Founding Director, Ayecha
Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of VISIONS Inc., an international diversity consulting group based in Boston. A certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary's Pastoral Coach Training Program and a fellow for their Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, Yavilah was voted one of “Sixteen Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. She is a certified trainer for the A World of Difference Institute, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the National Center for Community and Justice.
As a career Jewish professional, Yavilah directed the launch of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston. She has also worked for Bronfman Philanthropies as the Boston director of The Curriculum Initiative, a nonprofit educational consultancy that serviced 600 prep schools across the nation with resources for Jewish identity and culture.
Yavilah was one of the inaugural recipients of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, and the founding director of Ayecha, one of the first nonprofit Jewish organizations to provide education and advocacy for Jews of Color in the United States. In celebration of the musical traditions passed down to her from three generations of her African-American Jewish family, Yavilah is also the writer, producer and performer of the Jewish Gospel theatrical production The Colors of Water.