Ilana Yamin is a driven, goal-oriented, problem solver with seven years of experience in the non-profit sector, and a proven track record for designing innovative programs that create opportunities for disadvantaged populations in underserved communities. Before becoming a National Urban Fellow, she served as the Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) Coordinator at Sanctuary for Families, New York State’s largest non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving families impacted by gender-based violence.

During her four years there, Ilana played a critical role in development, design, and operations as a co-founder of the Domestic Violence Workforce Initiative (DVWI). She was primarily responsible for coordinating all structured programs within DVWI, including the program’s signature Career Readiness Workshop and Office Operations Workshop. She also oversaw the internship program with over 30 placement sites to date. In partnership with HRA, Ilana helped facilitate EEP’s pilot project to serve clients from domestic violence shelters around New York City.

As EEP Program Coordinator, Ilana managed an evolving program budget, which she helped grow from $300,000 to $1.3 million through her grant writing and fundraising efforts. She developed many new and innovative program initiatives, including the Verizon Entrepreneurship Training Initiative, which provided entrepreneurs with critical business management, IT skills and $35,000 in grants to launch or expand their businesses, as well as leading Spanish Career Readiness Workshops and launching an ESOL program that has served over 100 students. She liaised with various program partners including funders, employers and internship supervisors, community colleges, consultants, and the Career Advancement Network – a committee of the Sanctuary for Families Board of Directors.

Ilana holds an Master’s in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College. She conducted her mentorship placement with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Research, Evaluation and Learning (REAL) unit where she supported various projects including the Expanding the Bench initiative to increase diversity in the field of evaluation, Two Generation approaches that work with children and parents to improve family economic stability, and the development of a foundation-wide performance management system.

Ilana came to National Urban Fellows hoping to combine her social work perspective, anti-oppressive lens, and outcome-driven analytical skills to serve as a leader in the non-profit sector.