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 Masters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.
Trystan Reese, Associate Director Trystan Reese is YNPN's Associate Director. He is an organizer and development professional living in Portland, Oregon. His background is in political organizing within the LGBT movement, including work with immigrants and asylum-seekers. He's worked as an organizer on more than a dozen ballot measure campaigns around the country, and has developed advanced leadership development trainings around issues affecting both trans communities and racial justice.
He has served as Senior Organizer at the National LGBTQ Task Force, Development Director at Immigration Equality, and VP of Development and Communications at Camp Fire Columbia. He is also the Director of Beyond These Walls, a national support network for LGBT people who are incarcerated. Trystan is: gay, transgender, Canadian, vegetarian, parent.
Along with demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising and communications, Trystan brings with him a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and the mission of YNPN to build a diverse and powerful social sector. He is a consummate development professional, an exceptionally gifted communicator, a collaborative team member, and an experienced project manager.
You can reach Trystan at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @RebelPrinceTrys.
Amber Cruz Mohring, YNPN 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @ambermcruz.
Jeff Key, Network Engagement Associate Jeff Key is Director of Operations for Project U.S.E., an experiential education non-profit based in Newark, New Jersey. Before working at Project U.S.E., he has worked with educational non-profits focused on providing resources for college access and high-quality academic programming to students across New Jersey for more than 14 years, including service as an AmeriCorps member. He is an alumnus of Princeton University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for YNPN-NJ and is a lifelong resident of New Jersey currently living in New Brunswick. In his free time, he enjoys attending concerts, playing sports, and taking road trips. He enjoys working with YNPN-NJ to encourage statewide networking within the New Jersey nonprofit sector and increase professional development and leadership opportunities available to young nonprofit professionals. He has worked previously with YNPN National as a NationBuilder Integration Coordinator and is excited about beginning work as a Network Engagement Associate to strengthen the national YNPN network and provide resources to chapters to support their work. You can contact Jeff at email@example.com.
Richard Carney, Development Coordinator Rich brings years of experience from Hyatt Hotels Events Department and being actively involved in college including having founded Colleges Against Cancer.
After being on disability for five years, Rich began volunteering with the Center for Conscious Caregiving and New Leaf Meditation Project. As the administrator for The Center for Conscious Caregiving, he added structure to the organization and assembled a team of volunteers working together to achieve their goals. At New Leaf Meditation Project, he helped launch and produce the podcast, Blue Collar Buddhism, and was appointed the Chief Communications Officer.
When he's not doing yoga, hiking, or playing the ukulele, he is working on three certificates from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's School of Business. You can contact Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradley C. Fisher, Chapter Engagement Coordinator
Bradley is YNPN National’s Chapter Engagement Coordinator fellow and a YNPN chapter leader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bradley works as the Wisconsin Marketing Coordinator for Henricksen, a leading office furniture dealership in the Midwest. He provides marketing support for sales executives serving the K-12 and Higher Education, Healthcare, Corporate, Government and Nonprofit markets. Bradley brings to the Chapter Engagement Coordinator role 5 years of experience in local YNPN chapter operations and has engaged YNPN National most recently on the Membership Experience Think Tank.
Having extensive YNPN chapter leader experience as Vice President, Marketing Chair and Membership Chair for YNPN Milwaukee, and the opportunity to support a startup chapter in nearby Sheboygan, Bradley understands the inner workings at the chapter level and is eager to share that and extensive NationBuilder experience with the Network. His proudest accomplishment working with the YNPN Network has been watching the explosion of growth the Milwaukee chapter has experienced since implementing its organizational membership program in 2014.
In addition to his roles with YNPN and Henricksen, Bradley also serves on the planning committees of the Wisconsin Interior Design Career Day and DesignMil.
Reach out to Bradley for assistance via email at email@example.com or @bradleycfisher on Twitter.
Liam Miranda, Data Management Coordinator
Liam is currently at the Human Rights Campaign as the Senior Research Manager, where he works to enhance our understanding of diverse experiences within the LGBTQ community, and uses data to impact public education efforts and create meaningful policy change. He formerly was the Research and Program Manager at Athlete Ally — where he led and disseminated findings of research projects exploring the intersection of sports and LGBTQ equality — and designed projects ranging from social climate assessments to policy indexes. He also led and shaped the organization’s programmatic efforts, and created strategic opportunities to engage athletes, coaches, fans, and institutions in making meaningful political, social, and cultural change based off of needs identified by research. Liam is also involved in data collection to assess the efficacy of the FDA’s LGBTQ public health campaign efforts.
Liam is a Duke graduate, former student-athlete, and proud trans man. He has previously done research on LGBTQ coach/athlete dyads, resiliency in college students, identity formation, moral decision making, and attitude formation. He’s passionate about continuing to create synergy between the academic and nonprofit sectors — and is excited about collecting and communicating data in innovative ways that compel people to take action.
You can reach out to Liam by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina Ngo, Community Engagement Coordinator
A native Angeleno, Tina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in American Literature and Culture and a double minor in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Studies. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC to serve as a program manager at a regional youth development organization serving low-income and underserved youth. In this role, Tina was responsible for building partnerships with community members, leading the expansion and development of youth programs, and providing strategic direction and support for staff. Her personal and professional experiences have fostered her commitment to social justice and equity work, particularly as it contributes to educational access and youth empowerment for low-income and underserved communities of color. Tina currently lives and works in New York City building and strengthening philanthropic partnerships at a national education organization.
You can contact Tina by email at email@example.com.
Arimus Wells, Communications Coordinator
Arimus currently serves as a City Planner with the City of Jacksonville, Florida, where he serves to enrich the quality of life for residents through comprehensive and meaningful community development. Arimus has a deep passion in the power of storytelling and the intricate role it plays in providing educational equity and spurring community engagement. Prior to joining YNPN, Arimus was a community organizer, mentor and education advocate — having worked with high school students from Denver Public Schools and he served as a Leadership Program Coordinator for underrepresented students from the University of Denver (DU). He graduated from DU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Sociology and minors in Business and Urban Studies. In the future, Arimus plans to pursue a Masters in Educational Policy or Public Administration and eventually start his own non-profit.
You can reach Arimus at firstname.lastname@example.org.