Founded in 2004 as a small discussion group of friends, YPFP’s membership now spans 80 countries and a network of over 20,000 young professionals. Washington DC, London, Brussels, and New York comprise YPFP’s four core branches, while global hubs in San Francisco, Rome, and Tel Aviv provide a global network of interconnection and dialogue.
Members are carefully screened and selected from a broader pool of applicants and each pay membership dues to support YPFP’s programing and services. Our members are drawn from an impressive variety of global institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, media groups, graduate programs, and corporations that span a diverse array of sectors.
Globally-minded young professionals are members of YPFP for a variety of reasons. Members of YPFP have access to opportunities to share ideas, to grow professionally, to hear from foreign policy leaders in intimate settings and to be a part of a diverse, ever-growing, and increasingly interconnected community of entrepreneurial and innovative peers.
YPFP Washington – Founded in 2004, YPFP Washington began as a small discussion group of friends and over the past decade has grown to the organization you see today. Washington is the home of YPFP’s Board of Directors, Executive Leadership, and Global Senior Leadership. DC programming includes hosting cabinet secretary Chuck Hagel, senior White House officials Susan Rice and Denis McDonough, four-star military officers ADM Mike Mullen and Gen Jim Mattis, senior US State officials Anne Richard and Tom Melia, and thought leaders such as Bob Woodward and Ian Bremmer. Washington also houses YPFP’s Fellowship Program, Discussion Groups, Refugee Assistance Program and Leadership Modules.
YPFP London – Established in 2006, YPFP London brought YPFP’s distinctive concept outside the United States for the first time. With more than 1,000 members, it is now an integral part of London’s network of young professionals. London hosts a thriving series of intimate dinners and events with high-profile guests, such as former U.K. Defence Secretary Liam Fox; U.K. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell; and Editor-in-Chief of The Economist John Micklethwait.
YPFP New York – Established In 2007, YPFP came to New York City where today our membership spans financial institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, media, and non-profits. YPFP capitalizes on New York’s centrality as a global financial capital, a major media center, and the headquarters of the United Nations. The branch has hosted discussions with Nobel-laureate Joseph Stiglitz and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, among other distinguished speakers.
YPFP Brussels – Established in 2008, YPFP’s Brussels branch has on the energy and diversity of the European Union and has often partnered with the U.S. Mission to the E.U. and NATO to provide unequalled access to world leaders. YPFP’s Transatlantic Partnership Initiative is a forum for sustained dialogue on the future of the transatlantic relationship, including the first Brussels Forum, an international summit designed specifically for young professionals. YPFP Brussels has hosted discussions with the President of the United States Barack Obama, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick and the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, among others.