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  • Generation Orange Award

    Jason Yaley ’05, G ’06Introduced in fall 2013, the Generation Orange Award recognizes Generation Orange alumni who have made an impact on campus and in their communities through their volunteer work and philanthropy on behalf of Syracuse University.

    The award is conferred at the signature Generation Orange event during Orange Central. This year, it will be presented at the Generation Orange Celebration on Friday, September 16, in Flaum Grand Hall at the Whitman School of Management. 

    Our 2016 Recipient: Jason Yaley ’05, G ’06

    Jason Yaley is The Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff. As principal advisor to a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Yaley leads the development, integration, and implementation of key service programs and represents the senior leadership with international, interagency, legislative, and corporate partners. He also oversees many of the service’s strategic partnership efforts, developing alliances and strategies for advocacy and engagement across an array of public, private, and international stakeholders.

    Yaley previously served as Strategy and Policy Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he directed the strategic communication efforts of the Vice Chairman, as a speechwriter to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, as a counselor to the Commander of Air Combat Command, and as a member of the Air Staff at the Pentagon. He is also a lecturer at military leadership forums across the country, sharing his expertise on generational leadership and effective measures for managing a millennial workforce.

    In 2006, Yaley created the Orange Around the World service project at Syracuse University to send care packages to SU alums who were active duty service members. His purpose was to remind people that Syracuse is proud of all alumni, including those in the military. In celebration of National Orange Day 2016, Yaley returned to campus to again lead the Orange Around the World effort. Using items donated by members of the University community, Yaley and a team of volunteers sent care packages to 325 alumni actively serving around the world.

    Yaley holds a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate of advanced study in security studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and bachelor’s degrees in international relations and political science from the College of Arts and Sciences. He has completed additional studies in crisis leadership, information warfare, and public affairs, and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program at National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    Past Recipients

    Muss Akram ’10

    Todd Rubin ’04

    Helene Kahn ’10