Michael Brown

Co-Founder at City Year, Inc.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Co-Founder at City Year, Inc.


Michael Brown
Charter Trustee, Senior Advisor & Co-Founder, City Year Inc.

Michael Brown is senior advisor and co-founder of City Year, an education nonprofit that mobilizes idealistic young people for a year of service in systemically under-resourced schools and promotes the concept of voluntary national service as means of building a stronger democracy. Michael led City Year for 30 years, including 13 as CEO.

This year, 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members are serving as student success coaches in 350 schools in 29 U.S. cities, helping to increase the nation’s high school graduate rate. City Year also has affiliates in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

City Year served as an inspiration for AmeriCorps, the federal initiative through which more than one million Americans have served their country. City Year has 32,000 alumni who have contributed more than 54 million hours of service and earned access to more than $150 million in college scholarships through the AmeriCorps National Service Trust.

For his work developing City Year and advancing the national service movement, Michael has been awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award, Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award and has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report as well as an Executive of the Year and member of The Power and Influence Top 50 by The NonProfit Times.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He currently serves as the president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Prior to co-founding City Year, Michael served as a legislative assistant to then Congressman Leon Panetta and as a clerk for Federal Judge Stephen Breyer.

Career Highlights

City Year, Inc.
City Year UK

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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 City Year, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Malaria No More

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Founder at Personal Pathways LLC

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Co-Founder at City Year Los Angeles

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Partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP

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

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Corporation for National & Community Service

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Chief Executive Officer at City Year, Inc.

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Michael Brown
Co-Founder at City Year, Inc.
Undergraduate Degree

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.


Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.


The Harvard Law Review is a student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship. The Review comes out monthly from November through June and has roughly 2000 pages per volume. The organization is formally independent of the Harvard Law School. Student editors make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with a professional business staff of three, carry out day-to-day operations.

Career History
1988 - Current

City Year is an American education nonprofit organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. The organization partners with public schools in 29 high-need communities across the US and through international affiliates in the UK and Johannesburg, South Africa. City Year teams are made up of 18 to 24 year olds, who provide student, classroom, and whole school support, intended to help students stay in school and on track to graduate high school. City Year is a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, and is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

1988 - Prior

City Year UK is a nonprofit company headquartered in London, UK. The firm operates as youth and education charity youth and education charity to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. It was founded in 1988 by Michael Brown and Alan Khazei. Kevin David Munday has been the CEO since 2018.The company says this about itself: City Year UK believes that young people can change the world. As role models, mentors and tutors, our volunteer mentors support pupils from disadvantaged communities to enjoy and succeed at school. But that’s not all. Over the course of their City Year, they also have the opportunity to develop as leaders, with the passion, values, experience and skills to go on to lead transformational change in their communities long after their year of service. What makes our young people extraordinary is their ambition to improve the lives of children, a willingness to stand up as a role model, the desire to keep learning themselves and the determination and resilience to see the year through.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Advisors

Blue Engine partners with public high schools serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor and prepare dramatically greater numbers of students for postsecondary success. Success in college is shaped by many factors, but research has consistently shown that academic rigor during high school is the single strongest predictor of whether students sink or swim once they enter college. To ensure students build strong academic foundations in high school, we recruit, train, and support Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs), recent college graduates who collaborate with teachers to help students develop advanced skills in mathematics, literacy, and social cognition before they set foot on campus.

Awards & Honors
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
Echoing Green Fellowship
New York City, NY
2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

The mission of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is to turn ideas into action. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion. The CGI Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting devoted to economic recovery and job creation in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students who are developing commitments in their communities and around the world.

2011 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

The CGI Annual Meeting is an invitation-only event held each September in New York City for heads of state, chief executives of companies, directors of major nonprofits, and other global leaders. For four days, members make new connections and share insights and ideas. They learn about creative approaches taken by organizations around the world. They hear from inspiring speakers who come from different sectors, different countries, and different points of view. They analyze what works, and what doesn't. Then they take that knowledge and use it to create programs that effect meaningful and lasting change in the world.

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