Laura Hamm, Vice President and Executive Director
Laura re-joins City Year New York as Executive Director where she began her City Year career as an AmeriCorps member 14 years ago.
As a City Year New York AmeriCorps member, Laura saw firsthand the power of young people and their ability to effect positive change for students and communities. During the long, fulfilling, worthwhile days leading a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, serving side by side with Young Heroes middle school students in the South Bronx, and organizing thousands of New Yorkers in service to New York City, she first realized her own leadership potential. And she felt the strength of serving on an inclusive team. That experience, and the growth she saw in herself and others, is why she continues to serve with City Year 14 years later. She wants more young people to do and feel what she did, while providing students the individualized support they need to succeed in school and beyond.
After two years in the corps, Laura played various roles on City Year New York staff, including Chief of Staff and Director of Development. She transitioned from City Year New York to serve as Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge in her home state of Louisiana. During her tenure as Executive Director at City Year Baton Rouge, the site increased revenue, expanded the number of AmeriCorps members, and garnered the trust and respect of the Baton Rouge community. For the past decade, Laura has gained experience in contributing to and leading successful fundraising initiatives in New York, Baton Rouge, and, most recently, nationally.
In partnership with the City Year New York staff, corps and board, Laura leads with City Year’s core values: social justice for all, empathy, teamwork, and an unfailing belief in the power of young people to effect positive change.