Duties include determining YANA’s mission and agenda, and overseeing governance, impact assessment and financial operations.
BA, Yale; JD, Harvard Law School; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School
Astrid joined the YANA Board in 2021. She has an extensive background in affordable housing and economic development, having worked at an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She currently serves as Deputy General Counsel at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. focusing in large part on affordable housing for seniors, and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Astrid previously served as a board member and co-chair of the Public Service & Social Justice Committee of the Yale Alumni Association of New York (yale.NYC) and remains interested in volunteer activities focused on creating and sustaining positive social impact
Andrew has been on the YANA Board since 2017. He started the YANA Extended Day of Service initiative that seeks to convert the Yale Day of Service into a year-long endeavor with multiple entry points for new Yale Community Connect volunteer opportunities. Andrew is an industrial hygienist who specializes in health and safety training for emergency responders in New York State, and an adjunct professor in Global Environmental Public Health issues at NYU’s College of Global Public Health. He is also a co-chair of the Public Service/Social Justice Committee of yale.nyc and very active in student outreach for various committees of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
BA, Yale; JD, UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law
Todd joined the YANA Board in 2017 and currently serves as Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee. He is an expert in helping companies grow their businesses through corporate development and strategic alliances. Todd spent over 14 years at Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems Corporation following several years in private legal practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto. He currently serves as legal consultant to a data analytics company and as a strategic advisor to four social impact startup businesses, as well as a National Board member and Vice-Chair of Programs of the American Reform Zionist Association, and as a Board member and Vice President of Temple Israel of New Rochelle.
BA, Yale; MFA, Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts
Alison’s passion is to help individuals and worthy causes grow stronger and increase their impact. A multilingual collaboration-builder and relationship-builder, she launched Yale Community Connect in January 2018 to facilitate ongoing volunteer relationships between Yale alumni (and friends) and nonprofit organizations and under-resourced public schools seeking volunteers. Currently, she is a consultant with Results for America, having previously been a Program Officer at the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Prior to a year of consulting and volunteer leadership in public schools, Alison was Director of International Relations at 92nd Street Y.
BA, Yale; MSc, London School of Economics
Demetris Giannoulias is a founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Spring Bank, a US Treasury designated CDFI, and New York’s first B Corp Bank. Spring Bank was created in 2007 with a mission to promote financial inclusion and is the only bank to open its doors and establish headquarters in the Bronx, New York in over thirty years. Demetris has worked closely with numerous non-profits both personally and professionally throughout his career.
BA, Yale; MIA, Columbia, School of International and Public Affairs
Hugo is dedicated to increasing higher-education access, success, and career readiness for under-represented students. Hugo’s first profession developed over three decades of work in international financial markets.
Hugo started his financial career at Citibank and went on to hold senior leadership positions at ING, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Standard Chartered. At these firms Hugo either built, or turned-around, regional and global exposure management and structured trading businesses. Working in a range of analytical, transactional and managerial roles, his responsibilities took him to substantial stints in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Since 2017 Hugo has focused full-time on the education sector. The current phase of his professional journey included working at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, where Hugo was SEO’s Vice President responsible for their top-of-class college program and, later he became SEO’s first Chief Operating Officer. With Autentike Advisors Hugo is active in a range of projects for educational organizations, from hands-on instruction and direct service with students to strategy advisory consulting.
BA, Columbia; JD, Georgetown; MBA, Yale School of Management
Daniel joined the YANA Board in 2018. He currently serves as in-house counsel and advises on business development, strategic planning, and technology development initiatives for Syntax LLC, an asset management firm where he was a founding member. Daniel also helped found Locus Analytics, a macroeconomic data analytics firm and think tank. Daniel previously worked for an impact financing platform, the World Bank, and Balfour Venture Partners, an investment advisor focused on life sciences and software companies. Prior to that, he was an independent film producer and worked for the New York Stock Exchange. He has advised dozens of technology startups, social enterprises, and NGOs in the US, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He serves on the Bretton Woods Committee.
BA, Yale; MBA, Stanford
Ken is the founding chair of YANA, the co-chair of the Yale Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion, and former co-chair of Project Redwood, a social philanthropy program funded and managed by alumni from the Stanford Business School. He currently serves as the executive director of NYPACE (New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs), a nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting to entrepreneurs operating in underserved, under-resourced communities of New York City. Ken was awarded the Yale Medal in 2017.
Molly F. James
BA, Tufts University; MDiv, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Exeter (UK)
Molly is an ordained Episcopal priest. She currently works at The Episcopal Church Center in NY as the Deputy Executive Officer of General Convention. Previously, she has served as a hospital chaplain, a parish priest, and as Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in CT. Molly is a previous co-chair of Young Clergy Women International (an ecumenical organization of clergy women under 40), and has served as a board member for the Society of Scholar Priests. Molly previously served on the leadership committee for the YANA New England chapter.
Merle Duskin Kailas
BA, The University at Buffalo; MPPM, Yale School of Management
Merle is a leader, producer, financial expert and fundraiser with over 45 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to launching her own production company, she was Executive Director of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Managing Director at Thirteen/WNET, VP and COO/CFO of Globalvision, Inc. Currently President of the Board of Directors of The Literacy Network of South Berkshire she has served as Chair of the Board of the Cherry Lane Theatre and Soho Rep, as Treasurer of New York Women in Film and Television, as VP of the Board of En Garde Arts and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee of the Board of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts New York. Additionally, she has served on the Board of The Lark International Theater Laboratory and The University at Buffalo College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. At SOM, she was the first recipient of funding from the Internship Fund.
BA, University of Michigan; MBA, Yale School of Management
Rob joined the YANA Board in 2018. He is the executive director of iMission Institute Inc, a benefit corporation providing strategic fund development services for nonprofit organizations. Rob has served on public and nonprofit boards including Boys & Girls Clubs, Connecticut Tobacco and Health Trust, and various economic development and workforce development organizations. He held various executive positions in the private sector, including president and CEO of private-equity controlled natural foods companies. Prior to attending business school, Rob was a representative with the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles. He is a partner with Social Venture Partners in Connecticut.
BA, Yale; JD, Seton Hall Law School
Rachel has been on the YANA Board since 2017. She is a founding co-chair of the YANA New England Chapter and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee as Chair of Chapter Chairs. She also started the Rhode Island Chapter of Yale Women. Rachel worked for several years as a Wall Street corporate finance attorney before turning her attention to higher education and nonprofit governance. Most recently she served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Moses Brown School, an independent K-12 Quaker school in Providence, RI. Rachel also focuses on matters related to racial and socioeconomic inequities in access to and success in education through her research platform website, www.SeeTheGaps.org. Rachel stepped up to be YANA’s first Executive Director in 2019.
BA, Princeton; Ph.D., Yale
Marilyn joined the YANA Board in 2021. From 1997 until 2021, Marilyn worked in executive search, serving noted nonprofits and foundations. It was the privilege of a lifetime, for instance, to help recruit Darren Walker, now president of Ford Foundation, to his first job in philanthropy nearly 20 years ago. It also has been a continuing joy to see the wellspring of interest people have in moving to the nonprofit sector or joining a nonprofit’s board, something to which YANA contributes mightily.
BS, Pennsylvania State University; MPPM, Yale School of Organization and Management.
Lou is a long-time member of the YANA Board and spearheads the webinars program. He established the YANA New York Roundtable program on best practices for board members and social enterprise leaders. At Penn State, Lou currently serves on, and has chaired, the Dean’s Advisory Board and the Development Committee for the Eberly College of Science, and the Advisory Board of the Palmer Art Museum. He also is the Director of the Penn State Science BS/MBA joint degree program. Lou has served on the Marymount Manhattan College Board of Trustees as a trustee and Chair. Lou has led groups in the United States and Europe in the financial services industry for Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody.
Immediately after graduation in 2018 Dasia spent time in Savannah, GA with the support of a YANA- Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship. She and a fellow classmate used that summer to further develop their nonprofit, GoSouth. Dasia now lives in New York City and works in media.
BA, University of Southern California; MBA, Yale School of Management
Kimberly joined the YANA Board in 2018. She started her career as a teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America. Kimberly previously worked for CCS, a strategic fundraising firm that partners with non-profits for transformational change. Representing a range of sectors, her clients include: Sanctuary for Families, The New York Public Library, Greenwich Academy, the International Network for Civil Liberties Organizations, Manhattan College, and Brooklyn Public Library. She currently serves as Chief of Staff at DREAM, which runs a charter school in East Harlem and Mott Haven, and after-school and summer school programs in East Harlem, the Bronx, and Newark.
James has more than three decades of experience leading high-impact nonprofit organizations. He has worked extensively with boards, funders, teams and consultants to build programs, partnerships and financial resources to meet ambitious goals. He is Principal of JHW Advising, which provides consulting services to social impact organizations on strategic planning, partnerships and board, talent and fund development. James recently served as Senior Advisor at the Poses Family Foundation. For 17 years he led the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), where he directed NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities. James has also served as: Vice Chair of the Congressionally authorized Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities; as a member of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); as a member of the NIH Chimpanzee Research Usage Panel; and as an advisor to several education organizations.
BA, Yale; MD/MPH Emory University (Woodruff fellow)
Patrice is a family physician and HIV specialist who has been committed throughout her career to working with underserved communities. She has worked in settings including community health centers, county hospital systems, Indian Health Service and relief organizations. Patrice has worked globally in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders), Haiti, India and Burkina Faso (Peace Corps). She has also held faculty positions teaching residents and medical students. Patrice currently practices at a nonprofit FQHC that is a leader in LGBTQ care in South Florida.
BA, Certificate in Education Studies, Yale; EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Abdul joined the YANA board in 2021 and is a youth worker and children’s book writer based in Cambridge, MA. A 2017 Yale College graduate, Abdul was deeply involved in diversity and inclusion advocacy and received the Mellon Mays Research Fellowship and the Nakanishi Prize. He was a Sociology major and an Education Studies scholar focused on the lives of children of color in out-of-school programs and in cities. Abdul’s first book, The Night is Yours, was released in July 2019 by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House; it was a product of his Education Studies capstone project. He previously worked in youth programming and development at LEAP, a youth development organization in New Haven, CT. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing a Master’s of Education (EdM) in Prevention Science and Practice.