About the Nonprofit Student Council (NSC)
Welcome to the NSC! The Nonprofit Student Council formed on August 2015 with the overall mission to provide a unified voice for students with a focus on promoting and improving nonprofit education. Currently NSC is instrumental for channelling the voice of the MNA students, establish a dialogue with MNA Advisory Board, MNA alumni, and MNA administration. It also provides a vehicle for student perspectives, ideas, and a means of promoting events on behalf of the student body. The NSC activities include the promotion of co-curricular activities pertinent to the nonprofit field as well as support and encourage collaboration with other nonprofit professionals.
The Nonprofit Student Council (NSC)’s mission is to promote nonprofit education, management, and leadership. NSC provides opportunities for professional development, community engagement, and career advancement to students of the University of San Francisco, the School of Management, and the Master of Nonprofit Administration. Through co-curricula activities, the NSC engages students with nonprofit organizations, socially responsible managers, and innovative nonprofit leaders.
The Nonprofit Student Council (NSC) is a recognized graduate student organization under the University of San Francisco’s Graduate Student Senate. Learn more and connect to through the OrgSync website (sign in with USFConnect). All MNA admitted graduate students are members of the Nonprofit Student Council.
For general NSC information, please feel free to contact NSC@usfca.edu
Nonprofit Connections – MNA Speaker Series
The NSC collaborates with the MNA Advisory Board in the MNA Speaker Series – Nonprofit Connections. The Nonprofit Connections MNA Speaker Series brings on Campus the voice and expertise of nonprofit leaders in a variety of subjects and innovative developments in the social sector. Recent speakers included topics such as effective fundraising, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit leadership, humanitarian services, refugee work, sustainable development, and nonprofit advocacy. Learn and connect for future events announced on our MNA Blog and MNA social Media. http://usfblogs.usfca.edu/nonprofit/
Nonprofit Council Leadership
- President – Greg Justice
- VP Communications – Lense Eshete
- Immediate Past President, and Chair of the Advisory and Alumni Council– Beatrice Cardenas-Duncan
- Part-Time Ambassador-Katrielle Risa Veslenio
- Director of Standards and Practices and Chair of the Standards and Practices Committee– Greg Finkelstein
Current NSC Board Members
Greg Justice serves as the President of the Nonprofit Student Council. Justice double-majored at U.C. Davis in Public Service and Law & Society, minoring in Professional Writing, emphasis in legal and technical writing. Justice has previously worked for Unitrans, Caltrans’ Division of Rail, Air Resources Board, Cal/EPA’s Scientific and Peer-Review Program, for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Dr. David Long, California Secretary of Education.
Justice was also Founder & Editor of TransportiCA, Founder & Principal of Aggie Writing Services, as well as, founder and Chief Sustainability Officer (CEO/ED) of the nonprofit, “California Green Academy.” His passion for sustainable and active transportation comes from, despite being an L.A. native, not having a driver’s license, nor planning to obtain one in the future.
Lense Eshete serves as the Vice President of Communications of the Nonprofit Student Council. Eshete just recently moved to San Fransisco from Utah. She is interested in the nonprofit sector because she has seen the positive difference they make in our communities. She currently has a small nonprofit called Pangaea Foundation which promotes education in youth. She eventually wants to work for the United Nations and be a part of creating sustainable programs. In her free time she enjoys exploring the city and learning new skills.
Katrielle Veslenio serves as the Part-Time Ambassador of the Nonprofit Student Council. Veslenio is a part-time University of San Francisco Masters of Nonprofit Administration student. She received two bachelor degrees in Political Science and American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2012. With experience in the pubic, private, and non-profit sector, Veslenio specializes in event ad program coordination. She currently works for the Alameda County Bar Association and Volunteer Legal Services Corporation in Oakland as the Events and Development Coordinator. She is currently a volunteer Gala Committee member for Girls on the Run Bay Area and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the Golden Gate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. When she’s not working, volunteering, or reading for school, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, doing aerial yoga, or trying to cook Blue Apron meals.
Greg Finkelstein serves as the Director of Standards and Practices of the Nonprofit Student Council. Finkelstein graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a degree in Animal Science, emphasizing in Animal Behavior and Welfare. He has a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and his experiences as an eagle scout have helped shape who he is today. Finkelstein is excited to be in the MNA program and contribute to increasing animal welfare while promoting the human-animal bond.
NSC Past Board Members
Beatrice Cardenas-Duncan – Beatrice served as the President of the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017 and currently serves as the Immediate Past President, and Chair of Advisory and Alumni Council. Beatrice has served as Board Member of several Nonprofit Organizations in San Francisco. She is currently Shape Up San Francisco Coalition’s Ambassador & Development Chair. Beatrice is also Co-Chair of the San Francisco Volunteer Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society. Beatrice is also Co-Chair, of the University of San Francisco Latino Alumni Society.
Priscilla Valencia served as Co-Vice President of Programming for the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017. She is a full-time MNA student exploring the nonprofit sector in the Bay Area one assignment at a time. She has experience in program development, community organizing, and event planning. She’s passionate about food justice and accessibility. She hopes to use her degree to help organizations build capacity, avoid redundant efforts, and leverage the strengths of private partnerships to have a great impact in our communities.
Stephen Bandy served as the Vice President’s of Communications for the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017. He is a Bay Area native and a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College of CA with a BA in Politics. During his time at Saint Mary’s Stephen worked in Oakland as a Corps Member for Jumpstart, a nonprofit focused on childhood education. It is at this time that Stephen was exposed to the inequality of early childhood education in his community. Upon graduation, Stephen began working at Move Loot, a tech startup in San Francisco, as a Customer Experience Manager. Stephen’s passion for travel lead him to Australia and New Zealand for six months where he volunteered on organic farms and practiced sustainability.
Holly Taylor served as theTreasurer of the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017. She began her career as Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist with the New York based nonprofit organization YAI/NIPD. Serving the residents of New York who had intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to refining her entrepreneurial skills, she looks forward to networking with her cohort, working with them on creative ideas that would bring about meaningful solutions to the Nonprofit Field.
Sergio Cuellar – Sergio served as Co-Secretary for the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017. Sergio has been in the nonprofit sector since 2003 and has a passion for working with Youth and Communities to tell their stories through research, Planning and Organizing. Sergio has worked with Youth in Focus as a director of programs, Californians for Justice as the statewide campaign director and is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.
Colette Whitney – Colette served as Co-Secretary for the Nonprofit Student Council from 2016-2017. Currently, Colette is the Development Officer for bay.org, a nonprofit in San Francisco that serves the Bay Area watershed and its wildlife. She is responsible for individual giving, major gifts and education grants for all six of bay.org’s divisions. Colette also serves on the Board of Directors for the Spinsters of San Francisco, a women’s philanthropic group as the Charity Director.
Lorena Gomez-Barris – Lorena served as President of the Nonprofit Student Council in 2016. She is Senior Manager of Operations at Rise Up (Let Girls Lead and Champions for Change). She holds a degree in Business Administration and Environmental Studies from Sacramento State University. She has since lived in several countries including England, France and Chile and speaks English, French, and Spanish. Her passion for film has led to her sit on the board of several film organizations including Cine Accion and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
Erica Kalingking – Erica served as Co-Vice President of Communications for the Nonprofit Student Council in 2016. She is currently the Director of Development at the Responsible Athletes Program, a nonprofit in the Central Valley that offers athletic programming to at-risk youth, ages k-8. She is also recognized as an Emerging Leader of Color within the nonprofit sector, serving on California School Age Consortium’s 2016-2017 Leadership Development Institute cohort.
Erin Rene Nelson – Erin Rene’ served as Co-Vice President of Programming for the Nonprofit Student Council in 2016. She works at UC Berkeley with the responsibility of managing 250 donors that financially support a real estate economics center. Before her work with donors she managed conferences, meetings and events. She is passionate about education and serving the needs of children and youth. With her MNA she hopes to fill a leadership role in a nonprofit organization with a mission she believes wholeheartedly in.
Ian Shore – Ian served as Treasurer of the Nonprofit Student Council in 2016. In his second year in the MNA program, Ian embraces this responsibility as an opportunity to impact the program’s students, faculty, and staff in a positive way. As the program evolves and grows, so must the NSC. In this next year of growth, Ian is looking forward to connecting the existing cohort with the new part-time cohort and the new full-time cohort. Ian is currently transitioning into a new role as the Youth Director at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette!
Tracy Harris – Tracy served as Co-Vice President of Programming for the Nonprofit Student Council in 2016. She works for Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto, supporting the Executive Director. In her role, she also assists with fundraising and donor stewardship, as well as working with the Board of Directors and supporting events throughout the year. She hopes to utilize the knowledge attained in the MNA program to refine her leadership and managerial skills and develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the nonprofit sector.
NSC Founding Board Members
Virginia Turner, MNA ’16 – Virginia provided leadership and vision through her dedicated service as the NSC Founding President (2015-2016). She is a Nonprofit Accountant professional currently providing administration and accountability services at The Presentation School in Sonoma. Prior to this she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Thomas Natale, MNA ’16 – Thomas served as Vice President of Programming during the NSC’s funding years (2015-2016). He is the Executive Director of Autism Heart Foundation and Executive Producer of Joyful Life Productions. Thomas has over 20 years of executive leadership in the private and nonprofit sectors as an entrepreneur and in key administrative positions.
Molly Brennan, MNA ’15 – Molly served as Vice President of Communication during the NSC’s funding year (2015). She worked as Teaching Assistant in the MNA Program and development key experiential learning components like the Practicum and coordinated few Capstone projects with nonprofit organizations. She worked as Director of Operations for Do Good Lab.
Joan B. Bayston, MBA, MNA ’16 – Joan served as a Treasurer during the NSC’s founding years (2015-2016). She is the Vice Director of the Community Child Care Council of Alameda County. She serves as president of Madad orphanage/hostel in Podilli, Andhra Pradesh, India. She is an active member of United Way Bay Area women’s leadership council and served as financial coach and workforce development with United Way’s SparkPoint. Her corporate career included litigation consulting, investment banking, and financial reporting with JPMorgan and Chevron. She has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Master in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Lauren Pinsker, MNA ’16 – Lauren served as Secretary of the NSC in 2015. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with Majors in History and Literature and two years as the only female Coxswain on the prestigious UPenn Men’s Crew team. After college and during two years of law school, she worked for the US Congress, Fabiani & Co.—one of DC’s top lobbying firms—and the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office. Lauren had the opportunity to serve as Personal Assistant to Marjorie Margolies, former Congresswoman and Founder/ President of Women’s Campaign International (WCI), where among other serious duties she TAed Ms. Margolis’ graduate classes at UPenn’s FELS School of Government.