Bill Yelenak is a 30-year-old communications & government relations professional with ten years experience in the communications, public policy and nonprofit sectors. He has worked at trade associations, on political campaigns and in the print media, generating incredible results for a diverse group of organizations.
Since 2007, Yelenak has worked at the Providers’ Council, the state’s largest membership association for human services organizations. Currently the director of public policy & communications, Yelenak has spearheaded many initiatives for the organization. He managed advocacy campaigns in 2011 and 2012 that secured $30 million in state funding for low-paid human services workers. In 2010, he organized the first gubernatorial human services forum, bringing all four candidates for governor to Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall to discuss sector-related issues.
Yelenak writes many Council communications and edits all of them, including press releases, legislative testimony, e-communications, web posts and reports. Yelenak oversees production of organization’s monthly newspaper, The Provider. He plans issues, edits all copy, fact-checks material, sells ads and coordinates production with the printer.
In 2006, Yelenak worked on the press team of Christy Mihos’ campaign for governor of Massachusetts. As the campaign’s communications analyst, Yelenak’s role centered around creating media strategy, drafting press releases and writing speeches and briefings for Mihos, the independent candidate for governor. Prior, Yelenak worked at the Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut as a City Hall and State House reporter and at the Boston Globe as an editorial assistant.
During his time at the Record-Journal, Yelenak wrote more than 900 articles and won an award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for a news series on a special election in the Connecticut General Assembly.
In 2003, at just 20 years old, Yelenak was elected Chairman of Back Bay Publishing, Inc., a company that runs The Daily Free Press, the independent student newspaper at Boston University, and The Muse, a weekly arts & entertainment supplement. Back Bay Publishing, Inc. is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. His peers also selected him as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Free Press in 2003 and as the organization’s general business manager in 2004.
Yelenak received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in 2010 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University in 2004. He grew up in Southington, Connecticut and he and his wife currently live in Malden, Massachusetts.