Tere Blanca Becomes Chair of City Year Miami

Real estate executive Tere Blanca becomes Chair of City Year Miami as 2013-2014 service year kicks-off

Online PR News – 08-October-2013 – Miami, FL – MIAMI, FL – One of Miami’s most impactful education-focused nonprofits will soon benefit from the leadership of one of the City’s most successful businesswomen, as Tere Blanca begins her term as Chair of the City Year Miami board of directors. With chapters in 24 cities across the U.S., City Year partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year is driven by a committed corps of members and volunteer leaders who tutor, mentor and serve as role models in the community.

City Year Miami launched in 2008 with the goal of placing full-time, trained young adults in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where they provide individual attention to students. It has since grown to become the nation’s fifth-largest City Year site. The 2013 City Year Miami program involves 203 corps members serving approximately 3,000 students at 17 Miami-area schools. Plans are currently underway to expand City Year Miami’s impact to 300 corps members serving students at 30 schools annually.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have Tere Blanca leading our board in Miami,” said Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO of City Year. “Her remarkable combination of business acumen and passionate civic commitment will help City Year Miami grow so that it can help more students and schools succeed.”

Ms. Blanca, who serves as president and CEO of commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm Blanca Commercial Real Estate, will continue the momentum of her predecessor, former board chair and City Year Miami co-founder Brad Meltzer.

“For many students, City Year Miami corps members are the only reliable resource to turn to,” said Tere Blanca, the newly-appointed Chair of City Year Miami. “With City Year’s involvement, struggling schools have the necessary power to support the growing number of students who need a little extra attention. City Year Miami’s staff and volunteer leaders have done a tremendous job growing the organization over the past five years. I am hopeful that we can expand our reach even further over the next five years.”

Now entering its sixth fiscal year, City Year Miami has more than tripled its annual operating budget since launching. More than one-third of these dollars come from private philanthropic sources who see value in helping the nonprofit expand its reach into the public school system.

“City Year Miami’s impact extends far beyond educational enrichment, helping to break the cycle of poverty and enhancing quality of life in our community,” said Saif Ishoof, Executive Director of City Year Miami. “As one of Miami’s preeminent business leaders, Tere understands the relationship between education and economics. Our City’s ability to continue attracting new investment, new companies and new residents hinges on our ability to provide an exceptional education to our children.”

Aside from overseeing Blanca Commercial Real Estate, which she launched in 2009 and has since grown to become one of South Florida’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firms, Ms. Blanca spends her time giving back to the South Florida community through numerous organizations.

She participates as a member of the University of Miami’s President’s Council and School of Business Real Estate Advisory Board; the Urban Land Institute’s South Florida/Caribbean chapter; the World Presidents’ Organizations (WPO) Miami-Ft. Lauderdale chapter; the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) South Florida chapter; Commercial Real Estate Women Miami (CREW Miami); Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); and The Beacon Council, for which she previously served as chair.

Over the years, she has earned several honors from her peers and leading news outlets, including being recognized in Real Estate Forum magazine’s 20th Anniversary “Women of Influence” feature.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international marketing and finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

About City Year:
City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In 25 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate. www.CityYear.org/Miami

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate:
Blanca Commercial Real Estate provides brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate with personalized and experienced counsel at every step of the transaction. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, please visitwww.blancacre.com.