2022 Board of Directors
Board President - Linnea Lagerstrom
Board Vice President - Lindsay Smith
Treasurer - Stephanie Cook
Secretary - Leah Firebaugh
Programming Co-Chairs - Kat Salazar & Leah Quinn
Programming Board Members - Caitlyn Benjamin
Marketing Co-Chairs - Lauren Hough & Jeremy Alameda
Marketing Board Member - Billy Piper
Membership Co-Chair - Loretta Turner & Shukri Mohamed
Membership Board Members - Lauren Hartz
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 the University of California, San Diego, has a certification through the 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.
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's 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 the 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.”
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 explores the National Parks.
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 the 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.
Caitlyn has worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years in fields such as youth development, international aid, humanitarian aid, etc. She began her formal career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine in 2016, but prior to that volunteered with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, The Trans-border Institute, St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen, and other local non-profits since high school.
Following her Peace Corps Career, Caitlyn earned an M.A in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of San Diego. While there, she specialized in Advocacy and International Development to help further her career goals given her prior experience. Caitlyn’s goal is to continue to drive the nonprofit sector to grow in its professionalism and bring a higher standard to organizations. By joining the YNPN Board of Directors she hopes to further this goal while networking in the community.
When she is not working Caitlyn plays competitive disc golf, hikes, knits, cooks, and enjoys local live music with friends. She is excited to start her time on the YNPN board and further contribute to the growth of the nonprofit community.
Kat Salazar, YMCA of San Diego County & Polinsky Children’s Center
Kathryn “Kat” Salazar currently works as a Lead Support Specialist in the Housing Our Youth program at the YMCA of San Diego County. Kat supports youth in the community with resource and housing navigation, crisis intervention, and mentorship. Kat also serves as a Residential Care Worker and Mental Health Aide at the emergency shelter, Polinsky Children’s Center. 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 her to gain the valuable experience she needs to accomplish her future goals -- to serve in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
One of Kat’s personal goals is to collect a variety of hobbies and enjoys checking off items on her bucket list. Ultimately, Kat hopes to inspire others to always be kind, passionate, and resilient.
Lauren Hough, The San Diego Foundation
As Prospect Research Analyst for The San Diego Foundation, Lauren Hough generates and continuously develops a pipeline of prospective donors with a focus on principal-level gifts. Her primary goal is to analyze data to inform development strategy, marketing campaigns, and prospect outreach. Before her current position, Lauren served as the Regional Affiliate Membership Coordinator, providing administrative support to the Foundation’s eight regional affiliate foundations across the county. In this role, she managed annual contributions, grant cycles, regional outreach, and donor stewardship.
Lauren has a B.A. in International Business and her MSW with an emphasis in Community Development and Administration; both degrees are from San Diego State University. She has a certification through the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, is a member of AFP San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Committee, and is a former Board Fellow for Survivors of Torture, International. When she isn’t working, you can find Lauren walking her rescue pup Graham, reading, exploring happy hours, or in a spin class. As a native San Diegan, she is ecstatic to be giving back to the local non-profit community with her involvement with YNPN San Diego.
Jeremy Alameda, CWORK
My name is Jeremy and I’m a creative professional with over ten years of experience in developing multimedia projects for a wide range of brands and creative marketing objectives.
My creative production work began in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I launched a small event and portrait photography business that quickly grew to include videography and multimedia services.
In early 2018, I adopted the role of Multimedia Producer for Gradient Financial Group, a field marketing organization for financial services professionals. In this role, I created internal and external web content for Gradient’s base of unique and independent financial professionals across the United States.
I felt fortunate to be a part of these creative opportunities and found the work rewarding, but I was becoming more and more drawn to human services and change-oriented projects. I desired to work alongside storytellers, organizers, and philanthropists committed to making a difference in their communities. Having spent 12 years in the Army National Guard, which included a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2003, I felt a strong pull to use my skills for greater service and take my abilities into a new arena.
To answer this calling, I began nonprofit video work in St. Paul, Minnesota, addressing veteran homelessness with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). New connections then led me to eye-opening work with American Public Media where I worked on projects like the Call to Mind initiative with journalist Kerry Miller, as well as Zack Johnson’s influential Field Work podcast and YouTube series.
This work, which was seen and heard throughout American Public Media’s influential network of 20 million people, opened the door to a vibrant freelancing career centered on storytelling for nonprofits and championing the work of great social impact organizations.
Today, I sit on the board of directors as the Marketing Co-Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego. I continue to leverage videography and video marketing to help social impact organizations strengthen and grow. Through CWORK, I provide a video marketing strategy that assists a range of growing organizations to achieve their most ambitious goals for enhancement, outreach, and social impact.
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.
Loretta Turner, Outdoor Outreach
Loretta is a San Diego-based certified mindfulness & leadership coach and workplace mindfulness consultant. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit and wellness sectors, Loretta brings a mindful, people-centered, and mission-driven approach to developing individuals and transforming organizational cultures. Loretta strongly believes that “it only works if you do,” and she’ll always encourage you to put the work in!
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.