YNPN Portland Leadership Team

Our board is a volunteer and working board made of multi-sector individuals in both the for-profit and non-profit sector.

Let's get to know them our

Current Board Members

Emily Davis

Board Chair | she/her(s)

Kelley Nonprofit Consulting | Development Associate

Hometown: Orinda, CA

What I love about Portland: "Portland has so much to offer, especially for young people. I like how each neighborhood, each little corner of the city, has its own feel. You could pick a new restaurant or bar visit, a new outdoor spot to explore, or a new community event to attend and never run out of things to do and see. Portland has so much life and razzle dazzle :) "


Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I joined YNPN Portland to meet people and expand my personal and professional horizons with other people in the sector. I'm excited to contribute to YNPN's growth, develop new skills, and connect with like-minded people."


And did I mention...? "I am obsessed with music from the early 2000s."

Color-Coordinated Planner Connoisseur | Road Trip Lover | Sketch Comedy Performer


Tristan Penn

Vice Chair | he/him/his

NTEN | Community Engagement & Equity Manager

Hometown: Lawrence, KS / McPherson, KS

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!"

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

Sage Nicholson

Treasurer | she/her(s)

UKANDU | Development Coordinator

Hometown: Portland, OR

What I love about Portland: "Portland has been my home for the past 24 years and it never ceases to amaze me with its natural beauty and friendly residents. I love how close Portland is to the mountains, the beach, and everything in between - no matter the time of year there is always something to do! I am also so grateful for how kind and genuine the Portland community is."


Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I am excited about any group or organization that focuses on fostering community and shared experiences - especially amongst young professionals. YNPN is such an amazing group due to its specific focus on the public sector. This sector is full of such amazing and unique professionals, many of whom share similar successes and struggles. YNPN allows us to come together to grow and share in those experiences."


And did I mention...? "I'm passionate about any and all personality tests. If you have a good one, send it my way."

Dog Mom | Oregon Ducks Enthusiast | Harry Styles's Biggest Fan


Bryse Bishoff

Secretary | she/her(s)

Fortis Construction, Inc. | HR Generalist

Hometown: Sherwood, OR

What I love about Portland: "I can be at the Coast, a Lake, or a Mountain within an hour and a half. I love that in Oregon we can experience all four seasons!"


Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "As a young professional in the private sector, I feel that I have the capability and network to provide resources to the non-profit sector. When considering YNPN, I was really drawn by the opportunity to help many non-profit organizations and make a broader impact than focusing on a single cause."

And did I mention...? "I’m a wine snob?"

I’m named after a professional surfer, not a Canyon | I make my dog’s food from scratch | I love cooking! Probably more than eating

Brent Balog

Community Engagement Officer | he/him/his

Clackamas Workforce Partnership

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

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!"

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


Phoebe Petersen

Programming Co-Chair | she/her(s)

SMART Reading | Communications Manager

Hometown: Bend, CA

What I love about Portland: "The walkable neighborhoods, the amazing food, and the proximity to forests, mountains, and ocean."


Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland:  "I love the nonprofit sector and all of the incredible organizations who contribute so much to our community. I’m excited to be involved in an organization that supports and connects young professionals across the public sector."

And did I mention...? "I love discovering new podcasts."

Lifelong Vegetarian | Avid Reader | Fast Walker

Mina Colon

At-Large | she/her(s)

Center for Health Systems Effectiveness | Policy Research

Hometown: West Warwick, RI

What I love about Portland: "You’re never very far from a new and exciting adventure!"

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I believe that non-profits are the backbone of our community infrastructure and YNPN helps to support the evolution of them. By leveraging local networks and providing a dedicated space for uplifting those individuals that help run them, YNPN contributes to meaningful and sustainable change for our community at large—a journey I’m excited to be a part of!"


And did I mention...? "I’ve watched every episode of Jeopardy!"

Docuseries fanatic | Dog Mom | Avid daydreamer

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Erin Newton

Marketing Co-Chair | she/her(s)

Self | Boss

Hometown: San Jose, CA

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 in 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."

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

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Kaleema A.F. Murphy

Board Chair Emeritus | she/her(s)

Unite Us - Connect Oregon | Customer Success Manager

Hometown: Portland, OR

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 (now husband) 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?"

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