NP2020 partners are organizations and emerging leaders committed to developing the next generation of leadership in the nonprofit sector. Organizations who partner with NP2020 are working to build the careers of next generation leaders and are supportive of their efforts. While next generation leaders who partner with NP2020 are sharing their voice through blogging about leadership in the sector. Look for excerpts of their blogs within our blog posts.

Next Generation Leaders

Heather Carpenter has served as a Nonprofit Manager, Consultant, Speaker and Trainer to nonprofit organizations in California and Illinois for over 7 years. She earned her Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Heather is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership at the University of San Diego and serves as a Research Assistant in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research. Heather also serves on the Board of Directors of YNPN San Diego and as Faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. Heather has authored several practical Nonprofit Management Toolkits and blogs about Nonprofit Leadership.

Heather’s Blog: Nonprofit Leadership 601

Trista Harris is a very passionate advocate for young people in philanthropy and writes about generational change in the social sector at During the day she is a program officer at a community foundation in Minnesota (working on strategic planning, evaluation, civic engagement, and multi-service agencies), at night she works on avenues for getting more professional development opportunities for young people already employed in the sector and figuring out how to get more young people and people of color in the field. She also has a new website that offers professional development guides for young people in the sector. You can check it out at

Trista’s blog: New Voices of Philanthropy

Patrick Sallee has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since November of 2007. As the Development Director, Patrick manages fundraising efforts that include grant writing, individual gifts, corporate sponsorships and the Friendship Foundation Breakfast. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Patrick also sits on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City and the Council on Philanthropy.

Patrick’s blog: Thoughts from a next generation fundraiser