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Leadership in San José

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

Pete Settelmayer

Vice President and Executive Director for City Year San José/Silicon Valley

Pete Settelmayer serves as the executive director of City Year San José/Silicon Valley. In this role, Pete maintains strategic relationships with San Jose school districts, City Year San José/Silicon Valley Board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Bay Area community. 

A Southern California native, Pete began his educational career in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he worked for the Walt Disney Company, starting with the Disney Theme Parks in Anaheim, California and ending his employment in training development, where his love of educating took hold. After graduating from Georgia State University, Pete’s teaching career commenced at Sarah Smith Elementary, where he taught in the upper elementary grades while serving on the founding board of the Sarah Smith Educational Foundation. Upon receiving a scholarship from Turner Broadcasting, Pete returned to Georgia State University to pursue his M.S. in urban educational leadership. After obtaining his graduate degree, Pete was tapped to become the Instructional Learning Specialist at Morris Brandon Elementary and led the transition to Response to Intervention practices that would help identify specific strategies for students in need of further support. As Morris Brandon expanded, Pete assumed the role of administrator of the Morris Brandon Primary Center, where he led a staff of 35 educators overseeing 480 kindergarten and first-grade students. In 2010, when Atlanta public schools were mired in a nationally reported cheating scandal, Pete accepted an invitation to lead Dobbs Elementary School. Charged with creating a culture in which students felt safe to learn and teachers were supported, Pete’s efforts to foster a supportive atmosphere for teachers and students alike were chronicled on CNN. 

Following his tenure at Dobbs Elementary, Pete founded Westside Atlanta Charter School in 2013, initially serving as founding principal and eventually assuming the role of executive director. In addition, Pete was president of the board of Museum Towers and was active in fundraising for educational and social causes, such as the Emory Vaccine Clinic, while he was based in Atlanta. Upon his return to California, Pete joined City Year as the vice president and executive director of the San José /Silicon Valley site in June of 2017. In this role, Pete leads a staff of nearly 40 full-time employees and a corps of more than 100 AmeriCorps members stationed at 14 partner schools in East San José.

Pete has achieved a number of remarkable accomplishments in his time at City Year, including implementing innovative new pilot programs; expanding the site’s impact footprint to include two complete feeder patterns; significantly elevating the AmeriCorps member stipend to meet the rising cost of living in Silicon Valley; and cultivating partnerships with nearby educational institutions to create local recruitment pipelines. Pete resides in Morgan Hill, CA and is a member of Leadership San José, the South Bay’s premier leadership-training program.

Our board brings to City Year San José their expertise and commitment to local communities and schools.

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Our alumni board is dedicated to civic leadership and advancing City Year San José's work in our community.

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City Year depends on committed public and private sector partners in San José to support our work.

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More than 105 AmeriCorps members positively impact more than 8,000 students in San José.

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