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The City Year Alumni Association is led by our National Alumni Advisory Board, comprised of volunteer Alumni Board Chairs from local Alumni Associations across the country. Chairs lead their local Alumni Advisory Board to plan activities that mobilize alumni as volunteers, donors and ambassadors of City Year.

Alumni Advisory Boards:

  • support corps members along their leadership path;
  • connect our diverse alumni community; and
  • advance City Year’s service and the national service movement.

2018 National Alumni Advisory Board

Nellie Tsai '05, '06
National Co-Chair 


Nellie served as Alumni Board Chair with San Jose, a member of the National Alumni Advisory Board from 2008-2011, and most recently as a board member with City Year Detroit.   As SJ Board Chair, she developed a strong pipeline of alumni board members, expanded alumni engagement throughout the Bay Area, and successfully implemented a range of corps support initiatives including stone soup dinners, mentorship programs and 18 Minute Networking. Her vision of advancing the alumni network includes enhanced alumni role in promoting national service and closer connection with AmeriCorps Alums; expanding professional development resources for alumni; and developing Red Jacket Weekend as a hallmark alumni event across the network.  In addition to her two corps years, she is also SJ staff alum, having served as Training & Program Manager and Events & Operations Coordinator.  Nellie is the Director of The LEAGUE Michigan, a program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association that equips K-12 students and educators with resources and knowledge to grow their civic engagement and knowledge. She has a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA/MA from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Go Blue!)

Stef Vestal '06, '07
National Co-Chair


Stef served as Alumni Board Co-Chair with City Year Washington, DC and as a member of the National Alumni Advisory Board from 2011-2014. Additionally, she has been a leader of the broader national service movement serving as the Chapter Leader for DC AmeriCorps Alums chapter from 2011-2014 and most recently as Co-Chair of the National Chapter Council with AmeriCorps Alums.  As CYDC Co-Chair, she led the board to significantly grow their annual Alumni & Friends fundraiser event in attendance and revenue, increased alumni-corps connections through mentoring and career-themed dinners and established close collaboration with AmeriCorps Alums DC chapter through joint social and networking events. Her alumni vision includes attracting and developing alumni talent to lead boards/chapters and establishing alumni boards and chapters at every City Year site with partnerships and collaborations with AmeriCorps Alums chapters, professional societies and other organizations to connect alums through service, social and networking events. In addition to her two corps years, she served as Senior Program Manager for Young Heroes with CYDC for four years. Stef is a 6th Grade Teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia and a field hockey coach.

Isabel Barros '12, '13
Chair, Boston

Isabel served with the Jeremiah Burke for 2 years as a City Year AmeriCorps member. On the first day of school for the students, Isabel found her purpose in education as an advocate for those who deserve access to a quality education. After City Year Isabel taught life and business skills to 18-24 year olds at a job training program. Her reality in education took shape and she started a graduate program to become a school Adjustment counselor. Isabel is currently an adjustment counselor at a Somerville prek-8 ensuring students have access to learning and creating a community that includes parents, educators, students, and the community.

Rahul Gupta '09
Co-Chair, Chicago

Rahul Gupta proudly served with City Year Chicago during the 2008-2009 school year. After City Year, he went back to school to finish his degree in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Rahul then joined Teach For America and served in the 2012 corps, teaching senior English at Tilden Career Community Academy High School in Chicago. While there, he earned his Masters in Arts of Teaching at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. After two years at Tilden, Rahul spent a year teaching freshmen English at The Latin School of Chicago. Currently, he is a middle school Reading & Language Arts teacher at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook, Illinois. He also coaches 7th grade basketball, this being his third year coaching. In his free time, Rahul enjoys spending time with his wife (a City Year alumn!), writing, cooking, trying new restaurants, biking, and running. This is his fourth year on the Alumni Board and second serving as the chair.  

  Lara Mbayed '12
Co-Chair, Chicago 

Christina Bowerman '14, '15
Co-Chair, Cleveland

  Raymond Martin '11, '12
Co-Chair, Cleveland 

Grace Campos '14, '15

Co-Chair, Columbus

Grace Campos grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She attended The Ohio State University graduating with a degree in Biochemistry. After graduation, she joined the City Year Columbus in 2013 - 2015 corps and was a Service Committee Coordinator, Team Leader ('14-15), and member of the Dean's Council ('14-15). After her two year service with CYCO, she moved to New York as a Pricing Analyst for an e-commerce business. Currently, she is the Data Manager for KIPP Columbus, a key member of the School Support Team overseeing all academic information systems across schools and region. This will be her first year serving as a Co-Chair of the Alumni Board. 


  Jason Phillips '13
Co-Chair Columbus 

  Ashley Lindsay '08
Co-Chair, Dallas

  Ivan Nieves '12, '13
Co-Chair, Dallas

Arielle Ortmann '13
Co-Chair, Denver

  Kelsey Paulino '13
Co-Chair, Denver

Katy Ward '16, '17
Chair, Jacksonville


Katy grew up in a small Colorado town and moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina to pursue an Art History degree at Wofford College. After earning her bachelor's degree in 2015, Katy moved with her twin sister to Jacksonville, FL, to serve as City Year AmeriCorps members together. There, her true passion was discovered. She fell so in love with the students and staff at Jean Ribault High School that after graduation, she became the Varying Exceptionalities teacher for Algebra and Geometry. On the weekends, Katy enjoys spending time with her cat, Jaime, gardening, and exploring all that Jacksonville has to offer.

Samuel Kossow '16, '17
Chair, Little Rock

Meghan Paynter '13, '14
Chair, Los Angeles

Meghan Paynter proudly served with City Year Los Angeles as a Corps Member ('13) and as a Team Leader ('14). Since then, she has worked for a cancer nonprofit called the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Manhattan Beach, CA providing support and information to patients and caregivers of the disease. Meghan graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her BA in Psychology as well as her MA in Counseling. This will be her second year on the board and her first year serving as the board chair. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and playing soccer with friends.

Davine Scarlett '10
Chair, Miami

Lauren Feaster '10
Chair, Milwaukee

  Chris Mancuso '13, '14
Chair, New Hampshire

  Genesis Parker '14
Co-Chair, New Orleans

  Marlena Frantzides '07
Co-Chair, New York

  Kyle Levine '14
Co-Chair, New York

Diana Gomez '16, '17
Co-Chair, Orlando

Diana Gomez grew up in Orlando, Florida. She proudly served with City Year Orlando as both a AmeriCorps member ('16) and a Team Leader ('17). Diana now works as a Team Member Services Coordinator with Universal Orlando Park and Resorts' Human Resource department. She is also currently enrolled in Valencia College with plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida. She is majoring in non-profit management with a minor in fundraising and grant writing. During her free time she likes to volunteer, canoe through Florida state parks, travel and spend time with her friends and family.
  Brandon Snyder 
Co-Chair, Orlando
  Jamie Comfort Atkins '08, '09
Chair, Philadelphia

  Kunal Vasudev '13, '14
Co-Chair, Providence

Kevin Durant '08

Co-Chair, Providence


Ashley Pangelinan '12, '13
Co-Chair, San Jose


Ashley Pangelinan proudly served with City Year San Jose during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 corps year. She is a full time teacher at a public school in San Jose. In addition to her work with City Year, Ashley is an alumna from Teach For America and New Leaders Council Silicon Valley. She received her Masters in Urban Education - Policy and Administration in 2015 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her BA in Global Studies and Asian American Studies in 2010 from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ashley has been on the City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley Alumni Board for the past three years and this is her first year as the Board Chair. 

  Cristy Rowley '13, '14


Bri (Lazevnick) Castle '16, '17

Co-Chair, Seattle


Jomar Figueroa '16, '17

Co-Chair, Seattle

  Sara Kruse '09, '10
Chair, Tulsa

Collin Kee '15
Co-Chair, Washington, DC

Collin works on the development team at the national office of LIFT an anti-poverty organization whose mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty. Collin supports LIFT’s national development team and LIFT’s CEO to identify, cultivate, and steward LIFT’s major gifts donors and maintain a sustainable donor pipeline across LIFT’s regions. Prior to coming to LIFT, Collin was a corps member at City Year Washington D.C. where he served in a first-grade classroom. Collin is the co-chair of the City Year Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. where he is responsible for co-leading initiatives in the D.C.-area for City Year alumni.


Molly Mitzner '14
Co-Chair, Washington, DC