YNPN Greater Bflo is made up of you: Young nonprofit professionals who see the value in being intentional about our professional development, and in building a peer support network to help you be more effective change-makers for the good of our communities.


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

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.


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.

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2021-2022 Board of Directors

Co-Board Chairs –  MeKenzie Lund and Ebony Singletary

Co-Directors of  Communications and Marketing –  Alex Lauer and Hannah Leslie

Co-Directors of Programming and Special Events – Tori Menneto and Martina LaVallo

Director of Membership – Anne Coughlin                           

Co-Directors of Operations and Finance– Heather Reed and Andrew Dylewski

Co-Directors of Sponsorships and Partnerships– Lucy Connery and Michael Palazza

Ambassadors – Stephen Lutter, Bridget Scott, and Carlisle Lipke

Allison 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. For opportunities to support Alley’s YNPN Greater Bflo Legacy, please stay tuned.

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