Theabridge’s Managing Director Yasemin Elmas has close to 20 years of experience in business, start-ups, US immigration, business development, and marketing in Türkiye and the United States. She was born and raised in Türkiye and acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management & Development there before coming to the United States (“US”). She also is a professional Mediator certified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2001 and has had trainings and volunteer work with the Dispute Resolution Program of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. In addition to her professional contributions, Yasemin volunteered her time with various nonprofit organizations in both Turkiye and Los Angeles. She was involved with human rights and women rights organizations in Türkiye, working on issues such as domestic violence, forced marriages, dowries, and discrimination against women in the workplace and in family law and in Los Angeles working on issues related to immigration.
On top of her background in business and start-ups, she has extensive experience with all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and worked with top quality immigration law firms and attorneys in Los Angeles. Her compassionate nature and dedication to customer satisfaction constantly receive praise from her clients. An immigrant herself, Yasemin understands the challenges of being an immigrant, going through the complex immigration journey, and establishing a new life.
Yasemin is committed to deepening the social and cultural connections between Türkiye and the United States. She co-founded and served on the boards of several nonprofit community organizations in both Türkiye and Los Angeles. She is currently serving in the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Turkish American Association as the Immediate Past President.
Yasemin contributes articles on immigration to different media, such as www.vivahiba.com, www.Mezunusa.com, www.turkla.com. Her work on human rights issues in Türkiye has been published by Women for Women’s Human Rights. She has been an invited speaker at the Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California’s (ATASC) and Los Angeles Turkish American Association’s (LATAA) Student Outreach Programs, as well as some other workshops and talks on US Immigration and investor visas in different associations and organizations both in the United States and in Türkiye.