Jamie_Headshot_Narrow_Crop_Small.jpgJamie Smith, Co-Executive Director Jamie Smith is one of YNPN's Co-Executive Directors and was YNPN's second full-time employee. On January 1, 2017, Jamie will become YNPN's sole Executive Director.

Prior to serving as Co-Executive Director, Jamie was YNPN's 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. When she's not working, she's reading, traveling, and riding her bike.

You can reach Jamie at jamie@ynpn.org or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.

Amber-Cruz-Headshot-21-240x300.jpgAmber Cruz Mohring, Co-Executive Director Amber Cruz Mohring is one of YNPN's 2016 Interim Co-Executive Directors and a member of the YNPN National Board for two years.

Amber was previously the Senior Strategy Officer for Convenings at Lumina Foundation and prior to that, Cruz Mohring was the Director of Programs for Mobilize.org. 

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 currently serves as Chair of the Independent Sector 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 amber@ynpn.org or follow her on Twitter @ambermcruz.


caroline1.gifCaroline Bolas, YNPN National Administrative Consultant  Caroline Bolas has provided consultancy services to YNPN since 2009. Her role includes providing support to start up chapters,answering general queries, book keeping and generally doing a lot of the back end tasks that are so necessary to keep any organization functioning. Caroline served for two years on the board of YNPNdc and is still a committed chapter member. During her time on the DC board she introduced a management development program that provides emerging leaders with the opportunity to learn the essential skills of managing within a non profit. Caroline is the president of LEVELheaded Inc. LEVELheaded provides management consultancy, program evaluation and training services to non-profit and governmental organizations, supporting them to fulfill their mission and vision more effectively. More information about Caroline and LEVELheaded can be found at www.levelheaded.org. Caroline moved to the USA from the UK in 2007. Despite living here for over 4 years she is still learning the language and on a daily basis discovers how American English is not the same as English English! However, she does find that her unintentional Briticisms cause much amusement to others!

Caroline can be contacted at info@ynpn.org.


Hafizah-Omar-168x300.jpgHafizah Omar, Network Engagement Associate  In addition to Hafizah's work for YNPN, she is the Administrative Assistant at D5 Coalition, a 5-year initiative to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the philanthropic field. At D5, we believe that as our constituencies become increasingly diverse, we need to understand and reflect their rich variety of perspectives in order to achieve greater impact. Prior to that, Hafizah spent a year teaching in Guyana, South America. She also worked at the Center for Public Policy Studies, as well as the Center for Independent Journalism in Malaysia, doing research on governance, civil liberties violations, and media freedom in Malaysia.

Hafizah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, and Comparative Literature (French and English). Originally from Malaysia, Hafizah has survived five Midwest winters and the Polar Vortex, and is always on the lookout for a tropical island to call home. 

Hafizah can be contacted at hafizah@ynpn.org.


Thomas Barr, National Launchpad Fellow - Community Engagement Coordinator Thomas is the Director of Member Engagement and Operations for Local First Arizona, working to promote locally owned businesses and build vibrant, equitable communities throughout the state. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University, Thomas strives to connect good people together to make Arizona a better place for everyone and is an advocate for engaging young people to be involved in their communities.

Thomas currently oversees operations at LFA which includes managing the recruitment, retention and engagement of over 2700 businesses across Arizona and providing support to all LFA staff by streamlining process strategies. He also frequently speaks to different groups locally and nationally, presenting the history, mission and impact of the organization while advocating the importance of the local movement and independent businesses in sustaining our economy. Additionally, Thomas is on the membership committee for Fuerza Local, LFA’s program of Spanish speaking preferred businesses, working to diversify the local business community. Outside of LFA, Thomas serves as Vice President for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Phoenix, is on the board of Valley Young Professionals, is an Arizona Leading for Change Fellow, and is also a Launchpad Community Engagement Fellow for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National. 

You can get in touch with Thomas at engagement@ynpn.org.



Dominic Braham,  National Launchpad Fellow - Chapter Engagement Coordinator Dominic Braham is Director of Employment Assistance at the Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPUL). He coordinates and facilitates career readiness workshops and conducts community outreach to local employers, community organizations and agencies. Before GPUL, Dominic has been in the nonprofit field for over 15 years where he worked in programs for youth development, the homeless  and individuals with special needs.

Dominic served as a Peace Corps Advisor in a developing community in the Dominican Republic for over two years leading sustainable projects. Dominic is also active in his community serving on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network Phoenix Chapter and as a board apprentice with Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a charter school in Phoenix. He was a 2014 Fall Cohort of the American Express Leadership Academy in New York and Fall 2015 Fellow of Arizona Leading for Change. 

Mr. Braham is an alumnus of Arizona State University where he holds a certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management; he is also a Lumberjack graduating with a Master in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. When he is not working you can find him spending time with his family, watching sports, and eating lots of home cooked meals.

You can contact Dominic at chaptersupport@ynpn.org.











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