Our History


Genesys Works was founded in 2002 by Rafael Alvarez, a former corporate strategist for Compaq Computer in Houston.  While serving as a board member of a local charter school, Alvarez was struck by the bleak prospects facing economically-challenged high school students at a time when companies like his were in need of new sources of talent.

An idea for a new social enterprise opportunity emerged:  train students in the IT services needed in large companies and place them as outsourced contracted talent with corporate clients.  This would improve the prospects for low-income high school students while introducing a new stream of diverse talent to corporate America. 

Starting with only 10 students and one corporate partner, Genesys Works has grown to become a national organization serving nearly 3,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington’s National Capital Region.

As we enter our 15th year of growth and impact, we are eager to expand our geographic footprint to serve the needs of more students, companies, and communities across the country.  Working in concert with strong community partners, we can build tomorrow’s workforce – today.