Yenisleidy Simon Mengana (Yeni)
Yeni manages programs to recruit, hire and support the next generation of diverse, talented public servants. She plays a leading role in the implementation of the Future Leaders in Public Service internship program and the Call to Serve Network and supports employee engagement services for federal agencies. Yeni became interested in public service through programs offered by the Public Leadership Education Network in DC and since then has been championing youth leadership development and civic engagement initiatives with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Most recently, she led international and intercultural education programs in the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University. One of her favorite public servants is Luisa Santos, a young Latina trailblazer and former ‘Dreamer,’ who in 2020 became the youngest member of the Miami-Dade County school board in Florida.