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 CastilloSan 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-DavisCleantech San Diego

As a Program Manager for Cleantech San Diego, Alyssa oversees the Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN), an incubator program funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission. SCEIN provides clean energy startups with a range of free services in order to accelerate their commercialization.

Alyssa graduated with a B.A. in Community Studies and a B.A. in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is now serving her fourth year on the YNPN San Diego Board as Vice Chair and last year was a fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance's Institute program.

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

Kristen.pngKristen MihalkoBalboa 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 Director of Operations 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 NoelJessica Noel, Southwestern Community College District 

Jessica is a youth and community advocate and returned to San Diego, CA after earning her Master of Public Policy from UCLA in 2017. 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 at Southwestern Community College District in the South Bay. 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 researchers to plan, design and conduct a comprehensive institutional research program. In addition to her leadership with YNPN San Diego, Jessica was selected for the 2019 YPC Academy, a program of the San Diego LGBT Center, to develop her leadership skills and advance LGBT equity in the region. In her free time, she spends time with her partner, plays with her anxious rescue dog, and makes jewelry as a creative outlet. Jessica is excited to join the executive committee of the YNPN San Diego Advisory Board after serving as the 2018 Programming Co-Chair.


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, and certifications in Non-Profit Management and 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. 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. 

Lindsay Marcil

Lindsay Marcil, Community Research Foundation

Lindsay Marcil is the Communications Manager at Community Research Foundation. Driven by a love for art, music, and their intersection with community service, Lindsay has spent her career in the nonprofit sector connecting individuals to opportunities for community impact; whether through art, public radio, or urban revitalization.

Lindsay recently moved to San Diego from Minneapolis, MN where she worked as a marketing professional for nonprofit organizations including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Minnesota Public Radio. Lindsay was an active volunteer and Advisory Board Member with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities. Lindsay served two years with AmeriCorps as a Volunteer Coordinator for a rebuilding organization in post-Katrina New Orleans, and then in St. Paul, MN as a Tutor Coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools. A Seattle native but a Minnesotan at heart, Lindsay holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Erica_Browning-1.jpgErica Browning, Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Erica works as a Program Support Specialist with Jewish Family Service of San Diego. She works with a variety of programs, including Breast Cancer Case Management and their County HHSA Communities in Action grant, managing finances, data, and contract compliance. She is passionate about using strengths based strategies to help vulnerable populations access resources and overcome barriers to leading happy and healthy lives.

Graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois in 2017, Erica earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. While in college, she volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the campus Social Justice Club, the student newspaper as their Features Editor, and a local urban farm. After college, Erica got her start in the non-profit sector in San Diego by working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City’s Promise Zone, a federal place-based initiative. Erica hopes working with the YNPN Board will help to grow her passion and expertise for working with local non-profits and encouraging a community of growth and inclusion. In her free time, Erica is an active yogi, and loves reading, drinking coffee, and traveling.

Alondra AlvaradoGirl Scouts of San Diego

Alondra Alvarado was born in Los Angeles, CA and was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She is the first in her extended family to graduate from college with a degree in psychology from the Autonomous University of Baja California. She moved to the United States in 2016 and prior to her life in San Diego, she worked for Tijuana’s City Council as Chief of Staff to a Council member and for the Baja California State Congress as a Media and Public Relations Advisor.

In addition to her volunteer work at YNPN, Alondra serves as Secretary of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and as the Latinx Membership Specialist at the Girl Scouts of San Diego .

Alondra is passionate about creating opportunities for women to help them grow in their professional pathway, specifically Latinas, and she is a testimony of how having someone that believes in you encourages your inner leader to come out.

Linnea LagerstromLinnea Lagerstrom, San Diego Habitat for Humanity

As a Development Officer for San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Linnea Lagerstrom has the joy of supporting Habitat's mission of providing affordable homeownership to local families through stewarding corporate partnerships and overseeing Habitat's annual fund. Before her current position, Linnea served as an AmeriCorps member, coordinating over 2,500 volunteers and establishing a youth program to engage 5-13 year olds interested in giving back to their communities. 

Linnea graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Business and German from University of California, San Diego. She is currently completing certification through Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, and is thrilled to continue involvement with YNPN SD as a board member and membership committee co-chair. 

When she is not working, volunteering, or sleeping, Linnea enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, and exploring the diverse eateries and neighborhoods of San Diego.

Jessica Valencia

Jessica Valencia, Center for Community Solutions

Jessica is currently a Prevention and Community Engagement Specialist at Center for Community Solutions and is passionate about working to end sexual violence and dismantle the roots of oppression. She is excited to join the YNPN SD Advisory Board as the Membership Co-Chair and looks forward to connecting with other members.

Jessica is a San Diego native and graduate of San Diego State University, where she received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Spanish, along with a certification in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation.  Through her experience working with different social justice organizations, she has gained skills in public speaking, conflict resolution and event planning. Jessica is committed to community engagement and volunteers with the Hermanitas Program through MANA de San Diego, CA Latinas for Reproductive Justice and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. On her down time, she enjoys reading, running, and dancing to live music.

Shalya James Shayla James, Villa Musica

Shayla James balances her time as a researcher and teaching artist in the non-profit sector. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose work is rooted in community engagement, empowerment and collaboration across disciplines. Shayla is the Education Program Manager for Blindspot Collective. She has taught for Arts for Learning, and has volunteered in the Learning and Community Engagement Department at the San Diego Symphony. Also, she volunteers as the Vice Chair of Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. As a contracted non-profit researcher, her interests include assessment and evaluation, education, cultural policy and EDAI (equity, diversity, inclusion accessibility) principles.

Shayla received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Coe College. She attended UC-San Diego for a Master of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Integrative Studies (Ethnomusicology and Critical Studies). She enjoys hiking, putting together puzzles and performing with her rock/pop band. 

Theresa CunninghamTheresa Cunningham, Reality Changers
Theresa Cunningham is the Vice President of Reality Changers, a San Diego-based nonprofit that transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources and support to become college graduates. In her position, she oversees talent operations and program management and plays a lead role in creating and maintaining an environment that values learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Her previous experience spans across the areas of consulting, nonprofit management, education, strategic planning, and human resources. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.  
A writer and food aficionado, Theresa’s inspiration is derived from her travel to over 30 countries. In her personal time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and raising her two daughters. She is excited to join the YNPN San Diego Advisory Board and contribute to building and sustaining a growing network of leaders by serving on the membership committee.