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Our executive director and local leadership are committed to building a stronger San Antonio by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.

Executive Leadership Team

 

Dr. Rachara “Char” Jefferson | Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dr. Jefferson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as the Interim Academic Dean at Palo Alto College. Her leadership of the college’s Career and Technical Education department and Office of Student Success provides an exceptional perspective into equitable educational opportunities in our community.

With over 20 years of practical business and organizational development experience, Dr. Jefferson has worked in diverse industries, departments, and functions, including human resources, management, and leadership. Her experience spans higher education, retail, sales, and large pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations.

Dr. Jefferson understands the challenges associated with achieving long-term, sustainable results while building an environment in which employees can thrive. She has walked the path from employee to leader to executive and has successfully led small, large, and global teams. The common thread in her career has been her love of people. She believes that when people are respected, trusted, responsible, and connected, the organization will achieve great outcomes.

She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Communication from Marygrove College, an MBA in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in HR Management from Walden University. When she is not working, you will find her reading, volunteering, or cooking.

Jim Barshop | Managing Director of Development

Jim Barshop joined the City Year San Antonio team as Director of Development in 2022. He has been involved as a community leader with school business partnerships and student success programs for many decades.

He has been working professionally in nonprofit development but has volunteered as a fundraiser and nonprofit advocate since he was a teenager. He was a local volunteer Board leader with Muscular Dystrophy, Junior Achievement, The North SA Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, and more. He served as Chair with the local JCC, Haven’s Angels, The S.A. School/Business Promise, and several homeowners associations.

After brokering real estate for 35 years, Jim worked as a professional nonprofit fundraiser with Lifetime Recovery, Restore Education, and the North East Educational Foundation. He is an avid reader, cyclist, cook, and game enthusiast. His greatest joy is spending time with his two twin grandchildren surrounded by four generations of family, good food, and love.

Jim is so excited and humbled to be part of the City Year team in support of educational advancement, equity, and community service in San Antonio.

Jasmine Glasper | Managing Director of Impact

Jasmine Glasper stepped into the role of Managing Director of Impact at the start of 2023 after nearly two years of serving as Senior Impact Director for City Year San Antonio.

She is originally from Gonzales, Louisiana, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Political Science and Accounting. Jasmine’s involvement with Alpha Phi Omega – a national community service fraternity – led her to join City Year as an AmeriCorps member after completing her studies.

Over the last 10+ years, Jasmine has held several corps and staff positions within City Year at the Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Kansas City sites. Jasmine is highly regarded as an expert in the implementation of our Whole School Whole Child programming across the City Year network because of her depth of knowledge relating to our service delivery and her proven track record of deepening impact throughout her career at City Year. She is passionate about people, data, and educational equity. Outside of service, Jasmine enjoys reading and group exercise classes!

Tony Rubalcava | Managing Director of People & Operations

Tony Rubalcava, most recently served as the Impact Director (ID), for City Year San Antonio. As an ID, Tony had the opportunity to witness the CY model run the gamut; his portfolio consisted of 4 school partnerships: Sarah King Elementary School, Rhodes Middle School, Davis Middle School and Lanier High School. It was this global perspective that allowed Tony to collaborate with his Impact Managers (IMs), to craft tailored and responsive CY service models for the needs of each of his partnerships. In crafting responsive services, Tony and his IMs were able to be responsive to each community’s needs—crafting and promoting equitable pivots to ensure excellent service.

Prior to joining City Year San Antonio as an Impact Director, Tony served as a proud Assistant Principal of Instruction (API), in San Antonio. As an API, Tony ensured that the school’s instructional model was executed toward results. He managed this by cultivating a strong culture of empathy, high-expectations and data-driven practices. These strategies were rooted in Tony’s previous experience as a 5th-grade bilingual teacher with San Antonio Independent School District. Tony served as a proud bilingual teacher for 6 years—expanding beyond his two-year commitment as a Teach For America ACM. As a teacher, Tony leveraged his personal experience with bilingual education to craft a responsive and all-inclusive program aimed at improving his student’s holistic educational access and experience. In order to accomplish this, he partnered with Teach For America and Region XX Education Service Center to craft and launch an Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT). Through the APTT, he leveraged academic resources to craft targeted and responsive academic and language-acquiring interventions. He held one-on-one parent meetings and whole group sessions where he discussed individualized data and modeled appropriate strategies to his student’s parents. In crafting this system, Tony empowered his student’s parents to be confident and involved in their children’s academic instruction; cultivating a culture that valued education.

Tony believes that change is possible when those involved can center around the common good: crafting equitable systems that result in sustainable change.

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