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1991 Fellow
Founder of City Year with Alan Khazei

Michael Brown 1991 Fellow

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Unite young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.


An Action Tank for national service, City Year seeks to demonstrate, improve, and promote the concept of national service as a means of building a stronger democracy. City Year unites a diverse group of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. In 1993, The Clinton Administration used City Year as a model for its Americorps program and in 1994, The Timberland Company and Digital became national founding sponsors of City Year’s national corps in a tremendous act of corporate leadership. City Year's vision is that one day, the most commonly asked question of an 18-year-old will be: "Where are you going to do your service year?"


Michael Brown is CEO and Co-Founder of City Year, a nonprofit organization built on the belief that young people can change the world. Founded in 1988, City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement. Michael was named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report and an Executive of the Year by NonProfit Times for his leadership role in ServiceNation and the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. For his work developing City Year, Michael Brown has been awarded several distinctions, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the National Caring Award, the Samuel S. Beard Jefferson Award of the American Institute for Public Service, the Boston Bar Association's Public Service Award, the Harvard Law School Association Award, and four honorary degrees. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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  • 1991
  • Fellow
  • Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • North America
  • United States

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