Ms. Yao led the engagement to establish Pinoy Relief, a nonprofit organization created by A&M Co-CEO Tony Alvarez and the Alvarez Charitable Foundation, to provide recovery assistance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including rebuilding schools, housing and fishing boats. As Executive Director of Pinoy Relief, she was responsible for the program execution, financial management and performance monitoring of the organization and its partners.
Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Yao served in the administration of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the Chief Operating Officer in the Office of Housing Recovery Operations. Ms. Yao also served as a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed the City’s long-term climate change preparedness and resiliency strategy.
Previously, Ms. Yao served as the Global Marketing Leader for General Electric’s (GE) locomotive business and as Marketing Manager for the U.S. government accounts of GE Transportation. Prior to her tenure at GE, she worked as an Advisor to Mercy Corps, an international development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organization, and served as an Economic Development Representative to former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.
Ms. Yao earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in City Planning from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.