Keynote Speakers

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Deval Patrick

Managing Director, Bain Capital, Former Massachusetts Governor, & Year Up National Board Member

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. After Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2006, in his first bid for public office, he became the state’s first African-American governor. In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the stateout of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. He isa Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values.

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Greg Walton

IT Support Engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Year Up National Board Member, & Year Up Boston Alumnus

Greg graduated from Year Up Boston in January of 2007 and has stayed committed to Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide. He’s the husband of Alicia Walton and father of seven year old Greg Jr. & his three year old daughter Gia Jalise. For over a decade, Greg has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and he is currently an IT Support Engineer. In this role, Greg provides computer support to a plethora of departments across the Institute. Greg was recently awarded an MIT Excellence Award which is the highest honor a staff person can receive at the institute. Greg is also the first alumnus of Year Up to join its National Board of Directors of which he has served on for seven years. Greg is passionate about giving back and is a motivational speaker to young people across this country on the importance of giving back and staying dedicated to being the best you can be for yourself, your family, and your community. Greg’s current mission is to get more people to care for and serve their communities and help create a positive movement of change that enables growth and success for all.


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Susan Murray

National Director of Development, Year Up

Susan Murray is responsible for creating and executing a strategy to secure the philanthropic resources needed to sustain and grow Year Up nationwide. Together, they lead Year Up’s National team of fundraising professionals. Susan joined Year Up in February 2011 as Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In this role, she partnered with Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO, to complete a successful $57 million growth capital campaign. Prior to joining the Year Up team, Susan raised capital for the University of Pennsylvania during the $4.3 billion Making History campaign. She also served as a Director of the Columbia University College Fund, and was part of the NYC2012 team that led New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

Outside of Year Up, Susan co-founded the Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development through the sport of lacrosse. She also serves as an advisor for the Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project. Susan earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Angelica Pineda

Senior Workforce Development Associate at Salesforce, Year Up Bay Area Alumna & Year Up National Board Member

After five months of training in Year Up’s Project Management track, Angelica earned an internship as a Grants Program Coordinator for, performing due diligence for non-profit organization’s eligibility to receive donations, owned her team’s participation in the Becoming Salesforce Program for new employees, supported Workforce Development Grants, and helped disburse payments to American and Canadian non-profits and charities. After finishing her 6-month internship, Angelica was offered a 6-month contract, which two years later has turned into full-time employment at Today Angelica is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Diversity & Inclusion at Skyline College works full-time as a Senior Workforce Development Associate at engaging employees in meaningful and purpose-driven volunteerism related to Workforce Development, and is a single mom to her 3-year-old son. Angelica continues to serve as an advocate of untapped talent and pay forward all the support that was poured into her journey.

Session Speakers


Gerald chertavian

Founder & CEO, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian is the CEO and Founder of Year Up, a national program that empowers urban young adults to enter the economic mainstream. With its annual operating budget in excess of $130M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation and has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change.

In 2013, Gerald was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees and reappointed to that role by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2016. Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and in 2017 he was awarded the Bowdoin Common Good Award. He received his M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School and in 2016 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald is also an Emeritus Trustee of both Bowdoin College and the Boston Foundation.  His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times best seller.

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Andre Caroll

Outreach Associate at Oak Street Health & Year Up National Alumni Association Board Member

Andre Carroll is a youth organizer/activist from Philadelphia, PA. Carroll is a Founding Board Member for Vote the Odds, a youth-based organization focused on getting youth involved in local, odd year elections. Carroll serves as the Board of Year-Up Philadelphia Alumni Association. Prior to that Carroll volunteered at the Board Street Ministry feeding the homeless on the weekends. In Carroll’s youth he mentored 7th graders, helping them transition into high school.

In 2015, Carroll began his political journey by volunteering for then mayoral candidate Doug Oliver & Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. Afterwards Carroll was appointed to the PA Hillary Clinton Youth Council where he engaged youth participation in the 2016 Presidential election statewide. Carroll is an alum of Peirce College, where he received his Associate's of Science in Business Administration. He started Temple University in the fall of 2017 to complete his undergrad studies & was appointed Special Assistant for the City Controller’s Office.

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Joe Fuller

Professor Management Practice in General Management, Harvard Business School

Joseph B. Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General management at the Harvard Business School. Joe is the co-director of the school's long-term project, Managing the Future of Work and co-hosts the school's popular podcast of the same name. he is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has spent the last seven years studying issues related to employment and income polarization. Specifically, he has focused on the 'skills gap' - the phenomenon that employers find it hard to fill open positions at the same time the nation suffers from high levels of underemployment and falling workforce participation - and opportunities to expand work-based learning programs, such as apprenticeships.

His research on credential inflation, done in collaboration with Grads of Life and Accenture, has been widely cited. He is currently completing research on the workings of the "care economy" in the United States. That research focuses on the impact that episodic and predictable care giving obligations have on workers, their career paths and the implications for employers. His ongoing research focuses on the future of work more broadly, specifically the growth of non-traditional employment relationships and the implications for workers and employers and the attitudes of workers and employers about the implications of technological change for the future of work. 

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Patrick Guerriero

Founding Partner, Civitas Public Affairs

A former state legislator and two-term mayor, Patrick is a nationally recognized strategic advisor who provides critical counsel to leading national organizations, top elected officials, corporate executives, and philanthropic donors on a wide range of political and public policy challenges.

Among his many public policy successes, Patrick led the groundbreaking effort at Gill Action to target state legislative elections and subsequently enact state laws on nondiscrimination and relationship recognition, including marriage equality.

During his time as an elected official, Patrick served two terms as the Mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts, and stewarded the rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure and an upgrade of the city’s bond rating after being reelected with more than 80 percent of the vote. Before being elected Mayor, Patrick served three terms as a Massachusetts state representative and never missed a roll call, casting more than 1,000 consecutive votes.

Patrick has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and has appeared on major news outlets such as “Nightline,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” and has lectured at colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe.

Patrick is the recipient of the U.S. Mayor’s Association 2000 City Livability Award for his nationally recognized “Civility Initiative” and the 1998 Fenn Award for Political Leadership from the John F. Kennedy Library’s New Frontier Society.

A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, Patrick resides in Boston.

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Katrina Hill

Admission Manager at Year Up & Year Up National Alumni Association Board Member

Katrina serves as the Admissions Manager with Year Up National Capital Region, where she is accountable for market wide admissions processes, process improvement, and creating levers to realize economies of scales in Admissions. Since joining Year Up in 2015, she has served in several roles, including Internship Services Specialist and Staff Learning Specialist.

An alumna of Year Up National Capital Region Class of 2012, Katrina serves as the Chair of the National Alumni Association where she provides strategic vision and direction that allows alums to “lift as they climb” as well as ACT: Advance, Contribute and Take Action.  In addition, she is engaged with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Walk, and Wreaths Across America. An avid learner, Katrina is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University with estimated completion of 2020.

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Michelle Jolin

Co-Founder and CEO, Results for America

Michele Jolin is the CEO and Co-Founder for Results for America. Michele was appointed in 2010 to be a Member of President Barack Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions and served as a Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House under President Obama, where she designed and launched the first Social Innovation Fund.

Prior to that, she was a member of President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, where she helped create the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and the new Obama Administration’s social innovation policy agenda. Michele has a BA from University of Wisconsin, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a JD from the University of Virginia.

She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their 3 children.

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Greg Jones

Chief Diversity Officer, United Airlines

Gregory (Greg) Jones, a Chicago native and Navy veteran, is the Chief Diversity Officer for United Airlines. He is charged with developing strategic and execution plans for embedding diversity & inclusion principles, policies, training and behaviors throughout the global airline and among its more than 84,000 employees. Prior to joining United, Greg was the director of diversity & inclusion and corporate staffing for Northwestern Mutual. There, he developed and executed the strategy to establish diversity & inclusion as a core competency in the home office as well as the field and created a strategic diversity partner program for senior leaders.

Before joining Northwestern Mutual, he was head of diversity & inclusion for UBS Wealth Management. Greg has extensive experience engaging with senior management at Bank of America, where he worked in executive hiring and retention. In addition, as a consultant with Egon Zehnder, an executive search firm headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Greg led projects where he assessed and recruited senior talent at various companies in sectors that ranged from high tech to manufacturing. He also is an engineer by training and started his career with General Electric Medical Systems, where he did design and development work on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and X-ray systems. Greg attended Tuskegee and Stanford Universities, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively in electrical engineering. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Advisory Board Member for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

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Chris Payton

Senior Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition Executive

Chris Payton is the Global Talent Acquisition executive for Bank of America. In this role, he leads a team of global professionals responsible for filling tens of thousands of positions annually with the highest quality candidates to meet business needs. Chris partners with the lines of business and the bank’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council to drive recruitment strategy across the enterprise. Chris’ experience at Bank of America dates back to 1995 when he joined the bank after an early career as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.

His career at Bank of America includes 20 years in various Human Resources roles, including Global Learning executive, Human Resources executive for Global Debt Capital Markets, Staffing Operations executive, and Pay Service Delivery executive. In addition to his HR experience, he is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Chris graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 with a B.S. in ocean engineering and earned an MBA in 2003 from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Outside of work he is a board member of the McColl School of Business Advisory Board and a previous board chair for the Urban League of Central Carolinas. Chris and his wife, Theresa, and their children Kieran, Aidan, and Maeve currently reside in Charlotte, N.C.

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Eduardo Padron

President, Miami Dade College

An American by choice, Eduardo Padrón arrived in the United States as a teenage refugee in 1961. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2018, he was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of America's oldest and most prestigious organizations. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education.

In 2009, TIME magazine included him on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.”. In 2011, The Washington Post named him one of the eight most influential college presidents in the U.S. In 2012, he received the Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, the coveted TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, and the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Hall of Fame. During his career, he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents. He currently serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Institute; RC 2020; the International Association of University Presidents; and Achieving the Dream.

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Anel Perez

Cloud Support Engineer at Amazon Web Services & Year Up National Alumni Association Board Member

Anel Perez is a graduate of Year Up Providence Class of July 2007. Since graduation, Anel has been determined to help others. He has participated in various panels, mentored students and is a co-founder of the Year Up Providence Alumni board.

Anel has also served on the Year Up Providence Local Advisory board and is currently the Program Committee Chair for the National Alumni Association. In addition to his work with Year Up, on his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys learning about new technologies.

Session Facilitators


Shawn Bohen

National Director of Strategic Growth and Impact at Year Up


John Galante

Executive Director at Year Up New York


Grace Jackson

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Atlanta


Guylaine saint juste

Executive Director at Year Up National Capital Region

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DWight powery

National Site Director at Year Up


casey recupero

National Site Director at Year Up

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kris munoz vetter

Executive Director, Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth


belinda stubblefield

National Site Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Year Up

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garrett warfield

Senior Director of Research & Evaluation at Year Up


ronda thompson

National Director of Alumni Relations at Year Up