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The Idealist team

Allison Jones, Editor, Idealist Careers


Allison is the editor of Idealist Careers and a Brooklyn girl who is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to change the world. In her role as an editor she helps produce content that informs and inspires for Idealist’s blogs and social media channels. See all of Allison’s posts and send her an email if you have questions about the blog or want to contribute.



Matt Cifaldi, Community Engagement Associate

MattMatt Cifaldi works on the Community Engagement team at Idealist, interacting with site users and figuring out how to help grow the Idealist network. He also approves organizations that apply to be listed on the site and makes sure posted content looks nice and follows the rules. He comes into contact with hundreds of orgs, job postings, and new users each week, and loves to write about what he finds. See all of Matt’s posts.


April Greene, Editor

ASG-2April Greene is an editor at Idealist, working on technical copy for the website and assorted narrative contributions to IdealistNYC, IdealistHR, and the Idealist blog. As an all-too-experienced job seeker who’s finally landed a dream gig, she is also happy to be writing about the gamut of work-life ups, downs, and in betweens for Idealist Careers. See all of April’s posts.

Regular columnists

Anne Desrosiers, Column: Failing Forward: What to do when your nonprofit doesn’t launch



In addition to founding and running The World is Your Oyster, Anne is a Nonprofit & Career Management Consultant, professional writer/blogger, and travel agent. On a personal mission to help others do good, live their passion and see the world, Anne is committed to making a difference while sharing her experiences in the process. See all of Anne’s posts.



Cynthia Jaggi, Column: Embracing and navigating your career journey

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Cynthia Jaggi M.Sc. is the Founder of GatherWell, the Think + Do tank for practical idealists. She has been getting results for social sector leaders and their organizations for over a decade. Learn more at: GatherWell and her website. See all of Cynthia’s posts.



Susan P. Joyce, Column: Job search tips


Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and currently a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is editor and publisher of and Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+. See all of Susan’s posts.


Eleanor Whitney, Column: Navigating Your Next Step: Advice for mid-career professionals



Eleanor C. Whitney is a writer, arts administrator and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts and is the author of the forthcoming book Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job, which will be released in the spring of 2013 on Cantankerous Titles. See all of Eleanor’s posts.

YNPN writer partnership

We’re working with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network to bring you perspectives, interviews, and advice about what it means to work in the nonprofit sector today. Stay tuned for their posts!


Lauren Anderson, YNPN Chicago. Column: An international lens on doing good



Lauren Anderson has completed fellowship programs in Vietnam and Finland, studied abroad in Costa Rica, taught English in Spain, but remains a Michigan kid at heart. She worked at the U.S.CDC Center for Global Health’s Policy Office, managed a grant with the International Labor Organization, and worked for her mother the toughest job so far. Lauren has a Masters in Health Management from Columbia University and BA from the University of Michigan.


Patricia Genty, YNPN DC. Column: Career and cause chats with sector leaders

PGentry_PhotoPatricia Gentry is the senior operations manager at Share Our Strength where she supports over 80 culinary events including Taste of the Nation® and No Kid Hungry dinners across America. Originally from Sims, Indiana, Patricia moved to Washington, DC to pursue her interests in the non-profit sector, where she worked with The Fund for American Studies before starting her work with Share Our Strength. To further her personal and professional development and to broaden her network, Patty joined as a committee member of the YNPNdc member engagement committee where she is currently serving her second year. See all of Patricia’s posts.


Kari Mirkin, YNPN Cleveland. Column: Unabridged: A monthly review of books that inspire, inform, and challenge our views


Kari’s underlying philosophy of work in the nonprofit sector is that we need to ensure equal and easy access to the things that make us who we are: the arts, culture, and lifelong learning. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, she received her Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University while working at a Cleveland organization providing technical assistance and training to nonprofit professionals. She is one of the co-founders of YNPN Cleveland and now serves proudly on the organization’s national board. She’s a self-proclaimed history buff (okay, nerd) and magazine junkie. You can find her here and here, and access a report she helped research and write here. See all of Kari’s posts.


Leah Weiner, YNPN LA. Column: Executive director’s corner

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Leah Weiner, Ed. D. serves as the Executive Director of The Division for Early Childhood, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the field of special education. Leah has a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and a background in fundraising, volunteer management, board development, and planning giving. She provides consulting for small to mid-size nonprofits. You can connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more about some of her past projects. See all of Leah’s posts.


Alyson Weiss, YNPN Boston. Column: Job search hacks for the new world of work

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Alyson Weiss works for a career services nonprofit in Boston doing outreach and communications. She is deeply interested in translating complex social justice issues into accessible, actionable items; social media; Netflix marathons; and food trucks. Find her on LinkedIn or Twitter to start a conversation about social media marketing, professional development opportunities for young professionals, or why Twitter is like “Aaron’s Party.” See all of Alyson’s posts.


Other columns

Job-Seeker Stories: We invite job seekers to share their experiences looking for their dream jobs in the social sector. See all posts from job seekers.

Community Questions: Have a question about finding a job? Need help excelling in the job you have? Send us a question. We might feature it on our site.

Past writers and columns



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