In July, YNPNdc thanked and said goodbye to our 2020-2021 Board of Directors, and welcomed our new chapter leadership. Our new Board of Directors have already gotten to work to continue creating a great experience for our members. YNPNdc’s new Governance Committee, who will serve the organization through June 2023, sat down to share about themselves and their roles. Say hi to them at the next YNPNdc event you’re at!
Laura Fagen and Michael Bochnovic are thrilled to lead the organization as Co-Chairs. In these roles, they will lead the organization and Board of Directors to set strategic direction, steward the organization’s resources, and being responsible for the overall needs of the Board and the organization.
Laura Fagen is serving YNPNdc as Co-Chair, having previously served as the Director of Communications beginning in October 2020. She is the Digital Communications Manager at the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that is the national leader for land trusts in policy, standards, education and training.
Why did you join YNPNdc? I joined YNPNdc to be able to connect with more people as a transplant to the area, while I grow my skills in leadership, strategy, and governance.
What are you most excited for in your coming term? YNPNdc has a lot of a great initiatives we’re working on, including strategic planning, that I’m excited to work with our Board and volunteers to advance. I also am excited to expand our network and bring new resources to young DC nonprofit professionals!
What are some of your favorite things in/about DC? I love the variety of arts and culture events, especially live theatre, the great natural places nearby to hike and kayak, and all of the different places to try new and amazing foods!
Michael Bochnovic is serving YNPNdc as Co-Chair, having previously served as the Co-Director of Programming beginning in February 2020. His background is in city planning and public policy, and when he’s not YNPNing, he’s usually somewhere in the DuPont Circle area.
Why did you join YNPNdc? I joined YNPNdc because I really resonate with the purpose to connect with and support young people entering this sector. Plus the programs are a blast!
What are you most excited for in your coming term? I’m especially excited for new initiatives our Board and talented volunteers are working on. This year we’ve got long-term strategizing alongside the launch of some exciting new things for members of the DMV to be a part of.
What are some of your favorite things in/about DC? Rock Creek Park, the plethora of places for pedicures, and the wonderful event formerly known as Jazz in the Garden.
Samuella (Sammi) Amoako-Boateng joins the board of YNPNdc as the Board Secretary. She is a Legal Student in the DC Metro.
Why did you join YNPNdc? I joined YNPNdc because I love working with nonprofits and I like to give back when given the opportunity.
What are you most excited for in your coming term? I am excited for growth and expansions across all committees. I am also looking forward to serving the Board and Governance Committee.
What are some of your favorite things in/about DC? I love brunch, museums, and how the DC Metro offers you a ‘quiet city life.’ I am a NYC girl so this makes me happy.
Laura Beth Hooper joins the board of YNPNdc as the Treasurer. As Treasurer, she is responsible for developing and reporting on the organization’s budget and overseeing YNPNdc’s financial systems. Professionally, she is the Finance and Operations Associate for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an international foundation dedicated to promoting nutrition and reforming food systems.
Why did you join YNPNdc? I joined YNPNdc because I was interested in connecting professionally with other nonprofit professionals in the DC area.
What are you most excited for in your coming term? The next twelve months are going to be very full for YNPNdc! As we look to the future of the organization, I am excited to participate in formulating the next Strategic Plan to shape YNPNdc’s focus for the next three years.
What are some of your favorite things in/about DC? I love hiking in Shenandoah and elsewhere on the extensive trail systems in Maryland and Virginia. I feel so lucky to live next to such incredible natural beauty!