Rebeca Nieves Huffman

Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Chicago at City Year, Inc.

Rebeca Nieves Huffman

Rebeca Nieves Huffman

Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Chicago at City Year, Inc.

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City Year has appointed Rebeca Nieves Huffman as Executive Director of City Year Chicago. City Year Chicago currently deploys 206 AmeriCorps members into 24 of Chicago’s highest-need schools, reaching more than 15,000 students per day. City Year local Executive Directors also serve as Vice Presidents of City Year, Inc.

“Rebeca is a talented, strategic and proven leader and we are excited to welcome her back to City Year Chicago, where she originally served as an AmeriCorps member," said Michael Brown, national CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. “She has already been a driving force behind City Year Chicago’s success to date from her participation on the Chicago Board. She is uniquely suited to lead City Year Chicago’s ongoing work helping students and schools succeed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.”

Huffman, a native of Chicago’s Humboldt Park community, previously served as a City Year AmeriCorps member at Piccolo Elementary, an experience that ignited her passion as an advocate for public education. Since her service with City Year, Huffman has served with various educational organizations including the KIPP Foundation, the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO), the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and most recently as the Executive Director for Education Reform Now–Illinois.

“Rebeca Nieves Huffman has dedicated her career to improving the educational options available to students,” said Casey Keller, City Year Chicago Board Chair. “I could not be more thrilled to have her lead City Year Chicago as we continue to ensure that more students succeed in communities across Chicago.”

An alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Education leaders and the first in her family to attend and graduate college, Huffman has a deep commitment to develop the next generation of leaders in her community—a commitment rooted in her service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago during the 1998-1999 service year.

“I am excited to build upon City Year’s amazing track record here in Chicago,” said Huffman. “City Year is an incubator for amazing leadership and my experience as an AmeriCorps member ignited my passion to work for educational equality. I am so proud to be coming home to City Year Chicago—returning to ensure every Chicago student has the opportunity to succeed.”

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City Year, Inc.
City Year Chicago

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Co-Founder at City Year, Inc.

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Founding Staff Member at City Year, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners LLC

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President at The Alter Group Ltd.

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Founder at Be the Change, Inc.

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Co-Founder at City Year, Inc.

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Senior Adviser & Social Justice Entrepreneur-in-Residence at City Year, Inc.

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President at City Year, Inc.

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Owner & Chairman, Chicago Fire Soccer Club Chairman, Andell Inc at Chicago Fire Soccer LLC

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Cleveland Browns

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Rebeca Nieves Huffman
Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Chicago at City Year, Inc.
Education
Bachelor's in Marketing & Public Relations

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education. With over 120 years of deep experience teaching creative students to develop authentic voices and meaningful skills, Columbia graduates are fully prepared to launch sustainable careers in the visual, performing, media and communication arts. Their educational philosophy is rooted in the essential wedding of theory with practice. Their students are immersed in a creative learning environment designed to give them ample opportunity to test and perfect their art, craft or practice, while grounding them in a rigorous academic curriculum that provides broad context and the intellectual, analytical and creative capacity to succeed in their chosen fields.

Memberships
Member
2008 - Current

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. In being a part of a global network with access to some of the most talented like-minded individuals around the world and the support of the Aspen Institute, these leaders are able to help each other to become more deliberate and impactful in their efforts to make their communities, societies, and the world a better place.

Career History
Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Chicago
Current

City Year, Inc. offers school-based service and leadership programs. It support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate. The company was founded by Miuchael Brown, Alan Khazei, Jennifer Eplett Reilly and in 1988 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Vice President & Executive Director
Current

City Year Chicago corps members provide critically needed services to some of Chicago's most underserved youth. City Year Chicago is a part of City Year's signature program, the City Year youth service corps each year unites more than 1,400 young people age 17-24 for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. These young leaders come from diverse backgrounds and put their idealism to work by tutoring and mentoring school children, reclaiming public spaces, and organizing after-school programs, school vacation camps, and the Starfish Corps, Young Heroes, and City Heroes programs.

Vice President of Communications & Outreach
Prior

PROMOTE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOLS THROUGH OVERSIGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

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Independent Trustee
Prior

IMPROVE OUR NATION'S SYSTEM OF K-12 EDUCATION BY ADVANCING SYSTEMIC & SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC POLICY.

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