YNPN LA IS LED BY A VOLUNTEER BOARD.
BRIAN ROSENBAUM // BOARD PRESIDENT, MAR/COM CHAIR
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 serves as Engagement Manager at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, overseeing the organization's year-round calendar of volunteer activities and coordinating customized volunteering activities for corporate partners. Brian joined the YNPNLA Board in summer 2016 as a way to expand his leadership skills and help foster a nonprofit workforce that is grounded in the values of social justice. In his spare time, Brian can be found running, cooking, or gardening.
MARISSA BELAU // BOARD SECRETARY, MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR
Marissa is the Special Projects Coordinator for Executive Service Corps of Southern California, an organization that provides affordable coaching and consulting services for nonprofits through executive-level volunteers. In this role, Marissa is responsible for major initiatives that impact stakeholders across the organization, including managing external collaborations and program evaluations. Marissa received her MS in Applied Psychology from USC, and holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. In her spare time, Marissa loves reading, watching hockey, and spending time volunteering with animals.
ELKIN SALINAS // BOARD TREASURER, FIN/OPS CHAIR
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.
STEPHANIE GRANDE // BOARD MEMBER, MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR
A native Angeleno, Stephanie is currently a Development Associate at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. In this role, she establishes the strategy, objectives, and execution of the department's volunteer and internship program. Stephanie is passionate about professional development and equity in the workplace. She received her BA in Philosophy from University of California, Riverside.
MISHA BODY // BOARD MEMBER, EVENTS CO-CHAIR
Originally from the East Coast, Misha Body now serves as the Director of Husbandry at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. She earned her BA (Zoology) from Connecticut College, certificates in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and Management Development from USC, and her MA (Biology) from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program in conjunction with San Diego Zoo Global. Her interests include leading staff through empathy and compassion and developing her teams to their fullest potential, all in the hopes of creating the greatest impact for wildlife conservation and sustainability. A self-proclaimed professional development “nerd”, Misha is thrilled to support YNPNLA in creating opportunities for local nonprofit professionals to continue growing their skills and network.
JESSICA PAYNE // BOARD MEMBER, EVENTS CO-CHAIR
Jessica Payne is the founder and owner of Mockingbird Analytics, a community and non-profit research and evaluation company, which she comes to with a decade of research and evaluation project management experience in government, community and academic settings. Jessica has served in various positions at CASA of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and National Institute of Justice. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis on Social and Community Development from the USC Sol Price School of Policy Planning and Development.
NATHAN BOX // BOARD MEMBER
Nathan Box is the Director of Philanthropy at Skid Row Housing Trust. He received his BA in Broadcast Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma (2007) and MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University (2013). In 2017, Nathan and his partner, Brandon Reaves, moved to Los Angeles, CA. Nathan is a member of the Downtown Los Angeles Rotary Club, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, committee member for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Board of Directors.
KARA YOUNG // BOARD MEMBER
Kara is the Creative Programs and Communications Manager for the Housing Corporation of America-an affordable housing nonprofit that serves Los Angeles County. She is a passionate national service advocate having served two terms as an Americorps volunteer in Washington DC, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, where she organized after school programs and worked with civic journalism NGOs. With a focus on community engagement, she also created the website This Is How We Live.org which discusses civic and urban happiness for millennials. Kara graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in Radio/Television/Film, and a minor in puppetry.
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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.