YES Board of Directors
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Poonam Ahluwalia is recognized as a global activist for youth employment and entrepreneurship. As President and Founder of YES, she has worked tirelessly for the past twelve years to successfully bring youth employment to the global agenda. Under her leadership, the work of YES has mobilized stakeholders in over 120 counties around the world to work toward finding innovative ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and employment – this is her contribution towards ending hunger and poverty.
Dr. Akhtar Badshah
Akhtar Badshah is Senior Director of Microsoft Community Affairs, where he administers the company’s global community investment and employee programs. Last year the company invested $68million in cash grants and $331 million in software donations supporting more than 12,000 nonprofit organizations around the world.
Among his responsibilities, Dr. Badshah manages Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP), a global program to promote digital inclusion and increased access to technology skills training in underserved communities. Dr. Badshah also oversees programs aimed at improving technology access and helping nonprofit organizations improve their effectiveness through increased technology capacity. This includes Microsoft’s signature relationships with organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and NPower
Ms. Cynthia Brandt is the President, CA Brandt & Associates LLC., committed to providing practical and cost-effective solutions to clients using state of the art technologies that allow for the efficient delivery of tax and accounting products.
She also served for ten years as CFO and a key manager of a manufacturing company where she learned first hand the ins and outs of running a business.
Cynthia holds a Master of Taxation degree from Bentley College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and is actively involved in the community.
Van Jones is founding president of Green For All and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. He is also the author of The Green Collar Economy (Harper One 2008), which is endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle, and Al Gore.
Scott Leland is the Executive Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In this role, he lends support to the Center's research programs, general administration, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations.
Debra Deanne Olson
As a social activist and consummate connector of people, she is active in advancing grassroots� movements and strategic alliances, raising the bar of possibilities that will change the world for the better. With access at the top of the political and financial sectors worldwide, Debra uses her talents and passion to connect the best of the best in the world with the intention of bringing likeminded Stewarts together who want to leave their children and grandchildren a more loving and sustainable world, respecting each other�s differences, cultures, and ways of life. As a recognized trail blazer, she is deeply in process with others of designing systems and implementing compelling new systems as humanity struggles to find workable solutions for the 21st century.
She was a key organizer and the lead fundraiser for The Women�s Peace Summit, 2003, in Geneva at the United Nations, bringing together 300 women leaders to discuss the future and how we can all live together in harmony and mutual respect. She has participated and presented at the last two YES Summits, Nairobi, Kenya 2006, and Baku, Azerbaijan, 2008. She also attended two Tallberg Forums in Sweden, 2007 and 2008, representing and speaking on behalf of YES, Inc., envisioning and sharing ideas of how to create a clean and green job market for youth and educate them in sustainable livelihoods. She serves as Trustee of the New Visions Foundation in Santa Monica, developing innovative educational opportunities for underserved youth, K-12. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Space Island Group, whose mission is to introduce space based Solar Energy Initiatives and put the first solar power satellites in orbit. Debra is a member of The Clinton Global Initiative in NYC and serves on the Hillary Women�s Business Council. She is also a member of the Hill Pac in Washington, D.C. and is looking forward to an Obama Administration which will bring forth many of the programs and solutions that will uplift and restore a quality of life in the US and restore Americas reputation worldwide. Debra is currently serving as Senior Strategist and on the Global Organizing Committee for The Women�s Peace and Business Summit, planned for Mothers Day, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009 with First Ladies, Heads of State and prominent women political and business leaders.
During Janet's 25 years as President, EDC has seen unprecedented growth, becoming one of the world's leading health and education research organizations. Her vision and outstanding leadership skills have guided EDC through unprecedented growth, including the spectacular expansion in EDC's international work. She was instrumental in laying the foundation for the YES Campaign, at its infancy stage, by hosting it at EDC for over 8 years, until it became an independent international organization, able to stand on its own.
Janet promoted constructive dialogue and engaged in open and respectful discourse to bring out new concepts and ideas for development. She used this technique to distribute responsibility and authority to her colleagues. She was against too many rules, restrictions and hierarchies, which according to her can squash people's ideas, initiative and energy.
Current Service on Boards:Member, and Past President, Board of Governors, Handel and Haydn Society
Chair, Board of Trustees, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Vice President, Board of Trustees, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Member, Board of Trustees, Cambridge College
Member, Board of Trustees Young Audiences of Massachusetts
Member, Board of Trustees, ATLAS Communities ( NAS School Reform Program)
Publications, Research and Professional Presentations:Janet has written and contributed to numerous publications, many research works and made a variety of professional presentations on a wide variety of educational topics at national and international platforms. Some of her important and co-authored publications are "School Reform Behind the Scenes", "Curriculum in ATLAS", The Diagnostic Teacher, Constructing New Approaches to Professional Development", Curriculum Materials and Teaching", Healthy Development: A Basic Goal for Education", "Social Studies Tests", "Classroom-Centered Evaluation: A Humanistic Approach for the Social Studies" and "Learning About Learning". Some of the other publications are "The Evaluation Tool Kit", "Success or Failure in Curriculum Development: Six Ways to Know: A Workbook for Teachers and School Administrators", One Nation Indivisible: A Re-Evaluation", "Responsiveness and Reciprocity: The Role of the College Board in Puerto Rico" and "Testing in the Freshman Year, A Handbook for Harvard Advisors" to name a few of them.