Youth Outlook’s Board of Directors works to change hearts and minds and make our communities safe, inclusive, and accepting. Board members participate in fundraising, networking, marketing, media, legal compliance, development, human resources, and strategic planning.

Emily (she/they)
Board Chair

“Youth Outlook was my home away from home as a teen. I’m motivated to invest in an organization that invested in me and ensure more young people feel supported to fully become who they are.”

Committed to paying forward the support and empowerment she received from Youth Outlook as a teen, Emily has long been a part of Youth Outlook’s story. She now applies that experience, public administration, and fund development background to her position on the Youth Outlook Board. Emily’s day job is Director of Strategic Initiatives for a national nonprofit. 

Cecilia (she/her)
Board Vice Chair

“Youth Outlook was there for me when I was a teen, offering me a supportive environment and community where I could engage socially and emotionally to learn more about myself and strengthen my sense of identity. I want to do everything I can to give that opportunity and experience to other kids.”

Cecilia’s involvement with Youth Outlook began as a teen and has had a passion for outreach ever since. She is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) leader who contributes her proficiency in inclusion strategies, recruitment, and demographic representation to the Youth Outlook Board. She has devoted her career to nonprofit organizations in various leadership roles.

JT (she/they)
Board Secretary

“As a young queer person, my friends and I would have benefited greatly from safe spaces to be out and feel seen. I am deeply committed to the work of helping this next generation of leaders, creative thinkers, brave advocates, and others be unafraid to live their authentic lives.”

JT contributes over a decade of nonprofit human services program experience. A former Youth Outlook intern, they are a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and have two master’s degrees in both social work (MSW) and education (MS Ed.). JT is currently a director of supportive housing, and a clinical therapist working primarily with queer, trans, and gender-diverse young people.

Marie (she/her)
Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

“Youth Outlook’s mission inspires me. Youth Outlook is an accomplished provider of services for LGBTQ+ youth, and the team strives to do so much more to ensure the world those children grow into is a more welcoming, accepting place.” 

A long-time contributor to Youth Outlook, Marie lends her considerable talent and more than two decades of conference and event, continuing education, and marketing management experience to the Youth Outlook Board. She enthusiastically and competently tackles multiple projects for Youth Outlook, including budget oversight, marketing and design, continuing education programs, and annual gala planning. 

Kristen (she/her)
Board Member, Marketing Chair, Personnel Chair

“I’m deeply inspired by Youth Outlook’s commitment to not only providing lifesaving and life-changing services to LGBTQ+ youth but also to building affirming and supportive families, schools, and communities.” 

Kristen is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with over 30 years of experience. Her expertise spans marketing strategy, branding, creative design, and copywriting, which she applies to support Youth Outlook’s growth and mission. With an aptitude for project management and a proven track record of successfully driving projects to completion, she’s a valuable asset to the Board. 

Ken (he/him)
Board Member

“The mission of Youth Outlook, focused on the betterment of future generations, deeply resonates with me. I’m privileged to contribute my voice and skills to an organization that excels in celebrating community and embracing pride.” 

Ken is a passionate activist, seasoned politician, and influential advocate with a rich history of championing LGBTQ+ causes and the rights of people of color. His invaluable expertise in fundraising, community engagement, and outreach has found a meaningful home on Youth Outlook’s Board of Directors.

Heather (she/her)
Board Member

“Engaging with Youth Outlook, I realized the profound impact of a place that fosters acceptance and growth. I am committed to using my expertise in psychology and counseling to further Youth Outlook’s mission, ensuring a supportive journey for every young person we serve.”

With her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Heather’s expertise as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Clinic Director enriches Youth Outlook’s Board. Her insights into adolescent mental health and professional experience in counseling are invaluable for shaping strategies that support LGBTQ+ youth. Heather’s dedication to mental health advocacy and youth development is a cornerstone of her contribution to Youth Outlook.