San Francisco, CA — Genesys Works, a national workforce development social enterprise, today announced that Sahaar Rezaie will lead the organization’s initiatives, which provide life-changing work opportunities to high school and college students, as the Executive Director of its Bay Area location.
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. As the Bay Area Executive Director, Rezaie will lead regional strategy, development, and operations, while actively collaborating with leaders across the epicenter of our nation’s technology sector in order to build Bay Area’s future workforce.
Rezaie comes to Genesys Works after nearly a decade of leadership experience in workforce development programs and technology in both the private and public sector, most recently as the founding Vice President of YUPRO, West Region where she worked to close the Opportunity Divide and provide placement and career support for young adults from underserved communities.
“Sahaar’s deep roots in the Bay Area, decade of leadership in workforce development, and personal commitment to serve youth make her uniquely qualified to lead Genesys Works Bay Area,” said David Williams, Genesys Works President & CEO. “We are pleased to welcome her to the Genesys Works family, and confident she will help us scale our impact by serving even more youth in need of guidance and support to attain college and career success.”
Over the years, Genesys Works Bay Area has provided over 550 students with year-long, paid internships, in partnership with companies such as Salesforce, Accenture, AT&T, and more. The program’s goal is to open the door to new opportunities for Bay Area students, and ensure that students achieve college and career success.
“The next generation of leaders lies within our youth. It is our responsibility to help them reach their highest potential,” said Rezaie. “I am thrilled to serve my community as the Executive Director of Genesys Works Bay Area. Most importantly, I am proud to join a team so committed to providing pathways to success for individuals who may not otherwise be provided an opportunity to change their life trajectory.”
The Genesys Works program includes eight weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. To date, 100 percent of students who participate in Genesys Works have graduated from high school and 94 percent have gone on to enroll in college as the next step on their path toward career success.
About Genesys Works
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. Our goal is to move more students out of poverty and into professional careers, creating a more productive and diverse workforce in the process. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve more than 4,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region, and New York City. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.