Kamilla Yunusova

Chief Operating Officer and Board Member


Kamilla is a Business Transformation Consultant for IBM Global Business Services in Austin, TX. She holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Consumer Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. At UPenn, she was Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook and participated in competitive Latin and Ballroom Dancing with the university team. In 2018, Kamilla was presented with the Walter J. Annenberg Award from the Annenberg School for using her communications background for civic engagement in the first-gen community. Having immigrated from Uzbekistan, Kamilla is also fluent in Russian.

As the first in her family to go to college, Kamilla leaped at the opportunity to use her skills to give back to the next generation of students and professionals. She hopes that with Rise First, other FGLI students will be more equipped, confident, and bold in their career and personal pursuits. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, Kamilla has honed her project management and organizational skills and managed an operational plan to enable the team function effectively. Kamilla loves the challenge of working in a startup environment because it requires problem-solving every step of the way and pushes the team beyond their comfort zone—inevitably inspiring the Rise First team to become leaders.