Alan Khazei is a social entrepreneur who has invented ways to empower people to make a difference. Alan 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. City Year served as the model for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program. Alan helped create and is Senior Advisor for Welcome.us, a new effort to welcome Afghan, Ukrainian, and other refugees to America.
Alan is also Co-Chair and Senior Advisor of More Perfect, which is focused on renewing democracy through five key pillars of civics, service, bridge building, trusted elections, and trusted information. Alan also founded Be The Change 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. Alan also ran for Congress in Massachusetts.
Alan is the author of Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out The Best In America. Alan was born to an Italian American mother and Iranian American immigrant father. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. President George H.W. Bush appointed Alan to the Commission on National and Community Service and he served as a Vice-Chair from 1990-1992. Alan also served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Military, National, and Public Service from 2017 to 2020.
Alan has served on more than twenty non profit boards focused on issues including: education, fighting hunger and poverty, promoting democracy, advancing service and social entrepreneurship, strengthening local journalism, and empowering young people. Alan lives in Brookline, MA with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, Founder and Co-CEO of New Profit, Inc, their two children and dog Zuzu.