About the Young Alumni Trustees
The Vanderbilt Board of Trust includes four Young Alumni Trustees (YATs) who bring the knowledge and viewpoints of young alumni and current students to the Board. One YAT is selected each year to serve as a full board member for a four-year term. Vanderbilt was the first university to start this tradition in 1968.
The Young Alumni Trustee selection process
Each spring, members of the senior class may nominate up to three candidates (including him or herself) for Young Alumni Trustee. Then, the nominating committee (comprised of members of the junior class and alumni who graduated one year ago) deliberates on all nominated candidates to determine a slate of three to be voted on by the junior class, senior class, and alumni who graduated one year ago. After the vote, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association (VAA) offer the elected name for approval by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust as the newest Young Alumni Trustee.
Current Young Alumni Trustees
Each YAT serves as a full voting Board member for a four-year term.
Current location: Charlotte, NC
David Head graduated in 2013 from the College of Arts & Science with a double major in Economics and History and a minor in Financial Economics. While at Vanderbilt, David served as president of the Vanderbilt Programming Board, coordinating the organization's seven underlying committees and assisting in the planning major campus-wide programming including Rites of Spring, IMPACT Symposium, and An Evening with Billy Joel. David also served as Chairman of the 2012 IMPACT Symposium, a role in which he planned logistics for the integrated discussion on foreign policy and hosted notable leaders including President of Mexico Vicente Fox and Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.
In addition, David was Chief of Staff of the Vanderbilt Student Government Executive Board, where he was responsible for the management of internal operations, including the facilitation of the Vanderbilt Green Fund's $75,000 annual distribution, CommonDores Programming Council and programming throughout campus. He has also served as President and Chairman of the Vanderbilt Microfinance Club as it expanded international lending programs in Kyrgyzstan and Cameroon. David is also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was a teaching assistant in the Economics and Managerial Studies departments.
After graduation, David joined Global Endowment Management, an investment fund managing assets in the style of leading endowments, in Charlotte, NC.
Current location: Dallas, TX
Chandler Anthony graduated in 2012 from the College of Arts and Science, with a major in economics and double minors in corporate strategy and financial economics. As an Ingram Scholar, Chandler spent his final semester in an independent study developing a rehabilitation home for street boys in Kenya. Throughout his undergraduate career, he helped coordinate 31 Manna Project International spring break trips, led seven mission trips to Honduras, and organized legislative initiatives for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Chandler has served as the AcFee Service Committee co-chair and is a former member of the club baseball and tennis teams. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served as its philanthropy chair, leading the 2010 Kickoff Cookoff charity tailgate which raised over $30,000 for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.
After graduation, Chandler joined Bain & Company in Dallas, TX as a management consultant. In the future, Chandler plans to pursue an MBA and a career in economic development through social enterprises in East Africa and Latin America.
Current Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Labruto graduated from Vanderbilt in 2011 with a degree in civil engineering with a double minor in engineering management and energy and environmental systems. While at Vanderbilt, she served as president of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Recycling (SPEAR) and led an initiative in partnership with Vanderbilt Student Government to secure Vanderbilt’s $75,000 Green Fund for sustainable student initiatives on campus. Leslie also helped create Vanderbilt’s first humanitarian senior design project which aims to bring renewable energy to a community in Guatemala.
For her 21st birthday, Leslie raised $5,647 to benefit her charity: Water Campaign. She also served as a VUceptor with Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for three years; participated in Engineers Without Borders’ implementation project in Peru; Manna Project International in Argentina; and VISAGE South Africa. Leslie served on the board of Global Poverty Initiative and the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter; and reviewed honor code cases as an Appellate Review Board member. Leslie was a member of the Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity and was actively and enthusiastically involved in the Vanderbilt student community.
After graduation, Leslie pursued her masters of science in sustainable energy futures at Imperial College London in England.
Current Location: Reform, AL
Wyatt Smith is a 2010 graduate of Peabody College with a double major in human and organizational development and political science with a minor in economics. As president of Vanderbilt Student Government, Wyatt helped drive improvements in many aspects of student life, including the replacement of the OASIS course enrollment system and the creation of a $250,000 Global Summer Fellows scholarship fund for student study abroad. As a member of the Ingram Scholars program, Wyatt pursued a range of community service projects during his time at Vanderbilt, including tutoring through the Synergy, Vanderbuddies, and Art Reach organizations and participation in two Manna Project alternative spring break trips. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served as its philanthropy chairman, leading the 2007 kickoff charity tailgate. Wyatt has also been an active member of the Vanderbilt Catholic Community, where he regularly served as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Following graduation and election as a young alumni trustee, Wyatt traveled across 30 countries on six continents as the 2010 Michael. B. Keegan Traveling Fellow at Vanderbilt, exploring issues of democratic institution building and citizenship. He now works with the Teach for America organization as a secondary social studies teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham, Ala.