Trish Tchume, National Director
After almost 8 years of engaging with the network as a volunteer, Trish Tchume is proud to be serving as the first-ever Director of YNPN National. Trish was introduced to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in 2004 as a founding board member of an affiliate group called Philadelphia’s Young Nonprofit Leaders. Since then, Trish has gone on to support a broader network of emerging leaders across the country by serving as a YNPN National board member from 2007 through 2011. During this time she held a number of key positions on the board including the role of National Board Chair during her final term.
Prior to becoming Director of YNPN in 2011, Trish served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project where she provided technical assistance, training, and developed publications for the growing movement of social service providers who are integrating social change values and practices into their daily work. Prior to joining the Building Movement Project in 2008, Trish served as a Campus Organizer, a Community Outreach Manager, and the Director of Training forIdealist.org following years spent doing community development work via city government and academia. Over the years, Trish has received a number of awards and recognitions for her engagement of young nonprofit professionals including her selection for the inaugural class of Independent Sector NGen Fellows in 2009.
When not dreaming up various ways to harness the power of emerging nonprofit leaders, Trish likes to help her fellow New Yorkers find their inner voice as a volunteer story coach with the Moth and regularly takes her life into her own hands biking and jogging through the streets of NYC. She equally credits her rich Jesuit education, her strong Ghanaian roots, and a severe case of middle child syndrome for her commitment to engaging as many people as possible in the important work of building a just and equitable society.
You can contact Trish at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter at @ttchume.
Jamie Smith, Communications & Network Engagement Director
Jamie Smith is YNPN’s second full-time employee. As YNPN’s Communications & Network Engagement Director, she manages communications, social media, and public relations for YNPN as well as resource development and programming for our chapter leaders and members.
Prior to coming on full-time with YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2013-2014 LaunchPad Fellows. In addition to her fellowship, 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. Jamie is new to New York and 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.
Caroline 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
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 email@example.com
Dana Skallman, YNPN National Technology Consultant
Dana worked with YNPN National to setup and transition the website network to WordPress in 2010. She has since been providing ongoing support to chapters. Dana’s involvement in YNPN began in 2007 when she served as Treasurer for YNPN-NYC. She later became Co-Chair and served on the YNPN-NYC board for five years.
Dana works with open source technology to provide solutions to help meet organizational needs. She believes technology offers exciting opportunities for organizations to reach more people. She works with grassroots organizations to understand their goals and develop the information technology infrastructure to meet their needs. Dana coordinates between, designers, developers, organizations and end-users to ensure project goals are met. She enjoys providing individuals and organizations with the freedom to focus on their mission while leveraging what technology has to offer. You can read more about Dana’s work here: www.tadpole.cc
Dana can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Lindsay Jensen, Board Chair
Lindsay is currently the Operations Manager for Earth Advantage Institute (EAI), a nonprofit focused on building sustainable communities in Portland, OR. Before joining the EAI team Lindsay spent over 8 years working in the nonprofit sector in Boston, two of those years serving as an AmeriCorps member. She also served for two years on the YNPN Boston Board of Directors. Lindsay received her BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and her MBA from Boston University with a dual concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance. She brings expertise in financial management, strategic planning, and community mobilizing. In her down time, Lindsay can be found enjoying Oregon’s microbrew scene, getting rowdy about soccer, singing in a community chorus, or telling hilarious jokes. She joined the YNPN National board in January 2013.
Dan Blakemore, Vice Chair
A passionate advocate for the fundraising profession and the non-profit sector overall, Dan Blakemore is Assistant Director of Development for Individual Giving at International House, a dynamic cross-cultural residential community for international graduate students in New York City. At I-House, Dan primarily works on annual fund appeals, the major and planned gift portfolios and all donor stewardship efforts. He writes a blog focused on fundraising and non-profit management issues, The Good Steward. Dan proudly serves on the boards of the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement of Greater New York and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. He is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York. When not fundraising, you can find Dan enjoying a good book, looking for a new recipe to try or continuing to trace his family history.
Ivan Canada, Secretary
Ivan Canada is currently serving as Senior Director of Development, Communications and Strategic Partnerships at the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad. NCCJ is a human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through advocacy, education and dialogue. NCCJ also works to build compassionate and just communities free of bias, bigotry and racism.
Prior to joining the NCCJ staff, he worked with Guilford Green Foundation (a local LGBTQ Community Foundation headquartered in Greensboro, NC) as Interim Executive Director and Director of Special Projects.
Ivan is a leader in the Triad community, and has been awarded the Triad Business Journal’s “Forty Leaders Under 40 Award”, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Change Agent Award” and was recently recognized by Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and EmergingPractitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP). He currently is a community board member of the S.J. Edwards Foundation, a local family foundation, and a member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Board of Visitors, and has served on numerous other boards and committees over the past ten years.
Canada is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism and Mass Communication. In his free time, he enjoys reading, attending performing arts events, traveling, running, cooking (when he has enough time to do so), and spending time with friends trying out new restaurants. He splits his time between Greensboro and Charlotte, NC.
Kari Mirkin, Treasurer
Kari Mirkin, a native of Youngstown, Ohio and lifelong history buff and museum junkie, has a passion for discovering innovative solutions to the challenges facing organizations that provide public access to education, the arts, and other historical and cultural assets. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and German Studies from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Her most recent position was with the Foundation Center’s Cleveland field office, assisting nonprofits seeking to increase foundation support, leading classes on proposal writing and budgeting, and coordinating the office’s own fundraising efforts. Before that, Kari worked as an intern at several organizations, including the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. As co-founder and president of YNPN Cleveland, she helped launch a successful mentor program and helmed the release of the 2011 report, Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland: Focus on the Nonprofit Identity. In addition to various volunteer roles, Kari spends time honing her skills as an aspiring chef and amateur television critic.
A dedicated Board Governance professional, Qyana M. Stewart has worked in the nonprofit sector for nine years almost working exclusively in Board Governance. Previously the Board Administrator for Howard University, she currently serves as the Executive Assistant & Governance Specialist for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. Additionally, she works as a tutor with Wyzant, Inc. where she tutors students studying the German language. Qyana holds a Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University. She is a professional member of the YNPNdc chapter, an Alumni AmeriCorp National Service member and a member of BoardSource. In her spare time, she enjoys all forms of dance, reading, spending time with family, friends and her six year old dog Marley, traveling and discovering new wineries and vineyards around the country.
Lydia is committed to advancing a thriving, inclusive, and influential nonprofit community. Originally from New Orleans, Lydia has spent the last ten years engaging with the Denver area nonprofit sector in multiple capacities. She received her BA in Political Science from Tulane University and her Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Lydia most recently served as Executive Director of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC), a statewide health advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of the Raymond Wentz Foundation. Lydia is currently the Secretary of the Colorado Nonprofit Association Board of Directors and Chair of the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Board of Directors. During her career in the sector she has enjoyed the opportunity to work in a range of capacities on a variety of impact areas, including managing staff and volunteers, developing effective programming, and generating revenue for health, homelessness, child abuse, youth mentoring, public radio, and educational nonprofits. She participated in the El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program, represented Colorado at the National Nonprofit Congress, and was a fellow with Social Venture Partners Denver, serving on the Grantmaking Committee. She has presented at local and national conferences and has consulted on nonprofit capacity-building, governance, advocacy, and emerging leadership.
Kate Capossela, Board Development Committee Chair
Kate Capossela brings over a decade of nonprofit and corporate management experience and a deep commitment to strengthening nonprofit leadership. Currently, she serves as Regional Executive Officer at Playworks, an educational social enterprise using safe, inclusive, healthy play to transform school climate, reduce bullying, and restore teaching time. Kate is passionate about motivating and leading teams, and has worked across marketing, fundraising, finance, board development, and operations in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, and Europe, and most recently, in the consumer division of Johnson & Johnson. Kate is a California native and enjoys filling her weekends with hiking, running, discovering new art and theater, and games with friends. She is a long-time advocate for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). She lives in San Francisco.
Since 2012, Justin has worked for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, where he plans and oversees the recruitment and outreach strategy of summer and afterschool feeding programs throughout Arkansas as part of the No Kid Hungry Campaign. He also acts as a liaison between the campaign and various stakeholders. In previous positions Justin was the Executive Director of the Pope & Yell County Single Parent Scholarship Fund and the State Campaign Director for Repower America. Justin also founded the River Valley Nonprofit Professionals Alliance, an organization committed to the development of and cooperation between nonprofit organizations in the Arkansas River Valley. In his free time he enjoys camping, his dog Dexter, live music, and cheering on the Razorbacks.
Darrell Scott, Partnerships Committee Chair
Darrell’s interests lie in creative models for civic engagement in the progressive movement, particularly in communities of color. Currently, he works for Accelerate Change, a civic ventures incubator, supported by the Center for Public Interest Research, that’s looking to scale social change through new models for organizing and social media. Prior to joining the team, Darrell was a Fellow with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for two years. While there, he helped further social justice grantmaking, co-coordinated its Nonprofit Internship Program, and worked on the racial equity capacity building team. A native of Little Rock, AR, he graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with honors in Sociology and an Ethnic Studies Concentration. For his commitment to public service, Darrell received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2009 and became a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. Outside of work, he volunteers with a number of nonprofit organizations and sits on the board of advisors for the Belk Scholarship program at Davidson College. Darrell resides Washington, D.C.
Jessie Bustamente is the Executive Director of the San Diego chapter of the American Lung Association in California. Jessie is a new resident to San Diego, but has been involved with YNPN and its Phoenix chapter for the past few years.
Jessie graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson (Go Wildcats!) with a degree in Spanish Literature and also earned her MBA shortly after that. Jessie’s most proud moment is being the inspiration of the “Singer Award” that is annually passed on recognizing someone’s outstanding leadership abilities at the University of Arizona. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Arizona to attend college and experience life on her own. You can take a girl out of Chicago, but you can never take Chicago out of the girl!
Jessie’s previous role was Executive Director at a Community Center just outside of Phoenix, AZ. She successfully took the Center from a place of nearly closing its doors to becoming a successful operation in just two years.
When she is not working, Jessie loves checking out movies as soon as they hit the theater, traveling to catch up with friends and family around the globe, and ensuring that her social media outlets are always updated with her life adventures. She also enjoys being very active in the community and is excited to jump into her role within the YNPN Board to enhance the platform that young professionals need to reach for the stars.
Afi Tengue, Theory of Change Working Group Chair
As of early 2013, Afi has been working as an Associate with FSG Social Impact Advisors providing Strategic Planning, Evaluation, Shared Value and Collective Impact consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Prior to FSG, Afi worked with multiple philanthropic, nonprofit and government agencies including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The American Red Cross and Teach For America among others. She received her MPA in Health Policy & Management with an International concentration in 2007 and her BA in Sociology in 2003.
Karl Shaddock, a native of McCook, Nebraska, supports the development of community-based foundation funds in southwest Nebraska for the Nebraska Community Foundation. NCF uses philanthropy as a tool for community capacity building and economic development. By empowering local leaders through real time assistance in goal setting, strategic planning, leadership development, donor cultivation, fundraising, planned giving and endowment building, Karl works daily to move people and communities away from a culture of dependency towards self-reliance based on utilization of local assets to meet local community development priorities.
Karl draws inspiration from NCF’s vision of a state where communities of engaged individuals create opportunities for all people to reach their highest potential, ensuring our rural communities are prosperous places where people want to live, raise families, work and enjoy the good life.
Karl has extensive experience in establishing community development programs, growing organizations and working with volunteer groups. Prior to joining NCF in 2012, Karl served as a community coordinator and program manager with the Telluride Foundation where he administered federal grants, provided training and technical assistance programs, and spurred community convening activities. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and he has earned a certificate in development studies from Tata Institute of Social Service, Mumbai, India.
In his free time Karl enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, reading, brewing beer, running, hiking and anything else that gets him outdoors.
Amber Cruz is the Strategy Officer for Convening at the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. She works to design, implement and lead convenings in support of Lumina’s eight strategies and mobilization efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025.
Prior to joining the Lumina Foundation, Amber was the Director of Programs for Mobilize.org where she developed and managed their national millennial civic engagement and social entrepreneurship work, including summits, funded fellowships and leadership development programs. During her tenure at Mobilize.org, she launched their Target 2020 Summit Series, working with community colleges to design and pilot student-led college completion initiatives on their campuses.
Amber was based in Washington, D.C. for four years where she also worked and volunteered for several non-profit organizations including Council for a Livable World, Women’s Information Network and Break the Cycle, managing their events and political programs. Prior to that, she grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she worked with numerous political campaigns and state representatives in both Oregon and Washington. While in Oregon, she also gained three years of event coordination experience at a private event planning company. Amber brings to the Lumina Foundation her belief that education can transform students’ lives, strengthen communities and revitalize the economy.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Willamette University in Oregon. She enjoys lending her convening expertise to women’s and next generation leadership causes.