Her nonprofit experience is in the arts and underserved populations. She worked as a project manager doing neighborhood development in southwest Detroit, Ecorse, and Lincoln Park. Yma also managed the Connections Festival, a multidisciplinary arts event, to celebrate the greenways initiative and reopening of the Broadway Bridge in Ann Arbor. She has been a board member for People Dancing, a nonprofit dance company since 2002.
Yma received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and is currently a master's candidate in creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.