Sophy Yem

Program Officer, Philanthropy, Surdna Foundation

Sophy Yem is the Program Officer, Philanthropy at the Surdna Foundation. Prior to joining Surdna, Sophy worked as a Manager, Corporate Responsibility at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. There she advised a portfolio of corporate clients, such as LinkedIn, Yahoo and StubHub, on philanthropic strategies, employee engagement, and grantmaking programs. She previously worked at the NYC Department of Health as the Outreach Manager for the Heal 22 Program that encouraged behavioral health providers to adopt electronic health records. She was also a Program Officer at Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the corporate citizenship arm of Honeywell, Inc.

Sophy received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Brandeis University and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Boston sports fanatic, animal rescue volunteer and travel enthusiast.


Engaging Youth Peer Network Retreat

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Sophy Yem, Kaitlin Miles, Shawn Escoffery, Tiffany Kelly, Karen Weatherford, Alexis Marion, Michelle Knapik, Neil Gobioff

Join your peers for a virtual retreat on supporting youth grantmakers and family members within your family and foundation. We will spend time on the following areas: Timely Peer Connections: How has your foundation changed plans in 2020 and 2021? Are you working more with your youth grantmakers or cancelling some plans due to remote learning fatigue? Race and Equity:… Read More