Jack C.


My name is Jack Crowe and I am the new Executive Director of Year Up Chicago. As I have been introduced to our students and staff, I ask them all the same questions: who are you and how did you get here? Here are my answers to those questions. After college, I spent two years teaching at a Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica, near the Trenchtown neighborhood that Bob Marley sang about in his songs. Even though I later went to law school, worked at a big law firm and was General Counsel of a large bank, working with the poor in Jamaica in some sense “ruined” me and stopped me from spending my entire work career in corporate America. So after many years in business honing my skills, I spent the last five years helping grow another organization, Cristo Rey Network, from serving 5000 to nearly 10,000 inner city high school students. In Year Up, I found an organization that sits comfortably between the mission of serving underprivileged young adults, and meeting the entry level work force needs of corporate America. Living on this tension point is exactly where I want to be. If that was not enough, Year Up’s audacious vision of serving 10,000 students a year made me want to be a part of this team.

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