Founder and CEO, Be the Change, Inc.
Alan Khazei co-founded City Year in 1988 and served its CEO until 2006. Founded in 1988 with 50 young people in service in Boston, City Year today enlists more than 1,200 young adults, in 16 communities across America and in Johannesburg South Africa, for a demanding year of full-time community service, civic engagement and leadership development. Mr. Khazei is now a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Khazei has received numerous honors for his leadership in the nonprofit sector — in 2006, U.S. News & World Reportrecognized Mr. Khazei and Michael Brown, co-founder of City Year, as among America’s Best Leaders, and the two leaders of City Year have also received the Reebok Human Rights Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Mr. Khazei currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizen Schools, Harvard Alumni Association, New Profit, Inc., Share Our Strength, and on the Advisory Board of America’s Promise, and the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Khazei currently lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with his wife and daughter.