Yolanda Michelle Adwoa brings more than a decade of financial and philanthropic advising, business, and economic education expertise to her role with the Center of Excellence.
A chartered advisor in philanthropy, Yolanda has a proven commitment to community service and fundraising. Prior to joining the COE team, she provided economic, business coaching, and technical assistance to help small business owners increase upward mobility through her role with Rochester, NY’s Office of the Mayor. She has also lectured extensively to middle, high school and college-aged students and industry counterparts.
Yolanda is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in health science through Trident University, with a focus on global food and nutrition security, and agricultural economics. She is also studying advanced epidemiology and quantitative population health science through the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in finance from The American College of Financial Services.
Her academic research interests are: identifying solutions to global poverty, diseases, food and water insecurity, malnutrition and agriculture's role within the socio-economic and social determinants of developing countries, and positive health outcomes within underserved populations in Sub-Sahara Africa, India, and the United States.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, kayaking, dancing, playing the African drums, and cooking ethnic and Mediterranean meals.