A Time of Transition

By Carlyn Madden, former Board Chair (2011-2013)

August is a time of transition in Washington, DC. While Congress is out of session, families prepare their children to return to school and the city welcomes an influx of bright graduates to our workforce. It’s also time for YNPNdc leaders to pass the baton to the next generation of volunteers.

Through our mission, advancing the careers of young nonprofit professionals to strengthen the sector, YNPNdc delivers high quality, affordable programs that meet our members’ professional development and networking needs. Our growing network, with over 10,000 members living and working in the DC region, makes us the largest in a national network of 30+ chapters across the country.

Having served on the YNPNdc Board of Directors since 2009, I am constantly impressed with the growing visibility and excitement around our work. As Board Chair, I have proudly overseen our all-volunteer organization, whose significant accomplishments are driven by the time, talent, and enthusiasm of the more than 40 leaders who dedicate countless hours ensuring our programs reflect the needs of our members. A few of last year’s accomplishments include:

  • Celebrated our 9th anniversary in November at the Goethe-Institut with keynote by Monisha Kapila, CEO of ProInspire;
  • Hosted more than 150 attendees at the 5th Annual Leadership Conference in May with keynote by Scott Beale, CEO of Atlas Corps;
  • Completed our fourth strategic plan with a new vision: A community of inspired professionals equipped to lead a diverse and evolving nonprofit sector.

Our new vision represents YNPNdc’s shift to delivering intentional programming that engages members multiple times over their career. By developing skills and relationships among a community of professionals, YNPNdc will ensure that our members are ready to lead at all levels of their nonprofit career.

To build that sort of community, you must start with a strong foundation, which is why I am thrilled to welcome Emily Reineke as the newly appointed Board Chair. Emily joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors in 2012 as the Governance Chair and led our strategic planning efforts. Emily works as the Conference and Strategic Projects Manager at NASPAA: The Global Standard in Public Service Education, a membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. Her energy and natural networking ability will serve YNPNdc well.

These last few years have been fantastic and I feel lucky to have served on the YNPNdc Board of Directors. The opportunity to lead a growing all-volunteer organization has been the most rewarding accomplishment of my career, and I truly appreciate the dedication of my fellow board committee members who have made this experience so enjoyable. As I mentioned above, the time, talent, and enthusiasm of YNPNdc leaders is what makes this organization so successful.

Finally, a special thank you to those who are transitioning out of their leadership roles.

Board of Directors

  • Bernadette Di Rita, Food and Friends, YNPNdc Vice Chair
  • Maegan Scott, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, YNPNdc Treasurer
  • Jung Lim, Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, YNPNdc Leadership Liaison
  • Flordelisa Perez Dolan, AARP Experience Corps, YNPNdc Technology Chair
  • Zach Dulli, National Council for Geographic Education, YNPNdc Communications Chair

Committee Members

  • Anila Balkissoon, The Society of the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Dawn Danilczyk, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Patricia Germann, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
  • Cannon Leavelle, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Wing Li, DC Law Students in Court
  • Alison Root, RESULTS Educational Fund
  • Kyle Taylor, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care


Carlyn Madden served on the YNPNdc Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013. A freelance consultant, Carlyn led the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Arts Education and Capacity Building grantmaking policies and programs. Prior to joining the District government, Carlyn spent five years at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and managed a diverse portfolio of grantees in the areas of arts and humanities, community services, education, and health. In 2010, Carlyn earned an M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in administration and nonprofit management from the George Washington University. She completed undergraduate work in art history at Emory University in Atlanta.

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