At 26, Anita Yip is the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at her alma mater Wellesley College. For the past two years, she served at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as part of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (AmeriCorps). Anita holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College and a master's degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University.
In 2011, Anita co-founded the Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle with six women in response to foundations giving less than 1% of philanthropic dollars to organizations and programs assisting Asian women, a desire to build a safe and supportive community among Asian women, and the need to collaborate to create lasting change. Her extensive community work includes helping to raise more than $100,000 in financial and in-kind donations for eight organizations since 2007. Anita currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friday Night Supper Program and on the Advisory Board Fundraising Committee of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship.
Ryan Sarafolean is a community organizer, educator, and proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied issues of privilege, power, and identity in and outside of the classroom. For four years he worked at an after school program that served the at-risk and homeless community in Madison and implemented a structured, educational program focused around youth empowerment. Upon graduation, Ryan became an Americorps Promise Fellow with Project SUCCESS, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. There, Ryan worked as the Civic Engagement Coordinator, working with middle school and high school youth to address local issues including gun violence.
Ryan now serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the KGSA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that reduces poverty and gender inequalities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. KGSA Foundation works closely with local leaders in Kibera to provide free secondary education, artistic programming, and athletic opportunities to over 130 young women each year. The core of the Foundation’s work is to build and harness the unique strength of women to lead their communities out of poverty. In fall 2012, Ryan will begin a graduate program in International Development at American University in Washington, D.C., where he will focus on Gender Studies and Community Development.
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