Meet the Board

Executive Chairs


Jon Anscher

Jon Anscher graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a writing emphasis and a Master’s in Teaching. He currently studies the intersection between humans and technology in the Master’s in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Jon has many interests, making him a bit of a Renaissance Man, but his true passion comes from helping teams and individuals reach their true potential. He worked for eight years as a public school teacher before entering the world of instructional design. He has also worked for sixteen years as a challenge course facilitator and manager. He currently works as an instructional designer at the University of Washington and as a challenge course facilitator, trainer, and consultant for Northwest Teambuilding.

When he’s not hard at work changing lives through learning, you can find Jon roaming the mountains of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, camera in hand. He is a voracious hiker and photographer and can often be found doing both. You can learn more about Jon from his web portfolio and blog.


Allie Tripp

Allie Tripp is the Annual Fund and Events Manager at Washington Trails Association. She recently received her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and Governance.

Allie moved to Seattle from Boston where she spent earned a dual degree in History and Communications from Boston College and worked for Harvard University and Youth Enrichment Services (YES).

She is thrilled to put her MPA degree and experience with YNPN Boston to good use here at the Seattle chapter. She hopes to spend her career continuing to improve the nonprofit world. 


Communications and Marketing


Linley Kirkwood

Linley Kirkwood is the Operations Officer at Malaria No More, a nonprofit that is committed to eradicating malaria through engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa. She has more than eight years of experience in project management for nonprofit and social impact organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. Linley has a BA from Villanova University and an MBA and an MPA from Cornell University, where she focused her graduate studies on nonprofit management, sustainable global enterprise, and managerial finance.

As a Seattle native who has recently returned the area after nine years out east, Linley is excited to be a part of the YNPN Seattle community. She also serves on the steering committee of the Northwest Global Donors Exchange and in her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Michael Codding

Michael Codding is a Strategic Account Executive with the American Red Cross in their Preparedness, Health & Safety Services division where he helps organizations and their employees face health emergencies and disasters with confidence and expertise.

A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Michael relocated to Seattle four years ago. At that time he transferred his sales experience in the wine industry to the non-profit field.

When away from the work desk Michael enjoys finding live music to watch, exploring the Puget Sound for new hiking spots, and playing co-op board games.




Amy Anscher

Amy Anscher works for Northwest Access Fund, a nonprofit that provides financing for assistive technology and financial capability services for people with disabilities. She received her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2015. Amy has an array of interests including healthcare and education policy, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. She is also active in her local neighborhood association in Shoreline.

In her free time, Amy loves backpacking and reading voraciously.




Wendi Lindquist

Wendi Lindquist is a University of Washington history PhD candidate on the verge of defending her dissertation entitled, “Death and Dying on the Northwest Coast of North America, 1774-1858.” As a graduate student, she spent five years working as the editorial intern and business manger for the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, which supports research, teaching, and public programs that promote knowledge about the people and issues that shaped the Northwest. She is currently working for Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) as the development and events associate.

An Oregon native, Wendi earned her BA in history at Carleton College before settling in Seattle. She loves hiking, camping, and backpacking, and is currently learning Swedish.


National Liason


Jeff Curwen, CAE

Jeff Curwen is a Tacoma native who recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after ten years in California and Arizona. Jeff works as a nonprofit management consultant with a particular focus on professional education for trade associations. While living in Arizona he got involved with YNPN Phoenix, where he served on the Board of Directors and was the chapter’s webmaster.

Jeff has a BS in Justice Studies and Political Science from the University of Idaho, studied law at Whittier Law School, and recently earned his Masters in Applied Ethics focusing on nonprofit management from Arizona State University. In addition to his work, Jeff volunteers with several organizations in King and Pierce Counties. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new cuisines with his wife, Beth, and playing with their dog and two cats.


Community Partnerships


Brynna Morgan

Brynna Morgan is the Donor Care Specialist at Pet Partners, a national organization that trains and registers therapy animal teams. She is a recent graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Women's Studies and Nonprofit Management. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, both as the Minnesota Grants Directory Intern and later as a Development Assistant. It was during her time at MCN that Brynna realized her passion for building the capacity of the nonprofit sector, and as such, she was very excited to get involved with YNPN Seattle. Brynna also spent three years at Hamline University developing one of the first sexual violence climate surveys in the country, and engaged in anti-violence activism through internships and student organizations. 

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Brynna is happy to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When not writing grants or stewarding donors, she enjoys reading, running, gardening, and exploring parks throughout Seattle.


Chris Paredes

For the past two years Chris has worked in community healthcare through Sea Mar Community Health Centers. He has participated in efforts to better organize resources to provide them to patients with limited resources, as well as engaging in community education and outreach activities.

Since 2011, he has served on the board of the Latino Civic Alliance, a non-profit which promotes civic engagement and voter registration in the Latino community. For the Latino Civic Alliance he has engaged in event planning for town halls they have hosted, as well as an statewide advocacy day. He is in charge of developing the website and sharing facebook privileges with other board members.

From 2009 to 2012 Chris served as a board member for the western regional branch of an organization called the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), a national organization. The mission of LMSA is increase awareness of health issues in the Latino community and to promote health careers to all in an effort to increase access to care and wellness for people are underserved. Chris helped organize the regional conference and organized outreach activities for undergraduates. At that time, the organization was experiencing rapid growth in all the West Coast states, and Chris was part of the strategic planning committee to see how to better incorporate the new chapters, how to engage undergraduates, how to develop scholarship portfolio and how to restructure the board.


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