New Youth Development Executive Arrives Uptown


Operation Exodus names Dr. Mark Gonzalez as Chief Executive Officer to oversee and expand youth development offerings uptown.

Released on: April 6th 2017

Author: J. McGarvey

Audience: Internet related

Dr. Mark Gonzalez has been appointed CEO of Operation Exodus Inner City. As part of his new role, Gonzalez is overseeing a 3-year strategic education initiative that will expand out-of-school education, enrichment and mentoring opportunities for youth, leading them to high school and college success.

New York, New York (April 6th 2017) – Operation Exodus Inner City, an after-school mentoring and education program in Washington Heights, has announced the addition of Dr. Mark Gonzalez as their Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Gonzalez is an experienced youth development executive with a track record for developing aspiring Latino youth into college students and leaders. Formerly the CEO at Aspira New York, Gonzalez will be in charge of leading a new strategic education initiative at Exodus, and oversee youth programming expansion to more sites in Northern Manhattan.

Operation Exodus provides tutoring, enrichment activities and mentoring programs to youth Kindergarten through 12th grade. A fixture in Washington Heights for over 27 years, Exodus serves this largely Hispanic community with offerings for children and families year-round. Exodus is known for equipping inner city kids, especially those rising up from poverty, to discover and live out their potential.

While at the helm at Aspira, Gonzalez grew the organization from a $2.7 million agency, to a $10 million budget, eventually serving over 6000 youth annually. Under his direction, targeted programming led to a 97% high school graduation and 93 % college enrollment rates.

Dr. Gonzalez has a deeply held belief that college is an opportunity intended for all kids, not just those who come from privileged backgrounds. A former “Aspirante,” (graduate of Aspira), Gonzalez understands the potential NYC city kids possess and the challenges they face. He is eager to bring new opportunities for education, enrichment and the benefit of mentoring, to hundreds more students uptown.

“For many Latino youth, the achievement gap is simply a lack of opportunity. Exodus closes that gap through after-school education, mentoring and enrichment-the three things a student needs to succeed.”

Gonzalez brings with him a deep skill set in strategic planning and implementation, program development, financial management, and fundraising. He also has a passion for leadership development for staff and students.

According to Operation Exodus Board Chair Ashley Modisett, Gonzalez was exactly the kind of leader Exodus needed to move the organization into the future.

“Mark’s experience leading high impact youth programming will serve Exodus well as we evolve and scale our logic model to better meet the needs of Latino youth and families in uptown NYC.“

Known as someone who can turn inspiration into action and build communities of hope, Gonzalez is a 25-year non-profit veteran who got his Ph.D from the Fordham University School of Education. He also holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology, a Masters in Educational Supervision and Administration, and a Bachelors degree in Public Administration. Despite the many degrees and years of experience designing and implementing successful programs, his personal commitment is based on a humble belief: All kids have potential, and it deserves to be realized.

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To learn more or to schedule an interview contact:

Julie McGarvey

Operation Exodus

Development & Communications Director

(212) 543 3305


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Founded almost 30 years ago in Washington Heights, Operation Exodus is an education and mentoring organization that launches Latino youth to college and lives of excellence through educational opportunities and transformational relationships.

Dr. Mark Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including serving as Program Director, and eventually becoming the Chief Executive Officer at Aspira.


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