YNPN LA is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors 


Jonathan Lambour // BOARD PRESIDENT 

Jonathan is a first generation graduate from California State University, Los Angeles where he obtained a BA in Political Science and a Master's in Public Administration. Jonathan is a currently a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) candidate at the University of La Verne. After three years of honing his sales and communication skills in the private sector, Jonathan transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 2016 where he has focused on mentorship for youth from diverse communities. As the Development Manager for Friends L.A., Jonathan works in tandem with the Executive Director to reach yearly revenue goals and raise awareness for the mission of the organization. Jonathan's passion to close the poverty gap, coupled with his unrivaled creativity and vision, is what motivates his work as a development professional. A natural relationship builder, Jonathan looks to bring his skills and lend a fresh perspective to YNPN LA. On his free time, Jonathan enjoys good reads and long walks with his camera.



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.



Bio coming soon!



Elsa holds a BA in Spanish from Occidental College and an MA in Teaching from School for International Training. Originally from Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, Elsa started her nonprofit career in cultural arts and museums in Los Angeles. She transitioned to teaching foreign language in elementary schools on the East Coast and Northern Mexico. Upon experiencing a family health crisis, her career pivoted toward community-based senior care programs, chronic disease self-management education and patient advocacy.  After completing a service year in AmeriCorps HealthCorps, she obtained a UCLA Extension certificate in Patient Advocacy. Her current role at Social Model Recovery Systems, involves tobacco prevention and secondhand smoke exposure policy advocacy. Elsa enjoys finding opportunities that build a sense of community especially when it involves bicycles, gardening or practicing yoga and believes strongly in networking and creating connections to further personal and professional ties.


Stephanie Grande // BOARD TREASURER

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. Stephanie received her BA in Philosophy from University of California, Riverside.



Mariesa Kubasek // BOARD MEMBER, Marketing & Communications

Mariesa is the Volunteer Manager at 826LA, where she has trained, supported and managed hundreds of volunteers committed to improving access to education services in Los Angeles. Prior to joining 826LA, Mariesa worked for a local public affairs firm, where she led outreach efforts and coordinated media campaigns for an arts education program in Southern California. Mariesa attended Santa Clara University, where she majored in philosophy and political science.


María de Jesús López // BOARD MEMBER, Events Co-Chair + Membership

Born and raised in Chicago, María de Jesús or MJ is the Program Manager for AYE of Catholic Charities LA. MJ serves youth and adults facing multiple barriers to employment by providing workforce development and support services. Prior to working in nonprofit, MJ managed multicultural advertising for large Fortune 500 companies. She has a strong passion for helping others, volunteering and learning new languages. MJ is a Big Sister for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters and works probono as the Digital and Social Media Manager for a nonprofit in Chicago. She speaks three languages fluently (Spanish, English, Portuguese) and is learning Japanese. MJ is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Southern California. Email: [email protected]


Ejiro Morrow // BOARD MEMBER, Events Co-Chair

Ejiro has worked in the nonprofit sector in Southern California since 2006, as a grant proposal developer, volunteer coordinator, and intern supervisor. She received her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Meredith College in 2004 and a Master's degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton in 2009. She received her Grants Professional Certification (GPC) in 2019, a distinction currently held by only 13 other individuals in the state of California. Ejiro joined the YNPN-LA board in January 2020 and also serves as a board member on two out-of-state nonprofits, Decolonizing the Music Room (TX) and the Jileng Kunda Project (NC). In her free time, Ejiro enjoys researching her family genealogy online and visiting local breweries with her husband, Kerry, and their dog Sunny. Email: [email protected]


Anthony Vasquez // BOARD MEMBER

Bio coming soon!


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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 President: Brian Rosenbaum
Former Board Members: Amaka Obidegwu, Andrew Vidales, Angela Vázquez, Annie Vought, Cassy Horton, Barbara Teel, Becca Bloom, Christine Newkirk, David Kietzman, Eileen Quinn, Gemma North, Helga Ovsthus Tonder, Jessica Payne, Julie Himot, Kara Young, Mariam Khwajazada, Melissa Chen, Misha Brody, Nathan Box, Nene Ogbechie, Noa Oldak-Moradian, Priscilla Fuentes, Rachel Fusco, Richard Reyes, Rob Muschler, Stacey Hartnett, Wendy Levine Mertan

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