Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang 2016

Program Director

As the Director for the Silicon Valley social innovation programs, Yi creates short-term exchange programs that foster effective global changemakers through experiential education and design-thinking. Yi’s interest in social innovation was sparked while volunteering in West Africa and solidified while organizing the MIT International Development Design Summit. After graduating from Wellesley College, Yi co-led “Design for Social Entrepreneurship” at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked with several internationally-focused social impact organizations. Yi is passionate about creating spaces for curiosity, connection and contribution and continues to do so through facilitating workshops with VIA and partner organizations, designing innovation notebooks and enjoying conversations across cultures [bonus points if at least 3 languages are used].