Andrew Yang named Champion of Change

In 2012, Andrew Yang was invited as one of twelve White House Champions of Change Alumni who got the chance to 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 is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are 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 Andrew was invited to attend 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.””

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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.

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