Double Good Company announces the appointment of four new members to the selection board

The new members will reinforce the Board of Directors’ focus on raising the bar for the best in America with the Jefferson Awards

NEW YORK, NY, June 1, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Double The Good, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focused on promoting personal growth and leadership through public service, has announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of Selectors in April 2022. The Board of Selectors, one of the most prestigious bodies of its kind, has benefited from the diversity of members’ experiences, breadth of influence, and a commitment to excellence in their work to nominate and vote for Jefferson National Award recipients each year.

Gerald Chertivan, Boston, Massachusetts Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of Year Up, a national program that enables disadvantaged youth to enter the economic mainstream. With an annual operating budget of $170 million, Year Up is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country and has been recognized by fast company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. In 2013, Gerald was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to be chair of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College and was reappointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2016 to the position. Gerald received his BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, and in 2014 received the Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and a former member of the Youth Unemployment Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College and the Boston Foundation. His 2012 book, general abovehe is The New York Times Best seller.

Amira Hassan, Minneapolis, Minnesota Amira Hassan is a former member of the Jefferson National Awards Think Big Team and currently a medical student at the University of Minnesota, and has been involved in Multiplying Good since helping to found a local “student business” team at her high school. As an Egyptian Muslim American first generation, Amira grew up aware of the differences, both at home here and abroad, and she hoped for a day when she would be equipped to make a difference. She had hoped that day would come as a doctor, but that day came much sooner in the form of doubly good that inspired her to immerse herself in service at a young age. Keen to make it to the finish line, Amira started her medical school at the age of 20 where she is currently studying, and hopes to become an emergency medicine physician, an advocate for her patients, and a mentor for students entering the field.

HON. Deval Patrick, Boston, Massachusetts Mr. Patrick serves as Associate Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Practice at the college. He is also a senior advisor to Bain Capital and co-chair of the American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, a progressive political action committee. He is the founder, and from April 2015 to December 2019 he was the Managing Partner of Bain Capital Double Impact, a growth equity fund that invests in businesses for competitive financial returns and positive social impact. From January 2007 to January 2015, he served as Governor of Massachusetts. He has been a senior executive at two Fortune 50 firms, a partner in two Boston law firms, and, with the appointment of President Bill Clinton, the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the US Department of Justice. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and author of two books. Mr. Patrick holds an AB with distinction from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. In addition to American Well, he serves on the boards of Global Blood Therapeutics, serving on audit, nomination and governance committees; Cerevel Therapeutics, where he serves on the Compensation Committee; Toast Inc. , where he chairs the Nomination and Governance Committee; And Toilio, where he works in the Compensation Committee.

Dean Stevens, Charleston, SC Progression to a member of the “Good Double Board from the Limiter” is a natural for Dean Stevens. In 2015 while working as a main broadcaster for WCIV-TV in Charleston, South Carolina. Dean spearheaded the station’s partnership with what was then called the Jefferson Awards Foundation by producing monthly slides on nonprofits, making a difference in a three-county display area. Dean’s Stories cover a wide range of nonprofits and the people who founded them. From a grandmother who makes heavy blankets and gives them free for children with disabilities, to a college student who started her own nonprofit focused on bullying after she attempted suicide with her life in high school, and a firefighter who created the nonprofit. Profit who deals with domestic violence after the murder of his mother and four brothers. Living by the motto “We must give away what has been given to us for free,” Dean’s life has been transformed by the hundreds of people he has met telling stories of those who give unconditionally through their Lowcountry nonprofits. Dean moved out of news work in September 2021 and was given the opportunity to become the CEO of a nonprofit co-working space in downtown Charleston. Several Jefferson Award winners now call The Ripple Fund their home as they continue Multiply Good in Charleston and beyond. Dean started a podcast called tell your story With Dean Stephens as he uses a different platform to share the stories of nonprofits that operate outside of Ripple’s workspace. Dean and his wife, Caroline, are the proud parents of three sons Jack, Charlie and Sam, and he is happy to continue his long-term relationship with Multiplying Good.

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About hitting the good

Double Good is a national non-profit organization that believes in the power of serving others to unlock potential, inspire people and transform their lives. Multiplying the Good nurtures personal growth and leadership development through a continuum that begins with participation and culminates in recognition. It has offices in 11 communities across the country, delivering impact on the ground where it is needed most. Founded in 1972 by Sam Bird, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Senator Robert Taft Jr., the organization has honored extraordinary public service to thousands with the Jefferson Award. To learn more, visit or follow Multiplying Good on Facebook.


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