Michael (he/him) serves as Co-Chair of YNPNdc, and his days are spent as a Program Officer with the Center for Community Progress where he works on land use policy and equitable development initiatives around the country. He is a Chicago native and proud graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School, and has lived in DC for 5 years. Michael holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, where his graduate thesis focused on the spatial mismatch theory and equitable, sustainable land uses. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Urban Planning, respectively, from ASU. Ask him about international travels (pre-pandemic, of course), bartending, and his other full-time job as a cat-dad.
Laura Fagen (she/her) serves as Co-Chair of YNPNdc, and 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. Laura joined YNPNdc in October 2020 as the Director of Communications. In addition, she is a co-organizer of the DC Transplants, Newbies and Explorers: 20s and 30s Meetup, and volunteers with N Street Village. In her free time, Laura enjoys live theatre, cooking and baking, reading, kayaking and travel.
Samuella (Sammi) Amoako-Boateng
Sammi Amoako-Boateng (she/her) is currently a student in the Washington DC Metro area. She has international and local Non-Profit experience. Sammi loves to socialize and meet new people and also loves to brunch with her friends when she can.
Laura Beth Hooper
Laura Beth Hooper (she/her) joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors as Treasurer in July 2021. She currently serves as the Finance and Operations Associate for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an international foundation with the mission of advancing nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people. In her free time, Laura Beth enjoys backpacking and exploring the Appalachian mountains.
Director of Communications
Laren Friedman is Advancement Officer, Strategic Initiatives at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Laren believes in the power of the non-profit community to make a difference in the lives of others and to seek a more healthy and just world. In addition to fundraising at the FNIH, she is a practicing fine artist, with a focus on mixed media painting/collage/printmaking. Laren received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Art History from Pratt Institute and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, where she subsequently pursued a year-long postgraduate artist residency in printmaking. In her free time, Laren likes dancing and mini-adventures.
Director of Volunteer Engagement
Diane Hsiung (she/her) joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors as Director of Volunteer Management and Engagement in November 2019. Previously, she served as the Inner Circles Coordinator from 2017-2019. She strives to connect and provide resources to others so they can flourish in their careers. Currently, she works at the Association of Community College Trustees as the Membership Services Associate. Having been in DC for more than a decade, she continues to enjoy exploring the city’s growing restaurant scene and amazing historical and cultural sites.
Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ron Thomas (he/him) joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors as Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in July 2021. As Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ron Thomas will help develop YNPNdc’s DEI vision for a nonprofit community where diversity and equity are embraced. He has an uncompromising commitment to increasing both justice and integrity in the workplace. Ron currently serves as Director of Technology at Rare a global leader of behavior change in conservation. In this role Ron developed and currently spearheads an initiative called Rare Technology which strives to support the organization’s overall mission through excellence in information resources and technologies. Ron enjoys volunteering for Alive! which is the oldest and largest public safety net in the City of Alexandria, which helps people faced with emergency situations or long-term needs tackle food insecurity. Ron is a Cleveland native and outside of work can be found exercising, grilling and woodworking. He is also a travel enthusiast and foodie who seeks adventure through new experiences.
Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Belle Chiu (she/her)joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors as Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in July 2021. She currently works as the Human Resources Program Manager for the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that is the national leader for land trusts in policy, standards, education, and training. She also works as a group fitness instructor for SweatBox and coach for BOOMBOX Boxing Club. Belle volunteers for Girls on the Run, DC and serves as an advisor for the George Washington University chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity. Belle enjoys working out, spending time with friends, traveling, and trying new things.
Director At Large, Partnerships
Cliff Mayo (he/him) joined the Board of Directors in June 2018, after previously serving on the YNPNdc Leadership Team from August 2014 to June 2016. He is currently the Associate Director of Data Integrity and Systems Integration for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, where he does a bit of everything but with a focus on organizational management. Cliff is also involved in community planning in his home of Hyattsville and is an avid baseball fan.
Director At Large, Fundraising and Advancement
Christen Miller (she/her) joined the YNPNdc Board of Directors as a Director at Large in July 2021. With a passion for hospitality and supporting small businesses, Christen has experience in both marketing and fundraising. She currently works as the Manager of Development at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, a non-profit with the mission to provide ground-breaking experiential education in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. In that role she supports philanthropic partnerships. In her free time, Christen enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring museums.