Young Alumni Council

Young Alumni Council

The Young Alumni Council (YAC) is a leadership organization dedicated to fostering and sustaining relationships with graduates of the last decade to keep them engaged and actively involved with the University. The YAC advises the Office of Alumni Relations and assists with developing programs and communications tailored to the newest alumni. The YAC also acts to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their commitment to the University and prepare them for active alumni leadership roles.

Structure

The YAC is comprised of 50 to 60 members from the 10 most recently graduated classes. Members serve a two-year term, with the option to renew. Two members are selected by the Office of Alumni Relations to serve as national co-chairs, and one member from each of the major cities is selected to serve as regional chair. Both positions are also a two-year commitment with possible extension.

Member Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Participate in at least one of two All-Council conference calls and regional planning gatherings.
  • Actively participate in at least 50 percent of Council-related activities and Alumni Relations programming (typically 6-8 events are planned in each city per year).
  • Assist with the planning, peer-to-peer marketing, and execution of Council-organized events and activities (typically four events – one per quarter – are planned in each city per year). 
  • Help steward fellow young alumni donors.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of new volunteers and encourage participation in University programming.
  • Support the University annually by making a gift of any amount and/or becoming a George Eastman Circle member.
  • Represent the YAC, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the University on campus or in your respective community.

Please contact Lauren Bradley '11W (MS), director of student and young alumni engagement at lauren.bradley@rochester.edu should you have questions about the YAC or young alumni programming.


Current Members

BOSTON, MA
Alissa Brill ’12
Beth Coughlin '12 (RPOC)
Alexander Crawford ’17
David Libbey '16
Zenobia Smith ’16
Steven Torrisi '16

BUFFALO, NY
Hilarie Henry '10
Christine Mooney '16
Caitlin Rioux '11
Abby Zabrodsky '14 (RPOC)

CHICAGO, IL
Sidhant Ahluwalia ’18
Alexandra Fredrickson ’18, ’19M (MS)
Dylan Gaeta '16
Jake Greenberg ’17
Brittany Hopkins '14 (National Co-Chair)
Lauren Kee '15 

NEW YORK, NY
Sydney Alepa ’19
Rebecca Binder '14
Juan Pablo Castano ’18
Antonio Cardenas '17
Matt Hershfield '15
Cat Iribarne ’12
Anisha Khosla ’18
Sara Leung ’14, ’17S (MBA)
Samantha Lish '16
Salah Mahmoudi ’18
Marcelina Martynek ’18
Nick Mulford '15
Susannah Scheffler '16 (Regional Chair)

PHILADELPHIA, PA 
Jordan Blades '12
Michaela Cronin '16
Candice Frazer '10
Sydney Robinson ’14
Jessica Rose '16 (Regional Chair)
Betsy Swovick '10

ROCHESTER, NY
Jacob Braniecki ’18
Aleeya Burrwell ’17
Pech Chhun ’19
Farrell Cooke ’14 (National Co-Chair)
Evalyn Gleason '13
Brittany Grage ’15
John Martinez ’19
Aaron Michalko ’14
Caitlin Olfano '12 (Regional Chair)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 
Nikita Dandia ’19
Eva Hansen ’18
Joshua Pachter ’18
Lauren Sacks '10
Jesse Silver ’18
Hassler Thurston ’17
Arden Witheford '12 (Regional Chair)

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Cameron Cummings ’15
Matthew Gentile ’19
Joshua Hill ’18
Emma Pollock '16
Laurana Ryback '11, '12 (MS) (Regional Chair)
Kristi Thomas ’18
Ariana Valderrama ’15
Kate Zheng ’17