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Young Professionals Council

The Young Professionals Council (YPC) is a diverse group of young LGBT professionals and allies, dedicated to the preservation and future growth of The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

The mission of YPC is to develop and empower young LGBT professionals and their allies through the Young Professionals Council Academy (YPC Academy). The YPC Academy will help to expand the ranks of young LGBT leaders that are ready to further equality for our community through board service for a variety of agencies, not-for-profit organizations and government commissions.

The YPC fosters a culture of diversity, service, leadership, advocacy and camaraderie among young LGBT San Diegans while developing the next generation of LGBT and LGBT-allied civic leaders.

For more information about the group, please download the YPC Basics here.

For more information on upcoming events and meetings, visit the Facebook page HERE.

Young Professionals Council 1st Tuesday Series

The YPC hosts its 1st Tuesday Series on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Check out the Young Professionals Council Facebook page for updates on upcoming meetings, mixers, workshops, and events. Everyone is welcome to attend, participate, and learn more.

Join YPC at AIDS Walk San Diego 2016!

The YPC has set-up a team for this year's AIDS Walk & Run San Diego and hope to raise at least $5,000 to support San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. Join their team HERE.

The Young Professionals Council Academy

Learn more about the YPC Academy HERE. Applications for the 2017 class are open Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016. Click here to apply.


 Meet the 2016-17 Young Professionals Council Executive Committee 

Jeremy Bloom, Co-chair [pronouns: he/him/his]

Jeremy currently works at the San Diego affiliate of the Ameican Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as the Donor Relations Manager. He has worked in the non-profit fundraising and political organizing fields for over eight years. He is a 2015 graduate of the YPC Academy and has served on the Executive Committee since August 2015. He is a recent graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance. He received his B.A. in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Mary Washington In Fredericksburg, VA.  Since moving to San Diego in 2015 he has been an active volunteer with the San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Diego Pride, San Diego AIDS Walk, Missions Hills United Church of Christ, & various political campaigns.  For fun, he enjoys reading, running, and finding the best place to eat in San Diego. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Prabha Singh, Co-chair [pronouns: she/her/hers]

Prabha Singh is a YPC Alum and currently works as a Health Planner for the San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council as an employee of The LGBT Community Center. Originally from the East coast, Prabha received her B.Sc. from the University of Maryland and  received her Master of Public Health from National University. Prabha is also a Narcan Trainer with A New Path and Director of Development for The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. Prabha is also fluent in Hindi and looks forward to working with different community based organizations in the near future.
David Vance, Secretary/Treasurer [pronouns: they/them/theirs]

David Vance currently works as the PrEP Coordinator at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Originally from rural Wisconsin, they came to San Diego in 2014 after completing their B.A. in English Literature at Kenyon College in Ohio. They first became involved with the Center by volunteering and leading discussion groups on gender identity at the Hillcrest Youth Center. In addition to working in communications for various San Diego non-profits, David served as a tutor at Reality Changers, where they supported low-income, first-generation college students. They are passionate about sexual health, queer and feminist theory, and intersectional social justice.

Natasha Anderson-Moncrieffe, Membership [pronouns: she/her/hers]

Natasha Anderson lives by the motto"Art is Life is Art".  She currently works as a Marketing Coordinator at Rio SEO, a marketing software company. The Brooklyn, New York native loves calling San Diego home and utilizes every opportunity to submerge in the local art culture. Natasha currently serves as the Arts Advocacy Committee Chair for the Rising Art Leaders of San Diego (RALSD), and member of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition (SDRACC). She is an active advocate for the LGBTQ community , and is most passionate about promoting equal civil rights, gender equality, and challenging homophobia and transphobia through community outreach and innovative thought leadership using the  ARTS as a platform. She looks forward to challenging the canon by exploring the integration of LGBT content in arts education, and meeting her SHEro Oprah in the near future.

Tyler Renner, Community Engagement [pronouns: he/him/his]

Tyler currently works at the San Diego LGBT Community Center as a Development Associate and HIV Test Counselor. He relocated to San Diego from Santa Barbara, where he worked as the LGBTQ Program Coordinator at Pacific Pride Foundation. There he helped launch the Santa Barbara PFLAG Chapter and the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network. Over the last three years, he has traveled the country as the Project Manager for Self Evident Truths Project, a 10,000 portrait project of LGBTQ America. With experience working as a Behavioral Therapist for youth on the Autism Spectrum and a social justice advocate, he is passionate about the intersections of identity in underrepresented communities.

Melissa Kelly, Member-at-Large [pronouns: she/her/hers]

Melissa Kelley is an intern at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center working on her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She also holds an Associates’ degree in Alcohol & Other Drugs Studies. She has extensive experience as a case manager and has plans to become a licensed clinical social worker. Melissa is currently involved with San Diego Trans Pride, San Diego Pride and SheFest as their accessibility coordinator, making sure all community events and meetings are accessible through American Sign Language. She believes that a sense of community is vital for the LGBTQ population to thrive. It brings feelings of identity and pride as well as kinship, and is made possible through processes such as full accessibility, communication, inter-group relations and networking. This is where her passion comes in, networking and building a support system with ready access to resources, services and events for all members of the LGBTQ community, not just in North County but throughout the entire San Diego region.

Edgar Nunez, Member-at-Large [pronouns: they/them/theirs]

Edgar Nunez is a blogger, musician, and activist. A San Diego native, they were born and raised in Vista, California, a city in North County. They graduated from UC Davis with degrees in sociology and women's studies in 2015. Since then, they have been pursuing opportunities to become involved in many areas of social justice advocacy, particularly as it manifests in the LGBTQ community of San Diego. This includes #BeTheGeneration, a campaign to end the transmission of HIV in San Diego by 2024 through sex positivity and the promotion of risk reduction techniques.

The Center's Staff Liaisons to the YPC are:

Ben Cartwright, Director of Community Outreach: 619-692-2077 ext. 106, bcartwright@thecentersd.org

Rebekah Hook-Held, Director of Public Affairs: 619-692-2077, ext. 103, rhook@thecentersd.org

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