Yuniya has worked in the non-profit and international development fields for more than 15 years, bringing a broad spectrum of experience to her role as Research Associate with NPAG. In her capacity as Research Associate, Yuniya identifies strategic networks to support our search teams to build out deep, diverse candidate pools.
Her work has focused on youth development, education programs, faith-based initiatives, and community building in various cities throughout the US and abroad. She has always been keenly interested in programs that enhance the wellbeing and self-actualization of people, particularly those in communities that have been overlooked and marginalized.
Yuniya has lived and worked in El Salvador, Brazil, and South Africa. She is currently spearheading The Emerge Project, a Johannesburg-based multimedia storytelling initiative that highlights the work of “ordinary” Black entrepreneurs and community leaders who are generating growth and development at the grassroots level in South Africa and Brazil.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Yuniya enjoys exploring new cultures, lands, and languages. She is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese, and is attempting to learn Zulu, kancane kancane (little by little)!
She holds a BA in TV/Radio from SUNY Brooklyn College, a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Bachelors in Portuguese and an MPA from Monterey Institute of International Studies.