Yecenia Tostado

January 31, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at The Tube Factory

part of a series on Roots


About the speaker

Yecenia Tostado has committed her professional career to increasing education and workforce success for underrepresented populations. She is passionate about improving the local and global community and is committed to the empowerment and advancement of individuals across various stages of their education and career journey.

She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Project Azul Foundation, a nonprofit that provides individuals from underserved communities with the flexible training and financial assistance needed to transition from unemployment and underemployment into full-time careers offering higher wages, access to benefits, and a pathway to career advancement. Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Director for Indy Achieves, an initiative by Mayor Joe Hogsett to increase the percentage of residents in Marion County with a high-quality postsecondary credential to 65% by 2027. She was part of the founding team that implemented and launched the program.

She is committed to civic engagement and serves on the Board of Directors for Right Fit Indiana and the Center for Victim and Human Rights. She is also part of the Founding Steering Committee for the Axis Leadership Program, which is a partnership between the Indiana Latino Expo and the City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office. This program focuses on providing professional and leadership development for young Latino professionals, something Yecenia believes is critical to the success of the city.

She is an alumna of the FBI Citizens Academy and is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XLIII. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Spanish and a Master of Public Affairs with a dual concentration in policy analysis and urban sustainability from Indiana University. 

She and her husband, Samson, enjoy travelling and exploring the Indianapolis restaurant and art scene.