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Meet Our New Board Members – Jana Smith

A Board of Directors is an essential (and required) piece of a nonprofit, responsible for guiding the organization toward a sustainable future. YNPN Phoenix’s future is bright as ever as we welcome some of the Valley’s top young talent to our board in 2016. Get to know them and say hi next time you see them at a YNPN Phoenix program!

 

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Meet Our New Board Members – Chiquita Serpas

A Board of Directors is an essential (and required) piece of a nonprofit, responsible for guiding the organization toward a sustainable future. YNPN Phoenix’s future is bright as ever as we welcome some of the Valley’s top young talent to our board in 2016. Get to know them and say hi next time you see them at a YNPN Phoenix program!

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How to Become a Thought Leader

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When Neil Giuliano ran for Mayor of Tempe in 1993, he didn’t think he would actually win. But he did win, and became the youngest person ever to hold the office. On June 22, 2016, Mr. Giuliano, who now serves as President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, shared his personal journey of becoming a thought leader in our sector, and tips and advice for attendees to take on their own journeys.

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Natalie Morgan 2016 YNPN LINK Presenter

Natalie_Morgan_Headshot.jpegNatalie Morgan is an educational justice advocate working with underserved communities and marginalized populations for greater educational and economic access. She currently serves as an Academic Adviser at South Ridge High School where she is responsible for leading college and career initiatives as well as providing intervention support for youth and families. She has seven years of experience creating and implementing college-prep youth programs.

Before coming to Phoenix, Natalie worked as a college counselor with United Friends of the Children to support foster youth believing in and achieving college success. There she worked with 7-12th grade students to overcome housing instability and bridge the gaps in education, family and social settings. Natalie found her passion for social justice centered youth work through service with Public Allies Los Angeles, an AmeriCorps program.  During her terms of service she worked to create a college-prep case management program through the City of Los Angeles YouthSource Center in Watts, fondly known as YO! Watts.

Natalie is originally from Mexico City, but grew up in the Central Valley of California. She later moved to attend college at the University of California, San Diego. She continues to build her own path and finds great joy in helping others build theirs. 

Tristan Gandolfi 2016 YNPN LINK Presenter

Tristan_Gandolfi_Headshot.jpgTristan Gandolfi has BIG plans for the world. Hailing from the great state of Illinois, she graduated from Arizona State University with not one, but two degrees in Fine Arts and Communication. After grabbing her diploma, she packed her flip-flops and headed to Englewood, Chicago to teach 4th grade. While developing curriculum and earning a master's degree, she flexed her comedy muscles at Second City.

Infusing creativity into her classroom she became obsessed with laughter and learning. Taking a big-girl job, Tristan returned to Arizona to help develop a local start-up. She became very passionate about branding, marketing, and community. After three years she left to pursue an idea. What if we taught literacy through interactive game-play? She founded Humor Writes, a non-profit with the mission of creating collaborative classrooms and confident young authors.