Maryanne Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

Maryanne leads Y Analytics in its strategy, development, and growth. Previously, Maryanne spent 20 years at McKinsey and Company, where she was a Senior Partner. Among her several leadership roles, Maryanne co-founded McKinsey’s K-12 education practice in the U.S. and served several poverty alleviation non-profits, including CARE. Maryanne holds a BA with Honors and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Benjamin Barker

Associate

Financial Services Lead

Ben has a background in data analytics. Prior to joining Y Analytics, he worked in Bank of America’s Digital Banking group, where he supported development of an AI chatbot with customer analytics and market research. Ben holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Colgate University.

Blake Broadnax

Associate

Blake has a background in ESG and impact investing. Prior to joining, Blake was a research associate on the ESG investment team at Wellington Management where he primarily covered non-US tech and financials. He also co-founded the Black Venture Foundation which is a non-profit that helps young black entrepreneurs gain access to the grants, accelerators and mentorship that is necessary for the successful launch of their companies. Throughout undergrad, he also interned at JP Morgan and completed fellowships at Blackstone and Oaktree Capital Management. Blake holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Michigan.

Erika Desmond

Associate

Erika has a background in impact measurement and early-stage startups. Prior to Y Analytics, she worked in East Africa in Monitoring and Evaluation, nonprofit consulting, and venture capital, with a focus on agriculture and social and environmental sustainability. Erika holds an MBA in Finance from MIT Sloan and an undergraduate degree in English from Hamilton College.

Adrienne Donoho

Executive Assistant

Prior to joining Y Analytics, Adrienne worked as an Executive Assistant/Project Manager at Egon Zehnder, providing support for assignments across a wide range of industries.  Adrienne holds a BA in Political Science from Florida State University.

Jessica Fay

Chief of Staff/Director

Jessica leads ESG performance & company engagement at Y Analytics. She has over 10 years of experience in financial services and management consulting, with a focus on social impact. Her previous roles include VP of Strategy & Business Management at Nuveen Investments and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where she primarily served clients in the public, social, and financial sectors. Jessica has an MBA from the Darden Business School at University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in International Comparative Studies from Duke University.

David Frank

Managing Director

David is responsible for ESG Performance, client development and engagement, and growth of product and service offerings for Y Analytics. Prior to joining Y Analytics, David was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Atlanta office. During his time at McKinsey, he served private and public sector clients and spent significant time on economic redevelopment efforts in war-torn nations. Earlier in his career, David served as a lawyer and an officer in the United States Navy. David holds a BA in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, a JD from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Semiray Kasoolu

Manager

Impact Solutions

Semi’s background is in helping governments, international organizations, and investors translate evidence-based research into more effective economic policies and capital allocation decisions. Prior to joining Y Analytics, Semi was a Research Manager at the Growth Lab at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where she managed research projects focused on achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in a number of countries. Her areas of research focus include labor market frictions and women’s economic inclusion in the Middle East. Semi holds a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Saint Peter’s University and a MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Alex Kaufman

Associate

Education & Healthcare Lead

Alex has a background in economics and evidence based policy.  He previously worked in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Research where he supported federal rulemaking teams using evidence-driven analysis.  He was also a Summer Fellow at the California Policy Lab where he evaluated RCTs.  Alex holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Ritu Kumar

Senior Director

Ritu has deep expertise in environmental economics, with more than 25 years of global ESG and sustainability experience, including successful development and delivery of climate change initiatives, resource efficiency, value creation through enhanced ESG practices, compliance monitoring (including IFC Performance Standards), and private sector capacity building for managing ESG issues across emerging markets. Ritu has spent several years with the UN Industrial Development Organisation, the private equity firm Actis and the UK development finance institute (CDC Group) where she established and led the ESG function. She has served on the Board and investment committee of the Global Climate Partnership Fund, advisory board of Marks and Spencer as well as several ESG Committees of private companies. She has a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Delhi School of Economics.

 

Lee Larson

Associate

Lee has a background in ESG strategy, impact measurement, and data analysis. Prior to joining Y Analytics, Lee worked as a social impact and sustainability topic specialist at Boston Consulting Group. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he helped clients in the international development and diplomacy sector build advanced analytics capabilities. Lee holds a dual degree in Economics and History from Wake Forest University, where he was a Reynolds Scholar.

Leigh Pomerantz

Associate

Leigh works with the ESG Performance and Impact Solutions teams at Y Analytics. She has experience in impact measurement and management, global public health research, and international development project implementation. Prior to joining Y Analytics, Leigh worked at Calvert Impact Capital, an impact investing organization with a global debt portfolio across sectors including environmental sustainability, renewable energy, affordable housing, and education. At Calvert, she supported the team’s strategy, communications, and impact work, including the execution of an industry-leading impact measurement and management methodology. Leigh earlier interned with CARE Enterprises, a fund using blended finance to create transformative and dignified economic opportunities for women across emerging markets. Leigh has served as a legislative intern in the House of Representatives (CA-18) and worked with the Education Team at CARE International in Timor-Leste.  She  is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and minors in Human Rights and Modern Languages (Spanish/Swahili).

 

John Repetti

Analyst

John has a background in economics and data analysis. Prior to joining Y Analytics, he completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University where he majored in Economics and Mathematics and earned a certificate in Managerial Analytics from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. During his time at Northwestern, John had internships in private equity, economic consulting, and nonprofit consulting.

Susan Shields

Executive Assistant

Prior to joining Y Analytics, Susan worked at Ernst & Young providing executive administrative support to the Americas ITTS Transformation Leader and the Central Region TP Leader. In these relationships, she provided project management oversight while managing multiple technology transformation workstreams. Susan is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business, and holds dual BBA degrees in both Management and Marketing.

Nick Thiros

Associate

Nick has a background in strategy consulting and research in the energy sector. Prior to joining Y Analytics, Nick worked at McKinsey & Company, helping utilities and EPC firms make strategic and operational decisions and completing diligence work on clean technology companies for large investors. Additionally, he contributed to research on the socioeconomic impact of a global transition to a low-carbon economy. Nick holds a BSE and MSE in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan, where he also completed research on next generation nuclear reactor concepts.

Justus Uwayesu

Associate

Prior to joining Y Analytics, Justus was a teacher at the African Leadership University and the Executive Director for Seven United, a non-profit he co-founded to help children from low-income families with access to quality education in Rwanda. Justus holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MSM in Global Affairs with a concentration in Economics and Business from Beijing’s Tsinghua University. He is a Schwarzman Scholar, and a 2016 Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation + Change Initiative.

Amber Zhang

Associate

Amber has a background in ESG and impact measurement, strategy consulting, and policy research. Before joining Y Analytics, she worked at the Global Development Incubator, Center for Global Sustainability, and Measuring Success, where she drove evidence-based impact strategy/policy-making around topics like clean energy and quality education. She also worked as a Research Lead at finch startup, where she helped develop tech-enabled solutions for ESG/Impact assessment. Amber has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s in English Education from Zhejiang International Studies University. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. 

Jenny Zhang

Associate

Jenny has a background in sustainability research and international development. She previously worked at Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility team, where she helped expand school internet connectivity and digital inclusion. Prior to that, she worked in philanthropy consulting at Milken Institute’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy. She also conducted research in digital agriculture at the World Bank. Jenny holds a BS in Science, Technology and International Affairs and an MS in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.