Running YHHAP

The YHHAP Board oversees all YHHAP projects, manages our advocacy operations, and fosters the YHHAP volunteer community. Individually, we have each been inspired and humbled by those we serve. Together, we are fiercely committed to improving our New Haven community. We are the Spring 2018 YHHAP Board, and we look forward to seeing you in action soon.


Jackson Willis, Exc. director

The YHHAP Directors lead YHHAP, setting the organizational goals, establishing the executive vision, and making all major YHHAP decisions. The YHHAP Directors manage the Board and engage in all aspects of YHHAP. Bio.


dalton boyt, director

The Directors perform the same functional duties at YHHAP. In addition to their leadership responsibilities, both directors continue as on-the-ground volunteers in various YHHAP projects. Bio.

serena tharakan, Chair of the board

The Chair of the Board presides over YHHAP Board meetings, oversees YHHAP elections, and keeps all YHHAP records. The Board Chair advises board members and connects with previous boards. This emeritus position is traditionally held by the out-going YHHAP director. Bio.

everest fang, Project chair

The Project Chair serves as a liaison between the YHHAP Board and Project Heads of constituent YHHAP Projects. As the points of contact, they support active projects, trouble-shoot obstacles, and engage in developing new YHHAP Projects. Bio.


Simon Cooper, treasurer

The Treasurer conducts all financial activities on behalf of YHHAP, including supervising the annual budget, administering transactions, and managing the YHHAP endowment. All inquiries about finance, funding, and reimbursement for project expenses may be directed to the Treasurer. Bio.


Nishanth krishnan, Community chair

The Community Chair facilitates our YHHAP volunteer community and strengthens the bonds between YHHAP projects. (Fun is generously used to accomplish these goals.) The Community Chair also explores partnership opportunities in the Elm City and keeps in contact with our New Haven friends. Bio.

Rebecca Yan, Membership chair

The Membership Chair helps direct our members toward volunteer opportunities, ensuring our projects run at maximum efficiency and community needs are swiftly met. The Membership Chair welcomes all new members, and anyone interested in volunteering with YHHAP is encouraged to drop the Chair a line. Bio.

isabel gonzalez, fundraising chair

The Fundraising Chair spearheads YHHAP's vital fundraising efforts, which support our projects and financially back local initiatives. The Fundraising Chair builds sponsor relationships and oversees development. YHHAP's largest annual fundraisers are the YHHAP FAST and YHHAP Professor Meals. Bio.


lauren lamonica, advocacy chair

The Advocacy Chair advances advocacy and policy opportunities around New Haven as well as promotes education and outreach on Yale's campus. The Chair helps coordinate the annual YHHAP Conference and YHHAP Speaker series, both of which serve to educate those on Yale's campus and a broader public audience. Bio.

Aidan Pillard, Advocacy chair

The Outreach Advocacy Chair is primarily engaged in ground-breaking efforts to start a homelessness shelter that will specifically serve New Haven youth. These efforts are in partnership with Y2Y in Boston and the Youth Continuum in New Haven. The Chair also serves on the mayor's Homeless Advisory Commission. Bio.


Emily Locke, Communications Chair

The Communications Chair connects YHHAP to the Yale, New Haven, and larger volunteer communities The Communications Chair conducts correspondence, maintains YHHAP's social media presence, and releases "YHHAPpenings" update. The Chair also authors the "YHHAP Blog," which can be found here. Bio.

Project Heads

All YHHAP projects are lead by Project Heads, which are associates of the YHHAP Board. Their contact information can be located with their respective projects, found on the Project Wheel.