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Dorothy Stoneman
President & Founder
YouthBuild USA

Dorothy Stoneman is president and founder of YouthBuild USA, a national non-profit support center for YouthBuild programs to provide construction skills, education and leadership training for unemployed and undereducated youth, while producing affordable housing for low-income individuals. Dr. Stoneman also chairs the YouthBuild Coalition, with 650 member organizations in 49 states. Prior to founding YouthBuild USA, she spent 25 years running day care centers, community-based schools, housing development corporations and youth programs in East Harlem.

Dr. Stoneman and colleagues developed the prototype YouthBuild in East Harlem between 1978 and 1990. Encouraged by young people, visitors, and program officers from the Charles Stewart Mott and Ford Foundations, Stoneman founded YouthBuild USA in 1990 to replicate the success her program in New York City had demonstrated. Legislation authorizing YouthBuild programs under HUD was passed in 1992. There are now 145 programs in 44 states.

Dr. Stoneman has a bachelor's degree in biology and American history from Harvard University, a masters degree in early childhood education and a doctor of humane letters from Bank Street College of Education. She is a 1996 MacArthur Fellow, and currently serves on the board of trustees of Wheelock College for teachers and as a member of Harvard's Saguaro Seminar on civic engagement.

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