White House “Champion of Change” Alum Andrew Yang Meets with President Obama


Office of Communications


April 25, 2012

White House “Champion of Change” Alum Andrew Yang Meets with President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Thursday, April 26th, Andrew Yang will be one of twelve White House Champions of Change Alumni who will meet with President Obama in celebration of the program’s one year anniversary. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector has been highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, have been recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Since the program began, the White House has hosted over forty Champions of Change events honoring over 500 individuals from all 50 states for their work in their community. This event highlights the great accomplishments the alumni have achieved since initially being honored as White House Champions of Change.

“We created the Champions of Change program to honor ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things,” said President Obama. “By making their communities better places to live, our Champions are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead.”

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Andrew Yang, a Youth Entrepreneurs Champion, is the Founder and President of Venture for America, a non-profit fellowship program that sends top college graduates to start-ups and early stage companies in Detroit, New Orleans, Providence, and other economically challenged U.S. cities in order to generate job growth. Previously, Andrew spent over 10 years as co-founder and executive of several start-up companies, most recently as the CEO of a test prep company that was acquired by Kaplan/the Washington Post. Andrew graduated from Columbia Law School and has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University.