Founders & Consultants
Portraits by D.iRvin
Nyacko Pearl Perry, MSOD, RYT-500
Founder/ Principal Consultant
Nyacko draws on her training in behavioral science, meditation, yoga, and dance to artfully guide business leaders in enacting social change. She specializes in performing multi-level data collection efforts and helping organizations use data to drive strategic decisions. She holds a masters in Organization Development with Distinction from American University and is a recipient of the University’s Segal-Seashore Fellowship award for her demonstrated commitment to social justice. Nyacko founded Yin Consulting in 2018 to help organizations achieve justice alongside their highest potential.
Nyacko has worked with leaders in public health, youth development, and wellness organizations during her decade long career. She also served as an HIV/AIDS capacity building Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. To compliment her professional experience, Nyacko has invested in her personal development to sharpen her emotional intelligence and has participated in several group dynamic programs through The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems. She lived at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for over a year engaged in self study and attributes much of her group awareness skills to her cross-cultural engagement in communities abroad. She has traveled in South Asia, Central America, Europe and lived in Southern Africa.
Nyacko serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Action Boston Community Development, Inc Dorchester/ Roxbury site. She is also a 500-hour professional level yoga teacher, an Afro Flow Yoga® certified teacher, and weaves her mindfulness expertise into her consulting work.
Nyacko resides in Dorchester, MA with her husband Biplaw and their two old English bulldogges.
Biplaw Rai, MBA
Co-founder/ Principal Consultant
A food industry entrepreneur and community organizer, Biplaw brings his business savvy to issues of social justice and empowerment. He grew up in Nepal, graduated from Truman State University, and earned his MBA at Hamline University with a specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Management.
A longtime citizen of Boston, Biplaw is co-owner of Dudley Cafe in Roxbury and Managing Partner of the Shanti Restaurant Group. He serves as a Trustee for the Grove Hall Trust in Dorchester and is a Board member of Commonwealth Kitchen, a non-profit food incubator in Boston. He is especially passionate about food justice and sustainability. Biplaw has a powerful conviction that every community is gifted with the talent and resources needed to improve life for everyone.
Biplaw is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and speaks three languages- English, Nepali, and Hindi.
Biplaw resides in Dorchester, MA with his wife and dogs.
Theresa Fortillus, BA; Graduate Certificate
As a first-generation Haitian-American residing in Dorchester, MA, Theresa has experienced and seen firsthand how systematic oppression and a lack of authentic inclusivity can be detrimental to all systems and organizations. Theresa believes Yin Consulting serves as a means for providing a space for organizations to challenge their existing ideologies and increase their capacity to foster environments where people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ feel safe and can thrive.
Following undergrad Theresa began working at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), a local non-profit that offers access to resources geared towards building self-sufficiency and stability to low-income residents in the Greater Boston area. Theresa most recently served at the Operations Manager at ABCD’s Roxbury/N. Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center, where she supported residents by providing access to opportunities, direct services, and advocacy. In 2016 Theresa’s work was acknowledged when she received the Community Partner of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.- Iota Chi Chapter for her commitment to community development.
Theresa serves as a Trustee of the Grove Hall Trust (GHT), a neighborhood foundation dedicated to supporting community-grown ideas through philanthropy. GHT is committed to funding individuals and groups with innovative solutions to community concerns. The Trust puts choice and control for investing grant dollars directly in the hands of the Grove Hall community.
In 2017 Theresa’s passion for community development, increasing social equity among disadvantaged communities, and community development inspired her to participate in the Howard Rye Institute (HRI) Fellowship. THE HRI fellowship is a year-long intensive training initiative to support the development of young professionals of African descent to be community leaders, activists, and organizers that advocate for themselves and their community.
Theresa received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Lesley University. Theresa also earned a graduate-level certificate in Human Services and Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University.
Priscilla Andrade, MFA
Priscilla’s current work in the nonprofit sector is focused on the education, empowerment, and meaningful employment for Boston’s youth of color. As program director of the Trinity Education for Excellence Program, Priscilla embodies a philosophy of collaborative leadership. She has trained in restorative justice, trauma-inclusive, and racial equity practices; and has facilitated said training for youth and adult staff.
At the Trinity Boston Foundation, Priscilla serves as a member of the Racial Equity Awareness and Learning Alliance and as co-chair for the people of color caucus space. Her ambition is to equip middle and high school students with a compass for their decision-making and support them in achieving their goals. She firmly believes that academic and career success are inextricably tied to engagement in a supportive and safe community. TEEP Boston was founded in 2000 and Priscilla joined as a seasonal faculty member in 2009. In 2016, she was elected to serve as the program’s third Director.
Her background of study is centered around effective communication and equitable representation. As an afro-latina raised in southern New Hampshire, she has thorough experience navigating multi-lingual, multi-racial, and multi-cultural spaces as well as white-dominant spaces. Though not a student of social work, her mastery of written and verbal communication has facilitated effective leadership within the field, with an ability to access diverse audiences.
Priscilla also co-owns Exodus Bagels, a locally celebrated bagel sandwich cafe in Jamaica Plain. Since its founding in 2014, Exodus has received attention and praise from many Boston publications including Improper Bostonian’s Best Bagel in 2017.
Priscilla resides in Jamaica Plain with her husband Adam Hirsh and their son, Ruben.