If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with someone I consider a leader, I would choose to have dinner with Marie Curie because she was a forward-thinking, innovative, passionate and relentless researcher who chose not to be constrained by the limitations that society placed on her at the time.

What motivates you to create social impact?

Based on my experiences domestically and abroad, I have learned about the systemic factors that influence or determine an individual’s ability to access resources to, to gain the skills necessary to, and to have the support to break the cycle of poverty. These factors influence health, education, public safety etc. and can be addressed through programs that create social impact. I am motivated by these experiences to develop creative solutions that may address some of the problems created or influenced by these systemic factors that determine people’s choices.

Host Site Overview

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Host Site Project

Year Up envisions a future in which every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. As part of our mission, we look to help drive change within our partner organizations as to how they see working with opportunity youth. Many organizations have existing thoughts and perceptions about this demographic, and we look to change those perceptions through not only our programming, but also continued engagement with our partner’s HR and Leadership teams. The Fellow through New Sector will enhance Year Up’s partner engagement work across the Bay Area by building systems, strategic plans, and coordinating both internal and external stakeholders (partner orgs). The Fellow will report directly YUBA’s Director of Strategy & Operations, but will work in partnership with multiple leaders and teams across Year Up Bay Area and Year Up’s national office including YUBA’s Executive Director, YUBA Corporate Partner Relations, YUBA’s Program team, and Year Up’s National Influence Team. The Fellow will play a key role in building Year Up Bay Area’s “Influence” work: defined as engaging internal and external stakeholders in our “systems change” strategy: shifting perceptions, practices, and HR policies that impact Opportunity Youth across the Bay Area within our partner organizations. The training and resources the Fellow creates and shares with partners will equip them to effectively train and coach people coming from economically disadvantaged communities.