Featured Keynote Speaker
Dr. Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Ph.D
Dr. Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Ph.D., is Principal Researcher & Managing Partner of Anchoring Success, a firm that partners with nonprofit community-based organizations with program evaluation and organizational strategy. She brings 15-years of experience in research and program design and was formally trained through Stanford University, Humanics Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program, and the B-School Entrepreneurship Training by Marie Forleo International. Additionally, years of direct service work informs Dr. Alfaro’s lens for advancing organizations and staff teams with collaborative and innovative supports. Recently, Dr. Alfaro launched Wellness Central Valley as Executive Director, a community-based organization specializing in serving nonprofit professionals with wellness programming to mitigate the negative impact of secondary trauma and chronic-stress from their work with populations facing high risk issues. Finally, Dr. Alfaro maintains active academic research and authorship agenda, publishing in peer-reviewed sources and the blog 2 Tips.
Emily Hentschke is a third-year social psychology graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her applied, community-engaged research focuses on poverty alleviation and social policy. She is particularly interested in investigating attitudes and beliefs that predict policy preferences and developing interventions to build support for economically just programs, such as universal basic income. Currently she is exploring how volunteering with people who are unhoused shapes perceptions, awareness of privilege, attributions for poverty, and belief in a just world. Emily received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno with a Humanics Certificate in Community Benefit Organization Leadership and Management as well as a Certificate in Serving At Risk Youth. At Fresno State she developed a passion for community development through internships with the Fresno Rescue Mission and West African Vocational Schools. Emily was also actively engaged with the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning as a founding member of the SERVE Committee and a as a Richter Center Ambassador. Presently, Emily serves as a volunteer for the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, and assists with a collaborative assessment of their transitional job training program.