We opened Y2Y Harvard Square in December 2015, because we believe that all young people have a safe place to sleep and the resources they need to succeed. Our founding team met while volunteering at Phillip Brooks House Association’s Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS), where during their service, they saw more and more young people come through their doors. Over the course of several years we learned that young adults needed a youth-driven space because they didn’t feel safe staying in adult shelters. However, the youth-run HSHS was consistently regarded as a safe space for young people. Given that there were only 12 beds specifically for young adults in Greater Boston, it was critical to work to meet this need. In deep partnership with PBHA, we convened a broad, diverse group of stakeholders and worked together to open student-run Y2Y Harvard Square.
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The Impact Coordinator will join Y2Y at an exciting inflection point. Based on two years of successful programming at Y2Y Harvard Square, we’ve crafted strategic priorities to continue learning while growing our impact. For the next few years, we are focused on assessing the role that Y2Y plays, specifically in regards to our “pathways” programming. We are looking for someone to lead Y2Y’s data collection, using our S
Co-FounderSarah Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation’s first student run homeless shelter for young adults, which opened in December, 2015. Sarah is a graduate of Harvard College ’14, where she studied psychology and global health. Sarah served as the Resource Advocacy Director at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, as a Health Leads Advocate, and as a Peer Counselor. Sarah is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, PBHA Stride Public Service Fellowships recipient, a member of Boston’s City Awake Delegates Leadership Council, and has been named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship and honorable mention for the Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year.
Sam Greenberg is a co-founder of Y2Y, the nation’s first student-run homeless shelter for young adults. Sam studied History and Literature at Harvard College ‘14, where he wrote his honors thesis on homelessness in Harvard Square. Y2Y’s work has been featured by NPR, the Boston Globe, the National Network for Youth, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a MassChallenge Gold Winner. Sam is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, Forbes 30 Under 30, one of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 15 leaders changing the nonprofit world, and honorable mention for the Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year.
Operations CoordinatorJorge Santana graduated from Boston University Questrom School of Business in 2015 with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. While at BU, Jorge served as a camp director for the Mission Hill Summer Program and an officer at the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-led non-profit at Harvard College, as the programming group officer for the 12 summer urban programs serving over 800 youth in the Greater Boston Area. After graduating, he worked as an Operations Coordinator for a Success Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY and then moved to San Jose, CA to work at a Rocketship Public School as a founding Operations Coordinator.
Development CoordinatorAmber Gomes graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 before joining the Peace Corps. She served as a Public Health Volunteer in Kalawa, Kenya from 2012 – 2014 before joining Peace Corps staff as a Regional Recruiter out of the Pacific Northwest Office. She returned to school as a Coverdell Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she graduated with a MA in Policy and Development in December 2017. During her 3 semesters in graduate school she also served as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow with the United Way Monterey County, and as a Resource Development Associate when her AmeriCorps contract concluded.
Data Science FellowOriginally from Toronto, Isabelle graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Chemistry and Physics. She is no stranger to the Y2Y community as she joined the Y2Y team as a student in 2013. She served as the inaugural Data Co-Director at Y2Y Harvard Square and Student Member of our Board of Trustees. She is passionate about using data and other quantitative tools to tackle social issues.
Board of Directors
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Stephanie Dodson is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm. At DRK, she runs the Boston office and sits on the board of eight organizations. She is on the board of several other non-profit organizations and is the co-founder of three social ventures.
Shelter Coordinator, Women’s Lunch Place
Passionate, energetic and internationally experienced non-profit and public sector leader. Maritza leads with over 20 years of public service experience, always combining community activist efforts with educationally driven programs. She has developed programs for grass root organizations, internationally renowned non-profits and for public school districts. With vast experience, Maritza’s expertise is need-based innovations. She co-founded a student-run- business for The Chicago’s Public School District; she developed a streamlined youth construction program that she self-lead for over 10 years. When she’s not leading she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and also traveling to her homeland, Puerto Rico.
Senior Fellow, Harvard 2016 Advanced Leadership Initiative
Bob is a Senior Fellow in Harvard’s 2016 Advanced Leadership Initiative working on projects addressing homelessness and diabetes. He is a member of the Y2Y Harvard Square Advisory Board and a member of the Senior Common Room of Adams House. From August 2013 to January 2015, Bob was Senior Counsel to US Senator Carl Levin and from December 2010 to August 2013, Bob was Senior Adviser for Economic and Financial Policy to US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Bob was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP from November 1973 to his retirement in June 2010. He became a partner in June 1980 in the banking group and during his career, he worked on a broad range of international and domestic banking, securities and structured finance transactions and sovereign debt restructurings. He graduated Harvard Law School in 1973 and Yale University in 1970 and received a commission in the US Army Reserve from Yale’s ROTC program in 1970.
Independent ConsultantJamila Bradley an advocate, consultant, and writer. They are fiercely motivated to critically engage with and magnify lived experience to create social change. Jamila is a graduate and facilitator of MHSA’s Leadership Development, co-facilitates Boston’s Youth Action Board and is a co-author of the MA State Plan to End Youth Homelessness, in addition to working as an independent consultant on race, equity, and inclusion. Integrating policy analysis with insights from their lived experience, Jamila strives to analyze and find solutions to systemic issues impacting marginalized communities and vulnerable populations.
Chair: Vice President of Talent and Culture, Peace First
Sue began her career with audience development work for Shear Madness/Cranberry Productions, one of the nation’s longest-running theatrical productions. She moved into the nonprofit sector with her role as the Director of Registration and Student Services at the Boston Center for Adult Education and eventually as its first Director of Development. She then became Director of Posse Boston at The Posse Foundation, an acclaimed national college access and diversity program, and rose to Regional Vice President, implementing the strategic plan and ensuring
Rev. Steven Bonsey
Steven Bonsey has worked as an Episcopal priest in a parish, campus and retreat ministries. He is a co-founder of the Leadership Development Initiative, training faith-based teams in contemplative spiritual practice, community-building, and collaborative action. He served as Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Boston, where he supported the creation of innovative ministries such as The Crossing worship community and MANNA street ministry. He is currently consulting in the creation of a new national organization, Wisdom & Money. Born on Molokai in Hawaii, he was educated at Iolani School, Harvard College, and Yale Divinity School. He lives in Cambridge, MA, and Alexandria, LA. He is married to Elisabeth Keller; they have four children.
Manager, Portfolio Accounting & Pricing, The Baupost GroupIn 2015, Skyler met Sarah and Sam and was amazed by their exuberance and relentless dedication to solving youth homelessness. He is a proud supporter of Y2Y since its inception and is extremely grateful for the privilege to work alongside Y2Y’s volunteers, staff, and other board members. Skyler earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. After his undergraduate studies, Skyler worked at Citigroup as a fund accountant, while studying for a Masters degree in management from Harvard University Extension School. For nearly the past decade, Skyler has worked for The Baupost Group, a Boston investment firm, where he is a manager in the Portfolio Accounting and Pricing Team. Additionally, Skyler is the co-chair of The Baupost Foundation Advisory Board, where he helps lead the fight against homelessness and hunger through Baupost’s philanthropic efforts. In his spare time, Skyler enjoys cycling at Boston’s spin studios and traveling with his husband.
Ayala Livny has over 20 years of leadership, management, and direct service experience in homeless services. Since 1995, she has worked with men, families, children, and young adults experiencing homelessness to improve health outcomes and navigate systems. She spent eleven years as the Program Manager at Youth On Fire, a drop-in center for homeless youth and young adults ages 14-24 based in Cambridge, MA. Her focus has been creating safe and welcoming spaces that incorporate harm reduction, HIV-prevention, trauma-informed services, and positive youth development practices. She currently provides training to human services providers on a variety of topics and participates in the Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. She co-facilitates MHSA’s Leadership Development Program for young adults experiencing homelessness and is a founding Advisory Board member of Y2Y Harvard Square. In her free time, Ayala writes, reads, travels, and attempts to raise two children to be forces for good in the world.
Maria Dominguez Gray
Class of 1955 Executive Director, Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc.
Maria has served as the Class of 1955 Executive Director for the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) since 2012 and has been with the organization for over 18 years. Prior to PBHA, Maria served for five years on the staff of City Year Boston and at Concilio Hispano in Chelsea through the Risk and Prevention program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Maria is a founding member of the South End/ Lower Roxbury Youth Worker Alliance and Mission Hill Youth Collaborative and has advised the Academy, Bromley, Egleston Safety Task Force, Youth Jobs Coalition and Boston Center for Youth and Families. Maria has additionally served on the boards for Cambridge Community Schools, Sociedad Latina, Project HIP-HOP, and the Friends of the Hernandez School. Maria received her B.A. from The College of William and Maria in Virginia and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education through the Risk and Prevention program. She is a member of the 2010 cohort for Emerging Leaders at the UMass Center for Collaborative Leadership. Maria was born in Boston, grew up in Arlington, VA and currently lives in Roxbury with her husband and 2 children.
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