Spring Into Your Career

Join YNPN Portland for a panel discussion to help you advance your career!  This two hour event will feature speakers from HR, development, and direct service career paths—see more information about our panelists below. Tickets are $10.  Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.  We'll hope to see you there!


Carmen Brewton-Denison serves as a program manager and racial equity consultant at Campus Compact of Oregon (CCOR). In her role at CCOR, Denison oversees the development and implementation of community responsive programs through partnerships with nonprofits, K-12 schools, and government entities. Brewton-Denison began her career in nonprofits teaching art and literacy classes at Donald E. Long Detention Center and developing community arts programs in collaboration with Homeforward and Transitions Projects Inc. From there Denison co-founded the Creative Activism Lab in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College and Portland State University. Denison’s desire to build and implement site-specific, racial justice, healing-based projects led her to work with Portland Community College Community-Based Learning program, and mentoring organization Friends of the Children before landing at Campus Compact where she continues to support multi-disciplinary racial justice initiatives.


Anna Kurnizki currently serves as the Development Director of Community Warehouse, the only nonprofit furniture bank in the region. She first worked as an intern at Community Warehouse in 2012, and was captivated by the tangible connecting at the heart of the furniture bank model. Six years later, she oversees a $750,000 fundraising budget, hand-writes lots of thank-you notes, and has been known to contribute to last-minute mattress hauling. Anna also plays volleyball at least twice a week and is a volunteer mentor through Family of Friends.




Jen Spafford has over eight years of excellence in human resources management with a strong education in business administration and proven success in improving employee satisfaction, morale, and loyalty as well as overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function as it aligns to the needs of the organization. Jen grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from David Douglas High School in 1992. She later went on to get her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in writing from Portland State University. After taking a break from her career to work as a stay-at-home mother to four awesome kids, she returned to Marylhurst University and earned her M.B.A. with a nonprofit focus and followed that up with the Senior Professional in Human Resources Management from the Human Resources Certification Instituteand the Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional. She has worked for First Unitarian Church of Portland, Campfire Columbia, Neighborhood House, and is very happy to come to work for Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries.


YNPN Portland is an all-volunteer organization. We charge a small fee to cover the cost of putting on events, but do not want the cost to be a barrier. If you need an exception to the fee, please contact us at [email protected] We will not issue refunds for cancellations and promise to put your fees toward future events. Thank you.

Taborspace is ADA accessible. There is a wheelchair access to the right of the stairs for the main level and to the left of the stairs for the lower level.


April 24, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Tabor Space Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont St
Dining Room
Portland, OR 97215
United States
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Gina Sander & Kevin Le ·


Kaleema A.F. Murphy Tyler Davis Whitley Robertson Robin Healy Monet Richter

Will you come?

$10.00 YNPN Panel Event: Spring Forward Your Career