Executive Director

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Jadayah Spencer is the Acting Executive Director of the International Youth Leadership Institute. She is an advocate for improving access to opportunities that enhance the lives of youth, people of African  descent, and indigenous people worldwide.  

A proud IYLI alumna, Jadayah became an IYLI fellow in 2010 and traveled on the 2011 Summer Fellowship Program to Tanzania. She subsequently served in various roles, including being an IYLI volunteer, an IYLI board member, and an IYLI group leader (Brazil SFP 2013). 

She serves on several international and local boards, including her work as a Youth Representative to the United Nations in association with the UN Department of Public Information, and on the New York City Young Women’s Advisory Council, addressing policy issues that directly affect young women of color. 

Jadayah started her undergraduate education at age 16 as a Deans Scholar at New York University, where she majored in anthropology and double-minored in Social Entrepreneurship and Mandarin Chinese. She's currently completing a self-designed Masters program, exploring the intersection between international education and library & museum studies at NYU Gallatin.

Jadayah is a born-and-raised Brooklynite, and recipient of several fellowships including StartingBloc, and is a 2017 NYU Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellow. She loves world travel, motivational quotes, and dreams of one day experiencing sleep.

 


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