August 14, 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It is an exciting time for Genesys Works Bay Area! The students we serve are weeks away from a life-changing experience at over 30 companies across the region. Our students become valued team members to our corporate partners, they discover that college and a career are within their reach, and realize that with an opportunity, anything is possible.

This August also brings another exciting announcement for Genesys Works Bay Area! We are thrilled to welcome Sahaar Rezaie as our new Executive Director in the region. In her new role, Sahaar will lead all of our operations in the Bay Area, actively collaborating with leaders across the region to open doors of opportunity for high school students in underserved communities.

Sahaar is a Bay Area native and eager to give back to her community by growing tomorrow’s workforce. Having spent her teen years helping her father with the family business, Sahaar naturally gravitated toward business development at an early age. Her belief in using her powers for good guided her career. With nearly a decade of leadership positions in workforce programs and technology in both the private and public sector – most recently as Founding Vice President of YUPRO where she focused on closing the Opportunity Divide and providing job placement for young adults in underserved communities – Sahaar comes to Genesys Works with a deep understanding of how to create brighter futures for deserving youth.

Sahaar’s personal knowledge of the Bay Area, guiding passion for public service, and experience empowering young people will be instrumental as our program continues to thrive in San Francisco and Oakland.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Sahaar to the Genesys Works family. Whether providing more internships, guiding a student from your school to our program, or providing financial support, there are endless doors to open. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to grow the Genesys Works Bay Area program.

With gratitude,

David Williams
President & Chief Executive Officer, Genesys Works

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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. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.