YCore is created By millennials, For millennials

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Our Vision

We envision a movement of Millennial young professionals engaged with the social sector, investing more time, money and resources to their local communities.

Our Mission

YCore mobilizes courageous champions for just communities. 

 

Our Story

In 2014, a group of Stanford alumni realized the power of millennials. They created a program to inspire young professionals to get involved in the social sector–now, not later. Since then, our community has flourished, driven by passionate young professionals who are dedicated to improving the world around them. At YCore, we make a real impact, make a difference, and make strong relationships. We learn, collaborate, laugh, and share tips about where to get the best cup of coffee.

 

Our Community

"I was happy to meet and work with other Millennials like me that are very eager to not just volunteer but really commit to a long term social impact project. "

-Zara Chiara Fernandez

Project Lead, Hack the Hood

Our Leadership

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Jessica Blackshaw, Executive Director

Jess joined YCore in Winter 2018 as a fellow working with 826 Valencia. Prior to joining the team full time, she worked across the Bay at Net Impact, where she managed case competitions, design sprints, and event content to inspire and equip emerging social impact leaders. Jess holds an MA in Iberian and Latin American Cultures and a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Stanford. When she’s not thinking about the ethics of citizenship, service, and social justice, you can find her running the SF hills, singing in public, or buying excessive amounts of seasonal fruit.

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Simon Shachter, Co-Founder & Board Chair

Simon is a current PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago studying the role of philanthropy in American society. He previously worked at the San Francisco Jewish Federation, Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation. Simon graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Comparative Literature. He is a philanthropy fanatic and is passionate about helping people realize the impact they can have. Simon loves football, the smell of full bookshelves, and collecting pillows.

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Samantha Carpenter, Director of Philanthropy

Sam joined YCore in 2015 to lead a research project on Millennial philanthropy and has stayed on ever since. As a development professional working in Dartmouth's West Coast Advancement office and with a background in nonprofit consulting, Sam brings deep strategic and vision-making experience to YCore. Sam graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History. In her free time, Sam enjoys running, seeking out the best gluten-free baked goods and exploring Berkeley.

 

Jay Lee, Alumni Board Chair

Jay joined YCore in January 2017, and has been both a project lead and mentor for YCore projects. He is the Head of Insights & Marketing at Rippleworks Foundation, which supports high-growth social ventures around the world, specifically through operational support and catalytic funding. When he's not working or volunteering with YCore, he's busy scouring the Bay Area for live music and planning mystery trips for his friends. 

 
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Katy Lardaro, Program Manager

Katy first joined the YCore community as a fellow in the Winter of 2018, partnering with the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. She previously worked with Hamilton Families as a case manager, supporting families in the Bay Area to stabilize and thrive after their experiences with homelessness. Katy graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. In her free time, she is learning how to roller skate and loves to make New York Style bagels from scratch.

 

Board of Directors

Simon Shachter, Co-Founder & Board Chair

Simon Shachter, Co-Founder & Board Chair

Jessica Gupta, Founder, Taavi

Jessica Gupta, Founder, Taavi

John Liotti, CEO, Able Works

John Liotti, CEO, Able Works

Robert Wicks, Director of West Coast Advancement, Dartmouth College

Robert Wicks, Director of West Coast Advancement, Dartmouth College

Alumni Board

Jay Lee, Alumni Board Chair

Jay Lee, Alumni Board Chair

Farhan Abrol

Farhan Abrol

Brittany Cheng

Brittany Cheng

Shannon Colin

Shannon Colin

Jessie Duan

Jessie Duan

Nikka Ghalili

Nikka Ghalili

Christina Guo

Christina Guo

Katy Hardt

Katy Hardt

Kevin Hsiung

Kevin Hsiung

Niranjan Kumar

Niranjan Kumar

Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee

Nancy Li

Nancy Li

Pam Martinez

Pam Martinez

Vivek Maheshwari

Vivek Maheshwari

Heather Yamada-Hosley

Heather Yamada-Hosley

 

Founding Team

Olivia Bryant, Co-Founder 

Olivia Bryant, Co-Founder 

Vivian Shen, Co-Founder

Vivian Shen, Co-Founder

Simon Shachter, Co-Founder

Simon Shachter, Co-Founder

Kana Hammon, Co-Founder

Kana Hammon, Co-Founder

 
Ruby Lee

Ruby Lee

Tania Anaissie

Tania Anaissie