Meet The Arabella Team

Yasmeen Ajdari

Program Assistant

Yasmeen Ajdari is a program assistant on the Managed Organizations team. In this role, she provides financial, administrative, and operational support to hosted projects at the New Venture Fund, Hopewell Fund, and Windward Fund, all 501(c)(3) public charities, and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4). Yasmeen’s portfolio includes projects concerning climate reform, women’s rights, and political advocacy.

Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Yasmeen was a Teach For America corps member in the Baltimore region working with stakeholders such as school administrators and regional business advisory boards to generate grant proposals for the donation of laptops. During her time in the classroom, she was granted a two-year contract with TutorMate, a program that provides one-on-one tutoring sessions for students below grade level in core subjects with tutors from Under Armour, T. Rowe Price, and Morgan Stanley, as well as membership into the Baltimore Business Advisory Board. More recently, Yasmeen worked on staff for Teach For America as an operations director for the Philadelphia institute team, planning the logistics and operations behind large-scale projects and systems, including the distribution of national curricula, subject specific handouts, and classroom materials for over 500 corps members and thousands of students in the Philadelphia area.

Yasmeen graduated summa cum laude from Catholic University in Washington, DC with a BS in philosophy pre-law. While in college, she interned at the US Environmental Protection Agency and was the captain of the women’s lacrosse program. She also holds a master’s in the science of education, with distinct honors, from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing her MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Yasmeen is originally from Bethesda, Maryland.

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