YNPN Position: Communications Chair
Place of Work: Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Young Leadership Division
Bio: Hannah was born and raised in Cleveland. She attended Ohio University where she received her BA in Organizational Communication and Business. During her time at OU, Hannah found a passion for community building through various internships. Upon graduating, she realized her passion could be made into a career and went off to work as the Engagement Associate at Hillel at Temple University in Philadelphia. After two years at Temple, Hannah transitioned to Director of Community Engagement at Penn State Hillel where she spent three years working in communications and development. Today, Hannah works as a Donor Officer at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She recently received her Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in May 2019. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating her way through Cleveland, shopping flea markets and live music.
One Thing We Should Know About You: I am originally and East Sider who moved to the near-West Side (DRAMA!). I am addicted to True Crime Podcasts but will never watch a True Crime show on TV (too much imagery).
YNPN Position: Programming Chair
Place of Work: The Refugee Response, Mentor Support Coordinator
Bio: I am the Mentor Support Coordinator for The Refugee Response, I also work as a freelance marketing consultant. I was drawn to the nonprofit sector because I wanted to contribute to meaningful work that builds a more connected, sustainable and equitable society.
I also serve as the Vice President of the John Carroll University Chapter of the American Fundraising Professionals and sit on the Fundraising Committee for One World Shop in Rocky River. I will graduate with her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University in August of 2020. My Bachelor's degree is in Psychology from Cleveland State University.
I am a huge bookworm which worked out because my husband Sam is a librarian! I also have an 11 year old step-son Noah. I love to cook, bake, go to concerts, and explore Ohio.
One Thing We Should Know About You: I read cookbooks for fun, cover to cover and instead of waking up at 5:30 am to exercise I do it to cook or bake before work.
YNPN Position: Operations Chair
Place of Work: Alzheimer's Association, Program Coordinator
Bio: Born and raised in Pakistan, I have a deeply rooted passion for advocacy and education. After completing my Bachelors degree in International Business and Masters in Nonprofit Management, I increasingly seek opportunities in which I can grow professionally and personally. Having lived in the US for nearly two decades, I continue to work towards amplifying positive infrastructure models to build collaborative spaces for collective developments. I am very fond of travel, language learning and diverse cuisines
One Thing We Should Know About You: I love bouldering and rock climbing.
YNPN Position: Community Engagement Chair
Place of Work: The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Intake Specialist
Bio: My name is Ahlon and I'm super excited to be on the board for YNPN. I was born and raised in Cleveland. I went to The College of Wooster for Undergrad, and it was there that I first got involved with Community Engagement efforts in the Diversity and Inclusion organization there. I spent the last three years traveling extensively through Argentina, Spain, and a couple other European countries. Lastly, I do intake at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland where I get to assess legal issues and provide legal advice under the supervision of an attorney.
One Thing We Should Know About You:I'm probably one of the people most afraid to fly on an airplane in the world and I've flown more than 150 times.
YNPN Position: Programming Co-Chair
Place of Work: Cleveland Hearing and Speech, Development Coordinator
Bio: I joined the YNPN Board in July of 2018 as the Events Chair and have been planning events for the group ever since! I am very passionate about Nonprofits and the Cleveland Community. I love that this organization provides a place where young professionals in the industry can connect and learn from each other. Outside of YNPN, I work at the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center as the Development Coordinator doing all things fundraising! I am also pursuing my Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University in my spare time. I look forward to seeing so many of you at upcoming YNPN events!
One Thing We Should Know About You: I am a huge fan of Cleveland history! I have lots of fun facts about different places, people, and things around town that I'm always happy to share!
YNPN Position: Treasurer
Place of Work: American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Operations Manager
Bio: James Kosmatka came to the ACLU of Ohio by way of nonprofit management. His background is in theatre and he continues to work as a freelance sound designer. He previously served as Assistant General Manager at Cleveland Public Theatre, Assistant to the Director of the Cleveland State University Department of Theatre, and Assistant to the Chair of the CSU School of Social Work.
His next project is Marisol, by Jose Rivera, with Cleveland Public Theatre's Spanish-langauge company Teatro Público de Cleveland.
One Thing We Should Know About You: I lost on Jeopardy!
YNPN Position: President
Place of Work: Playhouse Square, Development Database Coordinator
Bio: I'm very excited to serve as President of YNPN Cleveland! I joined the board in July of 2018 as Board Operations Chair and have been attending events for the past two years. YNPN is a great way for young nonprofit professionals to network and to learn more about the wide variety of nonprofit organizations in our community, and I'm looking forward to leading our chapter in 2020. Outside of YNPN, I work in Development at Playhouse Square, and I'm very passionate about Cleveland's thriving theatre district and the importance of the performing arts in general.
One Thing We Should Know About You: I'm a big Cleveland Indians fan, and try to attend at least a few games each year. Still waiting on that World Series Championship!