Brian is a Southern California native with more than a decade of nonprofit experience. He earned his BA in Psychology and Spanish at UCLA and his MSW at Columbia University, with an emphasis in community organizing and program design and evaluation. He currently works as a Regional Community Engagement Manager at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, where he manages and builds the capacity of his volunteers in the Northeastern US. Brian joined the YNPNLA Board in 2016 as a way to expand his leadership skills and help foster a nonprofit workforce that is grounded in the values of social justice.

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Stacey is dedicated to serving the less fortunate in Los Angeles. Currently the Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Skid Row Housing Trust, she manages resident support services and ensures that each individual has a safe and supportive place to live. Stacey earned her BA in Business Administration at UC Riverside, and her MA in Nonprofit Management at Arizona State University. She hopes to continue her career in the nonprofit sector for many years as a manager, consultant, and Board Member.



Priscilla is currently the Grant Manager at the American Red Cross Los Angeles where she manages government grant projects and builds strategic public partnerships. She received her BA in Psychology from Whitworth University, after which she returned to her hometown in California to complete her MS in Public Administration at CSU Los Angeles. With over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Priscilla is passionate about the sector and believes it is where people can truly make a difference in the world.



Amaka is currently a Project Research Manager at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, an organization that focuses on engaging the public and scientific communities in innovative research on the cause and prevention of breast cancer. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since she graduated college. In her free time, Amaka loves exploring new restaurants, running, and cooking.




Richard is the Founder and Executive Director of the PLUS ME project, a youth development non-profit that inspires students through sharing personal narratives from relatable role models. To date, he has impacted over 40,000 students with his success story and looks forward to inspiring more. A native to Los Angeles, Richard received his BA in Critical Theory/Social Justice from Occidental College and his MA in Education from CSU Los Angeles.


Noa is a human rights and social justice advocate, passionate about international affairs, women's rights, and education. In her current position as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Temple Israel of Hollywood, she helps facilitate social action initiatives and works to organize and strengthen the community both on and offline. She received her BA in Anthropology from the USC and her MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Noa has served in the nonprofit sector locally and globally for nearly a decade and is always looking for effective and creative ways to create positive social impact.


Andrew is a native Angeleno and seasoned community relations and project management professional with four years' experience in public service. He is currently the Deputy Director of Impact at LeadersUp, where he supports project development, implementation, and execution. Andrew received his BA in Media & Cultural Studies and Anthropology from UCR, and recently received his MA in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Andrew is passionate about promoting higher education and employment for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged youth.


Elkin is a Project Coordinator with the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County. He earned his BA in Management at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is working towards completing his Graduate Certificate in Public Health Leadership from UNC. As a public health professional, Elkin is passionate about expanding access to care through the use of technology and process re-engineering in order to build and sustain strong and healthy communities.

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Past Board Members

Since YNPN LA's founding in 2002, many passionate leaders have carried on the work of the original founders. We recognize and thank the following individuals who have served on the Board. Their dedication and commitment have helped to make our community what it is today.

We continue to search for past YNPN LA Board Members. If you know of past Board Members, please let us know so we can recognize them.

Founder: Amber Martinez
Immediate Past Board Chair: Angela Vázquez
Cassy Horton
Barbara Teel
Becca Bloom
Christine Newkirk
David Kietzman
Eileen Quinn
Gemma North
Helga Ovsthus Tonder
Julie Himot
Mariam Kwhajazada
Melissa Chen
Nene Ogbechie
Rachel Fusco
Wendy Levine Mertan

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