Yassi Davoodi

Vice President of Development, New York

As the Vice President of Development, Yassi is responsible for fundraising, ensuring regional strategy and alignment with national priorities, and working with the board to maximize local impact in New York. Yassi was uAspire's first employee in New York City and was responsible for launching the site. Previously, as Regional Director, she was the lead strategic advisor to inform impact and fundraising initiatives in NYC, while launching & overseeing the postsecondary advising programs in NYC and the Bay Area. Yassi's first roles at uAspire involved launching and stewarding a partnership with University of California Office of the President and managing in-person and virtual high school programming. She joins uAspire from iMentor and City Year New York. Yassi attended the College of Wooster.

Why uAspire?

I do this work because I was once a high school senior unable to afford my college options. A tangible example of systemic racism in our country is the continued gate keeping of higher education through cost. I am committed to working towards ensuring students and families have accurate information to identify, access, and successfully attain an affordable post secondary credential while advocating for policy changes to the unnecessarily complex federal, state, and institutional financial aid systems.