Ken Inadomi (’76) is chair of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA). He entered the nonprofit world in 2008 as executive director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, which increases opportunities for low- and moderate-income families in New York to become first-time homeowners, and was kept up most nights with the questions, How can we serve more? How can we serve better?
Coming from a long career in the private sector, he turned to the Yale community for potential resources, figuring there had to be an alumni organization focusing on nonprofit. “To my disappointment,” he says, “nothing existed—but to my delight, the AYA fully endorsed creating such an alumni-driven entity.” With the help of several other alumni, particularly Kathy Edersheim (’87), he launched YANA in early 2011 with the same two questions in mind, and with the vision of leveraging the collective power of Yale’s nonprofit network for the greater social good. YANA has emerged as a major resource supporting students and alumni involved in or seeking involvement in nonprofit. In 2013, YANA received the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Award for Outstanding Alumni Shared Interest Group.
YANA is anchored by the quarterly Nonprofit Roundtable for nonprofit board members to discuss strategies and best practices, and by the YANA Fellows Program, which provides meaningful engagement to Yale undergrads with social-sector interests. YANA regional chapters are currently being developed in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.
This post is a part of our YAANY Profile series where we feature organizations, annual events, and members that partner with YAANY to develop a strong and vibrant alumni community in NYC-metro area. Stay tuned to our homepage blog for more.