Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian is CEO and founder of Year Up, a national program that empowers urban young adults to enter the economic mainstream. He serves on the board of advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and in 2013 became chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. In 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed him to serve on the Task Force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. Chertavian authored A Year Up, a New York Times best-seller. Year Up was recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change.

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