City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that
mobilizes diverse young adults to serve as full-time tutors, mentors and
role models to keep students in school and on track to succeed, welcomes
three new members to the Advisory Board: Ed Eger, President and CEO of
OANDA Corporation, Ragu Bhargava, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Upside,
and Dr. Karie Willyerd, Senior Vice President of Learning and Social
Adoption at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company.
"It is inspiring to find incredibly successful executives who are
committed to solving the education crisis in our country," said Toni S.
Burke, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley's Executive Director and Vice
President. "With the addition of three new board members, the Advisory
Board is better prepared than ever to help at risk students in Silicon
Valley receive that support they need to realize their potential and
succeed in school."
Mr. Eger has more than 20 years of experience growing businesses through
innovative customer-focused technologies. As the father of a former City
Year AmeriCorps member, Mr. Eger has seen the organization's impact. "My
family has been committed to City Year since our son served in Boston in
2006, prior to attending college. The experience of a year of service
developed him as a leader in ways we never could hve foreseen. I am
excited to join the board and make an impact with City Year here in
Silicon Valley," said Mr. Eger.
Mr. Bhargava is a strong believer in the importance of education. "Our
company provides services to clients in 50 countries worldwide so we see
global competition every day of the week. Nothing could be more
important for the success of the U.S. economy than improving the quality
of the education of our youth, and City Year is doing an outstanding job
supporting the efforts of teachers and staff in the schools of San Jose
and nationwide. It is an honor to serve with an organization that is
wholly committed to making a difference in our schools," said Mr.
Dr. Willyerd, champion of innovation and talent development, said,
"Similar to my work at SAP's SuccessFactors, I see City Year as a driver
of innovation in the education space. Their work is changing the DNA of
public schools and I am excited to help advance their efforts."
"We are thrilled to have the leadership of Ed, Ragu and Karie added to
an already fabulous Board," said Sharon Matthews, board chair of City
Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and eLynx President and CEO. "The level of
strategy and commitment they bring will help scale our work and increase
the visibility of City Year so we can serve more students and schools in
Last year, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley added 90 days of school to
the calendar year for students through extended learning time, and
already 77 percent of students who City Year works with are on track to
improve their ABC's: attendance, behavior and course performance in
reading and math. City Year corps members are the first faces students
see in the morning, and are there until the last student leaves at
night. They work side-by-side with teachers throughout the day, and
nearly 700 students attend City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley afterschool
programs each day.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused,
nonprofit organization founded in 1988 which partners with public
schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to
succeed. In 25 communities across the United States and through two
international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership
brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year
of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual
support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on
attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring,
mentoring, and after school programs.
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