CEO & Founder
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 of approximately $100M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation and was recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and in 2013 was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. In 2015, he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Task Force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. Gerald is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, where he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Mount Ida College and William James College and his book, A Year Up, is a New York Times Best Seller. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.