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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
Matt 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
April 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.
Hannah Kane, Scrum Master
Hannah Kane started working at Idealist in 2003 for the Idealist on Campus program (which ended in 2007). After trying on a few different roles at Idealist, she finally landed on the web development team, where she currently serves as a Scrum Master (which is a lot more fun, and a lot less dictatorial, than it sounds). She is an avid proponent of “slash careers,” and feels happy to be able to pursue multiple interests via her different roles at Idealist. See all of Hannah’s posts.
Aaron McCoy, Social Media and Editorial Intern
Aaron ventured to the east coast after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in sociology. Having found nearly all of his life-enriching volunteer opportunities through Idealist, he’s thrilled to be giving back to the place that’s given him so much. When not cranking out posts for his blog, Aaron reads way too many comic books, watches way too much Netflix, and has way too many enlivened conversations about what it would be like to study at Hogwarts. See all of Aaron’s posts.
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.
Caleb Winebrenner, Column: Life after AmeriCorps — How I’m building a social-impact career
Caleb Winebrenner is a teaching artist based in Tempe, AZ. His work focuses on empowering youth through creative play, storytelling, and devised theatre — and the more he does it, the more he loves it. He is currently working on a book of games and stories for community and youth development and launched a crowdfunding campaign to support it. He writes the blog Discovering Teaching Artistry and tweets, @caleb_teaches. See all of Caleb’s posts.
Cynthia Jaggi, Column: Embracing and navigating your career journey
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.
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.
Qiana Williams, Column: Answering YOUR questions on how to find your dream job
Qiana Williams is a senior human resources manager for a global retailer. Prior to this role, she navigated the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, tackling the various aspects of HR. Qiana has played an active role in her community through board service with organizations such as City Year – Columbus and the United Way of Central Ohio. Read all of Qiana’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
Patricia 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
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
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.
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? Read our community questions column or send us a question.
- Kimberly Maul, former Social Media and Editorial Intern at Idealist. See all of Kimberly’s posts.
- Nandita Batheja, former Community Engagement Intern at Idealist. See all of Nandita’s posts.
- Marci Alboher, Column: Encore Careers: Finding a career that makes a difference in the second half of life. See all of Marci’s posts.
- Echoing Green, Column: Heart at Work. See all of the posts in the Heart at Work series.
- Rusty Stahl, Column: Talent Philanthropy. See all of Rusty’s posts.