Meet The Team
Emily Davis • she/her/hers
Account Manager, Kelley Nonprofit Consulting
Color-Coordinated Planner Connoisseur • Road Trip Lover • Sketch Comedy Performer
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."
Tristan Penn • he/him/his
Community Engagement & Equity Manager, NTEN
Tuba Player • Greek Classics/Mythology enthusiast • Lifter of weights
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!"
Sage Nicholson • she/her/hers
Marketing & Communications Manager, UKANDU
Dog Mom • Oregon Ducks Enthusiast • Harry Styles' Biggest Fan
Hometown: Portland, OR
What I love about Portland: "Portland has been my home for the past 25 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'm excited about any group or organization that focuses on fostering community and shared experiences, especially among 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."
Community Engagement Officer
Brent Balog • he/him/his
Senior Program Manager, Clackamas Workforce Partnership
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
Hometown: Vienna, WV
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'm honing my Spanish skills and always looking for folks to practice with!"
Phoebe Petersen • she/her/hers
Communications Director, SMART Reading
Lifelong Vegetarian • Avid Reader • Fast Walker
Hometown: Bend, OR
What I love about Portland: "The amazing food, walkable neighborhoods, 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."
At-Large Board Member
Mina Colon • she/her/hers
Policy Research, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at OHSU
Docuseries fanatic • Dog Mom • Avid daydreamer
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!"
Kayla Kennett • she/her/hers
Communications Manager, City Club of Portland and Digital Media Specialist, The Street Trust
Three-Time Spelling Bee Champ • Holds a Non-Driver ID • Poet
Hometown: Charlestown, NH
What I love about Portland: "I love how people interact with public space, using parking strip plantings, street sign poles, chain link fences, etc. as canvasses to create art, food, and community spirit for everyone to enjoy."
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "Since I entered the nonprofit sector, I’ve felt like a revolution is coming, from how workers are compensated and supported in their lives, and provided adequate resources to do their jobs; to how organizations show up in the community. Now that Millennials and Gen Z make up a larger part of the workforce, our perspectives are valued and can thrive if we lead for change together."
And did I mention...? "I roast my own coffee with a Presto Poplite popcorn maker. Google it!"
At-Large Board Member
Erin Newton • she/her/hers
Nonprofit Consultant, Self-Employed
Loves to travel • Powell’s Books is one of her favorite places on earth • Will take any excuse to wear a costume
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."
At-Large Board Member
Maritza Perez • she/her/hers
Policy Researcher, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at OHSU
Dog Mom • Peloton Rider • No middle name
Hometown: Vista, CA
What I love about Portland: "The seasons, the mixture of rain, cold and sunny weather."
Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I'm involved in YNPN because I am passionate about working in the nonprofit sector and making a difference in my community. I'm hoping to meet other young professionals and develop new skills."
And did I mention...? "I love watching rom-coms!"
Board Chair Emeritus
Kaleema A.F. Murphy • she/her/hers
Customer Success Manager, Unite Us
Proud owner of three Health Science degrees • Epic fantasy writer and reader • Moderate sports enthusiast
Hometown: Portland, OR
What I love about Portland: "It's a densely-packed melting pot of out-of-towners, recent transplants, and hidden native Portlanders. You never know
who you'll meet! It's also amazingly close to beaches, mountains, plains, and the desert, so you can have fun outside 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 your work portfolio."
And did I mention...? "My husband and I have tried to beat the Halo: Masterchief Collection at least five times. Tips would be helpful. Also, how am I supposed to live now that Telltale Games is no more?"