03/15/2017

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What is Faces of New Profit? It’s a spotlight on members of the New Profit community, why they do what they do, and who they are. This week, we talk to Yordanos Eyoel...

What is your role in New Profit?

I’m an Associate Partner with the Reimagine School Systems Fund where I focus on parent empowerment in education and supporting early-stage entrepreneurs.

What motivated you to work at New Profit / in the social sector?

I’ve always been passionate about social justice. As a child, I spent a great deal of time with my grandfather who was a life-long public servant. My mother also focused on social justice issues as a journalist. So, I grew up with a deep sense of awareness and always had a desire to make a difference. It was with that intent that I joined New Profit, although never anticipated to stay beyond 2 years as my background is international development. But that’s a testament to opportunities of growth I have had at New Profit, the wonderful people I work with, and the impact we create in advancing social equity.

What is the most surprising thing about you?

Probably my height. People usually expect me to be much bigger and the reality is that most times, I don’t even remember that I’m short! Also perhaps that I have a fascination with telenovelas and that I never missed a single Oprah show from the 8th grade through sophomore year of college.

What is on your bucket list?

I want to visit every country in Africa, as long as it’s relatively safe to do so.

Describe yourself in three words.

Lively. Thinker. Candid.

What is the theme song of your life? Or name a few songs that make up the soundtrack of your life.

It’s difficult for me to pick one song as I see my life is a compilation of many seasons. Right now, my playlist includes Sampha, the Weeknd, Jeezy, A tribe Called Quest, and Zella Day.

What inspires you to keep going in this work?

I’m always inspired by the possibility that things could be different. I am fortunate to have had access to opportunities but I could have easily had a very different life outcome. I want every child to grow up being able to realize his/her potential. We have tremendous systemic problems but I still believe that they are not insurmountable.

What is your favorite quote?

  
 
 
 
 
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

– Barack Obama

What is your favorite book?

Too many to list but they include Cutting for Stone, Crime and Punishment, The Count of Monte Cristo, Americanah, Homegoing, and almost anything by Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

What's your favorite movie?

Coming to America and DOPE

Who is the greatest influence on who you are today?

My mother who is deeply principled and lives here life with integrity and compassion; my grandfather who taught me to dream; and my cousins who represent all of the potential and the beauty I see in the world.