Y’Anad Burrell, is a native of San Francisco with more than 10 years experience in the public relations industry. She is the Founder/CEO of Glass House Communications (GHC), a strategic communications and diversity, inclusion and equity consulting company in Oakland, California. Y’Anad has served on various including being the Past President of the Public Relations Society of America San Francisco Chapter and she currently sits on PRSA’s National Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Y’Anad is also an Instructor at San Francisco State University where she teaches the their Strategic Crises Communications class.
GHC’s clients include county and city government entities, corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Y’Anad has provided diversity, inclusion and equity training/facilitation for the past six years in the tech industry to start-up companies and to tech collaborations who desire their impact in the Bay Area to be position with an inclusive lens. GHC has also run regional and national public relations campaigns that reached diverse communities of color which required a very strategic social media strategy component.
Mental wellness is very important to Y’Anad and she has a particular interest in those in need of mental health services within the faith based community. Y’Anad’s doctoral studies currently at Saybrook University are focused on how the faith based community and mental health service providers can partner to ensure those in need are diagnoses properly, barriers to services are minimized and long-term care is in place. “Many mental health service providers do not receive the cultural competency training needed to properly diagnose patients who come from communities of color and this creates a domino effect to the patients mental illness to mental wellness journey” says Y’Anad Burrell.
Y’Anad also has a passion for the philanthropic sector and sits on the National Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee. From managing large scale fundraising campaigns to securing grants from corporations, foundations and government entities, Y’Anad chose the non-profit field as a profession out of her passion and interest in elevating the voice of communities of color and ensuring resources are at their fingertips so they can thrive. Her interest in supporting children comes from her advocacy work in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math), as she is a product of how access to the arts elevated her academics while attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. For the last seven years Y’Anad has served as a Commissioner for the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, an organization that supports the arts county-wide in the area.
Y’Anad holds a BA Degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University, two Master Degrees from Golden Gate University in the areas of Public Administration and Healthcare Management and she is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Saybrook University in the Transformative Social Change Program.