Young Professionals Council

Special Olympics DC’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) is comprised of enthusiastic individuals, under the age of 35, dedicated to raising community awareness and fundraising efforts while driving the organization’s mission.

The mission of Special Olympics DC Young Professionals Council is to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, and plan and implement various social and fundraising events to support the Special Olympics DC movement, as well as build the next generation of leaders. YPC members will use their professional experience, community affiliations, and business connections to engage others with various Special Olympics events in Washington DC. The application process for the 2019-2020 cycle is currently closed. Applications for next cycle will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020. Please reach out to if you have questions about the Young Professionals Council. 

2019/20 Young Professionals Council        

David Hesdorffer, Chair, Mercer
Emily Wilkinson, Vice Chair, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
Morgan Brand, Secretary, YWCA USA
Brittany Hopwood, Treasurer, KPMG LLP
Kyle Robisch, Board Liaison, Venable LLP

Morgan Daley, Children’s National Health System

Sarah Kang, Latham & Watkins

Bryan Hum, District of Columbia Government

Michael Ledecky,  EverFi

Nikki Ware, Brookfield Properties

Jay Saffran, CohnReznick LLP

David Rifkin, Deloitte

Peter Sullivan, Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Robert Blabolil, Gensler

Jessica Vince, Think Food Group

Michelle Cravez, Institute for Educational Leadership

Zander Baldwin, RCM of Washington

Laura Stefanow, Professional Athletes Foundation – NFL Players Association

Novie Craven, Special Olympics International

Stephen Frankiewicz, EDENS

Elisabeth Staal, Washington Performing Arts

Ariel Lawson, Special Olympics International

Claire Jacob, Covington & Burling LLP

Joseph Brydges, Global Tax Management 

Kate Dart, The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Kaylyn Gallager, Lake Braddock Secondary School

Terrica Jennings, District of Columbia Board of Elections