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.
Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Ngozi is an Associate in the corporate group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where his work includes mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions for leading corporations and financial institutions. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Ngozi worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Democracy Alliance (DA), a network of politically progressive high net-worth individuals, foundations, and labor unions that invest millions of dollars annually in community organizing groups, issue advocacy campaigns, public policy institutes, and public interest law firms. At the DA, Ngozi developed investment strategy and conducted due diligence for a $150 million dollar portfolio of nonprofit organizations, and he managed outreach and data collection initiatives with hundreds of organizations. Before the DA, Ngozi served as the Acting Head of Leadership at African Leadership Academy (ALA), an elite boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa. At ALA, Ngozi researched, wrote, and designed the Academy’s two-year leadership curriculum and taught courses in leadership and entrepreneurship.
Ngozi is a graduate (cum laude) of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. As the president of the school’s American Constitution Society chapter, Ngozi successfully negotiated with the school’s administration to become the first top tier law school to cancel classes on Election Day and enable students, faculty, and staff to volunteer as poll monitors and election judges – an ongoing effort that has gained national media attention and inspired other law schools across the country to do the same.
Ngozi is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he earned an M.B.A., and a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.