YNPN Portland Board of Advisors
The board plays an integral role in continuing YNPN Portland’s success, including governance and oversight, 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
Family Equality Council | Database Manager
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."
Amy Frey | Treasurer | 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.”
Samantha Baker | Fundraising Officer, Interim Secretary | She/Her
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Development Director
Hometown: Wall, NJ
Organizer & Planner Extraordinaire | Travel Junkie | Yoga Teacher
What I love about Portland: “After living in bigger cities like Boston and San Francisco, I love the small town, community-feel of Portland. We might be a large group of transplants, but the city seems to share the same loves; hiking & outdoor adventures, doing good, wellness, delicious food, dogs... which happen to be a few of my favorite things. Plus, you're always a road-trip away from an adventure, whether you love the city, mountains, or beach.”
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I made a conscious decision at an early age to commit my career to doing good in the world, but it's not easy. The road is paved with inequality, long hours, underpaid staff, lack of resources, and an overall misunderstanding of what we actually do day to day. I'm inspired and encouraged by other young professionals who share the same passion, determination, and frustration, and I believe that our success lies in supporting one another and lifting each other up, ultimately lifting up our communities.”
And Did I Mention…?: “I'd love to show you pictures of my husky/shepard puppy, she'll brighten your day!”
Katrina Doughty | Community Engagement Officer | She/Her(s)
211info | Maternal and Child Health Coordinator
Hometown: Occidental, California
Travel/Hiking Enthusiast | Reproductive Justice Advocate | Eternal Volunteer
What I love about Portland: "I love that this city has so much potential; there is a difficult and less than equitable history here, but a determination to improve, grow and learn. I also enjoy that nature is so close and integrated throughout the city."
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I enjoy connecting and collaborating with other people who are passionate about social and reproductive justice. I appreciate learning from/with others in this field, with the goal of improvement and progress. I look forward to being able to expand my knowledge about the range of careers and goals in the nonprofit sector through working on exciting projects with a wide range of people/colleagues.”
And did I mention...? "The best way in to my heart is with anything teal, dark chocolate (with sea salt) or info on the best place to get good tacos."
Kevin Le | Programming Committee Co-Chair | He/His
ThinkShout | Office & Events Coordinator
Hometown: Cupertino, California
Nature Paparazzi | Obsessive Food Eater | Lazy Gym Goer
What I love about Portland: "Portland has the three main things that keep me happy: close access to hiking trails, drizzly weather for soup season 7 months of the year, and tons of restaurants to keep trying out."
Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: "I am excited to help plan events that will help young professionals develop professional skills and network with like-minded professionals in their field."
And did I mention…? "In my current geriatric age, I recall fond memories of summitting Mt Kilimanjaro at the peak of my prime....when I was 24."
Gina Sander | Programming Committee Co-Chair | She/Her
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."
Colbey Carpenter | Board Member | He/Him
Oregon Community Foundation | Development Assistant
Hometown: Albany, Oregon
Arrested Development Scholar | Pragmatic Idealist | Always Asking Questions
What I love about Portland: "Portland has so much to offer – incomparable outdoor experiences, the best food scene in the country, spirited and committed fanbases, passionate communities, innovative nonprofits, and more.”
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "The opportunity to collaborate with professionals that are passionate about elevating their communities is both inspiring and motivating. It is a privilege to learn from and partner with such a dynamic community here in Portland!”
And did I mention...? "I placed 2nd in my 5th grade regional spelling contest because I misspelled ‘arithmetic’. It haunts me to this day.”
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.”
Kaleema A. Kerbs | Board Member | She/Her/Hers
Hands On Greater Portland | Westside Program 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?"