"Closing the Implementation Gap and Building the Graduation Pipeline"

"Closing the Implementation Gap and Building the Graduation Pipeline"

Jim Balfanz

2.15.2013

Jim Balfanz

"Jim Balfanz has served as the President of City Year since May 2010. In this role, he steers City Year’s continued evolution as a performance-driven organization. Balfanz has led City Year’s strategic shift towards addressing the nation’s urban education challenge as a scalable human capital strategy for high-poverty schools. Prior to his role as President, Balfanz served as City Year’s Chief Operating Officer for 5 years.

After his corps year, Jim joined the City Year staff to help scale the program, assuming various roles in City Year’s National Headquarters, including Deputy Director of National Affairs, and Director of New Site Development, through which he played a pivotal role in founding City Year Seattle, Detroit, and Greater Philadelphia. In 1997, Balfanz was named the Founding Executive Director of City Year Greater Philadelphia and served as the Executive Director for 8 years growing City Year Greater Philadelphia to the largest City Year site. 

Balfanz received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Executive Management Program. He is a 2011-2012 Aspen Institute - NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow."

Jim Balfanz is president of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Balfanz discusses a new City Year report titled “Closing the Implementation Gap,” which highlights the critical role national service can play in helping to advance key school reform efforts in America’s lowest performing schools. Balfanz has played a leadership role in the development of Diplomas Now, the school turnaround collaboration, which was recently awarded a $36 million Investing in Innovation award by the Department of Education and serves as a 2011-2012 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.