Board of Directors

 

YNPN Phoenix President

Chief Operating Officer
SARSEF

Julie is a collaborative nonprofit professional who enjoys finding innovative and creative solutions with organizations and individuals working to strengthen our communities. As COO at SARSEF, she promotes the development of future critical thinkers and problem solvers through science and engineering. Originally from Indiana, Julie enjoys hiking through the incredible scenery of Arizona, her new home.

Lifetime Learner, Adventurer, Writer, Dog Mom, Nonprofit Superfan

Adrian Jamieson

YNPN Phoenix Vice President

Director of Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Mission focused, Adrian is most engaged when working to turn vision into action and impact. Her nonprofit service has provided her with experience in development, volunteer engagement, and community building. Dedicated to serving those who are most vulnerable, Adrian has a passion for bettering the lives of children and youth.

Defender of Potential, Outspoken Introvert, Explorer of Zoos, and Dedicated Family (Wo)man

 

Tanner Swanson

YNPN Phoenix Treasurer

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Brand Manager
A New Leaf

Tanner is a devoted change-maker in his community, working to help those most in need. He believes in systemic change, while also making it a priority to help those currently at the mercy of the existing system. A native Arizonan, he is working to end homelessness, food insecurity, domestic abuse, and more. 

Boundary Pusher, Innovator, Consensus Creator, Avid Reader

 

Benjamin (Ben) Peoples

YNPN Phoenix Secretary

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Marketing Coordinator
TechForce Foundation

Ben is a fierce advocate of improving agency and civic enfranchisement to reshape societal structures into equitable institutions. He seeks to support the community by empowering every Arizonan to make their voice heard. 

Civically Minded, Cheesesteak Phanatic, Rotarian, Proud New Jersey Native

 

Rhette Baughman

YNPN Phoenix Past President

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Director of Membership Experience & Marketing
National Speakers Association 

Rhette is passionate about making the community a better place to live, work and play by engaging young professionals in volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy.

Community Advocate, Music Enthusiast, Wine Indulger, Dog Lover

 

Alex Kouumdjieva

Board Member

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Director of Marketing and Operations
Maricopa Corporate College/Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges

Alex is a nonprofit and higher education professional dedicated to bettering our community through access to education and professional development opportunities. An enthusiastic inbound marketer and database fanatic, she enjoys working both creatively and analytically to solve problems.

Education Enthusiast, Lifelong Learner, Dog Mom, Adventure Seeker, Potato Connoisseur

 

Amanda Eisen

Board Member

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Development Coordinator
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Amanda is an AZ native that has a passion for people and the Phoenix community.
She has a desire to cultivate meaningful connections with individuals and encourages giving back through volunteer work. She is interested in contributing to social causes that benefit society and the local community.

Passionate, Foodie, Reality TV enthusiast, Music Aficionado, Dog Lover

 

Drew Adams

Board Member

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Fund Development Co-Chair
YNPN Phoenix

Drew is a progressive nonprofit change advocate who believes in the power of collaboration for positive, sustainable outcomes in social justice, systems reform, and equitable futures. Hailing from Tennessee, he works to create a welcoming and inclusive Arizona.

Collaborative, Community-Focused, Idealist (at Heart), Reader of All the Things, Cool Dad

 

Harmony Nelson

Board Member

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Director, Community Impact
Mesa United Way

Harmony is motivated by the vision of the non-profit community to improve lives through social support and systematic intervention. She enjoys the opportunity to create innovative solutions and think about problems differently. Her current projects are focused on serving the growing homeless communities in Mesa, AZ.

Problem Solver, Utility Player, Book Lover, Coffee Mug Collector, Cat Person

 

Jessi Wright

Board Member

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Director of Development, Alumni and Community Relations
Paradise Valley Community College

With years of experience working with large nonprofit institutions in major gift development and leadership, Jessi has a proven track record of successfully cultivating and engaging various generations of philanthropists. Jessi is most passionate about providing relevant mission-rich experiences for donors and building a culture of philanthropy within organizations. Jessi is honored to connect people to their passions and help them make an impact in their community at the same time.

Philanthropy Fanatic, Connector, Cheerleader, Dog Mom, Hugger

 

Liz Salazar

Board Member

Liz Salazar

Arizona Policy Advisor
UnidosUS

Liz is a native Arizonan, passionate about making her home state an excellent place for everyone to learn, live and thrive. She has experience in operations, training, community engagement, and state policy. She is an educator at heart and has had the pleasure of teaching in Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States. Liz is currently the communications chair of YNPN Phoenix.

Fierce Advocate, Music Nerd, Humanist, Bien Chingona

 

Luke Amargo

Board Member

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Entrepreneur Manager
Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest

Luke hails from San Diego California, but now lives in West Phoenix. He cares about small innovations that go a long way. He has travelled the world. He cares about veterans, immigrants and entrepreneurism.

CFA Youth Advisor, GCU Faculty Member, Proud Pinoy, Starter

 

Megan Ealick

Board Member

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Director of Development and Communications
Arizona Justice Project

Megan is a driven nonprofit development professional who loves connecting people to the causes they care about. She is a strategic problem solver passionate about creating a better world with a demonstrated history of increasing organizational sustainability through events, grant writing, peer to peer fundraising, and community engagement.

Eternally Optimistic, Thoughtful, People Lover, Sufferer of Wanderlust, Bread Enthusiast

 

Nick Jensen, MPA

Board Member

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Stewardship Coordinator
UMOM New Day Centers

Nick is a motivated nonprofit professional who strives to work and volunteer for organizations dedicated to creating progressive, radical change in our community. He has worked in a Development/Fundraising for the past 3 years and enjoys finding innovative solutions to complex problems. He is most passionate about advocating for the rights of marginalized populations, particularly people who use drugs and is a proud advocate of the harm reduction movement in Arizona.

Innovative, Introverted, Cat-Dad, Kind-Hearted, Pop Culture Nerd