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Immigrant Youth Ally (IYA) Board

A young professionals board that believes in empowering youth and sustaining grassroots leadership!

Allison Moore, IYA Chair
Allison Moore (IYA Chair) is an editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, working to create books that make kids and teens fall in love with reading, see themselves in great stories, and find windows to diverse experiences and points of view. She previously worked at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Allison grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ, graduated from Boston University and the Columbia Publishing Course, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She has been volunteering with Atlas since 2012, and has enjoyed watching it grow! Before launching IYA, she ran the Atlas book club and was a member of the fundraising board.
Adem Abrham (Co-Chair, Year-End Fundraising)
Adem Abrham (Co-Chair, Year-End Fundraising) is a graduate of Connecticut College and a New York native, currently living in the greater Philadelphia area where he works as a Financial Analyst. He comes from a family of immigrants and has witnessed firsthand how laws have impacted the immigrant community. As an alum of the A Better Chance Program, Adem has directly benefited from non-profit organizations that aim to promote social change. He is passionate about creating social impact and is hopeful he can pay if forward by being heavily involved with Atlas:DIY. In his free time, he enjoys reading contemporary fiction, playing sports, and flying kites.
Jesse Javna (Co-Chair, Anniversary Celebration)
Jesse Javna (Co-Chair, Anniversary Celebration) joined IYA after discovering Atlas through its involvement with the Catalog for Giving. He has been continually amazed by the organization’s dedication to its members and mission, and has been most impressed with Atlas’s member-run approach that provides young people with leadership and community-building opportunities. Jesse works at software company Kaseya, which provides tech solutions for small-to-medium-sized businesses. He is a proud Oregonian and hopes to return one day (though he currently enjoys life on the East Coast!). He’s also an avid musician, playing guitar in classic rock cover bands at whichever New York City venues will have him.
MacKenzie Seale (Co-Chair, Year-End Fundraising)
MacKenzie Seale (Co-Chair, Year-End Fundraising) is thrilled to be part of IYA. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Finance -- Hook'em Horns! After graduating, she spent three years in San Francisco working for Apple and moved to NYC in the fall of 2015 to work for ClassPass, a fitness startup. She now works as the Retail Finance Manager at Warby Parker where she crunches numbers and analyzes the performance of its eyewear stores. When she is not working, she can be found doing yoga, running, boxing, cooking, meditating, or seeking out the green spaces around the city. 
Kelechi Acholonu
Kelechi Acholonu is an attorney practicing in New York City.  She graduated from Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center.  Coming from a family of immigrants, she is passionate about immigration law.  While in law school, she successfully represented a client seeking asylum, researched immigration and human rights issues, and spent a semester at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands studying international law.  After law school, she represented several undocumented immigrant youth in family court and immigration proceedings pro bono.  In her spare time, she serves on the board of NYAC-Justice for Our Neighbors, is a member of Thrill the World NYC which teaches and performs Michael Jackson's Thriller throughout the city to raise money for charity, travels, meditates, and reads voraciously.
Diana Ding
Diana Ding currently works at private equity firm Apax Partners. Prior to joining Apax, she worked as an investment banking analyst in Morgan Stanley's Power and Utilities group. She was first introduced to Atlas:DIY through YouthINC and serves on the YouthINC young professionals board. She is also actively involved in various non-profit initiatives related to the promotion of gender diversity in the workplace, primarily through Synergist, a network that aims to help women navigate the first decade of their careers in finance. Diana graduated from Columbia University in 2015. with a B.A. in Financial Economics and concentration in Psychology. She hails from the Bay Area and enjoys running and spending time with friends and family.
Ruth Lindner
Ruth Lindner is a non-profit manager in Food Sourcing and Donor Relations at City Harvest. She previously worked in special events and in-kind donations at the Coalition for the Homeless. Ruth is a proud graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Sarah Lawrence. She is an avid recycler and can be found promoting compost on the weekends with Grow NYC. She is originally from Albany and now resides happily in Brooklyn.
Jesse Mills
Jesse grew up surrounded by the immigrant community -- he is half Salvadoran and his mother is an immigration lawyer. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, moved to New York City in 2013, and now lives in Jersey City. He went to college at The George Washington University and studied Spanish Literature with minors in Applied Ethics and Sociology. Since graduating, he has worked in professional baseball and as a product manager developing baseball tech, and currently writes code as a software developer. He has also volunteered for several causes related to youth and immigration in NYC and looks forward to using his broad range of experiences to help Atlas and its members succeed.  
Sarika Saxena
Sarika Saxena is a native New Yorker and a proud graduate of City University of New York School of Law. She has experienced the immigration system as an attorney and personally through family. Sarika is a Staff Attorney and Project Manager in the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a civil rights nonprofit organization, where she works to connect uninsured New Yorkers with health coverage. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York City Bar Association. She strongly believes in grassroots-led efforts for social change and is excited to support Atlas as a member of the IYA Board.  
S. Yan Sin
S. Yan Sin is a lawyer practicing matrimonial law in Manhattan. Previously, she was a law clerk for the Hon. Ellen F. Gesmer and practiced immigration law. She is a volunteer attorney at the immigration clinics organized by Justice for Our Neighbors, where she also serves on the board of directors. Yan also serves on the board of directors of OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates, where she has engaged in voter outreach in Asian-American enclaves and participated in rallies and marches to fight for immigrants’ rights. She is Co-Chair of the Women's Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Yan is the founder and director of the United East Athletic Association's Young Women’s Leadership Program, which aims to empower and inspire Asian American women to take on leadership roles in their professional, academic, and civic lives, and the founder and director of UEAA’s Fun Fun Saturdays Parents' Program.

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