So Vonna Day Goins

SoVonna Day-Goins

Chair
Managing Director, Investment Bank Capital Markets & Advisory, Credit Suisse

SoVonna Day-Goins is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse. Her personal educational experience and that of her children contributed to her interest in Board service at Comprehensive Youth Development.

SoVonna strongly believes that an inspired education means leading with social and racial justice inside and outside the classroom. “Understanding how I valued educational equity, I was introduced to CYD by my friend, colleague, and fellow board member Jackie Krese. I was drawn into CYD’s focus of ‘Preparation Meets Opportunity,’ and the updated mantra to ‘Rise Up’, which teaches young people self-advocacy paired with the right academic/career/college counseling, tutoring and other social services to help them become independent, resilient and self-sufficient. I am intimately aware of the many challenges children of color face in school systems and beyond. I recognize the power of teaching youth how to be self-advocates and the importance of valuing non-traditional paths to success.”

“I am honored to have been selected as CYD’s new Board Chair in 2021. It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic, economic dislocation, inequity of distance learning and the racial crisis have impacted our students disproportionately. I will lead through the multiple lenses of my life as a 25-year veteran of financial services, a woman of color, a wife and mother of two young adult African American females. I am excited about this journey alongside a highly engaged, skilled and supportive Executive Director, CYD Staff and the entire Board of Directors.”

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