E. Yvette James has joined the staff of Parent to Parent of New York State as Director of Programs. Yvette is a recent recipient of a Masters of Arts degree in Public and Social Policy from Empire State College/SUNY. Previous to her position with Parent to Parent, Yvette managed various anti-hunger initiatives including W.I.C. and SNAP outreach programs. She has five years’ experience in the emergency preparedness arena working for FEMA as well the American Red Cross. Additionally, she has ten years’ experience in working with adults with disabilities in residential settings. However it is her role as sister to a differently abled adult that attracted her to the Parent to Parent organization and its’ mission.
Yvette has assisted her mother and witnessed best friends struggle with the challenges of securing educational and employment opportunities for her brother and her friend’s children, respectively. In her role with Parent to Parent of NYS, Yvette hopes to promote the services of the organization to populations unaware of the vast resources available to support families as they meet these and other similar challenges.
Yvette’s strengths are in contract management, outreach and finding resources with the goal to work with people to find applicable solutions to specific life challenges. She is excited to be part of a team that educates and empowers people to make informed choices. A talker, a story teller and a public speaker, Yvette uses all these talents to engage and educate the public.
Yvette is the mom of an awesome teenager and is soon to become a married person. She enjoys travel, museums, aquatic education and quality time with friends and family. She hopes to pursue her dream of a PhD in policy in the near future.
Yvette attributes her effective advocacy skills to her mom.