YNPN Greater Bflo is made up of you: professionals who value intentional professional development & building a peer support network to help you be more effective change-makers for the good of our Western New York Communities.


YNPN Greater Bflo is led by a dedicated voluntary board of local for-profit and non-profit professionals.

2022-23 Board of Directors

Co-Board Chairs –  MeKenzie Lund and Lucy Connery

Co-Directors of  Communications and Marketing –  Ariel Davis and Hannah Leslie

Director of Programming and Special Events – Michael Palazza

Director of Membership – Katie Wawrzaszek                        

Co-Directors of Operations and Finance– Ryan Ende and Andrew Dylewski

Co-Directors of Sponsorships and Partnerships– Apply Today!

Ambassadors – Kara Fisher


YNPN Greater Buffalo strengthens the nonprofit community by serving as an inclusive and innovative resource for networking and growth to empower young professionals.


YNPN Greater Buffalo envisions a network of engaged professionals striving for excellence in knowledgeable and effective service to the community.

YNPN In The News – Check out media features on YNPN Greater Bflo!

Alley Jensen

In January 2021, YNPN Greater Bflo Board Member Allison “Alley” Jensen passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. Alley served as the Director of Programming & Special Events for three years and was an integral part of our organization. Alley was known for continuously putting together programming that was inclusive and supportive of our diverse membership base, and was always going above and beyond to make YNPN Greater Bflo a welcoming space for all. More than that, Alley was a compassionate human being who cared about our community and those around her, and the kind of person the world needs more of.

We will never be able to fully express our gratitude for all Alley did for our organization. She remains part of YNPN Greater Bflo.

National Movement

The very first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) chapter was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 by a small group of young nonprofit professionals. Today the YNPN network serves more than 50,000 members and has chapters in over 40 cities. In 2018, YNPN Greater Bflo became an affiliate of YNPN National and we continue to be apart of the national movement to activate emerging leaders and build a diverse and powerful social sector.

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