniversal has recognized more than 50 City Year alumni leaders. This year’s leadership award winners are:


  • Dr. Hyung (Harry) Cho ’03,  Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, for his exceptional commitment to reducing medical cost of care and increasing quality and patient safety in New York City.
  • Jeff Lafata ’00, ’01, Founder and Executive Director of Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) in Massachusetts, for his inspiring leadership through empowering youth and young adults with disabilities to find their voice and become active citizens in neighborhoods throughout Greater Boston.
  • Marion Mollegen McFadden ’95, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington D.C., for her tireless advocacy of people and communities with inadequate, unaffordable, or insecure housing.
  • Kate Morgan ’07, ’08, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, North America, for SAP  in California, for her outstanding leadership in the field of corporate social responsibility and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to strengthen local communities through employee engagement.
  • Davier Rodriguez ’10, Co-Founder and Coordinator of DREAMzone at Arizona State University in Arizona, for his relentless commitment to building inclusive communities as an active citizen, student, teacher, and campus community leader to affect social change in Arizona and its diverse populations.

Previous award-winning City Year alumni now include: a mayor; a medical director who runs a clinic serving low-income and homeless families; an immigration rights lawyer; four corporate social responsibility leaders; six community and economic development professionals; seven school principals and educators; 13 City Year staff; and 23 executive directors and nonprofit leaders, including 11 who founded their own organizations.

Comcast NBCUniversal is City Year’s Leadership Development and Training Partner. Comcast NBCUniversal supports City Year’s leadership development programs, is the National Opening Day Sponsor, Presenting Sponsor of the National Leadership Summit, Presenting Sponsor of City Year’s annual training academy, and a multi-site team sponsor. Comcast NBCUniversal donates significant communication and broadcasting resources to help City Year raise awareness about its mission and focus areas by reaching more young people across the country through cable and internet. Comcast NBCUniversal’s investment in City Year makes it possible for thousands of corps members to help improve the lives of students while creating sustainable solutions for social change.

About City Year: City Year is an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 26 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support, to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at 




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