Duties include determining YANA’s mission and agenda, and overseeing governance, impact assessment and financial operations.
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BA, Yale; JD, Harvard Law School; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School
Governance Committee; Yale Community Connect
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
BA, Swarthmore College; JD, Yale Law School; MBA, Yale School of Management
Gabriella (Gabby) joined the YANA board in 2024. She is the head of patient engagement strategy for CVS Pharmacy Health Services, applying design and behavior change methods to drive health outcomes for millions of people.
She has experience across sectors, including fintech, building data science tools for economic development at Locus Analytics, and driving COVID-19 research efforts at Bridgewater Associates. She has consulted on strategy and public engagement across tech start-ups, non-profits, and philanthropy, including Schmidt Futures and The Governance Lab at NYU. At Yale, she was a Forté Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Fellow, and Yale College Graduate Teaching Fellow in Computer Science.
BS, Yale College; MPPM, Yale School of Management
Stewart is a retired financial executive who now devotes his time to Board of Director/Advisor activities. After a career on Wall Street, first as an investment banker and then a sell-side equity research analyst, he transitioned to CFO roles, first for Rush Communications (the holding company for Def Jam Records, Phat Fashions, Def Comedy Jam, and other business interests of Russell Simmons), then videogame developer Rockstar Games and, lastly, consumer electronics company Mad Catz Interactive. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of four nonprofits and also serves on the Audit Committees for the City of San Diego and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
Merle Duskin Kailas
BA, The University at Buffalo; MPPM, Yale School of Management
Nonprofit Pro Bono Consulting; Finance; Marketing
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, Wesleyan University; MBA, Yale School of Management
Development; Marketing; Program Committees
Joellyn Gray is a strategic marketing professional with a track record of repeated success. An original thinker and idea generator, Joellyn is skilled at creating marketing strategies and implementing campaigns that generate millions of dollars for both businesses and non-profits. Specific skills include strategic planning, creative and data-driven marketing plans, lead generation and conversion, and integrated program execution – all designed to advance an organization’s goals while generating profitable returns.
BA, Yale; MA, Cambridge; MA, Cornell
James has more than three decades of experience leading high-impact nonprofit organizations focused on children’s health, learning and literacy. He has worked extensively with boards, funders, teams and consultants to build programs, partnerships and financial resources to meet ambitious goals. He currently serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, an 8,000 member professional society. He previously 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. He 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. As Principal of JHW Advising, he also provides consulting services to social impact organizations on strategic planning, partnerships and board, talent and fund development.
BA, Yale; MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Nonprofit Pro Bono Consulting; Strategy, Partnerships, Alliances; Nominating
Todd joined the YANA Board in 2017 and previously served as Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee. Todd is the founder of Affinity Advisors, a consulting practice focused on helping mission-driven organizations engage in all types of collaborative initiatives. Todd has a particular interest in the future of Jewish communal organizations and is currently a member of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as a consultant to two Jewish “spiritual startups”, Judaism Unbound and Sanctuary. Todd is also the part-time General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Corporate Development for Learner-Centered Collaborative, a public benefit corporation which provides technology and professional development consulting services to K-12 schools. Todd previously had an extensive career as a legal and corporate development executive at Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems Corporation, serving as a trusted advisor to C-suite executives and leading dozens of major transactions and other growth initiatives in a fast-paced, technology-driven environment.
BA, Yale; MIA, Columbia, School of International and Public Affairs
Development Committee; Strategy, Partnerships, Alliances
Hugo joined the YANA Board in 2021. Since 2017 Hugo has pivoted full-time to the education sector. Hugo worked 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. Now at Autentike Advisors he works on a range of projects with organizations focused on higher education access, completion, and early career readiness, from hands-on instruction and direct service with students to strategy advisory consulting.
Prior to focusing on education, Hugo worked for three decades in financial markets. Hugo started his financial career at Citibank and went on to hold leadership positions at other top-tier, internationally active banks. At these firms Hugo either built, or turned-around, derivatives marketing and structured trading businesses. As a Managing Director in global and regional, analytical, transactional, and managerial roles, his career includes on the ground experience in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
BA, Yale; MBA, Stanford
Founder, President, Board Chair; Executive Committee; Nominating Committee; Finance; Chapter Chairs
Ken organized the founding of YANA in 2011, inspired by the vision of a global community of mission-driven alumni dedicated to working together, giving back, and changing lives. He also serves as co-chair of Project Redwood, a social philanthropy fund managed by alums from the Stanford Business School that invests in innovative approaches to fighting extreme poverty.
He entered the nonprofit world in 2008 after three decades in the private sector. From 2008 to 2015 Ken served as executive director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, a network of banks and housing agencies that maximizes affordable homeownership for underserved families in New York. From 2017 to 2022 he led NYPACE, a nonprofit providing pro bono consulting to entrepreneurs of color in NYC.
In 2017 Ken received the Yale Medal, the University’s highest honor for voluntary service.
BA, University of Michigan; MBA, Yale School of Management
Development; YANA-Dwight Hall Fellowship
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.
BS, Yale; MBA, Harvard University
Gary L. Glasser joined the YANA Board in 2024. He has served as Treasurer of the Yale Class of ’86 since 2006 and received the Yale Medal in 2022. In addition to his Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) Degree from Yale, Gary has an MBA from Harvard University.
Since 2020, Gary has led the Data Science and Strategy group for Birch Hill Equity Partners, a private equity firm located in Toronto. Gary built the Data Science group from a handful of people to a cohesive team of over 20 professionals supporting Birch Hill’s portfolio companies and investment professionals in all things data.
Prior to Birch Hill, Gary had a long career in investment banking and investment management, including as Head of Research for Lucidus Capital Partners and Caxton Associates, Head of Investment Banking for Utendahl Capital Partners, Co-Head of TMT High Yield Investment Banking for JPMorgan Chase, and Head of Business Services Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs.
Gary also serves as Life Raft Group’s President of the Board of Directors, since 2022. He had been Secretary-Treasurer from 2015 to 2022 and has been a Board member since 2013. Life Raft Group’s mission is to enhance the survival and quality of life for people living with certain rare cancers through patient-powered research, education and empowerment, and global advocacy efforts.
BA, Yale; MD/MPH Emory University (Woodruff fellow)
Public Health Committee
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, Yale; MS, Hunter College CUNY
University Connections (Chair); YANA-Dwight Hall Fellowship; Yale Community Connect
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; MSc, London School of Economics
Executive Committee; Finance
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.
Molly F. James
BA, Tufts University; MDiv, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Exeter (UK)
Secretary; Executive Committee; Governance; University Connections
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.
BA, Yale University; MA, Johns Hopkins University; PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Amir Pasic is the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school devoted to research and teaching about philanthropy.
Prior to joining the school, Pasic was vice president of international operations at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global professional association serving educational institutions and their advancement professionals.
Previously, Pasic was associate dean for development and strategic planning at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as executive director of its Foreign Policy Institute, where he continues to serve as a fellow.
Pasic served as deputy director of the world security project at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and was deputy vice president for advancement at The George Washington University. A former librarian at the Library of Congress, he began his career with faculty appointments at Brown University’s Watson Institute.
Pasic earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University.
BA, Yale; MA, Columbia University
An accomplished executive with demonstrated success in the non-profit sector, Shruti Adhar has a proven track record in grantmaking, fundraising, management, and program development. Prior to joining MCA in June 2019, Shruti served as the Executive Director of The Knights, a Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra. In this role, she led strategic direction, oversaw operations, and managed artistic, human, and financial resources, growing the annual budget from $1.2 million to $2 million in just three years. She expanded the organization’s full-time staff from 1 to 4, increased artist compensation, grew contributed income by 40%, and established the orchestra’s first Home Season in New York City.
Prior to joining The Knights, Shruti served as Director of Development & Engagement at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where she increased individual fundraising and the orchestra’s school programs. As a grant maker, she has worked as a Program Officer with both the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Music Fund, providing technical assistance to organizations from a range of disciplines and budget sizes, led panel evaluations, and monitored grant programs. Shruti was also the first full-time employee for Buglisi/Foreman Dance, serving as the company’s Managing Director from 2001-2004. Shruti earned a master’s degree in arts administration at Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in history at Yale University.
BA, Yale; JD, Seton Hall Law School
Rachel rejoined the YANA Board in 2024 after serving as YANA inaugural Executive Director from 2019 through 2023. She has been with YANA since 2015 when she co-founded the YANA New England Chapter and was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee as Chair of Chapter Chairs.
BA, Yale; JD, Univ. of California's Law School - San Francisco; M.Phil. in Criminology, Cambridge University
Interim Executive Director; non-voting Board Member
Lisa Rieger is a semi-retired general counsel who served as Chief Legal Officer of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), a tribal social service not-for-profit organization providing social services to Alaska Natives and American Indians for almost two decades, where as a member of the executive team her responsibilities included general counsel, board governance and government relations in the service of creating systemic change to improve outcomes for Alaska Native and American Indian people. There she also developed expertise in the creation of for-profit entities to support non-profit organizations and missions. After serving as a public defender in Oakland, California, she was tenured faculty at the Justice Center, University of Alaska, Anchorage, and then associate general counsel with the private for-profit Cook Inlet Region Inc. from 2001 until joining CITC in 2005. She has also served on state-wide commissions and non-profit boards of directors for the past 25 years, including the boards of Covenant House Alaska, Alaska Native Justice Center, Alaska YWCA, Alaska ACLU, and Planned Parenthood of Alaska (now Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest), and the Alaska Supreme Court’s Access to Civil Justice and the Alaska Second Chance Re-Entry Task Force. Ms. Rieger holds a J.D. from the University of California’s San Francisco Law School, an M.Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University, and a BA from Yale University.