We know our members are looking for information that will help them be successful nonprofiteers. To that end, we’re excited to have the YNPN-NYC blog team, a group of YNPN-NYC members who bring you fresh advice, information, and resources!
We have two teams: editorials (writers who will share tips, interviews, and news) and events (writers who will cover YNPN-NYC events). Allison Jones, Communications Committee Co-Chair, is the editor of the blog and works closely with the writers to bring you the best content possible. Be sure to check the blog every Thursday for new articles. Also, grab the rss feed to the blog, join us on facebook, or follow us on twitter so that you never miss a post!
Editorial Writers: These writers share tips and tricks for thriving in the nonprofit sector, interview leaders in the field, and cover exciting news about the sector in NYC.
|Christopher Chavez is the Program Quality Supervisor for the Fiver Children’s Foundation. In this role, Chris helps design and guide evaluation, communication, and development practices for the organization. In his professional and free time, Chris is an avid reader of pop technology culture, enjoys the outdoors, and takes particular care to learn from everyone he is lucky enough to encounter. Chris holds degrees in international relations from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of St Andrews.|
|With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and English from the University of Pennsylvania, after working in the corporate sector for one year, Anne Desrosiers decided that a career making a difference was where she would rather be. In 2010, Anne received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano, The New School in New York City. Anne has consulted and worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations ranging from the arts, start-ups, and her favorite – youth development organizations. Anne began her development experience at Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, consulted for Broad Community Connections (a New Orleans Main Street organization), Heart of Brooklyn, and Lyrics & Knowledge. Anne is currently serving a year in Americorps’ Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program as the Communications/Development Associate at Urban Dove. She also founded her own youth development nonprofit – The World is Your Oyster launching this fall.|
|Micah Goldfus is a Program Associate in the Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he works with their 53 state offices on improving their management and operations capacity. He’s on the Associate Board ofProject Eye-to-Eye, a national mentoring organization for students with learning disabilities and ADHD, and is a regular volunteer at Liberty Humane Society. He went to Washington University in St. Louis as an undergraduate, and he received his MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he is currently a Teaching Assistant for a graduate-level course on managing a public service organization. He is from central New Jersey, and currently lives in Jersey City with his wife.|
|After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona with honors in economics, Michelle Moran joined Upwardly Global as an Americorps VISTA, working with the marketing and communications team. At the end of her VISTA term, she was hired as the Development Associate for the New York office, where she is responsible for grants management, individual giving, small events, and the volunteer and fundraising initiatives of the Upwardly Global Leadership Council. Prior to joining Upwardly Global, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and interned for the U.S. International Trade Administration, where she assisted in helping U.S. companies find export opportunities around the world. In 2011, Michelle will be completing her Certificate in Fundraising at New York University, as well as her A License in skydiving. Michelle also blogs atfundraiseme.org.|
|Darlene Sutherland has worked in the non-profit arena for over 20 years with expertise in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, and youth development. Darlene obtained her BSW in Social Work from Temple University in 2009 and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2010. An experienced workshop developer and facilitator, Darlene has worked diligently to bring a heightened awareness to the issues of co-occurring domestic violence and child abuse and the urgent need for a better coordinated community response. In addition, Darlene has an unrelenting passion for youth development, and has been mentoring youth for over 15 years. It is her firm belief that youth development programming is a vital element in fostering community growth and development.|
|Eleanor Whitney is a writer, educator, arts administrator and musician raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she is the Program Officer for External Affairs and Fiscal Sponsorship at the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also worked at the Rubin Museum of Art as the Coordinator of Educational Resources, the Brooklyn Museum as the Academic Programs Coordinator, and at POV/American Documentary as a development assistant. She recently completed her Master of Public Administration degree at Baruch College and wrote her thesis on the relationship between city governments and local arts organizations. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eugene Lang College in Cultural Studies and Education. She writes regularly about art and culture for a variety of online and print publications.|
Event Writers: These writers cover YNPN-NYC events, bring you insights you may have missed and information you need to grow and connect with others in the non-profit sector.
|Cindy Similien attended Barnard College of Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing. She enjoys photography, and hopes to make a difference in the lives of people through her talent. In 2006, she founded the Student Writing and Photography Project (SWAPP), an organization aimed to teach school-aged children the basic elements of photography and story writing, and the importance of serving the community. She plans to pursue a Masters in Public Administration.|
Laina Vlasnik Yip manages a federal grant for charter schools at a leading education reform organization called New Leaders for New Schools. New Leaders recruits, trains, and supports outstanding principals to work in urban public schools. In 2010, Laina was named a “Woman Innovator” by Pipeline, a social venture startup. A former educator, Laina mentors students in her free time. Connect with her on LinkedIn.