Jim Balfanz

"Jim Balfanz has served as the President of City Year since May 2010. In this role, he steers City Year’s continued evolution as a performance-driven organization. Balfanz has led City Year’s strategic shift towards addressing the nation’s urban education challenge as a scalable human capital strategy for high-poverty schools. Prior to his role as President, Balfanz served as City Year’s Chief Operating Officer for 5 years.

After his corps year, Jim joined the City Year staff to help scale the program, assuming various roles in City Year’s National Headquarters, including Deputy Director of National Affairs, and Director of New Site Development, through which he played a pivotal role in founding City Year Seattle, Detroit, and Greater Philadelphia. In 1997, Balfanz was named the Founding Executive Director of City Year Greater Philadelphia and served as the Executive Director for 8 years growing City Year Greater Philadelphia to the largest City Year site. 

Balfanz received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Executive Management Program. He is a 2011-2012 Aspen Institute - NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow."