Youth Building Assets for a Viable Future

About Us

Our Team

edithEdith Yang, Founder, New York Area Director
Edith Yang articulated the vision and strategic direction of WorkUp and brings innovative, evidence-based practices to grow and evaluate WorkUp’s programs. She is a Research Analyst in MDRC’s Low Wage Workers and Communities policy area.

Ruth Chan, Program Development, Washington, DC Area Director
Ruth Chan designs, manages, and implements all of WorkUp's asset-building and educational programs. She is the Executive Director of New Community for Children, a community-based nonprofit organization in DC that provides education services for children in low-income families.

CaitlinCaitlin Halferty, Communications & Community Affairs Director
Caitlin Halferty implements strategic communications and community engagement initiatives with WorkUp's stakeholders, corporate sponsors, and private donors. She is a Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, West Coast Region.

samuel Samuel Chu, Development & Public Affairs, Los Angeles Area Director
Samuel Chu mobilizes WorkUp's local and national stakeholders to leverage high-quality resources for WorkUp's youth cohorts. He is the Executive Director of California Faith for Equality, whose mission is to educate, support, and mobilize California's faith communities to promote civil marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to safeguard religious freedom.

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