National Clothing Insecurity relief nonprofit expands leadership team

Left to right: Yvette McClymont, Connie Olson

Boston, MA (May 10, 2023) – Cradles to Crayons is pleased to welcome its new Vice President of National Philanthropy, Yvette McClymont, and Vice President of Operations, Connie Olson.

Yvette McClymont has over 15 years of experience developing major giving programs, fundraising, and building donor relationships, including at Presence Health Foundation, Rush University Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Association, and Bible League International. Most recently, McClymont served as the Territorial Director of Major Gifts at Salvation Army – Central Territory.

At Cradles to Crayons, McClymont is a key member of the executive team. In this new role, McClymont will be focused on establishing national fundraising efforts for Cradles to Crayons.  She will work closely with Lynn Margherio, Founder + CEO, and other leadership to develop fundraising strategies and fundable programs and will establish and staff the National Board’s Development Committee.

“I am excited to join Cradles to Crayons and have the opportunity to lead fundraising efforts,” said McClymont. “With my experience in major gift strategies and stewardship programs, I am eager to help advance Cradles to Crayons’ mission and ensure that every child has the essential items that they need to thrive.”

Connie Olson brings over 20 years of expertise in operations management and organizational development from her past roles at Keurig DrPepper and Procter & Gamble. Olson comes to Cradles to Crayons from Philips where she served as Head of North America Supply Chain Transformation & Customer Collaboration.

At the national clothing insecurity relief nonprofit, Olson will join the executive team to support colleagues in meeting Giving Factory, market, and organizational goals. Olson will implement strategic initiatives, build systems, discover opportunities for collaboration and integration, and leverage best practices to ensure efficiency and consistency.

“I am thankful for this new opportunity where I can apply all my previous experiences in a way that provides for future generations,” said Olson. “Cradles to Crayons has a mission that is bold, ambitious, and critically important; to address the crisis of children’s Clothing Insecurity, enabling all kids to just be kids.”

McClymont holds a B.A. in Psychology from Governor’s State University. Olson holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University in addition to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

“As Cradles to Crayons continues to lead the way to End Clothing Insecurity for children, we are thrilled to welcome Yvette McClymont and Connie Olson to our leadership team,” said Lynn Margherio, CEO and Founder of Cradles to Crayons. “Their experience and insights will help Cradles to Crayons build more sustainable and broader-reaching solutions to fill the clothing resource gap.”

About Cradles to Crayons®
Cradles to Crayons® (C2C®) believes that all children deserve the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play—for free. Cradles to Crayons collects and distributes new and high-quality used children’s goods by engaging and connecting communities. C2C sets a gold standard of individual, family, and corporate volunteer engagement, and through its “Giving Factories®” provides unique, hands-on opportunities to directly help local families. Headquartered in Boston, MA, C2C opened in Philadelphia in 2007, Chicago in 2016, and New York City via an innovative online platform, Giving Factory Direct (GFD), in 2021. For more information, please visit