The Executive Board


The Yale Debate Association is run by a board of five students who are elected by the team as a whole each year. This board is responsible for everything from selecting the year's class of novice debates and handling the team's finances to making travel arrangements and planning the team's tournaments.


Current Board


President: Diana Li. Diana is a senior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Originally from Brooklyn, she has been involved in debate since high school, where she competed in the Lincoln-Douglas format. Before serving as president, she was the team's tournament coordinator. Beyond debate, she enjoys photography, biking, writing for the local newspaper, napping, and telling people she will get her driver's license eventually. She can be reached at diana.li@yale.edu.


Treasurer: Anirudh Sivaram. Anirudh is a senior in Calhoun College hailing from Dubai. An Ethics, Politics, and Economics major, he helped launch his high school's debating program and today competes in both the British and American Parliamentary styles. In the past, he has served as a convener for the Yale Intervarsity tournament. He can be reached at anirudh.sivaram@yale.edu.


Director of Development: Nathaniel Rubin. Nathaniel is a senior in Saybrook College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, he is a philosophy major who competed in Lincoln-Douglas and British Parliamentary debate in high school. Today, Nathaniel enjoys debating on both the British and American Parliamentary circuits, where he has reached the elimination rounds of multiple domestic and international championship tournaments. Before serving as the YDA's development director, Nathaniel directed the Osterweis high school parliamentary debate tournament. When not debating, Nathaniel enjoys making bad puns, hiking, skiing, and discovering new types of cheese. He can be contacted at nathaniel.rubin@yale.edu.


Tournament Coordinator: Edwin Zhang. Edwin Zhang is a junior in Morse College from Akron, OH planning to double major in Applied Math and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, watching Suits, and reading science fiction. He has really bad taste in music and will sing top 40 hits to you if given the chance. Prior to serving on board, he was an assistant tournament director for the Yale Intervarsity tournament. He loves emails and can be reached at either edwin.zhang@yale.edu or ezhangwin@hotmail.com (because it's still 2007 in his mind).


Director of Membership: Allison Douglis. Allison is a senior in Berkeley College majoring in Philosophy. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Ridge High School, where she competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Upon joining the YDA, she co-directed the 2013 Yale Intervarsity Tournament and assistant-directed the 2012 Osterweis Tournament, served as the team's Equal Opportunity Facilitator, and was a novice mentor for the American Parliamentary league. Apart from debate, she enjoys working on the Yale Philosophy Review, binge-watching Netflix, and (very occasionally) reading for pleasure. She can be reached at allison.douglis@yale.edu.


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