YNPN Portland Board of Advisors
The board plays an integral role in continuing YNPN Portland’s success, including finalizing governance systems, best practices for marketing and programming, strategic planning for the group’s priorities, and a focus on meaningful sustainability to carry the group into the future.
Katie Frederick | Chair | She/Her
Portland Playhouse | Development Associate
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Pun & Anagram Enthusiast | MO State Debate Team Alum | Pizza Connoisseur
What I love about Portland: "I love that it has features associated with a big city - transportation, amazing food, so many things! - but doesn't feel overwhelming in size. It's such a beautiful place and there are always new things to explore."
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I enjoy connecting with other people who are passionate about social justice, particularly those who are at similar stages in their lives and careers. Since joining YNPN as a volunteer, I've been able to expand my knowledge about the nonprofit sector through working on exciting projects with really talented people. It's a good space to 'nerd out' about nonprofit issues while empowering emerging leaders in the sector to enact genuine change."
And did I mention...? "I have a soft spot for British baking and comedy shows."
Multnomah County Aging, Disability & Veterans Services | Case Manager
Hometown: Boise, ID
Food Enthusiast | Trail Explorer | Lover of Language
What I love about Portland: “Access! To restaurants, bars, mountains, water — everything. I feel incredibly fortunate to be so close to so many things I enjoy. Also, the feeling that people here care about their community.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “It’s so important for people starting their careers — especially in the challenging, stressful, wonderful nonprofit sector — to have access to networks and opportunities. YNPN Portland helped me get started, and I want to make sure others have that chance, too!”
And Did I Mention…?: “I am on a never-ending quest for Portland’s perfect pad kee mao, which involves sampling a lot of carts.”
Dove Lewis | Fundraising Event Specialist
Hometown: Austin, TX
Rescue Dog Lover | Snowshoer | Adventure Planning Portlander
What I love about Portland: “I love Portland for its proximity to nature and abundance of food.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am involved in YNPN to meet and meaningfully engage other Portlanders in the non-profit sector.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I am really good at dominoes!"
Kathleen McCabe | Secretary | She/Her
Independent Nonprofit Consultant/Grant Writer
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Public Broadcasting Junkie | Dance Party Instigator | Proud Mom
What I love about Portland: “I love the collective pride that is felt and expressed in Portland. This city has such a fun, quirky identity and the people seem genuinely excited to be here and welcome others. There is enough ‘weird’ to go around!”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am excited to be involved with YNPN and I look forward to learning, connecting with other nonprofit professionals and making a difference in my community.”
And did I mention…?: “I wore braces and/or another orthodontic apparatus (yes, that includes headgear) from 2nd grade to sophomore year in COLLEGE. 12 years. Not kidding.”
Rabia Shirazi | Equity and Inclusion Officer | She/Her
(re)solution lab | Strategist, Researcher, Facili-trainer
Hometown: Southern California
Coffee-fueled Mom | Oxford Comma Enthusiast | Reluctant Vegan
What I love about Portland: “Honestly, I'm still figuring that out. I moved here because it felt so open, inclusive, and community-minded when I visited, and that’s exactly the kind of place I want my kids to live in. I’m hoping to help it live up to that reputation — especially for POC — so I can truly fall in love with this city. ”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “As a life-long advocate and non-profit advocacy and public policy professional, I deeply value the opportunities and connections organizations, including other YNPN chapters, offered me throughout my career. I am excited to now be able to pay that back by contributing to the development of emerging and rising leaders in this space.”
And did I mention…?: “I fully own my geekiness. I wrote my computer program in 1986 (DOS, anyone?) and still dabble in web development just for fun.”
Megan O’Leary | Programming Committee Chair | She/Her
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network | Director of Membership Services
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Proud AmeriCorps Alumna | Lover of Happy Hour | Very Part-Time Yogi
What I love about Portland: “I love how many things are always happening in Portland – I try to do one new thing a day!”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “As someone who has worked in nonprofits my entire career, I am thrilled to be able to offer a supportive space through YNPN to those new to the sector.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I love geeking out on all things leadership and organizational change."
Simone Crowe | Membership Committee Chair | She/Her
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon | Communications Manager
Hometown: Blue Hill, Maine
Casual Climber of Rocks | Mainer | Masters of Public Policy Candidate at PSU
What I love about Portland: "How close it is to the some of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Also the lovely people."
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I originally became interested because of their awesome commitment to launch into equity work. I'm also thrilled to learn from and support other young people who are committed to social justice in Portland."
And did I mention...? "I'm pretty darn obsessed with exploring the Pacific Northwest and all the adventures it offers."
Patricia Cronin | Marketing Committee Chair | She/Her
Food & Water Watch | Regional Director of Development
Hometown: Garrison, NY
Lover of Wild Places | Backyard Gardener | Scary Movie Enthusiast
What I love about Portland: “Portland has access to beautiful high desert, cascading waterfalls, sparkly glaciers, lush rainforests, and roaring coastline. We also have a vibrant music, arts, activist, and political scene, not to mention our beautiful rose gardens. One of the things visiting friends mention to me is that they are surprised how friendly people can be and how often they witness strangers striking up conversation on the Max or waiting in line."
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “The nonprofit sector is full of brilliant minds, cutting edge ideas, and future leaders. It's important to foster professional development, increase community engagement and skill share within our sector to increase the good we're able to do in our communities.”
And did I mention…?: “Never fear, I am wilderness first aid certified!”
Lisa Kislingbury Anderson | Community Engagement Officer | She/Her
Activist, community member, and volunteer
Hometown: Albany, OR
Storyteller | Adventure Lover | Dress-Up Queen
What I love about Portland: “I love that Portland is endearingly quirky and marches to the beat of its own drum. We're immersed in majestic Northwest beauty and creative expression. Portlanders aren't afraid to stand up for what they believe in and strive to make this city a better place.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “Surrounding yourself with people who show up and care deeply about their community is energizing. Portland has a vibrant nonprofit scene, and a community of young professionals who are committed to social justice and equity."
And did I mention…?: “My household hosts a 'Social Justice Karaoke Club.' Once a month, we gather our friends and neighbors to sing the night away and collect donations for different social causes and nonprofits."
Ali Benson | Board Member | She/Her
GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington | Program & Membership Manager
Hometown: Orange, CA
Aspiring Polyglot | Podcast Lover | Vegetarian Recipe Taster
What I love about Portland: “I love Portland's small, distinct neighborhoods. Moving to a new part of town can feel like moving to a new city sometimes. I also appreciate being a only few hours away from mountains, desert, coastline, forests, farmlands, waterfalls, and wine country.”
And did I mention…?: “I take great pride in cultivating a repository of random and often useless facts."
Kyle Broeckel | Board Member | He/Him
Friends of the Columbia Gorge | Development Assistant
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Board Gamer | Disc Golfer | Urban Explorer
What I love about Portland: “I really love the distinct neighborhoods, and that they each have their own set of coffee shops, food carts, breweries, restaurants, independent movie theaters, ect. In particular I have to give a shout out to St. Johns, where I live. Coming from California, I also appreciate that the city as a whole has an urban growth boundary; you really don’t have to go too far to get to the outdoors.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “When I was newer to the city, YNPN Portland helped me get connected to the nonprofit community here and find opportunities for continued professional development. I believe that building a strong pathway for emerging leadership is crucial for the continued health of the nonprofit sector. YNPN Portland is helping make that happen here, and I’m excited to be joining the team.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I get way too excited about to-do list programs and project management tools. I try to cook something new most nights. I have a cat named Shark.”
Amy Frey | Board Member | She/Her
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington | Accounting Manager
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
St. Johns Ambassador | Perpetual Volunteer | Zombie Fan
What I love about Portland: “We have such a vibrant nonprofit sector, working to tackle all sorts of issues. There's so much great work being done and so many opportunities to volunteer, get engaged and get informed! Plus, our movie theaters have beer and pizza.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “Because I believe the social sector is the area where my generation can best make inroads through collaboration, innovation, and inclusion, even before we’re handed the reigns of the public and private sectors.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I ran for Portland Mayor a few years ago because a website was having a sale on vinyl signs.”
Brittany Geertsen | Board Member | She/Her
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette | ELWC Preschool Promise Manager
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Food Junkie | Lover of all Things Dog-Related | Bitten by the Travel Bug
What I love about Portland: “The Portland metro area prioritizes green spaces and encourages self-reflection, personal growth and self-care.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I love baking sweets, but don't love eating a ton of sweets.”
Neah Jackson | Board Member | She/Her
American Cancer Society | Community Development Manager
Hometown: Tigard, OR
Martha Stewart 2.0 | Planner Extraordinaire | Fur Family Mom
What I love about Portland: “I have lived in this city my entire life and I must say I still can’t get over how truly gorgeous our Rose City is. Plus… there is literally always something going on.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “From pretty early in college I knew I wanted to work in the Non-profit industry but was incredibly disappointed by the lack of support and direction to navigate the unique roles within many organizations. Through YNPN, I am excited to provide support, professional development and camaraderie to fellow non-profit professionals.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I may or may not organize the following by color: my closet, my bookshelf, my DVDs and my supply of post it notes. In other words: I love organization!”
Scott Montgomery | Board Member | He/Him
Morrison Child and Family Services | Chief Administrative Officer
Hometown: Pendleton, OR
Runner | Planner | Optimist
What I love about Portland: “As a kid I always loved visiting and exploring Portland and was certain that I would live here one day. I now get to share this joy with my own little family on a daily basis!”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am forever grateful to those that have supported my career development. I see YNPN as a supportive community that will help ensure others experience the some kind of support in their careers.”
And did I mention…?: “When I made a big move from the East Coast back to the West Coast a number of years ago, I was not a big fan of getting used to a new city name. Portland to Portland!”