OUDC Announces New Executive Director, Yolanda Savage-Narva

OUDC Announces New Executive Director,
Yolanda Savage-Narva

ysn-headshot-image002October 13, 2016, Washington, DC — Today, Operation Understanding DC, is proud to announce Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd., as the new Executive Director for the organization, effective November 1st.  With vast leadership and management expertise, and a national and local track record in social justice and health equity work, OUDC is confident that Yolanda will build capacity and lead the organization into the future.

“Yolanda’s national and local leadership, facilitation skills and management experience, together with her education background, are just what we need to advance OUDC’s mission,” says Eve Byford-Peterson, Ed.D., President of the Board of Directors.

Yolanda brings with her years of social justice experience leading national and local public health programs focusing on health equity, health disparities and social determinants of health. This experience goes to the heart of OUDC’s mission which is to combat racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, while building an African-American and Jewish youth community that values respect, understanding and cooperation between themselves and the broader community.

“As OUDC approaches its 25th anniversary, Yolanda will be a stellar new leader to move OUDC forward in new directions,” states Interim Executive Director, David C. Harvey.

As Director of Health Equity at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and through other positions, Yolanda has developed curricula and evaluation tools, partnered with local, national and tribal leaders to promote health equity and social justice initiatives across education, transportation, housing and other areas. “I am thrilled to be joining such an accomplished organization like OUDC as its next executive director,” says Yolanda Savage-Narva. “As an African American Jewish woman, I have had, over the course of my career, the opportunity to work across many sectors.  I realize the significance and importance of engaging with young people to assist in making meaningful change that will advance equity and justice.”

Operation Understanding DC‘s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish youth leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. They build bridges between the Black and Jewish communities and use their skills, vision and passion to bring together people of all different ethnicities, races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations on social justice issues. 

For more information, visit oudc.org. 

Eve Byford-Peterson, President, Board of Directors, 202-234-6832.