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Volunteer Profile: David Wong

Current CCT Role: Project Manager, The Eliot School
Volunteer Since: 2016
MBAYale SOM
How Did You Discover CCTYale SOM alumni newsletter
Describe Your CCT Experience: I was co-project manager for a growth strategy project for Neurofibromatosis Northeast (NFNE), a rare disease non-profit based in Burlington, MA. The key question facing the organization was whether to expand geographically to the mid-Atlantic states, with the closure of the local NF branch. Our project approach included several workstreams of primary and secondary research, including: board and staff interviews; NFNE member database analysis; patient surveys and interviews; clinician and researcher interviews; peer organization research and interviews.  Ultimately, based on our analysis, we recommended that NFNE not expand geographically since there was existing opportunity to serve more patients and expand services in their existing northeast geography. We also specifically identified a need to emphasize greater clinician engagement and invest in further development of patient support capabilities, a key NFNE differentiator.   What does CCT offer that all the other activities which vie for your limited free time do not?I was looking for an opportunity to give back to organizations that serve a broader social mission but do so in a manner that could have greater impact and achieve greater strategic leverage than could be accomplished via individual volunteerism. I was also looking for an opportunity to utilize the management consulting skills that I have developed professionally since graduating from Yale SOM.
What Don’t We Know About You?I have particular personal interest in addressing social inequity, including the application of ESG principles in corporate direction and governance. At a personal level, I am an advocate of life hacks, particularly related to health and nutrition, including HIIT and intermittent fasting.