Announcing YNPN's New Leaders for 2016

Announcing YNPN's New Leaders for 2016

Happy New Year!  Here at YNPN National we’re kickin’ off 2016 with an announcement about our new leadership.  We believe in modeling the change we want to see in the sector and that includes our leadership structure.  In 2016 we will have two leaders from our ranks taking the helm of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network as Interim Co-Executive Directors.

Reintroducing some familiar faces... (drumroll please)

Jamie Smith, who you all know from her work as our Director of Communications & Network Engagement, will be continuing on with the organization and stepping into this elevated leadership role. In addition to her amazing project management, staff management, and communications skills, Jamie brings with her deep relationships with our network, institutional knowledge of the inner workings of YNPN, and a clear vision for the future of YNPN as one of the chief architects and implementers of the Chapter Operating System. You can continue to reach Jamie at, this headshot was taken at a YNPN Austin Headshot Happy Hour!)

Amber Cruz Mohring has served as a key member of the National Board for the last two years and more recently was the co-chair of our Executive Director Search Committee. Amber brings to the table extensive program management, financial management, and fundraising relationships from her previous position as the Strategy Officer for Convenings at the Lumina Foundation and in her former role as the Director of Programs for Amber's respect among peers and veterans in the field has also been bolstered over the past several years through her involvement in the Independent Sector's NGen Advisory Group. You can connect with Amber at

We are excited to explore a co-leadership approach to YNPN’s work as well as put into practice what we preach about sustaining and developing talent in the sector.  The YNPN National Board of Directors will also be reflecting on the 2015 Executive Director search and considering what leadership is needed for the future of YNPN.  Over the next year Jamie and Amber look forward to partnering with all of you to take bold steps toward building a more diverse and powerful social sector.

The new year holds a lot of promise for YNPN but the work has just begun.  From launching the Chapter Operating System to planning the #ynpn16 National Conference and Leaders Institute to raising the voices of our network in the sector, 2016 will be a year of big bets, learning, and growth for our organization.  We're looking forward to the work we'll be doing together to strengthen our communities and create a more equitable nation.


With YNPN spirit,


Lindsay Jensen
Chair, National Board of Directors

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