Young Professionals Association

The Young Professionals Association (YPA) is a self-driven group of young professionals dedicated to the Wily Network. They use their time, talent, and resources to support and raise awareness of Wily’s mission, increase the organization’s network and funding, and provide professional development opportunities for Scholars & Association Members.

Established in the Spring of 2020, Wily’s YPA is a new and growing aspect of the organization. We focus our work on three committees:

  • Membership – oversee recruitment, cultivate existing membership, and create and maintain a diverse membership base.
  • Advancement – support Wily’s fundraising and awareness building goals by planning and executing accessible events and campaigns.
  • Career Connections – provide networking and professional development opportunities for Wily Scholars, and facilitate connections across the YPA, Wily Scholar alumni, and Boston’s young professional community.

Email with questions & for more info.

Laura Broffman

Staff Representative

Laura joined the Wily Network as Operations Coordinator in 2019. She received a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. Her love for social justice and the environment led her to Better Future Project, where she worked on a team of climate organizers and gained valuable non-profit experience. Laura was drawn to Wily because of their work to help students reach their goals despite the systemic barriers, and the organization’s focus on mental health during college. She is excited by organizing and implementing change, and loves helping Wily continue to grow. When she’s not working, Laura loves cooking and eating with loved ones, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga.

James Carroll

Advancement Committee Co-chair


Austin Crouse

Membership Committee Chair

Austin would have been lost in college without supportive mentors surrounding him, so he wants to make sure Wily Scholars have the support they need to be successful in college and beyond as well. A transplant to the Boston area, Austin graduated from Davidson College with a degree in chemistry and applied mathematics. He is a Program Success Manager at Mentor Collective, an education technolgy start-up that provides impact-driven mentoring programs to colleges and universities. Outside of work you can find him hiking in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains or trying out a local restaurant. 

Natalie Krause

Advancement Committee Co-chair


Sara Miller Blanc

Board Representative

Sara is a Conversational Sales Advisor at Drift, the first conversational marketing platform, and a founding member of the Wily Network Board of Directors. She has worked to provide opportunities to underserved students in Greater Boston for the past 10 years, and is invested in the success of young people and the systemic supports needed to make success a reality. Sara graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a political science degree, focusing on education policy. After graduation, she served two years volunteering full-time in Boston Public Schools with City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program that aims to stem the high school dropout crisis by providing attendance, coursework, and social-emotional coaching to students. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for City Year Boston’s Ambassador Circle and a volunteer Big Sister for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Mike Virginio

YPA Chair

Mike is currently Senior Manager of Corporate Security at Wayfair. His team secures the IT infrastructure and systems for all global corporate offices, warehouses, call centers, as well as the retail store location. Mike joined the Wily Network through the Babson Board Fellow program, which places Babson MBA students and alumni with nonprofit boards. He has enjoyed working with other nonprofits that emphasize education, such as YearUp and City Year. Mike earned his B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis from the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.