Hello, Goodbye

By Emily Reineke

YNPNdc has just concluded an impactful tenth year. We’ve served the nonprofit community for a decade, and we are prepared to continue making a difference in the careers of young nonprofit professionals in the coming decade. This past year, through our mission of advancing the careers of young nonprofit professionals to strengthen the sector, we have delivered more than three dozen high quality, affordable programs to meet the professional development and networking needs of our members. Our growing network, with more than 13,000 members living and working in the DC region, makes us the largest in a national network of 37 chapters across the country.

I’d like to summarize this past year in two words–increased capacity–and it’s evident in our programs, our financial model, and our volunteers. We are now offering more networking events and more seminars for mid-level professionals. We are pursuing a matching grant from The Cafritz Foundation and are well on our way to raising $5,000 from individual donors (read more and donate today!), and we are continuing to find new funding sources to keep programs affordable for you. We’ve increased our volunteer capacity by adding two new board member positions, and we are preparing to hire our first paid staff member. Wow, it’s been a busy year!

I’ve served YNPNdc and the greater Washington, DC community for the past two years, and I am proud of the team and their unending commitment to help young professionals build the skills they need to be successful. None of the work we’ve accomplished would be possible without people who care deeply and give of themselves for the betterment of others. That said, I’m very excited to introduce you to the 2014-2015 YNPNdc Board Chair: Mike Man. Mike first joined the YNPNdc team as a member of the Professional Development Committee, and last year he joined the Board as Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He has been instrumental in ensuring the programs we offer are relevant and reflective of your needs. In his professional career, Mike serves as the Organizational Analyst at Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities to make them safe and healthy. His vision and dedication to the sector will serve YNPNdc very well. Please join me in welcoming Mike!

During the past two years, I have truly enjoyed serving the nonprofit community and working with an outstanding leadership team. I’ve been blessed with a dedicated team who made the experience impactful and meaningful. Without a team of strong and dynamic leaders, YNPNdc would not be nearly as successful. I’d like to sincerely thank the leaders who are transitioning out of their role with YNPNdc:

Board Members:

  • Lis Reed, Vice Chair, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Anthony Carter, Secretary, Public Allies
  • Kimberly Rusnak, Treasurer, America Scores
  • Jennifer Close, Governance Chair, The Partnership for Public Service
  • Cielo Contreras, Special Events Chair, Reading Partners
  • Rachel Fauber, Professional Development Co-Chair, National Institute of Retirement Security
  • Alison Fraser, Communications Chair, Dexis Consulting
  • Kyle Storms, Fundraising Chair, The Urban Alliance
  • Erica Stout, Member Engagement Chair, American Association of University Women

Committee Members:

  • Jorge Astorga, The Center for Nonprofit Advancement
  • Jen Cole, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Matthew Mullen, PBS Kids
  • Sean Jones, World Learning
  • Katie D’Hondt, The Partnership for Public Service
  • Bidget McCabe, National Human Services Assembly
  • Caitlin Toynbee, American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation
  • Kay Ciesla, Meeting Expectations
  • Devin Cowens, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Patty Gentry, Share Our Strength
  • Kinsey Holloway, The Washington Center
  • Rachel Mentzer, Share Our Strength
  • Jessica Gershuny, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Natalie Elghossain, The Partnership for Public Service
  • Anastasia Romanova, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Anna Sebok, NPR
  • Xavior Robinson, Unity Health Care


Emily Reineke served on the YNPNdc Board of Directors from 2012-2014. She currently works for NASPAA:  the Global Standard in Public Service Education, as the Conference and Strategic Projects Manager. Previously she worked at both the Public Health Foundation and the Virginia Tech Police Department. She earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech in 2009; she completed undergraduate work at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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