Welcome Our New Executive Director, Ben Smith!

Ben joined the Yaya Foundation in March 2023, bringing 15 years of experience dedicated to non-profit leadership and development; equipping organizations to maximize their mission impact.

Ben is a strategic leader, passionate about access and equity for all patients and families who seek answers and support.  Through this role, Ben will continue the innovative and strategic work of the Foundation to ensure organizational health and longevity.  He is informed in his decision making through a collaborative approach that is driven by strong relationships and proximity to each individual experience.

Prior to joining the Yaya Foundation, Ben served in leadership at Scholarship America, Inc., where he developed a strategic approach to engage corporations, foundations and individuals in securing transformative dollars geared towards student support and scholarship programs.

Ben lives near Minneapolis with his wife and two kids.

Come say hello to Ben at our upcoming #4HL Families Call scheduled for Friday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT/19Hrs BST. Registration is open online now!

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