Yanki founded BCNA in 1997 as a department of NYANA. With over twenty years of experience in developing and implementing economic development programs, her leadership was key as BCNA transitioned into a new and independent entity. Her responsibilities center a round supporting the long-term sustainability of the organization and include setting BCNA’s vision and strategic direction, fundraising, fiscal oversight, fiscal management and working closely with the Board of Directors.
Her passion for economic development stems from her belief that with appropriate support, immigrants and refugees can start new lives and contribute to the mainstream economy. In 2012, Yanki was honored by Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the American Dreamer Award in the Business Leader category for her contribution to improving the lives of newcomers to the city. In 2016, she was honored by the Lawyers Alliance for New York for her leadership in community service.
Living in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal for many years, Yanki came to the U.S. in 1986. She has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University with a specialization in Economic Development and South Asian Studies. She is a former board member at Credit Builders Alliance (CBA), is currently a board member at NYS Coalition of CDFIs, and on the Advisory Board of the New York City Neighborhood Capital Corporation, NYCEDC, a program that makes low-interest loans to community development projects in low-income communities in New York City.