Advisory Board


2017 Advisory Board Members

Board Chair - Ashley Rodriguez
Board Vice Chair 
- Kristen Mihalko
- Jesse Schiffman
- Kimberly Castillo
Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs
- Alyssa Gutner-Davis and Brooke Haggerty
Marketing Chair
- Cheylene Harper
Membership Chair - Cameron Ripley

Committee Members
Board Development Committee - Anna Shayo
Membership - Ryan Ross
Membership - Lucy Rodriguez


Learn more about our amazing Advisory board members! We look forward to meeting you!




Kimberly Castillo, San Diego Food Bank

Kimberly is the Food Procurement Coordinator for the San Diego Food Bank, working as the primary point person for all food donations to the food bank, including food drives, corporate food donations, and the Food Rescue program.

An alumna of the University of California, San Diego, Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies. Directly after her studies, Kimberly joined AmeriCorps as a means of serving San Diego's vulnerable populations. After having served a year in working with the local refugee population, Kimberly transitioned to a job that could still help the City Heights region but from more of a food security standpoint. Before her current position, Kimberly used her personal time to advocate for and better understand diverse populations, particularly those considered to be most socially vulnerable; she works to find the strengths in commonly-overlooked populations and urges society to become more welcoming and understanding. In her free time Kimberly enjoys boxing, cooking, and exploring San Diego’s wonderful eateries and drinkeries.



Alyssa Gutner-Davis, Cleantech San Diego

As a Program Manager for Cleantech San Diego, Alyssa oversees the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network, a California Energy Commission grant program that provides innovative clean technology startups in the San Diego region with access to commercialization services.

Alyssa graduated with a B.A. in Community Studies and a B.A. in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is excited to continue developing skills in nonprofit leadership as a member of the YNPN San Diego board.

A native San Diegan, Alyssa loves craft beer and cruising around Balboa Park. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, photographing the world around her, and getting lost on road trips. You can find her on social media @a_gutnerd!




Brooke Haggerty, Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE)

Brooke Haggerty has over ten years of experience in the animal welfare/animal rights sector. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Certification in Non-Profit Management, and attended a summer program abroad at Oxford University studying International Relations. She is the Executive Director for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), a San Diego nonprofit that provides financial assistance for low-income families struggling to save their pets in need of emergency veterinary care. Prior to leading FACE, she worked for the Animal Protection and Rescue League as a Humane Educator and Animal Advocate. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for National University’s College of Letters and Sciences, and volunteers for San Diego State University’s Aztec Mentor Program. Brooke is vegan, and in her free time she loves reading, hiking, and traveling. She is thrilled to Co-Chair YNPN's Professional Development Committee and looks forward to engaging young minds in the nonprofit sector. Twitter handle: @brooke_haggerty




Cheylene Harper, Brighthaus

Cheylene is a marcomm workhorse with an intrepid mind for creating and amplifying campaigns in conjunction with ideating the strategic alliances necessary to meet company and stakeholder goals.

She dove into the nonprofit sector 3 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio where she also earned her Master's degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and her Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Arizona. She's an advocate for youth education and wellness, diversity and inclusion and our country's veterans.

Since relocating to San Diego, Cheylene spends most of her time eating at various local restaurants, wandering through Balboa park and running on the beaches. She's excited to immerse herself in San Diego's culture and further into it's dynamic nonprofit sector.

Currently, Cheylene is the Senior Account Manager at Brighthaus   



Kristen.pngKristen Mihalko, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Kristen Mihalko has worked in the non-profit sector for 7 years mainly in event development and coordination. She plans over 20 events a year including the annual Smith Leadership Symposium in Balboa Park. As an advocate for career development and personal growth, she volunteers her time as the Vice Chair for YNPN San Diego and as the Board President for San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals. She recently returned to school to pursue her certificate in Meeting and Event Planning at SDSU. Kristen is the Senior Manager of Programs and Special Events for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Family Resources with a certificate in Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from National University.




Cameron Ripley, Community Boost

Cameron is a caring and compassionate social entrepreneur committed to sparking and scaling as much positive change in his lifetime as possible. He brings extreme precision and acceleration to the causes he engages with on a daily basis. 

He is the CEO of Community Boost Consulting, a digital marketing agency that exists to empower social ventures to changing the world. In 2014, he led his team to directly serve 34 nonprofit organizations and 12 social enterprises. As Lead Consultant of a local nonprofit that serving veterans, he scaled their online giving revenue from $17,744 from 233 online donors in 2014, to $95,341 from 1,442 online donors in 2015. 

Previously, Cameron was a digital marketing consultant managing $350k+ monthly ad spend budgets in the tech startup space, was a lead consultant for a dynamic mayoral campaign in Anaheim, California, oversaw 60+ volunteers, and co-founded Project FLITE, an accelerator focused on empowering undeserved youth by teaching them entrepreneurship. In his free-time he loves hanging out with close friends, playing soccer and cheeeeeling at the beach.



Ashley Rodriguez, Center on Policy Initiatives

 Ashley Rodriguez supports resource development at CPI, managing grants, individual giving, and special events. She also is the Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego, and is a board member of the Sherman Heights Community Center, the Victory Fund Campaign Board and the San Diego Leadership Alliance. Additionally, she is a legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. 

Ashley holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and completed her bachelor’s at San Diego State University in International Security and Conflict Resolution. 

Before joining the CPI staff, she spent six years working at KPBS, where she managed grants and coordinated community engagement initiatives. She is passionate about social justice and the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time enjoys walks downtown with her two dogs.



lucy_fuenes.jpgLucy Rodriguez, Mission Federal Credit Union

Lucy Rodriguez is a Regional Business Development Officer for Mission Federal Credit Union and has over 13 years of experience in the financial world. Lucy obtained her Master of Arts in Management degree from University of Redlands and completed her Political Science undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.

For the past 5 years she has helped organize a monthly business networking mixer called "Tasteful Tuesday." She is the current Membership Chair for the National Latina Business Women Association-San Diego and a current Advisory Board Member for the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network San Diego.

She is committed to connecting people and encourages young professionals to network. Lucy Rodriguez lives in Downtown San Diego, California.


Ryan RossRyan Ross, Classy

When Ryan checked Theatre Arts as his major at San Diego State University, he didn’t exactly envision a career in marketing and business development— he was mainly looking for a good academic-to-social-life balance at the time. Post grad, Ryan spent six years on the marketing team at Karl Strauss Brewing Company during the day, and five years producing plays by night as a co-founder of the nomadic nonprofit theatre company, Triad Productions. Ryan moved on from craft beer and local theatre in 2013 to represent global brands as a business marketing strategist at Red Door Interactive, and today he consults nonprofit organizations on fundraising technology at Ryan lives in North Park, where he grew up, with his wife, Jill, and dog pal, Sonny.




Jesse.pngJesse Schiffman, Foundation for Learning Equality

Jesse Schiffman currently service as Operations and Finance Lead for the Foundation for Learning Equality, an education technology nonprofit. In addition to managing all operations for the organization, Mr. Schiffman plans and oversees all aspects of social media, public relations, and marketing for Learning Equality.

Prior to joining Learning Equality, Mr. Schiffman lived in New York City where he worked for Urban Arts Partnership, the largest arts education nonprofit in New York and served as Manager of the School of Music at the 92nd Street Y.

After graduating from The Juilliard School with a Master's Degree, Mr. Schiffman spent years as a teaching artist for numerous nonprofit organizations serving low resourced and underserved students throughout New York.

Having recently returned to his hometown of San Diego, Mr. Schiffman is thrilled to have joined the Board at YNPN San Diego!



Anna Shayo, SAY San Diego

Anna Shayo currently works at SAY San Diego. She completed her B.A. in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Global Health, from Clark University (Worcester, MA). Anna developed her passion for volunteering and learning about different cultures through her cultural immersion study abroad program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has always been involved with her community through volunteer positions that empower children, adolescents and adults through education and self-esteem growth.  







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