2018 Advisory Board Members
Board Chair - Kimberly Castillo
Board Vice Chair - Alyssa Gutner-Davis
Treasurer and Secretary - Kristen Mihalko
Programming Committee Co-Chairs - Jessica Noel and Kayleigh Creswell
Marketing Chair - Rachel Stevens
Membership Chair - Chase Zwissler
Board Member-at-Large - Brooke Haggerty
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.
Kayleigh Creswell, AmeriCorps of San Diego
Proudly hailing from Akron, Ohio Kayleigh discovered her love of community development while building a community center and accidentally burning tortillas in rural Nicaragua. After the tortillas were extinguished, she graduated with a degree in International Relations while interning with the economic empowerment office of Plan International, in Washington, D.C.
A lover of all things data-driven she moved to San Diego last August to serve as the AmeriCorps Data Associate for the City of San Diego. In her position, she works with over 30 nonprofits in Barrio Logan, Southeastern, and Encanto to make investments in the community from the bottom up, based on statistics and community input. She’s excited to compliment her AmeriCorps service by connecting other nonprofit professionals with opportunities to grow within our sector.
When not knee deep in spreadsheets Kayleigh often daydreams about living above a neighborhood coffee shop where she knows all the baristas by name and sometimes gets a cup of joe on the house. Please contact her if you know of a place.
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, Animal Protection and Rescue League
Brooke Haggerty has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has an M.A. in Human Behavior, a B.A. 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 Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL), a nonprofit that protects the rights and habitats of all animals. Prior to working for APRL she served as the Executive Director for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), a nonprofit that provides financial assistance for low-income families struggling to save their pets in need of emergency veterinary care. She currently serves on FACE's Board of Directors, as well as 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. Find her on Twitter @brooke_haggerty!
Kristen 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 Treasurer and Secretary for YNPN San Diego and as the Board President for San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals. She recently earned 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.
Jessica Noel, Southwestern Community College District
Jessica is a youth and community advocate and recently returned to San Diego, CA after earning her Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Over the past several years Jessica has served in a variety of analytical roles in the nonprofit sector related to health, education, and economic security. Focused on equity and data-driven impact, her portfolio includes experience in program development, community partnerships, grants, strategic planning, research, advocacy, and evaluation. Jessica currently serves as a Research Analyst under the Office of the President at Southwestern Community College District. Her work focuses on continuing and adult education, workforce and economic development, and career education. In this role, she evaluates current and potential college programs, analyzes and conducts labor market research for career education programs, and works with a team of five researchers to plan, design and conduct a comprehensive institutional research program. In addition to a Master of Public Policy from UCLA, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, she supports local animal welfare organizations, plays with her anxious rescue dog, and makes jewelry as a creative outlet. Jessica is excited to join the YNPN San Diego Advisory Board and help create exciting and innovative programming opportunities as the 2018 Programming Co-Chair.
Rachel Stevens, ACLU San Diego
Rachel Stevens works as the Development Assistant for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Rachel joined the ACLU in 2017 and is responsible for managing the donor database and assists in donor cultivation and stewardship.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a focus on the economics of inequality and discrimination. Her experience with nonprofits began in college, where she worked on a fundraising and community engagement committee for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).
Rachel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and relocated to San Diego in 2016. She is currently a Fellow of the 2018 San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute and is passionate about engaging emerging leaders and developing impactful programs to serve the nonprofit community. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, craft beer, and exploring the amazing beaches of San Diego!
Chase Zwissler, Freelance Nonprofit Consultant
Chase Zwissler consults for cross-sector organizations that focus on social, environmental, and economic justice. He supports clients with strategic planning, web development, and marketing. Chase previously worked as a project manager for Verizon, where he utilized his skills in diversity management and communication to lead a team implementing network solutions for a top Fortune 20 company. Chase has a bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership (Summa Cum Laude) from Arizona State University and is completing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. In his free time Chase enjoys playing with his dogs, exploring San Diego on his motorcycle, and cooking.