Member Highlight

Liz Salazar

Expect More Arizona

YNPN Phoenix Board Member, Communications Committee Member



How long have you been a member of YNPN Phoenix?

Almost a year.

Tell us about your position on the communications committee.

I just joined the communications committee, so I haven’t been able to spread my wings quite yet. I hope to bring more of our YNPN members to the forefront and tell stories about all the great work going on in Phoenix. I think we have great opportunity to engage our members in a very personal way.

What value have you found from being a member of YNPN Phoenix?

The professional development and cross-sector networking has been great. We often get trapped in the bubble of the causes we work for and need a push to get out there and connect with other non-profit professionals. Bouncing ideas, challenges and solutions off one another is invaluable.

Tell us about one of the most valuable things you’ve learned working for a non-profit.

Collaboration is key. It is really hard to make sustainable change without including diverse voices. I mean diverse in many ways – geographic representation, diversity in expertise, and diversity in political affiliation are all important in finding solutions to our greatest problems. Being collaborative is much more difficult than just paving your own way and trying to be the loudest voice in the room, but it’s always well worth the work.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone new to the nonprofit industry?

Get out there and make connections. Working in a non-profit can sometimes feel like twice the work for half the pay and it is easy to burn out. Connecting with other professionals will help you problem solve, see your work from new angles, and most of all – give you a support network to help during those tough times.

What is one of the most satisfying things about working for a nonprofit?

I am so incredibly lucky to be able to say that what I do every day to pay the bills is also something I am deeply passionate about. It is a true privilege to feel like you spend your day working to make your community a better place.

Favorite Phoenix spot to grab lunch?

FEZ on Central is one of my longtime favorites. Even their side salad is delicious! You can’t go wrong with their rosemary and garlic fries, either. Kisras, burgers sandwiches, salads…all of it is super delicious and their wait staff is amazing!

What are you doing when you’re not making a difference in the community?

I am big fan of Arizona’s growing wine industry. I love to travel to Wilcox and the Verde Valley to take tours, do tastings and learn about viticulture. I am a big music fan, so I love seeing bands downtown or going The Phoenix Symphony. I’ve started practicing screen printing at home, which is really fun and really messy. I also have a poorly kept blog that I intend to work on.

Favorite professional development resource? (book, website, podcast, web series, etc.)

I have to plug the AZ K12 Center’s podcast 3 Ps in a Pod. For those of you who work in the education world, whether you’re a practitioner or an advocate, this is a great source of information.

What other organizations/programs are you involved in?

I mentor with New Pathways for Youth, a program that matches adults with high-risk youth to help steward them through the challenges of life. I am also a member of a book club that has chapters worldwide called the Feminist Fight Club (we don’t actually fight).

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Jason Carlyle - 2019 YNPN LINK Presenter

Jason Carlyle is the Resource Development Manager for local Stardust Building Supplies. Jason was born and raised in Arizona, growing up in the Tempe area. When Jason is not working he enjoys hiking, skateboarding and spending time with his three little girls and his wife. Jason has been working at Stardust for over 16 years and loves sharing his passion of reuse.

Join us for the 5th annual YNPN LINK on March 20, 2019!

Adrian Jamieson - 2019 YNPN LINK Presenter

Adrian Jamieson is the Resource and Program Development Manager for Voices for CASA Children, orchestrating the organization’s fund and new program development. Adrian’s passion for serving Arizona’s young people and community building brought her to VOICES in 2016. Of all of the fun things she gets to do at VOICES, her favorites are working with volunteers and exploring new program areas. Adrian has a strong background in program and volunteer management and received her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University in 2015. As a new mom, Adrian enjoys spending most of her free time entertaining her baby Diana with her husband Matt.

Join us for the 5th annual YNPN LINK on March 20, 2019!


Nick Jensen - 2019 YNPN LINK Presenter

Nick Jensen graduated from the MPA program University of Memphis in 2016 with an emphasis on Nonprofit management and has been employed at UMOM New Day Centers since Jan. 2017 in the Development department.  He is passionate about the work that UMOM does in the community, preventing and ending homelessness for families, women, and youth. His role as Stewardship Coordinator delicately balances both the art and science of fundraising. Nick, both serves as Database Manager and manages a personal portfolio, where he works with donors to help build relationships and inspire them to give to UMOM.

In addition to his professional role, Nick is also an active volunteer in the community. He is an avid harm reduction volunteer for organizations like Sonoran Prevention Works and Shot in The Dark and is the co-organizer of the International Overdose Awareness Day in Phoenix, which falls on August 31st each year. Nick is passionate about the fight to expand harm reduction in the State of Arizona and help put an end to the opioid epidemic that has plagued our nation.

Additionally, Nick served as a mentor at New Pathways for Youth for a year and also serves on the Board for a young professional’s organization. Nick is actively engaged in the community and is always seeking to expand his network and learn from the important work being done in the Nonprofit sector in Phoenix.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys reading, hiking, listen to and shopping for new vinyl, and playing with his cat Velouria, who is both the best and worst cat ever.

Join us for the 5th annual YNPN LINK on March 20, 2019!

Christopher Priebe - 2019 YNPN LINK Presenter

Christopher Priebe is the head roaster and one of the founders of Cultivate Coffee, a nonprofit coffee company offering work opportunities and life skills training for disadvantaged youth. Prior to launching Cultivate, Christopher ran a program bringing character and leadership development to K-12 schools throughout the nation. He has his undergrad in Organizational Leadership through Fort Hays University and has been deeply involved in the Phoenix community for many years.


Join us for the 5th annual YNPN LINK on March 20, 2019!