President and Chief Operating Officer, Say Yes to Education

Gene Chasin

Gene Chasin

Chief Operating Officer

Gene Chasin has served as Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education since he joined the national nonprofit organization in 2008. He was named its President in 2017.

In this role, he oversees Say Yes’s financial operations, as well as the Say Yes National organization’s partnerships with its communitywide chapters in the cities of Buffalo and Syracuse in New York, and Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point) in North Carolina, as well as its smaller cohort chapters in Harlem and Philadelphia. He is currently leading the search process for the site of Say Yes’ next communitywide partnership.

Prior to joining Say Yes, Chasin was the director of the Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Connecticut. The Institute served as home for two national school improvement organizations, one state based school support enterprise, and an extensive research agenda. He also served as CEO of Accelerated Schools, one of the largest, longest-lived, most-researched school reform models in the country.

Before his involvement with national school improvement efforts, he served as a superintendent in Massachusetts and was an assistant superintendent in Durham, North Carolina. He also had an extensive administrative career serving in principalships at the elementary and middle school levels. Gene began his career as a teacher. He taught elementary school, special education, and served as a reading specialist.

Chasin earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a master of arts degree from the University of San Francisco in educational administration.


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