Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance co-founder Kathy Young was recently appointed as the organization’s first president and CEO.
Young, an executive director for the past 12 years with the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, served as TVNPA board chair prior to being promoted to her new role.
“I'm incredibly proud of the nonprofit community that's grown up through TVNPA," Young said in a statement. "TVNPA has created a network of connections that brings nonprofits together to share best practices, collaborate and learn from industry experts.”
Young’s history with TVNPA stretches back to 2014, when she and fellow community leader Mony Nop bumped into each other on an elevator and started collaborating on an idea to unite local nonprofits and help them strengthen and expand their services.
That random encounter ultimately led to the founding of TVNPA, which represents more than 300 nonprofit groups throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties, and hosts a number of free monthly programs as well as an annual panel, speakers forum, and the “Stronger Together” nonprofit festival.
“Because our monthly programs are free, TVNPA's benefits are accessible to all nonprofits regardless of budget constraints,” Young said.
Young hopes to increase TVNPA's reach in the community while helping their members do the same. "My main priorities are to raise awareness of nonprofits and of the services they provide, connect nonprofits to prospective donors and volunteers, expand TVNPA's membership base, and increase participation in TVNPA from businesses and consultants who can help nonprofits grow,” she added.
Susan Houghton, one of TVNPA’s first board members, said there’s “no doubt great things are ahead for TVNPA” under Young’s leadership. "Kathy Young's vision helped make TVNPA into what it is today," Houghton said. "Moving her into a president / CEO role will help TVNPA transition from a working, all-volunteer board into a staff driven, mature organization.”
As Young steps into her new position at TVNPA, she will also continue serving the Hertz Foundation. She has been an active participant on the steering committee of the Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative and was recognized last year for her work with TVNPA by receiving the Pleasanton Community of Character Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. Young has a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and leadership from the University of San Francisco.
For more information about TVNPA visit tvnpa.org.