Jay Banfield, a social entrepreneur with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, is the Founding Executive Director of Year Up Bay Area. A nationally recognized youth and workforce development program, Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up simultaneously addresses the skills gap in our country by sourcing talent for more than 250 partner companies including Facebook, LinkedIn, salesforce.com, JPMorgan Chase and eBay.

Jay began his career at Oracle Corporation. He has worked on local, state and national political campaigns and has served in both the legislative and executive branches of government. He was appointed the Assistant Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco in 1999, where he managed the city’s $7 billion treasury and spearheaded a national award-winning e-government initiative. He was awarded the city’s Public Managerial Leadership Award and later was appointed Assistant General Manager, Business Services for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Jay graduated with honors in Psychology from Stanford University, where he co-authored a paper with Albert Bandura on the impact of conceptions of ability on self-regulatory factors and skill acquisition. He subsequently earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley.