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Svante Myrick

Executive Director

Svante Myrick was the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, New York, a former director of People For’s youth leadership programs, and now currently serves as People For’s Executive Director.

Raised by his mother, Myrick and his family faced homelessness throughout their lives and relied on school lunch programs and other critical public services. After attending Cornell University, Myrick served as assistant director of student and young alumni programs at the college and tutored Ithaca youth. These experiences shape his leadership in Ithaca, where he’s put progressive values into action to improve the lives of the people in his community. As mayor, Myrick’s innovative leadership has, for example, included putting forth a plan to address the heroin epidemic through supervised injection sites, prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.

Myrick is the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Frontier Award, YEO’s Barbara Jordan Leadership Award, named this year by Rolling Stone “Hot Do-Gooder” public servant to watch, and most recently again in Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30.” Myrick has been interviewed by local and national TV, radio, and print outlets including CNN, USA Today, and the New York Times on issues such as progressive leadership, racial justice, and millennial civic engagement.

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Svante Myrick's Areas of Expertise

  • Youth Leadership
  • Millennial Engagement
  • Racial Justice