Investing in education is critical to Miami’s economic growth

City Year Miami recently announced its latest board members, and Schwartz Media Strategies’ President & Founder Tadd Schwartz is proud to be among them. City Year Miami is among South Florida’s most impactful nonprofits, with a dedicated corps of young adults providing individual attention to the students who need it most. In 2013, 203 City Year Miami corps members served approximately 6,000 students at 17 of Miami’s most challenged schools.

Also joining the Board of Directors is Jeff Bartel, managing director of Hamptons Group, LLC, and Christina Kolbjornsen, a senior communications and marketing executive with Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Marketing and Diversity and Inclusion functions. You can read more about them both here.

Here’s what Tadd had to say about joining the Board:

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Over the past few years, billions of dollars in new investment has poured into Downtown Miami, with many of those dollars targeting arts and culture, our business base, and the region’s infrastructure.

As a result, the urban core is more thriving and dynamic than it has ever been. If we want this trend to continue, then investing in our education system is the next big step.

As superintendent of Miami-Dade County’s public schools, Alberto Carvalho has made major strides in improving the city’s education system (he was recently named one of four candidates for National School Superintendent of the year). With a unique approach to improving schools one student at a time, City Year Miami is helping to make an impact; our public schools are improving year-after-year.

In order to sustain Miami’s forward momentum and continue to attract executives and entrepreneurs from around the world, we need to make sure schools in every neighborhood are viewed as an asset — not an obstacle. That means directing more public and private investment to programs like City Year Miami.

That’s why I made the decision to join the board, and it’s why I’m serving as an ambassador for education everyday.