Doug Ireland, Founder

Doug IrelandDoug graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Psychology. While there, he was a multi-sport athlete and an active student on campus. He did not take advantage of the college’s career services office. Upon graduation, he had a brief and miserable professional tennis career before joining a telecommunications start-up soon thereafter. He pursued that field for six years before entering Lehman Brothers’ training program.

Doug held management positions in the financial industry across an array of disciplines and geographies. He was involved in the hiring process for 30 years. Doug has hired and trained hundreds of new graduates. He has also conducted teach-ins for undergrad and grad school populations to provide insight into what employers look for, what distinguishes candidates, and what they bring to a job.

Since leaving finance, Doug’s been busy. He is an elected member of the Board of Education for the Piedmont Unified School District. Prior to this, Doug served a six year term on the Piedmont Ed Foundation and co-chaired Piedmont’s 2013 school parcel tax.. For 20 years, he’s been a member of the Dartmouth Career Advisory Group focused on athletes and is also an advisor for TrustedPeer and Fairview Capital.

Doug has the most fun when he’s working with young people.  It’s why he’s spent years coaching soccer, sitting on the San Francisco Girls Chorus board, participating in numerous student-led homebuilding trips to Mexico, and harassing his four (adult?) kids.

Anna Eilertsen, First Lieutenant

img_0115Anna attended Whitman College where she earned a B.A. in English. She could usually be found working in the college Writing Center, leading sorority operations, and occasionally studying. While she claims to have perfected the art of procrastination, we’ve seen worse.

After she graduated, she lent her writing and marketing instincts in the early phases of our business and was instrumental in the ultimate direction of YouLaunchU. As a recent grad who also paid little or no attention to the college career services, Anna brought a fresh perspective about the needs and concerns of a liberal arts graduate.

Eventually, she ditched Doug for a real job and joined the Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she worked for two years as a Marketing & Communications Specialist. Unfortunately, she eventually overloaded on Thin Mints and had to end her tour there. They are sad. We are not.

Anna is excited to be back at YLU helping with mission delivery, content creation, and day-to-day client engagement. And though she is still in the early stages of her career (read: not a qualified career advisor), she continues to witness the scrambles, the stresses, and the struggles that too often accompany young people’s job searches – she’s eager to help with that as well.

Anna derives particular pleasure from watching Doug flounder with technology and when not working, can be found watching Jeopardy, eating sandwiches, and enjoying all that Oakland has to offer.

Joshua Lachs, Senior Advisor

josh-air-bb-1Josh has had a successful executive leadership career within social enterprise and education sectors. Most recently, Josh served as CEO for Breakthrough Collaborative, an award-winning national college- and career-readiness organization; and the country’s largest pre-residency program for educators.

Previously, Josh served as Chief Officer of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, a nationally reputed job training enterprise. In his prior life, Josh spent many years in the not-so-ivory-tower of university life, serving in executive administration where he built and managed rock-star teams and led significant operational, program, and financial growth. Having hired, developed, and promoted many high-potential, motivated people into various entry-, mid-level, and executive roles, he’s acknowledged to have an eye for talent. And we think that generally bodes well for our clients.

Admitting to being more street-smart, he holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and two (yes, two) Masters degrees from Columbia University (yes, that Columbia), making him by far the most educated member of our team (and who probably has the most student loans to pay down on…but who’s counting). Luckily, he does not hold this over our heads. Instead, he just gets to employ veto power, or as he puts it “suggestions,” on all of our half-baked ideas.

When he’s not serving on numerous local nonprofit boards and advisory councils, mentoring young professionals, generally trying to make the world a better place, and apparently mastering the art of time management, Josh is likely enjoying too much food, and then working it off by swimming, playing Xbox, or jumping on the trampoline with his wife, Samantha, and their two young boys.