2015 Keynote Speakers

Trish Tchume, National Director, YNPN National

Trish TchumeAfter almost 8 years of engaging with the network as a volunteer, Trish Tchume is proud to be serving as the first-ever Director of YNPN National. Trish was introduced to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in 2004 as a founding board member of an affiliate group called Philadelphia’s Young Nonprofit Leaders. Since then, Trish has gone on to support a broader network of emerging leaders across the country by serving as a YNPN National board member from 2007 through 2011. During this time she held a number of key positions on the board including the role of National Board Chair during her final term.

Prior to becoming Director of YNPN in 2011, Trish served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project where she provided technical assistance, training, and developed publications for the growing movement of social service providers who are integrating social change values and practices into their daily work. Prior to joining the Building Movement Project in 2008, Trish served as a Campus Organizer, a Community Outreach Manager, and the Director of Training forIdealist.org following years spent doing community development work via city government and academia. Over the years, Trish has received a number of awards and recognitions for her engagement of young nonprofit professionals including her selection for the inaugural class of Independent Sector NGen Fellows in 2009.

When not dreaming up various ways to harness the power of emerging nonprofit leaders, Trish likes to help her fellow New Yorkers find their inner voice as a volunteer story coach with the Moth and regularly takes her life into her own hands biking and jogging through the streets of NYC. She equally credits her rich Jesuit education, her strong Ghanaian roots, and a severe case of middle child syndrome for her commitment to engaging as many people as possible in the important work of building a just and equitable society.


Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO, KaBOOM!

Hammond.pngDarell Hammond is founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that works to ensure that ALL kids, particularly the 16 million American kids growing up in poverty, get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults.

Play is the essence of childhood, and a healthy balance of all types of play is critical to the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development of kids who are able to thrive in the 21st century. In its 18-year history of giving kids the childhood they deserve, KaBOOM! has built over 2,400 playgrounds in partnership with low-income communities across America and catalyzed over 13,000 additional playgrounds, providing 6.6 million kids a great place to play, enlisting over 1 million volunteers to promote and protect play and mobilizing city leaders to create child-friendly, play-filled communities.

An Ashoka Fellow, Hammond is the author of The New York Times Bestseller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, was the recipient of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named to the Forbes Magazine list of the world’s Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

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