City Year Columbia announces new Board Chair

August 5, 2020

City Year Columbia, the local chapter of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the dropout rate and realizing educational equity for students at underserved schools, welcomed Iris Griffin as Advisory Board Chairwoman. Griffin joined the board in January 2019.

As Southeast Energy Group’s vice president of financial management & integration, Griffin is responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing the finance functions for the organization’s operations in Georgia and the Carolinas. Additionally, she has responsibility for the integration of the Southeast Energy Group into the Dominion Energy structure.

Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy, Griffin served as chief financial officer & treasurer for SCANA Corporation as well as vice president of finance; she also held leadership roles in audit services, privacy, corporate compliance, investor relations, and rate and regulatory affairs. Before joining SCANA, she worked at financial consulting firms including Scott McElveen in Columbia and Ernst & Young in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Griffin is passionate about education and said, “Every child deserves to succeed in school. I’ve seen the AmeriCorps members in action, they partner with teachers and school leaders to provide high – impact student, classroom, and school – wide support. These young idealists help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, and prepare for college and career success.”

Griffin will represent South Carolina in a notable network of executives, champions and stakeholders from across the country. These leaders are committed to dramatically increasing the graduation pipeline and transform the future for thousands of students nationwide.

“We are continually honored to have such accomplished, knowledgeable executives commit their time and resources to the advancement of City Year’s mission. I am confident Iris will be instrumental in helping us expand our work throughout South Carolina and ensure that the students we serve each day at our partner schools receive the academic and social-emotional supports they need to be successful,” said City Year Columbia’s Vice President & Executive Director, Gail Wilson.


About City Year

City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to two to three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

For more information contact City Year, Columbia, 803.727.1561