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.
Now let's hear directly from Linnea!
What made you want to join the YNPN board?
I have been so fortunate to have mentors and supporters in my life to help me in my nonprofit career thus far, and I love facilitating conversations about career growth and how we can improve as a sector. Also, the events and the people are super fun so I wanted to be an integral part of that.
What is your favorite thing about your career thus far?
How dynamic it is. As a nonprofit professional, every day looks a bit different and we're forced to wear a lot of different hats. While that can be overwhelming sometimes, I also find it exciting because it's an opportunity for me to stay on my toes and learn new things from many different people and experiences.
If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
Hah! I would probably sleep, read, or spend more time with friends and family.
What has been the most fulfilling aspect of being a part of YNPN San Diego?
The people! Every single event has led to great conversations, new connections, and getting to hang out with like-minded and diverse people who truly care about making the world around them a better place.
What would you say to someone on the fence about becoming a member, or even joining the board?
Do. It! The more you put into YNPN, the more you get out of it, and in my experience, it has helped me grow professionally, make friends, and learn more about our communities. If cost is a concern, please reach out to us! If the timing of events is a concern, we want to hear about it! As a board member, it's been a privilege to create a space where people (hopefully) feel welcome and we are constantly making improvements to better serve young nonprofit professionals in San Diego.