June 13, 2018
Koya partnered with Genesys Works on their search for an Executive Director of Genesys Works New York City. Following a comprehensive search led by Alena Guerra, the National Leadership appointed Mike Gross to found and lead its expansion into New York City.
Genesys Works transforms the lives of high school students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds through skills training, meaningful internships, and impactful relationships. They envision a future when all youth finish high school equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency. A national nonprofit social enterprise, Genesys Works is a recognized leader in its field with a proven, replicable program model that produces measurable results. The organization currently serves nearly 3,000 students annually, with locations in Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and now New York City.
Mike Gross joined Genesys Works with deep experience in youth development and urban education, including a decade as a teacher and founder of award-winning youth leadership programs and over ten years of systemic education reform work with organizations including Kaplan, New Leaders, Springboard Collaborative, and the NYC Department of Education.
Mike believes that the cycle of intergenerational poverty gripping too many neighborhoods will not be broken unless we engage the whole community – private, public, and non-profit sectors – in the effort. As the founding Executive Director of Genesys Works New York City, he is honored to provide life-changing work opportunities to help young people from underserved neighborhoods achieve their full potential.
Mike received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and received his M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management.