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: Edwin Zhang. Edwin is a junior in Morse College from Akron, OH double majoring 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 trashy pop ballads if you let him. Olive Garden is his favorite restaurant, and he highly recommends the unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks deal. Prior to serving as president, he was the team's tournament coordinator. He can be reached at

Treasurer: Tony Nguyen. Tony is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate throughout high school in Arizona. Before serving as treasurer, he was convener for the Yale Intervarsity (IV) tournament. Outside of debate, he enjoys traveling, tech, and reading The Onion. He can be reached at

Director of Development: Evan Lynyak. Evan is a sophomore in Morse College from Los Angeles, California majoring in History. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, traveling, napping, and playing volleyball. Prior to serving as Development Director, Evan was an Assistant Tournament Director for the Yale Intervarsity (IV). She can be contacted at

Tournament Coordinator: Lauren Blonde. Lauren Blonde is a junior in Branford College. She can be contacted at

Director of Membership: Henry Zhang. Henry is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College from Los Angeles. He has been involved with debate since middle school, competing primarily in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Prior to serving as membership director, he was the judging director for the Yale Invitational and also currently serves as a novice mentor for the American Parliamentary league. Outside of debate, he enjoys playing soccer, programming, eating, and watching House of Cards. He can be reached at

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