As an Associate Partner, Yordanos works to help define the strategic direction, execution, and growth of the Reimagine School Systems Fund. Her work is primarily focused on supporting and amplifying family empowerment in education. Yordanos is also an adviser to early-stage social entrepreneurs looking to develop and scale their model for impact.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a tumultuous period, Yordanos grew up with a deep passion for social justice. Her close relationship with her late maternal grandfather, a pioneer educator and senior government official, further fueled this interest and shaped her academic and career path.
Since joining New Profit in 2012, Yordanos has worn many hats including conducting due diligence in high potential organizations and providing strategic advisory support to portfolio and incubation investments in working with deal partners. She is also a founding member of New Profit’s Reimagine Learning Fund where she oversaw the fund’s day-to-day activities and led its Practice Change efforts.
Yordanos developed a keen interest in social entrepreneurship while taking a course in Public-Private Partnerships at Harvard Kennedy School. That year, she organized a multicultural youth dialogue in South Africa as a Council of Women World Leader’s Fellow to the F.W. de Klerk Foundation. Prior to joining New Profit, Yordanos launched the Ethiopian Global Initiative’s signature program aimed at reversing “brain-drain” in Ethiopia.
During and immediately after college, Yordanos interned with the Embassy of Ethiopia and the U.S Congress. She also served as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Venezuela before enrolling in graduate school.
Yordanos holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Florida, where she was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. She also has an M.P.P. in Business and Government Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. An amateur photographer, Yordanos loves exploring new places and cultures, running, and reading.