Gerald Chertavian

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Year Up, Inc.

Gerald Chertavian

Gerald Chertavian

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Year Up, Inc.

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Year Up, Inc.
Conduit Communications Ltd.

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Cambridge, MA, United States

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Executive Director at Year Up, Inc.

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Senior Advisor, Private Equity at Bain Capital LP

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Chairman & Managing Director at General Catalyst LLC

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GTY Technology Holdings, Inc. (Cayman Islands)

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Chief Operating Officer at Year Up, Inc.

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Executive Director, New York at Year Up, Inc.

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Executive Director, Year Up Jacksonville at Year Up, Inc.

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Former President & Senior Principal at MMC Capital, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Providence Equity Partners LLC

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Former Governor of Massachusetts

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Year Up, Inc.
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Member, Board of Trustees at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
Global Fellow
2006 - Current

Ashoka provides professional support to social entrepreneurs. The firm's areas of focus and investment include social entrepreneurship, every child practicing empathy, youth in charge, and innovation teams. The company was founded by William Drayton in 1980 and it is headquartered in Arlington, VA.


There are 1.2 billion youth in the world aged 15 to 24. They comprise 17% of the world’s population and 40% of the world’s unemployed. In 2010, 357.7 million youth were not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the number is increasing. Realizing the untapped potential of youth is critical for those countries in which large youth populations and the lack of opportunity foster social unrest, as turmoil in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe has demonstrated. It is equally important for ageing countries, in which the next generation will bear an ever larger share of the social costs. The threat of youth unemployment is not limited to developing countries. The financial crisis has become a socio-economic crisis, impacting the young by increasing the burden of debt, creating a lack of job opportunities, causing resource degradation and decreasing the overall quality of life. The crisis has stoked increasing resentment among youth and has deepened mistrust of existing institutions, corporations and governments. It is important that the role young people can play – as agents of change, and precious resources and innovators in the business sector – be recognized. Such recognition can avoid disastrous short-term consequences and encourage sustainable long-term development, economic growth and poverty alleviation in societies around the world.

Career History
1993 - 2012

Chemical Bank was a bank with headquarters in New York City from 1824 until 1996. The bank operated as the primary subsidiary of the Chemical Banking Corporation, a bank holding company established in 1988. At the end of 1995, Chemical was the third largest bank in the U.S. with approximately $182.9 billion in assets.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
2000 - Current

Year Up, Inc. provides educational and professional development programs. Their programs encompass job and hands-on skills development, college credits and corporate internships. The company was founded by Gerald Chertavian in 2000 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Advisors
Member Emeritus, Board of Directors
Trustee Emeritus
Member, Social Enterprise Initiative Advisory Board
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Awards & Honors
William James College, Inc.
Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award
Manhattan Institute - Social Entrepreneurship Award
Creative Works

A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success

Tiger 21 Group Meetings

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