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NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2020) – A Better Chance, a national non-profit that places talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools, today announced that Francisco Tezén, Chief Development Officer at the Food Bank For New York City, will become the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Tezén will assume the new role in February. Sandra E. Timmons will step down as President of A Better Chance on January 31, after 16 years at the helm.

Tezén, a first-generation Peruvian-American, will lead the non-profit when racial equity, educational opportunity, diversity, access and inclusion, are at the forefront of our nation’s collective conscience.

“My parents, an immigrant father and a Black mother from rural North Carolina, stressed the importance of education to climb out of poverty and realize our American Dream," said Tezén. "As an alumnus of a college preparatory program, I have experienced firsthand the transformative effect of efforts that open pathways of opportunity for people like me.  I am honored to lead A Better Chance in writing the next chapter in its venerable legacy.”

Prior to joining the Food Bank For New York City, Tezén held positions at Year Up, The New School, and Columbia Business School. He earned his BA at Wesleyan University and his MS (Nonprofit Management) at the New School. Tezén is a native New Yorker, who matriculated at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York as an Oliver Scholar.

“Though not an alumnus, Francisco’s is an A Better Chance story,” said Theo Killion, A Better Chance Alumnus and the new National Board of Directors Chair at A Better Chance. “He has a deep personal affiliation to the power of educational experiences that change lives. For over 20 years Francisco has focused on developing and implementing strategies and partnerships to unlock the potential of mission-driven organizations.”


About A Better Chance

A Better Chance’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who can assume positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Since 1963, this guiding principle has driven A Better Chance to place talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools. Its signature College Preparatory Schools Program annually recruits, prepares and places more than 550 new Scholars and supports a total of 2,200 Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading college preparatory schools across the country. Its record of success is evident in 16,000+ Alumni who have become great innovators, thinkers and leaders in their respective fields. To learn more, visit https://www.abetterchance.org/