October 18, 2019
City Year CEO Michael Brown Stepping Down after 30 Years

Michael Brown
February 2, 2019 —City Year, a Boston-based national education nonprofit that helps students and schools succeed, earlier this week announced that its co-founder Michael Brown will step down from his CEO position in June at the conclusion of the organization’s 30th anniversary year.

City Year said Brown will serve as a senior adviser to the organization through June 2020 to support the leadership transition and promote the success of The City Year Campaign, City Year’s current capital campaign.

Brown also will continue to serve on City Year’s national board as a charter trustee.

The organization said it will appoint a committee to launch a national search for City Year’s next CEO.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to do this work, arm in arm with a tremendous community of idealists and champions,” said Brown. “It is due to the strength of City Year’s staff and board leadership and our committed supporters that I am able to step down as CEO this June, confident in the knowledge that City Year’s greatest years lie ahead. To everyone who has ever worn the City Year jacket, I want to say 'thank you,’ and let you know that you have been, and will always be, a deep source of inspiration to me.”

Brown and his co-founders launched City Year in 1988 with the goals of uniting young adults from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement, and inspiring public policy that promoted national service opportunities for America’s young adults.

City Year, which now serves exclusively in public schools, has grown from 50 members in Boston to 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members serving in 29 U.S. cities, with affiliate programs in South Africa and the U.K.

Since its founding, City Year has generated 30,000 alumni nationwide, served more than 1.9 million children, and completed over 52 million hours of service. City Year’s alumni have been awarded more than $150 million in scholarships from the National Service Trust for their service in City Year. The organization’s annual budget is nearly $200 million.

“On behalf of City Year’s national board of trustees and all of City Year’s stakeholders, I would like to express deep gratitude to Michael for his three decades of extraordinary service, including the past 12 years as CEO,” said Jonathan Lavine, co-chair of the board. “There are many successful nonprofits led by talented leaders, but we can say with confidence that Michael’s inspirational leadership is exceptional.”

For his achievements at City Year, Brown has been awarded the Independent Sector’s John Gardner Leadership Award, the Reebok Human Rights Award, and been named one of America’s best leaders by U.S. News and World Report.

In a message to the national City Year community, Brown stated that the conclusion of the organization’s 30th anniversary year is the right milestone to begin a “new chapter” dedicated to “leading on initiatives that are important to me in the nonprofit, philanthropic and social change arenas and mentoring and teaching a new generation of nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs.”

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