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Timothy Cross

President, YouthBuild International, YouthBuild USA


Tim Cross joined YouthBuild USA in 1996 holding several positions including Vice President of Field Services overseeing the national domestic field operation and then served as Chief Operating Officer for three years before launching YouthBuild International in 2007 and becoming its President.

In YouthBuild, out of school and unemployed young people ages 16-25, acquire basic education, job readiness, technical training and leadership skills while building permanent community assets such as housing, community centers, schools, playgrounds and ‘green’ infrastructure. YouthBuild was established in the US 40 years ago and has expanded to 360 program sites in 45 states in the US and 23 other countries, enrolling 16,000 young people each year.

For the last 25 years Mr. Cross has worked in the youth and community development field, first as a line youth worker in community based organizations, and in successive leadership roles in city wide, national and international youth development initiatives. He was the Country Coordinator of the Civil Society Development program which created to two national support organizations providing a range of training and technical assistance to the emerging nonprofit sectors in Poland and Hungary. He consulted to the ImagineNations Group, International Youth Foundation, the World Bank and Open Society Institute on international initiatives focused on youth engagement, training and employment. He directed the ROCA youth center in Chelsea, MA, a comprehensive youth development program, and was executive director of Youth As Resources in Boston. He led efforts to found YouthBuild Boston, the first YouthBuild program replicated outside of East Harlem, New York. He also worked as a foundation program officer focused on refugee and immigrant development efforts, and consulted to several international grant making organizations seeking to build the capacity of youth workers. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University.

Regional Focus

Caribbean, Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, North America, South America