Yolanda McLean

Yolanda McLean
Senior Director, Global Quality Control, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Yolanda McLean brings over two decades of invaluable experience to the table in the biopharmaceutical industry, currently serving as the Senior Director of Quality Control at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. In her role, she is at the forefront of shaping and implementing strategic initiatives that drive quality excellence, alongside managing the day-to-day operational activities that ensure the rigorous testing of pharmaceutical products. This dual focus not only guarantees the highest standards of product integrity and regulatory compliance but also plays a critical role in safeguarding patient safety, reflecting her deep commitment to operational excellence and strategic leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry. 

Her journey into the industry was driven by a deep-seated desire to help people, a calling that initially found its expression through her work as an EMT. It was in this capacity that Yolanda discovered how to fuse this desire with her love of science, paving the way for a distinguished career in biopharmaceuticals. 

Growing up in the Bostonian neighborhood of Dorchester, MA, as the daughter of a single mother, Yolanda was encouraged to pursue her intellectual curiosities from a young age. Supported by loving Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and later, her Stepfather, Yolanda grew up understanding the strength that comes from encouragement and the foundational role of support in forging a strong path. Yolanda’s academic path led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Studies from the Maine Maritime Academy.  Furthering her commitment to leadership and empowerment, she also holds a Certificate in Women’s Leadership from Simmons College. 

A passionate champion for STEM outreach, Yolanda is dedicated to ensuring fundamental access to career opportunities. She has been highly active in fostering partnerships that enhance biotechnology education and workforce development as Alnylam’s liaison to MassBioEd, and through leadership roles within the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) International and Boston Chapters, among other contributions. Her work extends to advising high schools on developing biotech programs and volunteering with the Hawaii Science and Technology Museum, underscoring her dedication to making STEM accessible, approachable, and engaging for all.