Former Miami mayor Manny Diaz has been named to the national board of trustees of City Year, an educational service organization, it was announced.
"Students—here in Miami and across the country—need to know that someone is in their corner and invested in their success," Diaz said in a statement. "There is no other organization in the country like City Year—they're having a huge impact on students and schools."
Diaz, who played a leadership role in the founding of City Year in Miami in 2008, is senior partner at Florida law firm Lydecker Diaz and is a former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
He recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and is the author of Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
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"(Diaz) knows what our cities need, he knows what our young people need and he knows the remarkable impact a team of City Year corps member can have," said Michael Brown, City Year CEO and co-founder. "He will surely add tremendous value to our work keeping at-risk students across the country in school and on track to graduation."
Founded in 1988, City Year brings together teams of AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide in-class tutoring and mentoring, and run after-school programs.
The City Year Board of Trustees is a volunteer board that provides strategic direction for the organization on multiple fronts. As a board member, Diaz will contribute to the organization's efforts to scale the number of City Year AmeriCorps members serving in high-need urban schools and increase their impact.
Diaz is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; serves as vice chairman of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors; and is a member of the Board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, and the League of Conservation Voters, among numerous other positions.
HispanicBusiness selected Diaz for the 2011 HispanicBusiness Influentials list in the Government category.
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