Board Member Spotlight: Meet Brooke!

Brooke Haggerty, YNPNsd Board Member & Programming Committee Chair

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. 

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Linnea!

Linnea LagerstromLinnea Lagerstrom, YNPNsd Board Member & Membership Committee Co-Chair

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.

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Network Like An Expert

B3-AC480_NETWOR_P_20180418160639.jpgDoes meeting new people turn you into a bundle of nerves? When you're in a group do you suddenly realize that you've been the only one talking for a long time? Ever met someone who had your dream job, but couldn't think of what to ask? We've got you covered.

Our 5th Annual Access to Experts is fast approaching, so we asked our experts about some of their go to tips when networking in new or unfamiliar places. From introverts to extroverts, or anyone who could use a brush up on their informational interview skills, there's a little something for everyone.

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Alondra!

Alondra Alvarado, YNPNsd Board Member

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 Assistant to the Executive Director at MANA de San Diego, a national Latina organization.

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.

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Kristen!

Kristen_M_square.jpgKristen Mihalko, YNPNsd Treasurer

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.

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Shayla!

LA-shay-3156_square.jpgShayla James, YNPNsd Board Member 

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. 

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Erica!

Erica_Browning_Square.jpgErica Browning, YNPNsd Board Member & Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Erica works as a Program Support Specialist with Jewish Family Service of San Diego. She works with a variety of programs under their Director of Community Services, managing finances, data, and contract compliance. She is passionate about using data driven, 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 working with the YNPN Board has helped 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.

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How to Prepare for a Professional Headshot


Rich Soublet

Tips & Tricks from Rich Soublet

Getting in front of the camera can seem intimidating, but at YNPN we're here to make sure you can put your best foot forward! Our annual Headshot Happy Hour is just around the corner. Our photographer Rich Soublet has kindly shared with us some insights to make sure you are ready to go.

"The best thing you can keep in mind is to know that you are in good hands with someone who has done headshots for over 300 people THIS YEAR ALONE," says Rich.

"I see a lot of faces and I make it my mission to make sure every single one looks the absolute best possible. Remember that you are unique, you are beautiful and interesting, and you are worth it.

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Alyssa!

Alyssa.jpgAlyssa Gutner-Davis, YNPNsd Board Vice Chair

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)!

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Board Member Spotlight: Meet Kimberly!

Kimberly CastilloKimberly Castillo, YNPNsd Board Chair

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.

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