YPI is an industry focused non-profit organization that was founded in 2015 by young professionals active in the US infrastructure space. We are an entirely member-led organization in which our members dedicate time and expertise to help improve the infrastructure industry by:

  • Increasing knowledge transfer and information sharing among young professionals within the industry.
  • Cultivating dynamic and meaningful relationships among young professionals across sectors and disciplines.
  • Driving increased diversity and inclusion within the infrastructure industry.
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of public-private partnerships and other alternative delivery methods.

Our Pillars

We carry out our mission by hosting events and developing programming for our member community grounded on three key pillars

  • Relationship Building

    Cultivate a network of leaders across the public and private sectors.

  • Education & Professional Development

    Provide opportunities for growth and knowledge transfer.

  • Diversity & Workforce

    Promote diversity and foster inclusion, addressing critical workforce issues.
    YPI stands in solidarity with the Black community


Bringing together young professionals across the American infrastructure industry, YPI fosters growth and development through conferences, workshops, networking socials, university lectures and exclusive initiatives.

As the world continues to change, infrastructure leaders of the future will need unprecedented knowledge, innovation and adaptability to meet new trends and exceed best practices. YPI offers members access to valuable resources and coaching, including:

YPI Fellowship Program

Are you a graduate student looking for an interactive opportunity to learn from leaders in the infrastructure sector? With unique access to member organizations across the United States, this annual initiative connects academia with the private sector, helping to further research and provide new opportunities.

2020 Deadline: December 6, 2019.

Download application and apply today.

Membership Spotlight

Each month, YPI is proud to highlight the accomplishments of our members, sharing experiences and insights that have shaped their development within the industry. From personal anecdotes to market trends, learn more about the infrastructure sector and how you can position yourself for success.

Read this month’s spotlight or submit a nomination to our Education and Professional Development Committee.

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YPI’s leadership is comprised of an executive committee, board of directors and five subject-specific committees that help to implement events, best practices and initiatives.

Executive Committee


The Communications Committee promotes the YPI mission by: (1) positioning and growing awareness of the YPI brand within the industry; and (2) effectively communicating with YPI members and partners.

Chair: Ruben Almaraz, Gibson Dunn
Chair: Ashley Smith, InstarAGF

Works to increase diversity and foster inclusion within YPI and throughout its activities and events.  The Committee also focuses on driving increased diversity within the US infrastructure industry more broadly and works to address critical workforce issues in the US market.

Chair: Leslie Jacomino, Winston and Strawn
Chair: Tianyi Yang, EY
Chair: Jennifer Kim, Cintra

Focuses on two key initiatives: (1) developing a solid knowledge base and skill set for our members; and (2) fostering strategic relationships with students and academic institutions across the country. Our commitment to spreading public-private partnership knowledge and best practices, growing the skills of young professionals, and exposing students to the field as a career opportunity is achieved through events, collaboration on research projects, publications, networking opportunities and forums for exchanging ideas, and other creative methods.

Chair: Noah Jolley, ACS
Chair: Josh Goldman, Via

Promotes the YPI brand and its mission through organizing a variety of events, including at key industry conferences, and providing spaces and opportunities for YPI members to interact and network. Panels, workshops, site visits, receptions, and member-only gatherings are among the events currently organized.

Chair: Tristan Robinson, Ashurst
Chair: Aaron Toppston, Walsh
Chair: Matt Solnick, InfraRed
Chair: Kia Mostaan, WSP

Driving membership growth across the public and private sectors, ensuring member satisfaction and retention, encouraging the development of strategic partnerships, and managing data regarding existing members.

Chair: Zach Schmetterer, Star America
Chair: Wilson Ortiz-Vega, Marsh

Board Members

Executive Organizational Members