Good morning angels!
NCG’s associate team has grown recently. We recently hired two new associates. Collaborative Philanthropy Associate Krystle Chipman and Knowledge & Communications Associate Kayla Eichamer both began in May. Krystle and Kayla join Senior Operations Associate Jenny Chinn and Member Services Associate Gabrielle Traub as NCG’s hard-working associate team members.
New hires are a cause for celebration. So in that spirit, we’re featuring all our associate staff members. Here’s your chance to get to know NCG’s associate team.
Senior Operations Associate
Jenny has been with NCG for more than ten years and has seen a lot of change—three office moves, two interim Presidents (Rick Smith and David Greco) and two Presidents (Colin Lacon and Ellen LaPointe), and a good number of staff changes. Over the years, NCG staff has had the pleasure of watching her two sons grow up right before their eyes.
Jenny began her work at NCG as a part-time temp supporting the Summer Youth Program. After six months, she joined the staff full time and hasn’t looked back. Jenny has attended quite a few NCG programs during her ten plus years. Her two favorite speakers are Robert Reich and Van Jones—both of whom have spoken at multiple NCG events. Working in this field has truly helped her understand the philanthropic sector in a deeper and more meaningful way.
- If you could only eat one type of food (cuisine) for the rest of your life, what would it be? Japanese. Can’t live without sushi.
- If you could have an infinite supply of something what would it be? Time. Time to spend with the kids.
- What’s your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii. I love the ocean.
Collaborative Philanthropy Associate
Krystle comes from a background in building non-profit capacity, research, and evaluation. In graduate school she completed projects addressing food insecurity in Denver, Colorado, economic development in Belize, and poverty alleviation in the Arkansas Delta.
Prior to graduate school, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Eastern Kentucky with the Appalachian Coal Country Team, an organization that assists rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation. She received a MPS from the Clinton School of Public Service and a BA in sociology at UC Santa Cruz.
- What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Invest in people, not things.
- What was the last really good book you read? East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
Knowledge & Communications Associate
Born and raised in Oregon, Kayla is a new resident of the bay area. Since moving to the bay, she’s worked with the Taproot Foundation marketing and planning their National Pro Bono week events and most recently, Net Impact working on content strategy and tactical marketing.
Kayla graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S in Business Administration focused on Management, a Nonprofit Management Certificate, and two minors in Communications and Marketing. As an undergraduate, she participated in a re-branding internship for the SOU Foundation and since graduation has had opportunities to work with nonprofits, foundations as well as a national communications firm.
- What did you grow up wanting to be? A professional soccer player and a sports physical therapist.
- When are you the happiest? When I’m on the water! Preferably wakeboarding.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever heard? Who doesn't love a little Maya Angelou inspiration? “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Member Services Associate
A Boston native, Gabrielle moved to San Francisco to pursue her Master’s degree in Opera Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After graduating, she began her work with NCG, first as part-time administrative help and eventually moving her way up to Member Services Associate and Salesforce database super-user. Her previous work for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as an administrative assistant and past customer service work helped to hone the skills needed to work for a membership based association.
NCG marks her debut in philanthropy, and has opened her eyes to the intricacies of the non-profit and foundation world. Prior to her west coast move, she received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Voice Performance. Gabrielle continues to perform in opera and musical theatre in the bay area in addition to her work with NCG.
- What was the last song you listened to? Bad Blood by Taylor Swift, I’m a sucker for catchy pop tunes.
- When are you the happiest? When I’m on stage, whether it’s rehearsing or performing!
- What super power would you like to have? It’s a tie between super human strength and flying. Ideally both because that would make me Supergirl.