By sharing information, connecting individuals and building skills of emerging leaders, YNPN helps to move individuals across the continuum from emerging to seasoned leaders, ensuring San Diego's nonprofit sector has the leadership necessary to continue meeting the community's needs.


YNPN San Diego does this by:

  • Hosting quarterly Meet & Greets that create a professional community of nonprofit emerging leaders by providing a safe space to connect and network.
  • Organizing various Professional Development Gatherings that bring nonprofit emerging leaders and season leaders in dialogue with each other around career and sector development/pathing. 

Have an idea for a Meet & Greet or Professional Development Gathering?  Share it with us!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Tender Greens in San Diego, CA

    May Connection Corner


    Interested in joining YNPN San Diego? Attend one of our free Connection Corner events to learn more about YNPNsd and get answers to your questions. During the event you’ll have the opportunity to talk with a board member and meet other prospective YNPN members involved in our local nonprofit community. Each time, we'll choose a conversation topic related to our industry or current events to discuss. Can’t make it this time? We’ll be hosting a Connection Corner the first Tuesday of each month.

    The theme for May’s gathering is self-advocacy in your career. Read this quick article about tips to being an effective self-advocate:

    This event is FREE and open to the public! All are welcome!

    We hope to see you there!

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 11 rsvps
    211 San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Know Your Rights


    Navigating human resources and negotiating benefits can be intimidating. We get it! YNPN San Diego is here to help you be competitive in the workplace, equipping you with information to exercise your rights. Whether you're looking for a new job, considering a promotion, or just want an HR overview, we've got you covered.

    HR expert Brent Beavers, Employee Engagement Coordinator at the San Diego Humane Society, will help us gain a better understanding of topics like exempt vs. nonexempt laws, paid time off, and common misconceptions around employee rights and privileges. Learn how to navigate delicate questions in the interview process, like asking for salary range and negotiating an offer. Also, get tips on how to turn down offers without burning bridges.

    Be your biggest advocate - Join YNPN San Diego to learn what you need to know about HR and how it impacts you.

    IMG_6885.jpgBrent Beavers is a native Californian who began exploring the Human Resources field in 2016. Brent currently works at San Diego Humane Society as an Employee Engagement Coordinator. As part of the HR team, Brent primarily supports the recruiting, onboarding, and separation functions and manages personnel files and employee changes. He also assists with HR metrics and analytics, compliance, and worker's compensation. Brent is wrapping up his final classes for the Human Resource Management Certificate program at UCSD Extension. 
    Brent holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and was previously involved in San Diego's theatre industry. He worked with many companies around San Diego, including The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, and San Diego Musical Theatre. In his spare time, Brent enjoys tap dancing, hiking, volunteering, and game nights. 

    This event is FREE for members

    $10 for non-members*


    *Not a member? Join today for only $50 to gain unlimited access to professional development and networking opportunities all year long!

Past Events

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 21 rsvps
    MAAC in Chula Vista, CA

    Behind the Scenes with MAAC


    Are you interested in learning about local nonprofits and how they operate? Still trying to find your interest and passion in the nonprofit sector? Don't miss this opportunity for our very first Behind the Scenes tour of a local nonprofit organization.

    This month's tour takes us to Chula Vista where we will explore MAAC, an amazing nonprofit that has been around since 1965 and continues to be dedicated to maximizing self-sufficiency with families and individuals through high-quality programs and advocacy in our communities. Arnulfo Manriquez, President and CEO, will give YNPN members an exclusive private tour of MAAC's school and community building with an opportunity for Q&A and networking after the tour. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Arnulfo ManriquezArnulfo Manriquez serves as President & CEO of MAAC, a nonprofit organization providing Leadership, Advocacy and Community Services in the County of San Diego. He has served in executive leadership positions for the past eleven years and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 25 years. Arnulfo has dedicated his career working directly with underserved individuals, households and communities of San Diego by maximizing self-sufficiency. This year, MAAC is celebrating 53 years of service and has been a leading advocacy organization in the areas of Housing, Education, Health and Career Pathways. Arnulfo’s experience has focused on Community and Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Strategic Planning and Education programs throughout the San Diego Community.

    Arnulfo presently serves as a Board member of UNIDOS US (formerly NCLR), a nationwide nonprofit advocacy organization and as Chair of the Board for Housing California, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization; as well as Treasurer of the board for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Arnulfo is also the president of the board of Urban Council Development, Inc. a nonprofit affordable housing development organization. Mr. Manriquez has recently become a member of UCSD’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

    Arnulfo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD, 1993) and a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership and Non-Profit Management from the University of San Diego (USD, 2005). As a first generation immigrant who grew up in San Diego, Arnulfo understands firsthand the challenges faced by under-represented communities and is committed to ensuring opportunities for self-sufficiency and safety for families who need it most.

    This is a FREE event! All are welcome!

    Not a member? Join today for only $50 to gain unlimited access to professional development and networking opportunities all year long!

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 31 rsvps
    Habitat for Humanity in San Diego, CA

    Leading from the Middle

    Leading from the Middle



    They say it's lonely at the top - but have you ever tried leading from the middle? Do you often find yourself managing up and below? Does it feel like you have no one to talk to?

    Fear not - our panel of middle leadership experts will share their tips and tricks for managing up and down your organization, how to get ahead without getting in trouble, and being a support system to those who are still finding their nonprofit wings.

    Moderator: Anya Delacruz, Associate Executive Director, Elderhelp

    Meet the Panelists: 

    Kimberly CastilloKimberly Castillo, Food Procurement Supervisor, San 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.

    Kevin LohmannKevin Lohmann, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Volunteers of America

    Kevin is a non-profit and arts marketer who eats, sleeps, and breathes San Diego. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from CSU Bakersfield and promptly returned home to earn an MBA from San Diego State University. During his career, he has worked at some of the county's premier artistic institutions, including The Old Globe and San Diego Repertory Theatre. He currently works as the Communications & Marketing Specialist for Volunteers of America Southwest. Additionally, Kevin provides part-time marketing support for The Accio! Box, a Harry Potter-themed subscription box. In his spare time, Kevin runs a Harry Potter-focused YouTube channel, and spends most every weekend in his kitchen, baking.

    Kristen MihalkoKristen Mihalko, Senior Manager, Programs and Special Events, Balboa 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 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.

    Anya Delacruz Anya Delacruz, Associate Executive Director of ElderHelp

    Anya Delacruz has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University. Anya has over 15 years of experience working with the older adult population, and over 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Anya joined ElderHelp in 2008 as an Intake Specialist providing resources and information to older adults, their families, and the community. Throughout her time at ElderHelp, Anya took on a variety of roles that include providing direct services to clients, supervising staff and managing programs, and conducting marketing and outreach activities.

    In 2014, Anya became the Associate Executive Director where she oversees the organization's day-to-day operations, is responsible for developing and overseeing programs and services, and works to develop relationship s and partnership that advance the organization's mission. Anya is a member of the Fieldstone Leadership Network and has been on YNPN's programming committee for over 3 years.

    FREE for YNPN members! 
    $10 for non-members* CLICK HERE TO PAY 

    *Not a member? Join today for only $50 to gain unlimited access to professional development and networking opportunities all year long!

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 40 rsvps
    Isa.Bella Pizzeria in San Diego, CA

    Manifest Your Best

    Manifest Your Best

    Join YNPN San Diego on Wednesday, February 27 from 6pm to 8pm at Isa.Bella Pizzeria as we kick off 2019 with networking and vision boarding. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, network with other passionate nonprofit professionals, and learn how YNPN can support you in 2019.

    We encourage you to visualize what you would like to accomplish in 2019 by creating your very own Vision Board. Roll up your sleeves, grab some magazines, and take some time to create a collage of images and words that inspire you, motivate you, and remind you WHY you do what you do every day. We hope to see you there!

    We will be providing poster boards for all in attendance who wish to create a vision board along with limited art supplies and magazines available. If available, please bring your own magazines and art supplies to create your board.

    Please consider a small donation of $5 with your RSVP to help us fund our free to low-cost programming throughout 2019.

    Or, become a YNPN member for unlimited access to our upcoming programs. Join today!

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 21 rsvps
    Deskhub in San Diego, CA

    Impactful Presentations


    Are you nervous about your next big presentation? Do you know how to engage your audience and make a lasting impact? And should you use a powerpoint?! Research shows that public speaking is one of the most common forms of social anxiety. Fortunately, we can overcome our presentation jitters and captivate our audience with some practice and simple tricks!

    Join YNPN San Diego on Thursday, November 8th to learn how to give an effective and impactful presentation from Erik Caldwell, expert public speaker and Director of the Economic Development Department at the City of San Diego.

    Erik will show attendees how to craft the perfect presentation, including tips on:

    • Where to start
    • Choosing a structure
    • How to make it personal
    • Choosing impactful images
    • How to prepare
    • Body language

    FREE for YNPN members! RSVP below. 
    $10 for non-members* CLICK HERE TO PAY 

    *Not a member? Join today for only $50 to gain unlimited access to professional development and networking opportunities all year long!

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 at 04:30 PM · 18 rsvps
    Ballast Point Home Brew Mart in San Diego, CA

    EPIP & YNPN San Diego Happy Hour


    YNPN San Diego and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) are getting together to discuss what we learned at the USD Nonprofit Summit and to enjoy some Friday fun and relaxation. Join us immediately following the Summit across from campus at the Ballast Point Tasting Room. First round is on EPIP!

    This event is open to EPIP and YNPN San Diego members and alumni only. Become a member today!

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 34 rsvps
    Park & Rec in San Diego, CA

    Headshot Happy Hour


    YNPN members are invited to our Members Only Mixer featuring FREE professional headshots with guest photographer Rich Soublet! Rich has over 12 years of expertise specializing in headshots. Check out his work here

    Not a member? Purchase your annual $50 YNPN membership today for a free headshota $300 valueand access to other professional development events and opportunities! Please note attendees will need to arrive before 7pm in order to reserve their headshot timeslot.


    Getting to sit one on one with somebody, learn about them, and then bring that person out in the photo is amazing to me." - Rich Soublet



    Members only, or purchase membership at the door.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 62 rsvps

    Learn to Earn



    As nonprofit professionals, we know how to effectively advocate for our passions and for the communities we serve. So why do we often struggle to advocate for ourselves?

    Join YNPN San Diego to eat pizza and talk raises, promotions, and contracts with our expert facilitator Tony Chartrand. Tony, an accomplished human resource executive and motivational speaker, will help us:

    • Prepare for a confidence-building ask.
    • Manage nonprofit specific push-back without getting flustered.
    • Develop personalized techniques that will set you up for success.
    • And much more!

    Don't let one conversation hold you back from making life-changing advances in your career. Learn to Earn with YNPN San Diego!

    Cost: FREE, donations encouraged
    Become a member today for unlimited access to our upcoming programs!

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 25 rsvps

    YNPN Summer Recess Social



    Can you believe we are more than halfway through 2018? School is out for the summer, but we know your work hasn't slowed down. Between work, professional development events, networking mixers, volunteer opportunities, and more - you need a BREAK.

    Join YNPN San Diego on Thursday, July 26th at Balboa Park to unwind, play lawn games, and just relax with other young professionals.

    All attendees will be entered into a chance to win a door prize. Prizes include a free month of yoga at Pilgrimage of the Heart, YNPN swag items, and FREE annual YNPN membership!

    Don't miss this chance to unplug with your social sector friends. Snacks will be provided, but don't forget to BYOB (no glass per Park rules).

    See you soon at YNPN San Diego's Summer Recess!

    Cost: Free, with a $5 suggested donation. Click here to contribute to our program!

    Ample parking available. 

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 45 rsvps
    2-1-1 San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Access to Experts



    Join YNPN San Diego for our signature networking event: Access to Experts!

    Have you ever wanted to ask an executive director how they landed their dream job? Are you interested in learning the tips and tricks for being a successful leader in your field? Access to Experts brings together top leaders from San Diego's social sector to share their industry knowledge with you.

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet and network with top change makers in San Diego! Food and drinks will be provided. 

    FREE for YNPN members! RSVP below. 
    $25 for non-members* ($30 at the door). Click here to pay

    *Not a member? Join today to gain unlimited access to all YNPN San Diego events for the year. Don't know if you're a member? Contact!


    Featured Experts

    Linda Caballero Sotelo, Executive Director of the New Americans Museum
    Ben Cartwright, Director of Community Outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center
    Jonathan Castillo, Regional Director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
    Theresa Cunningham, Vice President of Reality Changers
    Steve Eldred, Senior Program Manager at The California Endowment
    Jennifer Gilmore, CEO of Kitchens For Good
    Arnulfo Manriquez, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC)
    Lydia Moreno, Deputy Director of the City of San Diego Economic Development Department
    Judi Sanzo, President and CEO of Rancho Coastal Humane Society

    More to be announced soon...
    Learn more about our experts here.


  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 16 rsvps

    Food For Thought: Made to Stick

    YNPN San Diego presents Food for Thought (formerly Book Club) featuring a discussion on Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by authors Chip and Dan Heath.

    In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits.

    Made to Stick will transform the way you communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice.

    Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas—and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.

    So how does this fit into our roles in the nonprofit sector? Our ideas and strategies may be able to solve problems and change lives, but can we make them stick? Join us on May 30th to discuss!

    No time to read? No problem! Just come ready to converse!

    COST: Free, with a $5 suggested donation.  Click here to donate today!

    Donations made online will be charged a .46 cent processing fee, thank you for understanding.

    FREE food will be provided.



  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 22 rsvps
    211 San Diego in San Diego, CA

    San Diego's Next Top Applicant


    Have you been spending hours studying resume tips and cover letter templates? We know the career search can be daunting. It's time to close your computer and let our experts share what will really get you that interview in 2018!

    Join YNPN San Diego on Thursday, April 26th as we bring three esteemed career development professionals together to share the latest tricks of the trade. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two of three in-depth workshops to improve their resumes, cover letters, or LinkedIn profiles.

    Our panelists include:

    • Taryell Simmons, Internship / Job Developer at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleg
    • Liliane Lendvai, Operations Manager at Blair Search Partners LLC
    • Leilany Lima, Training Specialist at San Diego Workforce Partnership

    Bring your resume or cover letter, or let our experts help you start from scratch. You're guaranteed to leave feeling confident in your ability to land the job of your dreams!

    FREE for members! Aren't sure if you're a member? Email!


    $15 $8 for non-members ($10 at the door)

    Click here to pay!

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 46 rsvps

    How to Be An Everyday Ally


    Join YNPN San Diego on Tuesday, March 27 from 6pm to 8pm at Volunteers of America Southwest (3530 Camino del Rio North, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92108) to participate in the Bystander & Ally Intervention training facilitated by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) San Diego

    In fall of 2017, CAIR San Diego began providing Bystander & Ally Intervention Training to help the greater San Diego community better deal with the animosity-filled climate many in our country were facing. The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that often prevents people from intervening on behalf of victims of harassment, assault, or other criminal activity. Through training in non-violent intervention methods and role playing in practice scenarios, trainees learn the methods and techniques to circumvent the powerful social pressure to stay silent. In this training, you will learn how to tackle issues of Islamophobia, Racism, LGBT&Q Discrimination and Misogyny. Learn more about the great work CAIR San Diego is doing in the community

    Cost: Free for members and non-members

    We are limited to 40 seats at the event so please RSVP today.

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 42 rsvps
    Park & Rec in San Diego, CA

    YNPN 10th Anniversary Happy Hour

    YNPN 10th Anniversary

    Whether you’re a seasoned nonprofit professional or are aspiring to be, San Diego YNPN has been your network for ten years now!

    YNPN is celebrating its 10th anniversary and it just wouldn't be a party without you! Join us for our very first event of the new year on February 22nd at Park and Rec from 6-8pm.

    Enjoy happy hour prices, meet other passionate professionals, and learn how YNPN can support you in 2018!

    Please consider a small donation of $5 or less with your RSVP to help us fund our free to low-cost programming throughout 2018. A $5 donation also gets you access to EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR!

    Pre-pay your donation here: your donation here: Click here to pay


  • Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 20 rsvps

    Combating Compassion Fatigue


    The time has come for us to acknowledge that we need to take care of ourselves. Those of us in the nonprofit sector give our time, our energy, and our hearts to helping those in need. However, when you give all of yourself to others, who takes care of you?

    Compassion Fatigue is “a state experienced by those caring for and helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper."

    We're bringing you a mental-health-focused workshop led by psychiatrist Dr. Wendy Khentigan, which will tackle this crucial and often overlooked occupational hazard in the nonprofit sector. Those who attend will learn to define compassion fatigue, recognize symptoms, identify who is at risk, and take steps to help those suffering (especially themselves). Participants will have the opportunity to take a self-assessment, reflect and connect with the positive aspects of their work, and create a self-care plan during the session.

    FREE for YNPN members and $10 for non-members. If you aren't a member yet, consider upgrading your ticket for $15 more to become a YNPN member for a year! Click here to make your payment


    About the Speaker
    wendy-khentigan.jpgWendy A. Khentigan, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice since 1994. She graduated from New York Medical College and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has spoken on the topic of Compassion Fatigue at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Business of Saving Lives conference and has led workshops on understanding, recognizing, and addressing compassion fatigue. Dr. Khentigan devotes her free time serving as a Board member for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education.

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 36 rsvps
    United Way of San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Time to Talk Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


    Join YNPN San Diego for another frank discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion. We all know it's been a divisive year full of "us vs them" rhetoric. It's time to crack this issue open and talk about how systemic inequality, prejudices, and implicit biases are influencing society at large and specifically, the social sector.
    This event will feature experts who will share their experiences and provide some tips and tricks for us all to be better advocates for equity in our daily lives and workplaces. Come with an open mind and be ready to challenge your assumptions.
    Moderator: Ashley Rodriguez, Development Coordinator, Center for Policy Initiatives
    • Ian Gordon, Executive Director, San Diego Youth Development Office
    • Mejgan Afshan, Public Affairs and Policy Coordinator, CAIR
    • Jennifer Eve Thorn, Executive Artistic Director, MOXIE Theatre


    FREE RSVP with suggested donation of $10 at the door

    Mejgan Afshan is a native of beautiful San Diego, California and has been involved in supporting progressive issues at the local, state and national level for over a decade. Before joining CAIR San Diego she most recently served the newly resettled immigrant and refugee community at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. Her commitment and passion for progress is evident in her experience and she believes in the power of the people. Since her time at San Francisco State University receiving a B.A. in International Relations she has continued to shift the paradigm in engaging Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian and various other marginalized groups into organizing and self-advocacy. She has worked on several political campaigns, for the Barona Band of Mission Indians Tribal Council, the San Diego Democratic Party, former Mayor Gavin Newsom and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Because of her love of art she is a regular cultural consultant on multimedia and theater projects while avidly supporting inclusive artistic freedom.

    Jennifer Eve Thorn is one of the founders and Executive Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, the only theatre in Southern California dedicated to producing women's work. She received her BA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. After university, Ms. Thorn moved to New York to work with the renowned Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre as assistant to the general manager. In 2001, Thorn returned to her hometown of San Diego to take a position at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. In May of 2003 Thorn’s adaptation of the national best seller First They Killed My Father was staged and produced at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art to raise funds for Land Mine Victims in Cambodia, raising an astounding $500,000 for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Thorn is also the director and co-creator of A Lesson For Life. Recently she was awarded a Global Leadership Award from The Young President’s Organization for this groundbreaking educational theatre experience. She developed the “MOXIE Theatre Immersion” program, designed to incorporate the art of theatre into the world of corporate strategic planning to facilitate team building and communication with major brands like Disney, Pixar. In 2012, Ms. Thorn was nominated for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award.

    As Director, Ian Gordon is responsible for advancing the mission of San Diego Youth Development Office (YDO) to support positive youth development strategies that improve outcomes by connecting, convening and engaging stakeholders and their resources to advance the health and economic wellbeing of San Diego’s children, youth, families, and communities. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in Federal contracting, organizational and non-profit management, community and workforce development, social science research, and business. An expert in human development, Ian is knowledgeable of the neighborhood, cultural, physical, and psycho-social factors necessary for the healthy development of children and youth. For twenty years, he has applied social science theory, research, and best practice to a variety of initiatives and programs that have resulted in improved behavioral, educational, and employment outcomes for children and youth.
    In addition to being Director, Ian is the San Diego region’s site lead for a national initiative to address the policy and systems barriers that have led to the increasing number of Opportunity Youth (16 to 24-year-olds who are not connected – or insufficiently connected – to education or employment). As a result, a cross-sector collaborative of public, private, and community-based organizations, foundations, and businesses are involved in addressing high school dropout, post-secondary training, and credentialing and employment in life-sustaining careers in three local districts. Under Ian’s leadership, YDO is the backbone organization for the San Diego Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (PATHWAYS) which utilizes a collective impact framework to effect policy and systems change.
    Ian has served on boards and committees including the San Diego Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council Resource Committee, Linked Learning San Diego, San Diego County Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Strategy Task Force, California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities, California Opportunity Youth Network, City Heights Partnership for Children’s Leadership Table, Open Places San Diego, San Diego Alternatives to Incarceration Core Team, San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team and National Youth Employment Coalition.
    Ian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Howard University, and a Master’s degree in Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 30 rsvps
    Mission Edge in San Diego, CA

    Food for Thought: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team



    YNPN San Diego presents Food for Thought: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, featuring a discussion on the famous leadership fable by Patrick Lencioni.

    There are five dysfunctions that are at the very heart of why teams — even the best ones — often struggle. They are: 1) Absence of Trust, 2) Fear of Conflict, 3) Lack of Commitment, 4) Avoidance of Accountability, and 5) Inattention to Results. Lencioni outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

    Take a crack at this easy and fun read, skim the book summary below, or simply show up ready to engage in lively conversation. The choice is yours! We'll start the evening with 30 mins of networking plus food and drinks.

    Book Summary:

    Cost: Free! 

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 38 rsvps
    211 San Diego

    Adulting 101: Personal Finance

    Adulting 101: Personal Finance


    Does retirement planning freak you out? Confused about the differences between a "401K", "401B", and "Roth" account? Worried about how to work in the nonprofit sector and still save for the future? We know the struggle.

    That's why Thomas Schenck of New York Life Insurance Company and Ciano Villaquiran, CFP & ChFC with MassMutual Financial Group will be presenting on what to do if 1) your employer offers a retirement account, or 2) your employer does not offer a retirement account. At this event, you'll pick the track that best describes your situation for a choose-your-own-adventure experience. RSVP today to take the fear out of financial planning!

    Food and drinks provided. FREE for YNPN members and $15 for non-members. If you aren't a member yet, consider upgrading your ticket for $10 more to become a YNPN member for a year! Click here to make your payment




    Ciano Villaquiran, MassMutual Financial Group
    Ciano specializes in working with young professionals who are seeking education, advice, and collaboration to build a strong financial
    future. Ciano is one of only 3% of Certified Financial Planner representatives under 30 in the U.S. As a young professional, he knows how to guide people of his generation, who may not yet have significant assets/ net worth, through a financial-planning process that creates clarity and reduces worries. He brings to the practice knowledge and experience around low-cost investing, proper protection planning, student loans, and more.


    Tom SchenckThomas Schenck, New York Life Insurance Company
    As a financial Advisor for New York Life Insurance he brings a rich blend of professional expertise to his clients. His focus is assisting in the financial planning for small businesses, community banks, non profit organizations and high net worth individuals. He is also the founder and executive director of the MESE Fund, a non profit dedicated to the mentor ship of young teachers in urban schools.

    Additionally, his experience includes serving as a headmaster of a New England school, as well as an international fundraiser for various educational non profits. Lastly, he is an author, inspirational corporate speaker, nationally ranked body builder and the first actor to portray Spider-man for Marvel Comics in New York City.

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 10 rsvps
    Park & Rec

    Headshot Happy Hour

    Headshot Happy Hour


    Members are invited to our Members Only Mixer featuring FREE headshots at Park & Rec on Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Come dressed in your best - suit or cape, whatever makes you feel polished and professional - and dazzle the camera. Afterwards mingle with America's finest nonprofit professionals.

    Not a member? Sign up today and save $5 off membership. All members benefit from connecting with over 100 other young high impact leaders in the social space, continuous learning opportunities to grow professionally, and networking with nonprofit organization’s that are hiring and making a positive impact. 

    That's only $20 for: 

    • Unlimited access to "Food for Thought"

    • Access to two professional development events

    • Listserv access

    • Special invitations and announcements to other events and job postings

    or only $45 for:

    • Unlimited access to all YNPN San Diego events

    • Listserv access

    • Special invitations and announcements to other events and job postings

    • Eligibility to attend YNPN National Conference


  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD · 24 rsvps
    DeskHub in San Diego, CA

    Storytelling for Nonprofits with the Storytelling Consultant

    Storytelling for Nonprofits


    Storytelling is a powerful tool for nonprofits. It allows organizations to share their mission in a way that expresses the importance and empathy inherent in the mission. This workshop will enable participants to better identify potential stories in the work they do and more effectively relate their own stories in the future.

    Join Nathan Young, of the Storytelling Consultant and The New Narrative, as he explains why storytelling works and activates emotional responses. Nathan will take you on a journey of crafting, reviewing elements, and sharing stories with the group. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills needed to develop stories for fundraising, outreach, or marketing of your organization to better connect to your community.

    FREE for YNPN members and $15 for non-members. If you aren't a member yet, consider upgrading your ticket for $10 more to become a YNPN member for a year! Use the payment area below!

    Current YNPNsd Members RSVP here

    Learn about membership benefits!

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Mintz Levin in San Diego, CA

    Forum Event: Community Leadership and Nonprofit Public Service



    The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego (YNPNsd) and the SDCBA Forum for Emerging Lawyers invite all new lawyers and nonprofit professionals to a special Sector2Sector networking event on Thursday, June 29 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Mintz Levin law firm in Torrey Hills. 

    Join us for a fun-filled evening of networking and connecting with colleagues and community leaders to meet the individuals that can connect you to volunteer opportunities, nonprofit board service, and to provide low-bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that share your values. 

    Registration is now open and space will be limited, so please RSVP early by clicking the button below!


    **This event is co-hosted by the SDCBA Forum for Emerging Lawyers and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego (YNPNsd)**





  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 52 rsvps
    Classy in San Diego, CA

    Access to Experts



    Join Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego (YNPNsd) for our signature networking event: "Access to Experts" on Thursday, June 22 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Classy in downtown San Diego. Meet and network with top leaders from San Diego's social sector! Learn how these successful leaders landed their dream jobs along with the everyday successes and challenges of their roles within their organization. They will also share insight to the future of the local social sector and provide you with tips and tricks for putting your best self forward. Don't miss this opportunity, sign up today!

    Food and drinks will be provided. FREE for YNPN members and $20 for non-members. If you aren't a member yet, consider upgrading your ticket for $5 more to become a YNPN member for a year! Use the donation page to send your payment.


    • Sarah Beckman, Director of External Relations, Balboa Park Conservancy
    • Jose Cruz, Executive Director, Barrio Logan College Institute
    • Geraldine D'Silva, Executive Director, PAWS San Diego
    • Kyra Green, PhD, Deputy Director, CPI
    • Anjanette Maraya-Ramey, Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
    • Daniel Romero, Senior Program Director, SAY San Diego
    • Ryan Ross,

    Learn more about our experts


    Click here to learn more about becoming a YNPN Member




  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 19 rsvps

    Food for Thought: The Solution Revolution

    Date: 5/18, 6-8pm
    Location: The Loading Dock (formerly 98 bottles), 2400 Kettner Blvd #110, San Diego, CA 92101
    Cost: FREE for everyone

    YNPN San Diego presents Food for Thought (formerly called Book Club), featuring a discussion on The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems, by authors William Eggers and Paul Macmillan.

    By erasing public-private sector boundaries, the solution economy is unlocking trillions of dollars in social benefit and commercial value. Where tough societal problems persist, new problem solvers are crowdfunding, ridesharing, app-developing, or impact-investing to design innovative new solutions for seemingly intractable problems. Providing low-cost health care, fighting poverty, creating renewable energy, and preventing obesity are just a few of the tough challenges that also represent tremendous opportunities for those at the vanguard of this movement. They create markets for social good and trade solutions instead of dollars to fill the gap between what government can provide and what citizens need.

    So what drives the solution economy? Who are these new players and how are their roles changing? How can we grow the movement? And how can we participate?

    Deloitte’s William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan introduce us to the people and organizations driving the revolution—from edgy social enterprises growing at a clip of 15 percent a year, to megafoundations, to Fortune 500 companies delivering social good on the path to profit.

    FREE food will be provided!

    No time to read? No problem! Just come ready to converse!



  • Friday, May 12, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Balboa Park Botanical Garden

    Social Happy Hour on the Lawn

    Date: May 12, 2017
    Location: Balboa Park Botanical Garden
    Time: 6 PM

    Summer is just around the corner so we're taking our social happy hour outside! That's right, kick off your heels and loosen those ties, we'll be playing lawn games in Balboa Park.

    We'll be setup to the left of the Botanical Building in the heart of the park. We'll have some snacks, canned beer, blankets, and lawn games. Yes, you can drink at Balboa Park, just no glass if you want to BYOB.

    Shake off the week and get fancy free with your favorite NP professionals.

    We'll see you on Friday! We'll be the ones laughing and forlicing in the grass.

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Downtown Works in San Diego, CA

    How to Level Up in your Career

    YNPN San Diego and AFP Young Professionals are proud to team up with Trevor Blair of Blair Search Partners, who will share key insights for advancing your career in the nonprofit sector. The discussion will focus on the recruiting, interviewing and hiring process from “the other side of the table”. This is a unique opportunity to see the talent game from the hiring manager’s perspective, and gain insight into the factors distinguishing successful candidates from the rest. This will be a highly interactive conversation, so come prepared to engage, and get perspective on your career questions and challenges.

    Trevor will be hosting us at his office inside Downtown Works, an incredible new creative professional space. Food and drinks will be provided. FREE for YNPN and AFP Young Professionals members and $15 for non-members. If you aren't a member yet, use the donation page to send your payment!

    About our guest speaker: With 18 years of experience in the recruitment and staffing sector, Trevor has helped advance thousands of careers. In 2016 he launched a new firm, focusing exclusively on San Diego-based nonprofit and public sector clients, filling positions at the C-level, as well as Director, Program and Staff levels. Recent placements include The San Diego Foundation, the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Girl Scouts San Diego, San Diego North EDC, Feeding San Diego and Promises2Kids.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 22 rsvps
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    February 2017 BC

    The San Diego chapters of YNPN and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) are joining forces to bring you a discussion you won't want to miss. This time, we're tackling the overhead myth! "For years, nonprofits have campaigned for funders to end their widespread practice of providing full financial support for programs and services, but scrimping on overhead costs. This practice gives rise to the vexing 'starvation cycle' that constrains nonprofits’ ability to invest in essential organizational infrastructure and creates tensions, and even dishonesty, between grantmakers and grantees." These words come from a recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article titled Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy, which offers a radically new perspective on how to fund impact. 
    Recently, grantmakers have begun exploring what it would take to fund the real costs of the organizations they support -- that is all of the necessary investments for a nonprofit organization to achieve its mission and be sustainable over the long term. Last year, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers launched a joint statewide initiative called the Full Cost Project to come up with solutions.  
    Join us in exploring the findings from the first report released by the Full Cost Project. Among other things, we'll be discussing the importance of competitive wages and how the social sector must focus on attracting and retaining talent in order to be effective. Come ready to share your experiences, and let's collaborate on a path forward to end the overhead myth.
    FREE pizza, salad and beer will be provided! 
    No time to read? No problem! Just come ready to converse!
    Pay-What-It-Takes-Philanthropy by Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad:
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 23 rsvps

    YNPNsd January Book Club: Conflict Is Not Abuse

    YNPN San Diego Book Club is starting 2017 with a bang!

    Join us for a meaningful, FREE discussion with guest facilitator Jeremy Bloom (2016 SDLA Fellow) on the difference between conflict and abuse and how conflating the two produces a culture of scapegoating.

    We'll be diving into a book written by Sarah Schulman, a lesbian writer and radical social activist. In Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair, Sarah reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self-critism, and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning. Get ready to go deep and take a look at how we currently deal with personal and collective traumas and what we can do better! These are lessons that have the power to positively affect our relationships, our workplaces, and our political spaces. 

    Come on out to Babycakes for some great cupcakes (on us!), cocktails, and conversation!

    Don't have time to get through the book? Check out this short excerpt or skim through this insightful article to learn more.  

    Warning: This book delves into all types of conflict and abuse and may be triggering for those who suffer from PTSD associated with past trauma(s).

  • Friday, November 18, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps

    November Book Club: The 4 Impulses Shaping Nonprofit America

    Join us for our YNPN SD Book Club this month, where we'll be wrapping up the year by discussing the four impulses that are shaping the future of nonprofit America. They are: 1) voluntarism, 2) professionalism, 3) civic activism, and 4) commercialism. These may sound all-too-familiar since many of the organizations we volunteer with and work for are already struggling with the conflicting pressures that come from being guided by multiple impulses.
    We'll be reading an article by Lester M. Salamon, Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins University that dives into how these four impulses will do everything from affect the roles that nonprofits play to the strategies they use to do their work.
    Come ponder possibilities and vent your concerns with other young professionals. We'll be providing yummy food to nourish this great conversation!
    Note: Find us in the open seating section behind the bar.


  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 55 rsvps
    211 San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Access to Experts

    Come learn and network with coveted folks in the social sector at YNPN PDC’s biggest event of the year! List of experts to come…

    Also come hungry! YNPN will be providing dinner & drinks.


    If you are a member, our PDC events are FREE.

    However, if you aren't a member yet, we only ask for a small donation of $10. Use our donation page to send your payment!

    Meet some of our experts:

    Anne Rios (Executive Director of Think Dignity)
    Leticia Cazares (Director of Outreach for the San Ysidro Health Center)
    David Murphy (Executive Director of IRC San Diego)
    Norma Chavez-Peterson (Executive Director of ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties)
    Pat Libby (USD)

    Read more about them on our experts page!

    Please park on the backside of the 211 building. We'll see you then!


  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 20 rsvps

    YNPNsd's September Book Club: Diversity & Inclusion

    Book club is back!



    Please note the change of location. We are sad to find out that Wine Steals is being forced to suddenly shut its doors this week. We'll see you at the office of the American Diabetes Association. Beer, pizza, and cheer will be provided!

    Parking directions: There is no ADA signage on the building. It is a red brick building call Five Governor, pull around either side and park in the back. ADA is the first suite on the left in the breezeway.


    Join us for our YNPN SD Book Club this month, where we'll be tackling the topic of...

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

    in the nonprofit sector!

    There has been a lot of tension this year in our society related to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious freedom, and other critical aspects of people’s identity.
    Whether its related to discussions about systemic racism in policing practices or concerns about the safety of LGBTQ community members following acts of terrorism or political fuss directed at a female presidential candidate, this subject is all over the news.

    We'll be reading two articles and engaging in a raw conversation with special guest Kyra Greene, who works as a Research & Policy Analyst on EDI issues at the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI). 

    The readings are:
    1) "Hey, You Got a Little Racism Stuck In Your Teeth" from the Nonprofit With Balls blog written by Vu Le 

    2) "The Nonprofit Sector Has a Ferguson Problem" from Nonprofit Quarterly written by Derwin Dubose 

    Come ready to converse. We'll be providing appetizers and cheer.
  • Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 133 rsvps
    The Lot in San Diego, CA

    YNPNsd x Tasteful Tuesdays


    Back at it again with another collaboration! This time we're partnering up with Tasteful Tuesdays. Join us in Point Loma on Tuesday (duh) September 6th at The Lot (2620 Truxtun Rd. 92106).

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 42 rsvps
    211 San Diego in San Diego, CA

    August PDC Event - 501(c)(whaa??)

    YNPNsd's Professional Development Committee presents:


    Confused about differences between nonprofit organizations? You're not the only one. We'll be talking about different 501(c) organizations for this YNPNsd Profession Development meeting!

    Nonprofit attorney Matt Strabone will present on the different tax exempt status classifications followed by a panel discussion with:

    University of San Diego's Castor Research Center Director, Laura Deitrick, PhD;

    Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Government Relations Director, Nora Vargas

    Free with membership, $10 for non-members.

    (If you're not a member yet, donate here:

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 29 rsvps
    The Wine Pub in San Diego, CA

    July Book Club: YNPNsd x Leaders 2020 presents the QOL dashboard.

    Join YNPN San Diego and Leaders 2020 for July book club as we dive into the newly released Quality of Life Dashboard to discuss the various indicators for San Diego.

    YNPN July Book Club

    Members of the Leaders 2020 steering committee will lead us in discussion about the findings as we mix and mingle over wine and cheese.

    Light appetizers will be provided. 

    If you want to get a jump start on learning about the Dashboard, you can find it here: 

    The Wine Pub is dog friendly, and hosts "Woofer Wednesday's" where pups get a free meal! So feel free to bring your furbaby!

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps

    June #YNPNsd Book Club

    Join #YNPNsd & AFP San Diego Young Professionals for YNPN's June Book Club!YNPN JUNE Book Club

    YNPN & AFP's San Diego Young Professionals are collaborating and bringing an informative evening of networking and knowledge-sharing! We'll be conducting a deep dive of the newly-released 2016 Giving USA Report, which provides the most comprehensive overview of charitable giving data available.

    June 22: 6-8pm

    This information is crucial for fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, volunteers and other individuals who work in the social sector and are interested in having a better understanding of the current philanthropic landscape.
    Come on out to this FREE event where you can make new friends, eat good food, and get up-to-date on the latest facts.
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 16 rsvps

    North County Booze & Schmooze

    Join us on Thursday, June 16th to drink some craft BOOZE and SCHMOOZE with fellow North County Non-Profiteers.

    This is a FREE event for ALL!

    The first 20 folks to arrive will get a free pint of Booze Bros. Beer! There will also be a Food Truck with mouthwatering food to purchase!

    Don’t forget your business card to be entered into our raffle!


  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 55 rsvps
    United Way of San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Nonprofit Event Planning

    As the summer season approaches, many nonprofit organizations are gearing up for their big events. Learn how you can tackle these tasks with the help of our former YNPN Board Chair and Professional development committee chair Jaci Feinstein!

    Jaci has experience planning festivals, industry conferences and community-wide volunteer events for both corporate employees as well as large community groups, engaging in the upwards of 5,000 people. Her background in the engineering field, business world, and nonprofit sector give her valuable insight in planning events specifically tailored to a wide variety of needs.

    RSVP with us today! See you then.

  • Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 09:30 AM · 13 rsvps
    Ballast Point in San Diego, CA

    YNPNsd & Hoppy Yoga's April Collaboration

    YNPN San Diego and Hoppy Yoga!

    YNPN San Diego Logo  AND Hoppy Yoga Logo

    Please join us THIS SUNDAY, April 17th to sweat and socialize with other non-profit professionals and sip some tasty beers! 
    Hoppy Yoga will be on Sunday 4/17 @ 9:30am @ Ballast Point (Miramar) 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121.
    COSTS $20 at the door (which gets you 90 minutes of yoga and a flight or pint of Ballast Point beer after)!


    We hope to see you on the mat this Sunday!
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Caffe Calabria in San Diego, CA

    YNPN Book Club Presents: The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander

    Join us for this FREE discussion about the 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors! Let's talk about how we can encourage the creative process in our work as social change agents. Come on out for a lovely evening at Caffe Calabria...make new friends over lively conversation and delicious pizza.

    The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment. The authors' harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.

    Don't have time to read? Check out the TED talk at:

    OR watch it here:

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 06:00 PM · $10.00 USD · 13 rsvps
    2-1-1 San Diego, 3860 Calle Fortunada San Diego, CA 92123

    Negotiations 101

    Negotiating 101


    Negotiating is a part of everyday life, whether it’s going for a promotion, determining a job’s salary and perks, working out deals with vendors, or even just advocating for yourself. Career counselor and business consultant Kim Eisenberg will help participants formulate strategies for negotiating and to identify, leverage and capitalize on your strengths to arrive at a mutually beneficial outcome for both you and the other party. Kim will help participants formulate strategies for negotiating and to identify, leverage and capitalize on your strengths and the other party's weaknesses to arrive at an acceptable outcome for both you and the other party. For over 14 years she has helped individuals successfully manage their careers and navigate challenging transitions, and partnered with corporate clients on their organizational development and talent management strategies. Kim blends her unique background in corporate career services & workforce development, her personal experience in management, and her extensive training in strengths-based counseling. The result is sharp, business savvy coaching delivered with a warm and supportive style. Kim holds a Master’s in Social Work Administration, a Bachelor’s in Sociology, and a certificate in Career Coaching. You can learn more at

    As always, refreshments will be served. RSVP below!

    Please note: If you are a member, this event is free of charge and included in your annual membership dues for the year!



  • Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Mission Edge

    Book Club: Getting Started With Negotiation

    YNPN Book Club Presents: Negotiations

    We all know that negotiation is an important skill in the professional world, but often we struggle with how to use it in our own lives. Join us for FREE on March 9th from 6-8pm as we dive into the basics of negotiation and talk how to be successful at working with others to solve problems. We'll discuss this video by Margaret Neale, a well-known professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business According to Neale, successful negotiations do not begin as a demand or ultimatum. Rather, they start with the question, “Is there an alternative solution that can benefit both you and me?”

    This Book Club event will provide you with a taste of what to expect at YNPN's upcoming Professional Development workshop on Negotiation featuring Kim Eisenberg, a local Career Coach & Talent Management Specialist, happening March 24th. Kim will take the conversation one step further by presenting how negotiation is an everyday occurrence and going into detail about how to approach situations like negotiating job offers and raises/promotions.

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 29 rsvps
    AleSmith Brewing Company 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126

    "For the Love of Libations" at Alesmith Brewery

    Oh for the Love of Libations! Join YNPN during the month where red hearts, cupid and roses rule for an fun social gathering with fellow nonprofit professionals and volunteers that love to do good.

    DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    TIME: 6:30PM-8:30PM

    LOCATION: AleSmith Brewing Company

    9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126

    This is a FREE event! The first 50 folks to register here will get a free taster AND the first 20 people to register will receive a free brewery tour!!!

    At this event you will be able to connect with other mission driven professionals in San Diego so don't forget those business cards! We will be introducing our new Board Members, talking about YNPN's recently launched membership model, and chatting about the new and exciting events coming up very soon. So many exciting things happening in 2016, we look forward to sharing them with you!

    See you at AleSmith!

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 11 rsvps
    Mission Edge

    Book Club: Disruption for Good

    "Disruption for Good"

    This month, we're reading "Disruption for Good", an amazing article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review by philanthropist and educator extraordinaire, Laura Andrillaga-Andreesen. "Disruption for Good" examines how shifts in technology could increase the overall impact of philanthropy, in part by allowing donors to stay connected to their dollars and nonprofits to their impact.

    Details for the event:

    Thursday, February 11th 6-8pm
    Mission Edge
    2251 San Diego Ave, B204, San Diego, CA 92110
    We provide pizza, feel free to BYOB or bring extra snacks for the group.
    You can find the full article here!
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 26 rsvps
    San Diego Foundation: 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200 | San Diego, CA 92106

    Forging Strategic Partnerships for Scale and Impact

    To scale an organization’s impact without scaling its size is the new frontier in … social innovation.”

    Jeffrey Bradach, Bridgespan Group founding partner

    The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego chapter (YNPNsd) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) are both organizations that consider strategic partnerships a key driver for creating positive impact. That’s why, together, we’re kicking off 2016 with a workshop on strategic partnerships and their potential for major social change.

    Participants will learn how to assess, build and sustain authentic partnerships . And we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of working across organizations for greater equity and social justice in our communities. Come with questions about leveraging your organization a larger effort and fostering partnerships at any stage in your career. We can always learn innovative ways to make working together an easier, more common practice!

    RSVP here to attend this working program with expert practitioner Camey Christenson, Director of Business and Partnership Development of 2-1-1 San Diego. A social worker and professional in the nonprofit sector for 22 years, Camey is a strong believer in collaboration. Camey will guide us through specific tools for initiating and navigating collaboration, in pursuit of strategic partnerships.

    When: Thursday, January 28th at 6:00pm-8:00pm

    Where:San Diego Foundation: 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200 | San Diego, CA 92106

    Refreshments will be served.


    Find this event on Facebook, too!

     Come prepared for the discussion by reading:

    About the presenter:


    Camey_Christenson.JPGCamey Christenson is the Director of Partnership and Development at 2-1-1 San Diego, and oversees the team dedicated to building a sustained 2-1-1 system that is fully integrated across nonprofit, business and government sectors. Prior to 2-1-1 Ms. Christenson consulted with nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California offering project management, grant writing, funding research, strategic planning, program development, marketing and outreach planning, government relations, best practices research, programmatic evaluation and outcome measurement, contract compliance reporting, quality control, collaboration building, and technical assistance. Ms. Christenson, a lifelong social worker, has worked in the nonprofit field for 22 years. Ms. Christenson holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a certified MSW Field Instructor for San Diego State University and University of Southern California. She is an active member of many community groups and coalitions including the Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) and the San Diego Domestic Violence Council (SDDVC). Ms. Christenson resides in North San Diego County with her husband and three young sons. For her full bio, click here.



  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Societe Brewing in San Diego, CA

    VolunBEERS - "Hoppy" Blanket Making Service Project

    We'll be supporting a local organization, You Are Not Alone (YANA), by tying fleece blankets for comfort care packages for people living with cancer. It's super easy, no craftiness needed!  

    You Are Not Alone (YANA) sends care packages all over the US to bring comfort, love, encouragement and warmth to people living with cancer, particularly while they are going through treatment.  The package includes the fleece blanket, a handmade beanie and a brochure from the founders, who are all survivors, with their stories in case anyone would like to connect with them.

    This will be a joint event with Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), Hands On San Diego and YANA.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be collected upon entrance in support of Hands On San Diego. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: The Networked Nonprofit



    This groundbreaking book shows nonprofits a new way of operating in our increasingly connected world: a networked approach enabled by social technologies, where connections are leveraged to increase impact in effective ways that drive change for the betterment of our society and planet.

    "The Networked Nonprofit is a must-read for any nonprofit organization seeking innovative, creative techniques to improve their mission and better serve their communities."
    —Diana Aviv, president and CEO, Independent Sector

    "The Internet means never having to ask permission before trying something new. In The Networked Nonprofit, Kanter and Fine show nonprofits how to harness this flexibility to pursue their missions in partnership with two billion connected citizens."
    —Clay Shirky, author, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

    "The Networked Nonprofit uniquely describes the historical context and the current challenges that compel nonprofit leaders to work in networked ways and offers easy steps to help users exploit the potential of social media and 'working wikily."'
    —Stephanie McAuliffe, director, organizational effectiveness, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    "A must-read for nonprofit leaders who want to change their organizations from the inside out by embracing the power of social networks."
    —Charlene Li, founding partner, Altimeter Group; author, Open Leadership; and coauthor, Groundswell

    "This is a perfect handbook for anyone who wants to leapfrog their current limitations of understanding and find real-world applications of technology to extend their mission."
    —Michele Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute, and cofounder, HandsOn Network

    "Kanter and Fine provide the 'Google Maps' for nonprofits to harness social media to kick butt and change the world."
    —Guy Kawasaki, cofounder,, and former chief evangelist, Apple Inc.

    "URGENT! Read this book. Take notes. Take action. If you work for a nonprofit, you don't have to do every single thing these seasoned authors have to share, but you certainly have to know what you're missing."
    —Seth Godin

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: Give and Take


    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, Grant shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed--without ever looking at a single number.

    Praised by bestselling authors such as Susan Cain, Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Seth Godin, Dan Ariely, Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, Dan Gilbert, and Robert Cialdini--along with senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estee Lauder, Twitter, Nike, and NASA--Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

    54 minutes

    6 minutes

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mission Edge San Diego in San Diego, CA

    Book Club Presents: A Pep Talk from Kid President


    We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."

    In the non-profit space encouraging opportunities and wondrous stories abound, however, people still find it difficult at times to make a change or the motivation to do something to better their life. This book club discussion will focus on the actions and realities that motivate you. What experiences in your life have motivated you to make the world a better place? Do you find that you are still the idealist you once were or has life jaded you?

    If the Kid President's video doesn't work for you, what would?

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, CA

    North County Soirée


    YNPN San Diego is a community of driven professionals that spans throughout the county. Join us for the first North County Meet & Greet. Come ready to chat with like minded individuals in a casual and fun place. Enjoy world-class beer, simple food done well, and the company of your peers. 

    Free Appetizers!

    Hope to see you there...and bring a friend!