YAANY Profiles
Welcome to our YAANY Profile archive. This series will feature organizations, annual events, and members that partner with YAANY to develop a strong and vibrant alumni community in NYC-metro area. Stay tuned to our homepage blog and this page for more.

YAANY Profile: Frank Raffaele of COFFEED

Frank Raffaele of COFFEEDFrank Raffaele (YC ’95) of COFFEED goes by many names at the company: founder, CEO, head coffee dude, and more. By this spring, he may have another name when the newest COFFEED location opens in Fort Tryon Park at the historic building that houses New Leaf Restaurant.

COFFEED Roasters is a for-profit coffee group that supports various social missions: on average, 10 percent of drink revenue and 5 percent of food revenue is earmarked for local charitable causes. COFFEED’s commitment to local charities and communities will continue at the New Leaf location by supporting the New York Restoration Project and the Fort Tryon Park Trust, both of which help to maintain the park where the  new branch is located.

If you have attended YAANY’s celebrated Foodtober urban rooftop farm tours in the last two years, then you may remember Frank greeting guests at the Long Island City location of COFFEED on the ground floor of the Brooklyn Grange farm. He is a friendly entrepreneur who was raised in Brooklyn and Queens, and is now serious about leading COFFEED mindfully as a profitable company that keeps charitable giving at the forefront of its mission.

YAANY is proud to spotlight COFFEED and its many achievements. Frank and his company’s admirable work includes committing to serve only single-origin coffees sourced via fair or direct trade, sourcing food from the local area, and promoting sustainability at every step of their products’ journeys from farm to cup or plate.

This post is a part of our YAANY Profile series where we feature organizations, annual events, and members that partner with YAANY to develop a strong and vibrant alumni community in NYC-metro area. Stay tuned to our homepage blog for more.

YAANY Profile: Ken Inadomi, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance

Ken Inadomi (’76) is chair of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA).  He entered the nonprofit world in 2008 as executive director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, which increases opportunities for low- and moderate-income families in New York to become first-time homeowners, and was kept up most nights with the questions, How can we…

YAANY Profile: Yale AIDS Memorial Project

The Yale AIDS Memorial Project (YAMP) is an alumni-led ini­tia­tive to honor and doc­u­ment the lives of hun­dreds of men and women from the uni­ver­sity who per­ished dur­ing the AIDS epi­demic. Since its inception, YAANY has proudly supported YAMP and its allies through co-sponsoring of events and educational programming that continues to shed light on the…

YAANY Profile: Grouper

Entrepreneur and Yale grad Michael Waxman is the founder of Grouper, a social club that hosts events in San Francisco and New York, as well as a few other cities. While not explicitly a dating app, plenty of people have found new friends and dates from this innovative meet up service. To join Grouper, you…

Executive Director of Just Food Jacquie Berger

Jacquie Berger is the executive director of Just Food, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting community-led projects that increase access to locally and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved NYC neighborhoods. Since 2006, Jacquie has led the nearly 20-year-old organization through both expansion—diversifying programs and increasing community representation and reach—and…

YAANY Profile: Aaron Shipp, Y-Apply, Inc.

Aaron Shipp, PCC, President/Executive Director of Y-Apply, Inc. Aaron Shipp, PCC, is the president and executive director of Y-Apply, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating high-achieving public school students from diverse backgrounds and their families about financial aid options and the application process to top-tier colleges and universities. Aaron became the chair of Y-Apply…

YAANY Profile: Healthy Food Choices with Marlene Schwarz

As Director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Marlene Schwartz knows a thing or two about how the environment challenges people when trying to make healthy food choices. She spoke at the YAANY Foodtober Food Sustainability Panel, saying that the environment of mass marketing sugary drinks, candies, salty chips and fatty snacks containing little or…

YAANY Profile: Food Sustainability with Mark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project

As Director of Yale’s Sustainable Food Project, Mark Bomford views sustainability as an evolutionary process with various ebbs and flows rather than a destination. This system-wide view shapes the project’s curricular approach in keeping with Yale’s liberal arts tradition. He told an audience attending the Food Sustainability Panel discussion as part of YAANY’s Foodtober month, that this view contrasted…

YAANY Profile: Christopher Clowdus

Christopher Clowdus Manager, YAANY LinkedIn group Artistic Director, Empire City Men’s Chorus Vice President, Cooper & Cooper Real Estate   With a warmly engaging personality, Christopher Clowdus M.A.R. ’99, Mus.M. ’02 brings passion to all of his endeavors.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Christopher holds dual master’s degrees from Yale University in conducting and religion from the…

YAANY Profile: Company of Scholars

This post is a first in our new YAANY Profile series. We will feature organizations, annual events, and members that partner with YAANY to develop a strong and vibrant alumni community in NYC-metro area. Stay tuned to our homepage blog for more. Company of Scholars, an educational enrichment initiative of YAANY, has a stellar group…