Yash Risbud – Citizen of the Year 2019

Yash Risbud is a lifelong Westwood resident who rallies around family events with his wife, Audrey, and their 2 children. If he is not at one of his son’s many games or daughter’s swim meets, he’s helping his local Church, getting ready to run a successful upcoming baseball season, or better yet, visiting one of the local businesses in Westwood.

When families are suddenly faced with a life-changing event like an illness, Yash has come to the rescue in running fundraising efforts to support friends through a difficult time.

Mr. Risbud also serves his hometown community through various board appointments:

(2014 – ) Westwood Planning Board Full Member
(2010 – 2013) Westwood Environmental Advisory Committee Member
(2018 – ) Westwood Baseball Association President
(2015 – 2018) Westwood Baseball Association Trustee & Travel Head Coach
(2016 – ) Westwood Football Association Trustee
(2016 – 2017) Westwood Football Association Coach
(2014 – 2018) Westwood Softball Association Trustee
(2012 – 2017) Westwood Softball Association Coach
(2018 – ) St. John’s Academy Advisory Board President
(2015 – 2018) St. John’s Academy Advisory Board Member

He also has had an impressive career thus far! He was appointed Managing Director/COO of the C.V. Starr Research Foundation at The Cooper Union in 2008 and served 10 years in that post. He has been a member of the faculty since 1997 as Adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering. Yash earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at Cooper in 1992 and 1994 respectively. He has been elected or appointed to several posts in the Cooper Union Alumni Association, including Vice-President of membership, Vice-President Faculty Liaison, Secretary/Treasurer, Annual Fund Chair, Phonathon Chair, Young Alumni Committee Chair, and the Executive Committee member for 8 years. He was individually recognized back in 2003 as the inaugural recipient of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award. He recently served as a member of the institution’s Middle States Steering Committee and served as President of the Town & Gown Advisory Council from 2016-2018, which is the governing body for the Consortium contract that controls NYC research project funding for 15 academic institutions.

Prior to his current role as Managing Director, he held senior positions on both the management and technology front with several firms including Damashek Consulting, Lok Technology, Context Integration, Bridge Information Systems and Market Vision. Over the years, his clients have included numerous Fortune 500 and Global 1000 firms, including Accenture, Goldman Sachs, BOA/Merrill Lynch, Merck/Medco, American Airlines, and EMI Music Publishing.