Leadership Team

YNPN Portland Leadership Team

About the YNPN Portland Board

YNPN Portland is an all-volunteer organization that activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas. 

As YNPN Portland’s leadership team, members of the Board set the tone for the organization’s work. The YNPN Portland Board is charged with organizational and financial oversight, fiduciary responsibility, and strategic planning and implementation for YNPN Portland. Board Members are responsible for making decisions, delegating work, and assuring that decisions are carried out in the manner intended. 

The YNPN Portland Board is a working board. In other words, Board Members are not only expected to perform their fiduciary and strategic duties, but they are also responsible for carrying out decisions and implementing ideas in partnership with volunteers and committee members.

Here are our current Board Volunteers!


Kaleema A.F. Murphy| Board Chair| She/Her(s)

Unite Us - Connect Oregon | Customer Success Manager

Hometown: Portland, OR

Proud owner of three Health Science degrees | Epic fantasy writer and reader | Moderate sports enthusiast

What I love about Portland: "It is a densely-packed melting pot of out-of-towners, recent transplantees, and hidden native Portlanders. You'll never know who you'll meet! Locale-wise we are so amazingly close to beaches and the coast, mountains and hiking trails, plains and the desert - so we never run out of things to do year-round!"

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "YNPN is a tremendous organization that allows individuals to foster longstanding relationships, both personally and professionally, with like-minded nonprofit people. The ripples of partnership, networking and connection, will always be a boon to your social network and to your work portfolio."

And did I mention...? "My fiancé and I have tried, at least five times, to beat the Halo: Masterchief Collection on Legendary. Tips would be helpful. Also, how am I supposed to live now that Telltale Games is no more?"


image1.jpegAli Benson | Board Vice Chair (outgoing) | She/Her(s)

Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation | Data for Impact Project Manager

Hometown: Orange, CA

Aspiring Polyglot | Podcast Lover | Vegetarian Recipe Tester

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 only a few hours away from mountains, desert, coastline, forests, farmlands, waterfalls, and wine country.”

Why I'm involved with YNPN Portland: "Many emerging nonprofit professionals don't get the formal training or professional development opportunities they need to be successful in their roles or to grow professionally. Organizations like YNPN contribute to the strength and vibrancy of our sector's future leaders, and that's an inspiring and important call to action for me."

And did I mention…?: “I take great pride in cultivating a repository of random and often useless facts."


Headshot.jpgGina Sander | Secretary (outgoing) | She/Her(s)

Camp Fire Columbia, Camp Namanu  |  Camp Director

Hometown: Portland, OR

Craft Queen | Musical Lover | Portland Born & Raised

What I love about Portland: "Portland is mix of some of my favorite things, great food, great art, and the great outdoors. I feel so lucky to live in a vibrant city within driving distance of lakes, oceans, mountains, and incredible forests."

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I am thrilled to support an organization that provides an inclusive space for young professionals to collaborate, innovate, and grow. Non-profit work is the backbone of our community and the employees and volunteers of those organizations are vital to their success. By supporting YNPN and its members, I know that I am supporting a community that will strengthen our city and its values."


Emily Davis | Secretary (incoming) | She/Her (s)


Sage Nicholson | Treasurer (incoming) | She/Her(s)


Erin Newton| Marketing Co-Chair | She/Her

Self | Boss

Hometown: San Jose, CA

I love to travel | Powell’s Books is one of my favorite places on earth | I will take any excuse to wear a costume

What I love about Portland: "I love that our most beautiful steel suspension bridge is bright green. I love that Portlanders know we’re not perfect, but we’re trying to get better. And I love that Salt & Straw is still coming up with original flavors."

Why I’m involved with YNPN Portland: "I am involved with YNPN Portland because I love to meet new people who want to commiserate and rejoice about being a young person in the nonprofit sector. I believe that together we can make our lives, our work, and our city at least a little better by being in each other’s lives."

And did I mention...? "If the topic for Trivia Night is Harry Potter, you definitely want me on your team."


Phoebe | Programming Co-Chair | She/her(s)


Headshot.jpgTristan Penn | Programming Co-Chair | He/Him/His

NTEN | Community Engagement & Equity Manager

Hometown: Lawrence, KS / McPherson, KS

Tuba Player | Greek Classics/Mythology enthusiast | Lifter of weights

What I love about Portland: "I love the food and the proximity to so many different things (mountains, coast, desert, forests)."

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I'm involved because the nonprofit sector is changing and I want to help and lead those changes within the community in a way that supports, uplifts, and prioritizes our most marginalized YNPN members in their own values-centered and mission-driven work; because when we prioritize the most marginalized in our communities, everyone benefits."

And did I mention...? "I'm an alumni of the University of Kansas - Rock Chalk Jayhawk!"


Headshot.jpgAlex | At-Large, Strategic Partnerships | She/Her(s)

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

World Traveler | Urban Gardener | Political Junkie

What I love about Portland: "Bike amenities and vegetarian food!"

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I want to help local nonprofit professionals grow in their careers and apply their talents to improving our community."

And did I mention...? "I first came to Portland at the start of a 4290-mile solo bicycle ride across the country."


Anne Schuyler-Moon | At-Large | She/Her(s)

Reed College | Operational Manager

Hometown: Independence, Oregon

Has Two Greyhounds | Makes Spreadsheets | Reads Books

What I love about Portland… "I love Portland's vegan restaurants and my easy access to family and nature.""

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland… "because YNPN strengthens the nonprofit community by networking and training motivated emerging leaders in their career and program development. It is a space for innovation, connection and support with one's professional peers."<"

And did I mention...? "I have two greyhounds."


Brent Bolag | At-Large | He/Him/His

Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Hometown: Portland, Oregon (originally from Vienna, West Virginia)

Former Haunted Hotel Bellman (named after Aaron Burr harborers) | Fantastic Beard Owner (as noted by Gov. Kate Brown) | Ordained "minister" with the Universal Life Church

What I love about Portland… "I love Portland’s proximity to so many different types of natural beauty: forests, mountains, the coast, the high desert – it is great to be so close to a variety of outdoor settings. Aside from that, I love that there is always a new restaurant to try, a robust library system, a neat art and music scene, and it is always green -- even in winter!"

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland… "I am involved in YNPN because I think it is important to provide local nonprofits (and the young professionals who work in the industry) a place to connect, make friends, share ideas and resources, better align our collective work, advocate for positive changes in our community, learn new things and gain new skills, and have fun while doing good!"

And did I mention... "I am honing my Spanish skills and always looking for folks to practice with!"


Mina Colon | At-Large | She/her(s)


Parker Gallagher | At-Large | He/Him/His