Chief of Staff, City Year
Aaron Gougis is the Chief of Staff for City Year Dallas, a four-star Charity Navigator rated AmeriCorps program. He joined City Year in 2006 as a corps member in his hometown of Chicago where he served at The University of Chicago Donoghue Campus leading a team of AmeriCorps members in implementing education initiatives, school-related projects, and community engagement activities. During his tenure with City Year, Aaron helped launch several locations across the country. With City Year Miami, he led the development of the site's annual gala and civic engagement program where he added an element of targeted leadership development for AmeriCorps members. He also advised on the launch of several corporate volunteer programs such as The Miami Dolphins' Special Teams and The Miami Marlins' Ayudan Program. Prior to joining City Year, he was an up-and-coming chef for several restaurants in the Greater Chicagoland area. He studied at Washburne Culinary Institute and is a graduate of the historic Bronzeville Military Academy. Beyond his time in the red jacket, Aaron has left lasting impacts in the communities that he has called home. In South Florida, he helped launch the Overtown Music Project, celebrating the history, spirit, and cultural achievements out of a historically disenfranchised community in Miami through a free after school music program. He also supports Genesis Hopeful Haven, a nonprofit founded to support youth in foster care, by providing culinary training and life skills. In Chicago, he is the president of The Bronzeville Scholarship Fund which offers college scholarships for low-income high school seniors. In Dallas, Aaron is active in a number of philanthropic areas with a focus on disaster response and community engagement. He is a member of the City of Dallas Citizen's Emergency Response Team, Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps, City Year Alumni Board, a volunteer cook with The Taste Project, and serves on Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Human Trafficking Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee.