Jim Balfanz has served as the President of City Year since May 2010. In this role, he steers City Year’s continued evolution as a performance - driven organization that is committed to increasing the high school graduation pipeline by driving high - impact student outcomes and promoting the leadership development of its corps members. Balfanz has led City Year’s strategic shift towards addressing the high school dropout crisis and the development of the organization’s In School and On Track initiative - City Year’s national scale and impact plan. In partnership with Johns Hopkins Talent Development and Communities In Schools, Balfanz has played a lead role in the development of Diplomas Now, the turnaround collaborative, which was recently awarded a $36 million Investing in Innovation award by the Department of Education.