Genesys Works, a national workforce development program that focuses on connecting underserved students with paid internship opportunities, has announced the appointment of a new CEO.

In a press release, the company said Jeffrey Artis — who first joined the company as a business development coordinator — is now the new CEO.

“Jeff’s knowledge of the workforce development community along with his business acumen aligns well with the Genesys Works mission,” said Tom Fry, Genesys Works National Board member, in a statement in the press release. “As we look to the future, we’re confident that Jeff is the right person to lead Genesys Works into the next stage of growth and impact.”

For his part, Artis has spent most of his career leading workforce development solutions for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. He also said that he benefitted from a similar program offered by Genesys Works in his own career, so he felt that this was a great way to give back.

“In my teens, I benefited from a similar program that helped me gain access to the networks and opportunities that afforded me the ability to achieve professional success,” he said, in the same statement. “It is an honor to come full circle and use my personal experience and expertise to create real sustainable change in the lives of students, their families, communities, companies, and society at large.”