Many thanks to our former board members for their incredible dedication to YANA.

Joe DeNicola
BA, Yale; MF, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Joe served as the Treasurer of YANA from 2013 through 2019. Most of his professional experience has been in financial services and general management including 25 years with GE Capital and The Prudential. In addition, he founded and led the Candlewood Timber Group, a sustainable forestry company operating in Argentina. Joe is currently the Executive Director of SosteNica, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that integrates educational and environmental programs with financial services, creating a holistic approach to the alleviation of poverty in Nicaragua. He is the past Chair of the Board of Solar Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to youth leadership development.

Eileen McDonald Egan
BA, Southern Connecticut State University; MA, SUNY Stony Brook; MPH, Yale School of Public Health

Eileen joined the YANA Board as a founding member in 2011. She also chairs the YANA Mentorship Committee. She is the Executive Director of Community Mainstreaming Associates where she oversees a team of professionals providing supports to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities on Long Island. Eileen is also a certified Special Education Teacher.

Sarah Graham (ES’07)

Sarah Graham ’07 served on the YANA National Board from 2014, as part of the inaugural class of directors, to 2017. Sarah served as Chair of the Development Committee and contributed to a variety of YANA projects including the launch of the University Relations committee the year that YANA was formed. Sarah is Director of Foundation and Government Relations at New York City Ballet. Prior to joining City Ballet in August 2016, she was the Director of Development for Young Concert Artists, an organization dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional young classical musicians, and before that, she was a Grants Manager in Carnegie Hall’s Foundation Relations office. Sarah has served as President of the Board of the chamber choir Cantori New York and as Chair of the New Blue of Yale’s 40th Reunion. She earned her B.A. in American Studies.

Pam Lambert
BA, Yale; MS, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Pam joined the Board as a founding member in 2011 and has led outreach to promote interest in social impact careers among current Yale students. As co-chair of the University Connections Committee, she helped cultivate YANA’s partnership with Yale’s Office of Career Strategy, Common Good & Creative Careers. Pam also serves on the committee that established and oversees the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship program. Pam has a background as an award-winning journalist covering the arts, sports, and crime (for publications including The Wall Street Journal and People). She relishes opportunities to connect with inspiring individuals.

Jen Leybovich (SOM’13)

Jen Leybovich (MBA ’13) served on the YANA National Board from 2015-2017. Upon moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Jen founded YANA’s first chapter, and served as President of the Bay Area Chapter until December 2017. Jen also helped to start 7 additional chapters during her position as Chair of the Chapter Chairs. Jen works at an economic development nonprofit in Oakland, CA called Main Street Launch, where she focuses on fundraising, partnerships, impact assessment, and organizational development and strategy. Jen completed her M.B.A. at Yale School of Management in 2013, where she focused on economic development & social enterprise, and holds a B.A. in Business Economics and minors in Accounting and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.

Kerry Price (BR’03)

Frank Raffaele
BA, Yale

Frank has been a member of the YANA Board since 2013. A product of Queens, Frank has an intense love for New York (especially its people and its parks!), the food & beverage business, and philanthropy. Frank has worked for NYC’s Legendary Parks Commissioner Henry Stern (during the Giuliani administration) and spent over a decade working on Wall Street. Using his financial experience and interest in nonprofits, Frank created COFFEED Corporation, a New York City-based, locally-sourced, charity-minded café and specialty coffee company that donates a significant percentage of its gross revenue to worthy local charities. Frank was recently named the recipient of the Special Innovation Award for Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement City & State Reports, as well as a member of The Responsible 100 for 2015. He is a frequent speaker on socially responsible companies and sits on various nonprofit boards and committees.

Richard Reiss
BA, Yale

Richard has been on the YANA Board since its founding in 2011. He is editor of newyork.thecityatlas. org, an online project about the future of New York City, including programs designed to educate New Yorkers on climate change and the business, lifestyle, and civic steps to meet the goals of the Paris Accord. The City Atlas team has also developed a board game about New York City’s future, with sets already in use at Carnegie Mellon, CUNY, and Yale. Richard is a fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College, and his previous non-profit media projects include, a proposal for a multimedia documentary about the US, and, a creative platform for work in the public interest.

Soraya Victory (JE’99)

Arts Community