The current YI Board of Directors, listed below, provides oversight and leadership for the organization.
Co-Founder and Chairman, Young Invincibles
Executive Vice President for Market Development and External Affairs, Renovate America
Ari is currently Executive Vice President for Market Development and External Affairs at Renovate America, the largest provider of residential energy efficiency financing in the country. Ari helps steward corporate strategy and oversees market expansion, public policy and corporate and external affairs. Prior to joining Renovate America, Ari served for four years at the White House, where he was Special Assistant to President Obama. There, he was the bridge between the private sector and the Administration, working to develop, promote, and implement policies that spurred job creation and promoted long-term economic competitiveness. Earlier in his career, Ari was vice president for strategy and community impact at The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. While there, he directed HousingWorks RI, a statewide affordable housing coalition and campaign that leveraged over $500 million in affordable housing investment and created thousands of jobs in the state. Ari graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in political science from Brown University, and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Ari lives in San Diego with his wife, Marissa, and their precious little girls, Gabrielle and Maia.
Program Officer, The Meyer Foundation
Julian A. Haynes is a program officer at the Meyer Foundation, where he focuses on the Foundation’s grantmaking in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Before joining Meyer in 2016, Julian was an associate director of programs and policy at Achieving the Dream, a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion. In that role, Julian oversaw the day-to-day management of the Working Student Success Network, a national initiative focused on providing comprehensive nonacademic services to low-income community college students.
Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Julian was a program associate on the education team at the Kresge Foundation, where for three years he helped manage a national portfolio of grants supporting efforts to increase post-secondary degree attainment for traditionally under-served students. Previously, he was a research associate at Guttman Community College in the CUNY system, and a project coordinator with the United Way of Dane County in Madison, WI. He recently joined the board of Young Invincibles in Washington DC.
Julian holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse, and a master’s in nonprofit management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.
Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Amanda Martinez is an education policy analyst focusing on higher education at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza). In her role, Amanda works to advance higher education policy priorities, including issues related to student debt by examining barriers to post-secondary success and advancing key legislative efforts with coalition partners.
Prior to joining UnidosUS, Ms. Martinez was an intern at New America, where she wrote and published blogs on higher education federal aid policies and issues facing underrepresented students. Before working at New America, she was a Young Invincibles Fellow, where her research on the contingent workforce was presented to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives legislative staff. Amanda holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University at Fullerton.
Counsel, Protect Democracy
Ngozi is Counsel at Protect Democracy, where his work has included various issues in voting rights and election protection, civil rights, and constitutional law. Prior to joining Protect Democracy, Ngozi was an Associate in the corporate group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where his work included mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions for leading corporations and financial institutions.
Before practicing law, Ngozi served as a Senior Research Analyst at the Democracy Alliance, where he developed strategy for high net-worth philanthropists, foundations, and labor unions, and managed due diligence and impact reviews of public policy research institutes, public interest law firms, and issue advocacy organizations. Earlier in his career, he served as the Acting Head of Leadership at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he researched, wrote, and designed the Academy’s two-year leadership curriculum and taught courses in leadership and entrepreneurship.
Ngozi graduated with a B.A. in political science from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and a J.D. (cum laude) from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.