Who We Are
The Young Leaders Council (YLC) is an initiative of Fenway Health to empower emerging LGBTQ+ leaders and allies to shape their community’s future. Through special events and programming, we’re fostering a culture of philanthropy that will advance Fenway’s mission.
Fun, Friendship and Philanthropy!
The YLC hosts several events throughout the year! With different themes and focuses, our events offer opportunities to connect with other young people and the community, educational experiences, and philanthropic components. You can check this page for updates or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to speed. Scroll down to see our recent and upcoming events!
How can I join?
Most events are open to the public LGBTQ+ community and allies, ages 21-40, but some are limited to YLC donors. We ask that everyone consider becoming a donor to Fenway Health to support the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community and all people in our neighborhoods. The suggested minimum for YLC donorship is $300 per year which can be broken down into $25 monthly installments. If you’re a student and would find that a barrier, we suggest a minimum of $10/month or $120/year. And for those of you who are doing well, feeling especially philanthropic, or have come into some sort of windfall, we’d ask that you consider a donation to meet your interest and capacity. All donations made through the Young Leaders Council directly support Fenway patients’ access to the highest quality healthcare, education, research, and advocacy.
For more information on becoming a donor, getting involved, or attending any of the YLC events, please contact Clarice at YLC@fenwayhealth.org.
Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, the Young Leaders Council has suspended all in-person events. Upcoming virtual engagements will be shared.
- Alessandra Robinson, co-chair
- Alyssa Beauchamp
- Brady Wyrtzen
- Casey Accardi
- Cyrus Hamer
- Emmett Reuder
- Gillian Comito, co-chair
- Isabella Gambill
- Jacob Andrus
- Jillian Jennett
- Jiray Avedisian
- Julian Serrao
- Katelyn Dolan
- Malinda Mcpherson
- Rosemary Dowling
- Sofia Mankin
- Theresa Ferran
- Ying Wang
Steering Committee members attend monthly meetings, recruit new members, plan events, and serve as representatives of the YLC to the greater community.
Ali describes herself as an enthusiasm enthusiast with a responsibility to leave the world a happier, healthier, and more inclusive place than she found it. A graduate of Wellesley College, she currently serves as Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for Multicultural Programs at MIT and is a member of Fenway Health’s Young Leaders Council Steering Committee. She was also a co-chair for the 2020 Dinner Party.
Her hometown is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is reflected in her excellent manners, occasional accent, and life-long dedication to dismantling the structures that made it, at times, quite difficult to be a queer, woman of color growing up in the Midwest. She believes that every day and every relationship is a gift that comes with the responsibility to act with care, empathy, and a lot of laughter. Ali currently lives in Allston, MA and fills her days with dogs, hot sauce, sunshine, and doing her best to live her own values.
Gillian first discovered Fenway Health in 2013 after moving to Boston and was immediately impressed by the care she received. Fenway soon became Gillian’s home for her healthcare and a large part of her community in Boston. She joined the Young Leader’s Council in 2014 and, a year later, the YLC Steering Committee. Gillian also supports Fenway as a table captain for the dinner party for multiple years and as a member of the Board of Visitors.
Professionally, Gillian leads the inside sales practice for IBM’s Salesforce consulting division, Bluewolf, where she has worked for the past 5 years. Her interest in the intersection between technology and innovation in the face of constant change across different industries, including Healthcare, is a driver for her ongoing relationship with Fenway as well.
Gillian is a graduate of Smith College with a BA in American Studies with a focus in Mass Media and a minor in Sociology.
Together, We Can Do More.
This past year, YLC members contributed over $100,000 to Fenway Health.
Contact Clarice Johnson, Development Associate, at 857.313.6608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.