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.
Colin Cumming, Communications Coordinator Colin is the Annual Funds Manager at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the 100 most-visited art museusm in the world. He focuses on major gifts, direct mail marketing, corporate sponsorship, and grant writing to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment, and the arts. He is passionate about meaningful connections between nonprofits of all sizes and their supporters and has presented on the importance of strong donor relations systems. Colin previously worked at Family Futures, raising money and awareness for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. He also worked at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), leading a scholarship program to increase diversity among undergraduate researchers with plans to pursue a Ph.D. Colin received his Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management from GVSU and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Michigan State University (Go Green!). Outside of his time at Meijer Gardens, Colin serves on the Marketing Committee of YNPN Grand Rapids and the Communications Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan. You can reach Colin at email@example.com and for tweets about philanthropy, talent development, digital media, and social justice, follow him @ColinCumming.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Loo, Data Management Coordinator Amanda is a Development Analyst at the University of California at Berkeley, where she is part of a small team that works to engage alumni, donors, and supporters of the university in the New York tri-state region. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she worked at a San Francisco-based education nonprofit called 826 Valencia and wore a variety of hats during her time there, including Volunteer Engagement Intern, Development Coordinator, and unofficial Salesforce database expert. It was at 826 that she first became fascinated by the application of information systems in the nonprofit sector and learned to marry her love of facts and figures with compelling narratives. She is a believer in the power of data and is excited to bring her love of creative data storytelling to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Amanda is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a BA in American Studies. When she’s not at work, you can most likely find her at the theater, systematically working her way through the hiking trails in the Bay Area, or geeking out over the Felton Annual Reports. You can reach Amanda at email@example.com.
Luis Roman, Community Engagement Coordinator Luis Roman is a Community Engagement Associate with the Public Policy and Advocacy Department at Illinois Action for Children. In this role, he works with member advocates to strengthen their advocacy and leadership skills, conducts trainings statewide on organizing, advocacy, and public policy, and organizes members to advance policy issues in the early care and education field. Luis is passionate about grassroots organizing, building collective power to put families and children first. Prior to Illinois Action for Children, Luis was a Uniting America Fellow with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Lambda Legal – where he worked to build bridges between immigrants and the LGBTQ community. Luis is also on the Board of Directors for the Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA), a Chicago-based LGBTQ Latino advocacy and education organization. He is also a participant in the inaugural Multicultural Leadership Academy led by the Latino Policy Forum. In June 2013, the Windy City Times awarded Luis as one of the “30 under 30” leaders in the Chicago area. Luis attended UCLA, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar, and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Service Award. You can contact Luis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleanor Trenary, Development Coordinator Eleanor is excited to join the YNPN team as the Development Coordinator this year. Her passion for social change started in high school when she volunteered with a supportive program for single mothers. Since then she has worked with Heifer International, Tomorrow's Youth Organization, and others that fight poverty and foment social change. Currently, she works with the Legal Foundation of Washington raising money for civil legal aid around the state. She graduated from Macalester College in 2013, and recently moved to Seattle with her partner and cat, where she enjoys hiking, cooking, and knitting. You can reach Eleanor at email@example.com.