Rafi Taherian '95, CEC

Rafi Taherian

Rafi Taherian, CEC ’95 is executive director of Yale Dining. His work history encompasses more than 25 years of progressive expertise in hospitality leadership. Prior to joining Yale in 2008 Rafi spent 13 years at Stanford University where he served as executive director for Stanford Dining. At Yale, his responsibilities include building and developing high-performing teams through focused and benevolent leadership and directing the department’s strategic planning and initiatives focused on ensuring operational excellence in the delivery of over 14,000 meals per day in 31 food service operations. His team is responsible for residential college dining, graduate student dining, retail, convenience stores, cafés, catering, and executive services, a commissary, and a bakery. He has been recognized nationally as a seasoned veteran in piloting various industry leading sustainability initiatives and has received numerous awards for his vision and leadership in conceptualizing and implementing innovative hospitality programs. (New Haven, CT)