Originally from New York, Ourania S. Yancopoulos graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College/Columbia University in 2016, with a dual-major in Statistics and Political Science, and a concentration in Modern Greek Studies. At Columbia, Ms. Yancopoulos is a joint degree candidate in Journalism and Law, serves as CLWA Co-President and Chair of the organization’s Historical Committee, and is a Student Editor in the Foundational Moot Court Program. As a 1L she served on CLWA’s Myra Bradwell Banquet Committee and spent her 1L Summer interning for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government ethics watchdog and nonprofit organization.
Before law school, Ms. Yancopoulos served as the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Group of Friends for Gender Parity and as the Lead Researcher, Project Manager, and Curator of the Group’s initiative, HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations. She is also a former journalist with openDemocracy, writing on women leadership in the United Nations. In this role she interviewed former Prime Ministers and Presidents, including the current UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and former head of UNDP, Helen Clark. Her work on the 2016 race for UN Secretary-General was quoted in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Independent, and elsewhere. She appeared in the 2017 award-winning documentary by renowned director Gaylene Preston, My Year with Helen, and presented at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women. In addition to her work on women’s leadership, Ms. Yancopoulos was awarded the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s International Woman of Steel in 2013 for her national advocacy work on the Athletic Energy Disorder and related injuries in adolescent athletes.