Jamie Smith, Executive Director Jamie Smith is YNPN's Executive Director. Prior to solely taking the helm of YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2016 Interim Co-Executive Directors and the former Communications & Network Engagement Director. In that position, she managed communications, social media, and public relations for YNPN as well as resource development and programming for our chapter leaders and members.
Jamie first connected with YNPN as a member of YNPN Chicago and was selected as a Launchpad Fellow in 2013. Before coming on full-time with YNPN, she was a freelance writer and content strategist working with nonprofits, technology companies, and travel brands to amplify their impact with clear and compelling communications.
She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy and has a Master's degree in Communications from Northwestern University. Additionally, Jamie is a 2016-2017 Independent Sector NGen Fellow. When she's not working, she's reading, traveling, and riding her bike.
You can reach Jamie at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.
Jeff Key, Network Engagement Associate Jeff Key is YNPN's Network Engagement Associate. Jeff is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and currently lives in New Brunswick. He currently serves as a consultant with Nfinity Enterprises, working with a number of different nonprofit organizations on projects related to leadership training and staff development, improving nonprofit board governance practices, and helping develop partnerships for leadership opportunities in the nonprofit sector for emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds. Prior to his consulting work, he was involved with law-related education programming for students throughout the City of Newark in his work with Citizen Schools and the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP). He is a graduate of Princeton University and Seton Hall University School of Law.
He has previously served as a founding board member and board co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New Jersey, and is currently serving as a board member of The Apostles’ House and the Center for NonProfits.
You can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amber Cruz Mohring, National Consultant Amber Cruz Mohring provides consultancy services to YNPN through her company, ACM Consulting, in operations and event planning for the Annual Conference and Leaders Institute.
Amber Cruz Mohring has been involved in YNPN is several capacities over the last several years, including as one of YNPN's 2016 Interim Co-Executive Directors and a member of the National Board for two years. Prior to her staff role with YNPN, Amber was the Senior Strategy Officer for Convenings at Lumina Foundation.
Cruz Mohring holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Willamette University in Oregon and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Amber served as Chair of the Independent Sector 2015 and 2016 NGen Advisory Group. She is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
You can reach Amber at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @ambermcruz.
Maryam Abdul, Advocacy Fellow Maryam Abdul is YNPN's Advocacy Fellow. Maryam previously worked as a research fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, reviewing data metrics and ensuring racial equity through performance measurement. Her work concentrated on qualitative research, racial/ethnic equity and inclusion policy practices within the workforce development sector, and connecting the systems of inequities to racial disparities. She also served as a Baltimore Corps fellow, where she spent a year developing as a racial equity practitioner and social innovator. As a writer, Maryam believes in the importance of inclusive narratives and marginalized peoples telling their own stories.
Maryam also served as a panelist on the Baltimore City Children and Youth Fund review panel. She saw firsthand the power of community and the ability of community members to compassionately and thoughtfully make decisions committed to and reflective of their needs. As justice and humanity is deeply rooted in her faith, Maryam has a strong belief in the power and impact of social justice organizing and advocacy.
She also worked as the program and organizing support consultant for Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) Organizing, which provides support to organizations serving MASA communities. She is an advocate for just and equitable systems and seeks to connect her passion for research with the dynamic impact of organizing and advocacy.
You can reach out to Maryam by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olivia Duong, Development Fellow Olivia Duong is YNPN's Development Fellow and a YNPN San Francisco Bay Area chapter board member. She is eager for what is to come at both the local and national level! Olivia also works as the Development Coordinator at the Marines’ Memorial Association and Foundation, where she cultivates relationships with veterans and patriot supporters, conducts grant and major donor research, and supports the organization’s programmatic needs.
Olivia graduated from Michigan State University (go green!) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. In her spare time, she enjoys searching for her next read at the local library, taking leisurely walks throughout San Francisco’s hilly terrain, and planning her next weekend getaway.
You can contact Olivia at email@example.com.
Monera Mason, Communications Fellow Monera Mason is YNPN's Communications Fellow and looks forward to working with her cohort on telling the stories of YNPN's chapters and members. By celebrating the impact YNPN's leadership development model has on affecting change, she is excited to spotlight talent in the non-profit sector.
You can reach Monera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Peterson, Chapter Support Fellow Kevin Peterson is YNPN's Chapter Support Fellow where he will assist in developing and managing programming, resources, and spaces for chapter leaders to learn from and engage with YNPN National. Kevin currently serves as a YNPN chapter leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan as YNPN.GR’s Educational Programming Chair.
For the past four years, Kevin has worked for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Currently, he is the Program Coordinator for the Johnson Center and is responsible for managing the organization’s capacity building initiatives, curating content for training and professional development, and overseeing the LearnPhilanthropy website.
Kevin brings a passion for supporting nonprofit professionals and is active in other infrastructure organizations. This includes the Alliance for Nonprofit Management where he served on the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee for three years, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy as an engaged member, and the Association for Fundraising Professionals where he helped found a collegiate chapter.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nonprofit and Public Administration with minors in Legal Studies and Urban and Regional Planning. When not volunteering, Kevin is pursuing his Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Grand Valley State University and is on track to graduate in December 2019.
Reach out to Kevin for assistance via email at email@example.com.