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Alan Khazei
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Democracy Entrepreneurs

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Mr. Khazei is a social entrepreneur and service movement leader who has pioneered ways to empower people to make a difference. Mr. Khazei is the co-founder and former CEO of City Year, which unites young adults, ages 17 to 24, from all backgrounds, for an intensive year of full-time community service, mentoring, tutoring, and educating children. City Year served as the model for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program. He is also the founder of Be The Change, Inc., which developed three campaigns: Opportunity Nation, to promote social mobility and expand opportunity; Got Your 6, to empower post-9/11 veterans to lead a resurgence of community; and Service Year Alliance, to promote a year of national service as a civic rite of passage. Mr. Khazei is also the founder of Democracy Entrepreneurs, which nurtures the exciting new movement of democracy entrepreneurship focused on building a more inclusive, participatory, and just democracy. Mr. Khazei is the author of Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America. Mr. Khazei is married to Vanessa Kirsch, also a social entrepreneur, who co-founded Public Allies and is the founder and CEO of New Profit, Inc. They have two children and live in Brookline, Massachusetts.