2021 Board of Directors
Board President - Linnea Lagerstrom
Board Vice President - Theresa Cunningham
Treasurer - Stephanie Cook
Secretary - Lindsay Harmon
Programming Co-Chairs - Lindsay Smith & Maria Cuevas
Programming Board Members - Kat Salazar & Leslie Willis
Marketing Co-Chairs - Mia Gonzalez & Leah Firebaugh
Marketing Board Member - Shukri Mohamed
Membership Co-Chair - Lauren Hartz
Membership Board Members - Alondra Alvarado & Loretta Turner
Learn more about our amazing Board members! We look forward to meeting you!
Linnea 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 has a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Business and German from University of California, San Diego, has a certification through Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, and is thrilled to continue involvement with YNPN SD as the Board President.
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.
Stephanie Cook, San Diego Women's Foundation
Stephanie is the Executive Director of The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) where she oversees the organization’s strategic direction and mission to connect, educate and inspire women to engage in collective philanthropy. In this role Stephanie is responsible for directing staff and operations, board and financial oversight, creating connections and partnerships in the community, and acting as SDWF’s spokesperson.
Stephanie’s previous work experience includes program and event management, marketing, communications, and membership growth strategies in the nonprofit sector. Stephanie has a background in gender studies and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago, where she studied changing notions of community and empowerment in Cuban women’s movements throughout the 20th century.
In her free time Stephanie adventure sports and exploring the National Parks.
Lindsay Harmon, CollectiveSun
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 works as the Marketing Manager for CollectiveSun, a company that focuses solely on helping Nonprofit organizations gain access to solar and renewable energies. In 2017, she moved to San Diego from Minneapolis, MN in 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.
Lindsay Smith, MPA, GL Smith Consulting
Lindsay has over a decade of nonprofit experience in the fields of youth, housing, homelessness, public health, domestic violence, and women's health. She began her career in San Francisco, CA working with clients experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and economic instability. After San Francisco, she moved to Portland and began her work in public health and youth development. Her focus was on prevention programs to help youth be mentally and physically healthy, while staying in school.
Throughout her work in Oregon, she oversaw youth projects totaling over $3.5 million. Lindsay' work and advocacy helped inform legislation that provided protections for youth and their healthcare. She also served as the nonprofit representative to the Washington County Public Health Advisory Council and as a board member to Family Promise of Washington County.
Her most recent role was serving as the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley before moving to San Diego and co-founding GL Smith Consulting with her husband Greg.
Lindsay holds a Masters in Public Administration from University of Southern California and a B.A. in political science from Saint Mary's College of California.
“I joined YNPN SD to connect with nonprofit professionals and be a part of creating positive changes in the SD nonprofit community.”
Maria Cuevas, Jewish Family Service
As the Community Engagement Coordinator for Jewish Family Service (JFS), Maria coordinates donation drives, space use requests, and develops internal trainings across the agency.
Maria hopes serving on the YNPN Board will empower her to expand community partnerships and create more inclusive networking spaces in our community. When she is not working or visiting family, Maria enjoys going to the beach, reading at Balboa Park, and discovering local coffee shops.
Kat Salazar, 2-1-1 San Diego
Kathryn “Kat” Salazar currently works as a Community Connector at 2-1-1 San Diego supporting the local community by connecting clients to services needed to build and sustain healthy lives. Kat earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Global Health at California State University, Fullerton. Since 2012, Kat has worked and volunteered for the nonprofit sector internationally and nationally. After finishing her service with AmeriCorps, she began to advocate for global goals through the United Nations Association, serving as a Youth Member of the San Diego chapter.
Driven by her passion for helping others, Kat joined the YNPN’s Board of Directors. She believes this role will not only satisfy her desire to make a difference in the lives of the young nonprofit professionals in the community, but also enable to gain valuable experience she needs to accomplish her future goals -- to develop and promote global health programs.
Kat finds pleasure in making others smile, which is what inspired her to start her small art business. In her spare time, Kat pursues various activities and enjoys checking off items on her bucket list. Ultimately, Kat hopes to inspire others to always be kind, passionate, and resilient.
Leslie Willis, Self-Employed
Leslie has been working in the nonprofit sector for the past seven years. She is currently self-employed and contracts with several organizations in a program development and facilitation capacity. She often finds herself creating structure and sustainability within an organization using human centered design thinking, keeping the wants and needs of the intended beneficiaries at the forefront of decision making.
Leslie is passionate about creating spaces where individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences feel empowered to share their stories, learn about each other, and build connections. She has worked in the areas of prisoner reentry, international education, youth empowerment through sports, and restorative justice. Leslie earned an M.A. in Social Innovation from the University of San Diego where she developed a storytelling program with Rise Up Industries, a local workforce reentry nonprofit.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, swing dancing, and exploring the outdoors as a Nature and Forest Therapy guide.
Mia Gonzalez, Classy.org
Mia is a San Diego native and a passionate DE&I advocate who sits in the intersection of SaaS sales and nonprofit fundraising. As a Senior Account Executive at Classy.org, Mia loves working with nonprofits to understand their biggest opportunities in fundraising while demonstrating how great online technology can help them work smarter, and not harder. As an active member of the nonprofit community, Mia volunteers in her spare time, fights on behalf marginalized groups effected by systemic oppression and is also a graduate from Mana de San Diego's Latina Success Leadership Program. She is so excited to contribute as a member of the YNPN Board. In her spare time Mia enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her dog Susie.
Leah Firebaugh, Vistage
With a lifelong passion for the arts, Leah Firebaugh has dedicated much of her personal and professional time to working with leading arts organizations. With a Bachelor's of Music in Music Management from the Hartt School, Leah's resume includes marketing and fundraising/development roles with San Diego Theatres, the nonprofit organization that manages the San Diego Civic Theatre and historic Balboa Theatre, as well as The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Leah is a member of San Diego Leadership Alliance, is a Board Member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego, and serves on the Steering Committee of Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. In her free time, Leah can be found playing the piano and ukulele, screening films for the San Diego International Film Festival, cooking, and hiking San Diego’s beautiful scenery.
Shukri Mohamed, Community Boost
Shukri Mohamed is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Community Boost Consulting where she helps accelerate and scale online revenue and impact for nonprofits and social enterprises. Shukri's professional experience spans across the areas of marketing, consulting, public relations, project management, outreach, and creative formulation. Shukri earned her B.A in Sociology at UCLA and her M.A. in Social Innovation from the University of San Diego.
When she is not working Shukri enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, and exploring, and trying different food spots in San Diego. Shukri is thrilled to start her involvement with YNPN SD as a board member and contribute to building and sustaining a growing network of leaders.
As the Membership Coordinator at The New Children’s Museum, Lauren daily interfaces with the diverse member base of the museum. She is also involved in programs the museum has in place to reach marginalized and low-income families that may not otherwise have access to the museum. As someone who cares about child development and is interested in contemporary art, she has found that The New Children’s Museum perfectly intersects those values.
Lauren moved to San Diego in 2012 to attend Point Loma Nazarene University where she graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. While there she was a part of the school’s yearbook and worked at the university’s Offices of Strengths and Vocation as an Engagement Specialist. It was there Lauren developed a deep passion for creating space for professional development, especially for young people in the margins.
When she isn’t working, Lauren enjoys hosting game nights, kayaking, and reading new fantasy series.
Alondra Alvarado, Girl 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 is part of the President's Council at UnidosUS, the largest Latino advocacy organization in the country and serves as the Latinx Membership Specialist at Girl Scouts 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.
Loretta Turner, Outdoor Outreach
Loretta is New Jersey-bred, San Diego-based certified mindfulness & leadership coach, 500-HR yoga teacher, nonprofit consultant, and full-time Grants Manager at Outdoor Outreach. She is an active member of her nonprofit community, both as a seasoned professional and a devout volunteer. She has always worked within human service organizations, emphasizing mindfulness, compassion, and diversity awareness in her leadership roles. Loretta strongly believes that “it only works if you do,” and she’ll always encourage you to put the work in!