Advisory Board


2019 Advisory Board Members

Board Chair - Kimberly Castillo
Board Vice Chair 
- Alyssa Gutner-Davis
- Kristen Mihalko
Secretary - Jessica Noel
Programming Chair - Brooke Haggerty
Marketing Co-Chairs - Lindsay Marcil and Erica Browning
Marketing Board Member - Alondra Alvarado
Membership Co-Chairs - Linnea Lagerstrom and Jessica Valencia
Membership Board Members - Shayla James and Theresa Cunningham

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 Supervisor 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, Faunalytics 

Brooke Haggerty has over a decade 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 is currently completing a Certification in Marketing. She is the Operations Manager for Faunalytics, a nonprofit that conducts research, analyzes data, and shares knowledge to help animal advocates increase their impact.

Her previous experience includes working on the statewide legislative campaign Prevent Cruelty CA/Yes on Proposition 12, successfully fighting to improve the living conditions for millions of factory farm animals, and prior to that she served as the programs manager and subsequently the executive director for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE). Throughout college Brooke was a humane educator for the Animal Protection and Rescue League.

In addition to her volunteer work with YNPN she serves on FACE's Board of Directors 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. 

Kristen.pngKristen Mihalko, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Kristen Mihalko has worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years mainly in program development and coordination. As an advocate for career development and personal growth, she volunteers her time as the Treasurer for YNPN San Diego and Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. She is currently earning a certificate in Arts and Culture Leadership at the University of San Diego. 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.pngJessica 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.