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 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 – 2020 Young Professionals Council

David Hesdorffer

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

Morgan Brand

Brittany Hopwood

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

Nikki Ware
Brookfield Properties

Jay Saffran
CohnReznick LLP

David Rifkin

Peter Sullivan
Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Robert Blabolil

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

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