By sharing information, connecting individuals and building skills of emerging leaders, YNPN helps to move individuals across the continuum from emerging to seasoned leaders, ensuring San Diego's nonprofit sector has the leadership necessary to continue meeting the community's needs.


YNPN San Diego does this by:

  • Hosting quarterly Meet & Greets that create a professional community of nonprofit emerging leaders by providing a safe space to connect and network.
  • Organizing various Professional Development Gatherings that bring nonprofit emerging leaders and season leaders in dialogue with each other around career and sector development/pathing. 

Have an idea for a Meet & Greet or Professional Development Gathering?  Share it with us!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 28 rsvps
    United Way of San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Time to Talk Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


    Join YNPN San Diego for another frank discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion. We all know it's been a divisive year full of "us vs them" rhetoric. It's time to crack this issue open and talk about how systemic inequality, prejudices, and implicit biases are influencing society at large and specifically, the social sector.
    This event will feature experts who will share their experiences and provide some tips and tricks for us all to be better advocates for equity in our daily lives and workplaces. Come with an open mind and be ready to challenge your assumptions.
    Moderator: Ashley Rodriguez, Development Coordinator, Center for Policy Initiatives
    • Ian Gordon, Executive Director, San Diego Youth Development Office
    • Mejgan Afshan, Public Affairs and Policy Coordinator, CAIR
    • Jennifer Eve Thorn, Executive Artistic Director, MOXIE Theatre


    FREE RSVP with suggested donation of $10 at the door

    Mejgan Afshan is a native of beautiful San Diego, California and has been involved in supporting progressive issues at the local, state and national level for over a decade. Before joining CAIR San Diego she most recently served the newly resettled immigrant and refugee community at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. Her commitment and passion for progress is evident in her experience and she believes in the power of the people. Since her time at San Francisco State University receiving a B.A. in International Relations she has continued to shift the paradigm in engaging Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian and various other marginalized groups into organizing and self-advocacy. She has worked on several political campaigns, for the Barona Band of Mission Indians Tribal Council, the San Diego Democratic Party, former Mayor Gavin Newsom and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Because of her love of art she is a regular cultural consultant on multimedia and theater projects while avidly supporting inclusive artistic freedom.

    Jennifer Eve Thorn is one of the founders and Executive Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, the only theatre in Southern California dedicated to producing women's work. She received her BA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. After university, Ms. Thorn moved to New York to work with the renowned Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre as assistant to the general manager. In 2001, Thorn returned to her hometown of San Diego to take a position at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. In May of 2003 Thorn’s adaptation of the national best seller First They Killed My Father was staged and produced at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art to raise funds for Land Mine Victims in Cambodia, raising an astounding $500,000 for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Thorn is also the director and co-creator of A Lesson For Life. Recently she was awarded a Global Leadership Award from The Young President’s Organization for this groundbreaking educational theatre experience. She developed the “MOXIE Theatre Immersion” program, designed to incorporate the art of theatre into the world of corporate strategic planning to facilitate team building and communication with major brands like Disney, Pixar. In 2012, Ms. Thorn was nominated for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award.

    As Director, Ian Gordon is responsible for advancing the mission of San Diego Youth Development Office (YDO) to support positive youth development strategies that improve outcomes by connecting, convening and engaging stakeholders and their resources to advance the health and economic wellbeing of San Diego’s children, youth, families, and communities. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in Federal contracting, organizational and non-profit management, community and workforce development, social science research, and business. An expert in human development, Ian is knowledgeable of the neighborhood, cultural, physical, and psycho-social factors necessary for the healthy development of children and youth. For twenty years, he has applied social science theory, research, and best practice to a variety of initiatives and programs that have resulted in improved behavioral, educational, and employment outcomes for children and youth.
    In addition to being Director, Ian is the San Diego region’s site lead for a national initiative to address the policy and systems barriers that have led to the increasing number of Opportunity Youth (16 to 24-year-olds who are not connected – or insufficiently connected – to education or employment). As a result, a cross-sector collaborative of public, private, and community-based organizations, foundations, and businesses are involved in addressing high school dropout, post-secondary training, and credentialing and employment in life-sustaining careers in three local districts. Under Ian’s leadership, YDO is the backbone organization for the San Diego Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (PATHWAYS) which utilizes a collective impact framework to effect policy and systems change.
    Ian has served on boards and committees including the San Diego Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council Resource Committee, Linked Learning San Diego, San Diego County Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Strategy Task Force, California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities, California Opportunity Youth Network, City Heights Partnership for Children’s Leadership Table, Open Places San Diego, San Diego Alternatives to Incarceration Core Team, San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team and National Youth Employment Coalition.
    Ian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Howard University, and a Master’s degree in Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University.

Past Events

There are 36 past events listed.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, CA

    North County Soirée


    YNPN San Diego is a community of driven professionals that spans throughout the county. Join us for the first North County Meet & Greet. Come ready to chat with like minded individuals in a casual and fun place. Enjoy world-class beer, simple food done well, and the company of your peers. 

    Free Appetizers!

    Hope to see you there...and bring a friend! 

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: A Pep Talk from Kid President


    We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."

    In the non-profit space encouraging opportunities and wondrous stories abound, however, people still find it difficult at times to make a change or the motivation to do something to better their life. This book club discussion will focus on the actions and realities that motivate you. What experiences in your life have motivated you to make the world a better place? Do you find that you are still the idealist you once were or has life jaded you?

    If the Kid President's video doesn't work for you, what would?

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: Give and Take


    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, Grant shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed--without ever looking at a single number.

    Praised by bestselling authors such as Susan Cain, Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Seth Godin, Dan Ariely, Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, Dan Gilbert, and Robert Cialdini--along with senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estee Lauder, Twitter, Nike, and NASA--Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

    54 minutes

    6 minutes

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: The Networked Nonprofit



    This groundbreaking book shows nonprofits a new way of operating in our increasingly connected world: a networked approach enabled by social technologies, where connections are leveraged to increase impact in effective ways that drive change for the betterment of our society and planet.

    "The Networked Nonprofit is a must-read for any nonprofit organization seeking innovative, creative techniques to improve their mission and better serve their communities."
    —Diana Aviv, president and CEO, Independent Sector

    "The Internet means never having to ask permission before trying something new. In The Networked Nonprofit, Kanter and Fine show nonprofits how to harness this flexibility to pursue their missions in partnership with two billion connected citizens."
    —Clay Shirky, author, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

    "The Networked Nonprofit uniquely describes the historical context and the current challenges that compel nonprofit leaders to work in networked ways and offers easy steps to help users exploit the potential of social media and 'working wikily."'
    —Stephanie McAuliffe, director, organizational effectiveness, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    "A must-read for nonprofit leaders who want to change their organizations from the inside out by embracing the power of social networks."
    —Charlene Li, founding partner, Altimeter Group; author, Open Leadership; and coauthor, Groundswell

    "This is a perfect handbook for anyone who wants to leapfrog their current limitations of understanding and find real-world applications of technology to extend their mission."
    —Michele Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute, and cofounder, HandsOn Network

    "Kanter and Fine provide the 'Google Maps' for nonprofits to harness social media to kick butt and change the world."
    —Guy Kawasaki, cofounder,, and former chief evangelist, Apple Inc.

    "URGENT! Read this book. Take notes. Take action. If you work for a nonprofit, you don't have to do every single thing these seasoned authors have to share, but you certainly have to know what you're missing."
    —Seth Godin

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!


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