Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Hires First National Director

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Hires First National Director

As the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) prepares to mark its 15 year anniversary in 2012, the organization hits another milestone- the hiring of its first National Director.  Trish Tchume, longtime YNPN member and current  YNPN National board member, has been named to the newly developed position.

Growth and the State of the Network Over the last 15 years, YNPN has grown to over 30 local chapters with more than 30,000 members.  Given demographic and generational shifts as well as the growth of the sector overall, the work of YNPN has become more and more important. As the network has developed,  it has become an essential networking and learning conduit for young professionals in the sector with an exceptionally broad local reach into cities and regions across the country. Most importantly, many local chapters serve as change-agents, improving the caliber of work within their local nonprofit communities.

With the addition of a director, the national organization will be better positioned to focus on developing the organizational infrastructure necessary to strengthen the network, grow its programming support for chapters, pursue deeper partnerships with other national organizations, advocate for young professionals and continue to push wider conversations about sector innovation. (View the National Director Position Description.)

This added capacity was made possible primarily through the generosity of early and consistent YNPN supporters -  the American Express Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“YNPN’s growth throughout the social sector over the last fifteen years is an appealing example of scale. To achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children and families, the social sector requires greater numbers of high-performing, diverse talent that can be networked and deployed throughout our sector. We believe in YNPN’s potential to continue to grow on a national scale and to serve as one of many key talent pipelines for the social sector. I am confident in Trish Tchume’s leadership as the first National Director and thrilled to have YNPN as a partner in our work,” said Rafael López, Associate Director of Talent and Leadership Development at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A Visionary Leader and a Committed Member The hiring committee, comprised of chapter representatives and YNPN National board members from around the country selected Trish Tchume to fill the newly developed position. Ms. Tchume has been a long-time YNPN member, committed national board member, and an exceptional young sector leader.

“As a board member of YNPN Orlando for nearly three years, I have been so impressed with the level of passion and professionalism displayed in every volunteer member of the YNPN National team. When I learned that YNPN was seeking its first full-time National Director, I knew I had to be involved in this process,“ said Shari Orr, a chapter representative involved in the hiring. “Trish Tchume’s vast nonprofit experience will certainly prove invaluable to our organization, and to the nonprofit sector as a whole. I am excited to work under her leadership!”

Ms. Tchume most recently served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project following her position as Director of Training for In 2009, she was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Independent Sector NGEN Fellows and continues to serve on the advisory board for the NGen program. Through her years of involvement with YNPN, Ms. Tchume has been motivated by the limitless possibilities that come from having young leaders pool their time, talents and relationships to build a stronger sector.

Reflecting on her involvement with YNPN and her selection as the organization’s first director, Ms. Tchume said, “I’m humbled and amazed when I think about the journey YNPN has taken from that small group of young professionals in San Francisco who decided to turn to each other for support, to becoming the organization we are today with over 30 chapters and 30,000 members across the country.  Our numbers have grown exponentially, but  one of the things that has always touched me about YNPN is the fact that our culture of mutual support and generosity remains the same.  It’s a beautiful legacy to be a part of and I couldn’t be more proud to have the opportunity to be the person to carry that legacy into this next stage of YNPN’s journey.”

“Having Trish as our first National Director brightens the future of the network and the sector as a whole,” Kim Caldwell, YNPN National Board Vice Chair said. “We will be able to more effectively harness the power and creativity of  our vast network to make meaningful progress towards the better world we seek to create. The network is already strong; Trish’s focus and accountability will only make us stronger.”

Trish will begin her work for YNPN National on September 19th, 2011 and can be contacted after that point at  You can also follow her on Twitter @ttchume.

Haven't had the chance to meet Trish yet?  See her video introduction below!

Thank You for 15 Years of Impact in the Nonprofit Sector We are excited about the future of YNPN and believe with added staff capacity at the national level, we’ll be better able to serve chapters, advocate on behalf of the network, and build a stronger presence nationally.  We stand on the shoulders of those who have served YNPN before us and we stand together with chapter leaders across the country working to build a stronger nonprofit sector.
We are so excited to continue this 15 year journey together!

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