Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Gerald Chertavian is the CEO and founder of Year Up, an innovative program that empowers urban young adults to enter the economic mainstream. With its annual operating budget of approximately $90M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing nonprofits 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. Gerald has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for social entrepreneurship and youth development, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Fox Business. 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. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, Gerald lives in Boston with his wife and three children. His book, A Year Up, is a New York Times Best Seller.