Janine Yass is an avid education reform advocate both nationally and in the Philadelphia area. She is presently Vice Chair for the Center on Education Reform’s board of directors, a D.C.-based pioneer for sustainable changes that dramatically improve educational opportunities nationwide. She is also the founder of Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia, and was the Vice Chair of the school’s board through 2010. During that year, Janine joined with other local business and philanthropic leaders to co-found the Philadelphia School Partnership. Both she and her husband, Jeff Yass, continue to be supporters of several outstanding charter organizations in Philadelphia.
Other local charitable affiliations include her work with the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Music and People’s Emergency Center. In the past, she was a board member at both the Save the Children Foundation in Westport, Conn. and Teach for America, mid-Atlantic Region. Janine holds a masters degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelors degree in economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.