The Board of Directors of  Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., an Evanston-based youth service organization, has named Seth Green as the group’s new executive director.

Green will start work May 24 and replaces retiring Executive Director Don Baker, who led the organization since its founding 40 years ago.

“It is impossible to measure Don Baker’s contributions to the Evanston community,” said Y.O.U. Board President, Chip Brady. “Don has been an incredible force for positive change.  That’s why we are so thrilled that Seth is joining us. He is an inspirational leader who has the capacity to not only continue our mission of 40 years, but to expand on it.”

Green previously led the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), a public-private partnership in Philadelphia that builds pathways out of poverty for vulnerable adults and their families.

There he developed a network of innovative job training partnerships that helped over 400 adults gain new skills and higher wages each year. During his tenure, JOIN received a Social Innovation Fund grant, spearheaded an economic opportunity forum with all of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates, and hosted visits from senior Obama administration officials and congressional staff.

Before that Green worked at McKinsey and Company, American Prospect, the Brookings Institution, and Lazard LLC. He also founded Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), a non-partisan organization that empowers more than 23,000 youth members to tackle pressing social challenges from poverty to climate change.  In 2008, Utne Reader named him one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

A Marshall Scholar, Green received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, earned master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford, and completed a juris doctor degree at Yale Law School.

“I am delighted to take on this new role because I believe that Y.O.U.’s work speaks to the soul of Evanston – a community that clearly values education, diversity, and inclusion,” Green said in a news release.

He will be joined by his wife, Caitlin Fitz, who has accepted a position as assistant professor of American History at Northwestern University, and daughter, Sojourner Fitz-Green.

“Y.O.U. has demonstrated for 40 years that making sure youth and families have the resources they need to thrive is a responsibility of the entire community,” he said. “That spirit is what makes this organization, and the city it serves, so special.”

Youth Organizations Umbrella provides year-round after school and neighborhood-based service programs to assist more than 400 young people and their families annually at six locations in the city.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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