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 Constituent Engagement 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 and Constituent Engagement 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 meetings 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
Laurel Brown '16
Rachel Goodman ’20
David Libbey '16 (Regional Chair)
Max Spector '20
Iain Speece '19

CHICAGO, IL
Sidhant Ahluwalia ’18
Alexandra Fredrickson ’18, ’19M (MS)
Dylan Gaeta '16
Jake Greenberg ’17
Kelly Lin '20
Jun Yin ’16
Tracy Zhou ‘14

NEW YORK, NY
Sydney Alepa ’19
Max Beyman ’15
Rebecca Binder '14
Emma Briggs '18
Antonio Cardenas '17
Matt Hershfield '15
Anisha Khosla ’18
Samantha Lish '16
Ronny Llerena ’20
Nick Mulford '15
Sophia Rosman ’19, ’20 (e5)
Susannah Scheffler '16 (Regional Chair)
Brendan Stone ’20
Emily Tworek ’20
Arden Witheford ’12

PHILADELPHIA, PA 
Nikolas Angyal ’19
Sereen Assi '21
Marcelina Martynek ’18 (Regional Chair)
Sydney Robinson ’14
Jessica Rose '16 (National Co-Chair)
Lucy Song '21

ROCHESTER, NY
Jacob Braniecki ’18
Farrell Cooke ’14 (National Co-Chair)
Nicole Fleming ’19
Brittany Grage ’15
John Martinez ’19
Caitlin Olfano '12 (Regional Chair)
Austin Ponce ’19

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 
Nikita Dandia ’19
Ananya Goyal ’20
Eva Hansen ’18 (Regional Chair)
Edith Lee ’21
Allison Morningstar ’19
Joshua Pachter ’18
Akshay Sharathchandra ‘21
Sharfuz Shifat ‘19
Hassler Thurston ’17
Anna Weldy ’20

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Pech Chhun ’19
Cameron Cummings ’15
Elliot Ding ’18
Matthew Gentile ’19
Joshua Hill ’18 (Regional Chair)
Philippe Maass ’19, ’20 (Take 5)
Brandon Pachman ’20, ’21 (MA)
Laurana Ryback '11, '12 (MS) 
Amanda Tatem ’20
Kristi Thomas ’18
Ariana Valderrama ’15