Dear YNPN LA Members and Friends,
In May of 2016, my good friend (and certified nonprofit mover and shaker) David Kietzman invited me to interview for YNPN LA’s Board of Directors. My mentee in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was about to graduate (after 10 years together!), I was starting to think more about my nonprofit career journey, and I was ready for a new volunteer challenge and leadership opportunity.
Before I knew it, I was on the Board, then in the Secretary role, and then serving as Board President!
I am tremendously proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last three and a half years. We launched and grew our Membership model; expanded and diversified our events offerings exponentially; significantly built out our internal processes and systems; instituted our annual Board Retreats, Town Halls, Open Board Meetings, and appreciation events; and developed a Committee structure and reliable pipeline of volunteers that has led to 16 new Board Members since mid-2016.
Today, for the first time in this organization’s history, we have a full roster of 10 Board Members, a complete Executive Committee, and Committee Chairs actively leading each of our five committees.
And while my role on the Board has been to lead it, I’ve gotten so much more out of this experience than I put into it. All that I’ve learned about nonprofit management, team leadership, membership models, programming, infrastructure, marketing, and more, has been priceless for my own professional and personal development.
It has truly been a privilege to have the time, capacity, and support of my partner, supervisors, and Board Members to lead this organization, and I do not take it for granted.
Now, it’s time for me to step aside. I’ll be stepping out of the Board President role at the end of the year as I pursue new adventures.
But as we all know, when one door closes, another opens. On January 1, 2020, our Board will have an open spot. Additionally, our committees always need more strategic minds and willing hands to plan and execute the work of an all-volunteer organization.
If reading about my experience has inspired you, please take a look at our working committees and complete the volunteer interest form. By serving as a volunteer, you’ll gain insights into the organization’s work and processes, build relationships with our Board Members, and set a strong foundation for future leadership.
I’ll be serving in the advisory role of President Emeritus through June 2020 to ensure that the Board has access to my institutional knowledge and guidance for a seamless transition. If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions about how this organization can be even more impactful in 2020 -- and if that could involve you as a volunteer or Board Member -- please contact me directly.
Thank you for your support of this organization. I have no doubt that its future is bright, building upon such a strong foundation, mission, and vision.
Brian Rosenbaum, MSW, CVA
Young Nonprofit Professionals Los Angeles