Young Professionals Council

Special Olympics DC’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) is comprised of enthusiastic individuals, under the age of 40, 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 2021-2022 cycle is currently open and applications are being accepted now. Please reach out to if you have questions about the Young Professionals Council and the application process.

2020 – 2021 Young Professionals Council

David Hesdorffer

Emily Wilkinson
Vice Chair
O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Morgan Brand

Brittany Hopwood

Cassandra Ryan
National Association for Education of Young Children

Rachel Yost
International Women’s Forum

Sarah Kang
Latham & Watkins

Bryan Hum
District of Columbia Government

Naomi Dorsey

Nikki Ware
Brookfield Properties

Jay Saffran
CohnReznick LLP

Noah Aschen
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Peter Sullivan
Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Robert Blabolil

Ragi Nayak
Ankura Consulting

Michelle Cravez
Institute for Educational Leadership

Zander Baldwin
RCM of Washington

Olivia Hill
DNC Mobilization

Novie Craven
Special Olympics International

Stephen Frankiewicz

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

Benjamin Breuer
Aledade, INC

Ryan Rice
ACON Investements, LLC

Timur Mukhtarov
The Washington Post

Katie Bruckmann
Creative Minds International

Kai Bernier-Chen
Center for International Private Enterprise