Introducing our new Executive Director!

Introducing our new Executive Director!

Dear friends and supporters,

Happy September! YNPN National is kicking off this fall with some exciting news. We are pleased to announce that we have hired our new Executive Director 

- Jamie Smith! I know many of you have been following our leadership transition over the last couple of years. Please know that we deeply appreciate your support, encouragement, and investment in making this transition such a positive one. I hope you’ll join me in giving Jamie a very large (virtual) high five!

Jamie_Headshot_Narrow_Crop_Small.jpgJamie has been working with YNPN National since 2013. Over the years, Jamie has served as one of our LaunchPad Fellows, as our Director of Communications & Network Engagement and, most recently, as one of our Interim Co-Executive Directors. Jamie has shown all of us how much she loves the YNPN network and how thoughtful and talented she is in so many areas of work. She is dedicated to setting a clear and bold vision for the future of YNPN by involving the network in co-creating our future together. You can continue to reach her at

We are excited about the direction of the YNPN network and the work we have all been doing to model the change we want to see in the social sector. The last couple of years have been a time of deep reflection and transition for the National organization. When Trish stepped down as founding Executive Director and moved onto her next adventure, YNPN was propelled to think about our future, our strengths, areas for improvement, and what kind of leader we needed to accomplish our network goals.

The board has spent the last eight months evaluating YNPN internally and getting clarity about the leadership YNPN needed for its next phase of work. After assessing our leaders, it was apparent that Jamie not only is deeply passionate about YNPN but has the skills and experience needed to lead YNPN as well as a clear vision for taking the organization forward.  Jamie has already demonstrated her leadership in these areas and the Board of Directors is confident in her ability to carry out that vision as well as engage our members, our chapters and our network in the same way she has done over the last several years.

Through engaging in a robust public search process for our next executive director and taking some time internally to evaluate the best leadership structure for our organization, we’ve learned valuable lessons that we plan to talk about in our blog series, “From a Board Member’s Perspective.”  Please stay tuned for more opportunities to discuss this process and to hear about how YNPN has navigated this transition from succession planning to successful leadership already within our ranks.

I want to acknowledge Amber Cruz Mohring, our other superhero Interim Co-Executive Director this last year. Amber has been collaborating with Jamie and has helped strengthen our operations, fundraising efforts, National Conference and so much more. We are forever grateful to Amber for all that she has done for YNPN and we can’t wait to continue working with her in other capacities. Amber is graduating with her Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management this year and will be launching her own consulting venture next year to support nonprofits and philanthropy in leveraging convenings to advance their missions. She is excited about and supportive of Jamie stepping into the Executive Director role and will remain involved with YNPN. You can continue to reach Amber at through the end of this year.

We look forward to continue shaking up the sector with you! As always, we welcome any questions you might have for us. And please stay in touch with us about the exciting work we will be kicking off under Jamie’s leadership. Together we are strengthening our communities with diverse and talented leaders like you!



Lindsay Jensen,
National Board Chair


P.S. We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our new Associate Director of Development & Communications position. We’re looking for great new talent to join our team in the midst of this exciting time of rapid growth and development.

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