Anna Lenhart, Founder and Chair
Anna became passionate about young people and the role service can play in their lives after completing a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Shakti Rising, a social change organization. Her year of service was transformative both personally and professionally, altering her perspective on what matters in life and highlighting her natural skill set. She is a certified “Dharma” Coach – trained to help others in self-discovery – and has studied empowerment techniques for over 5 years.
Anna graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Civil Engineering and Engineering Public Policy. With her Fulbright Grant she studied sustainable waste management practices in Namibian townships. She has since staked a role in the San Diego community as a Salesforce and technology consultant, working primarily with non-profits and start-up companies. Anna is also an ambassador for the Franklin Project. She loves surfing, rock climbing, and camping, and has visited 23/53 of the United States National Parks.
John Loggins, Vice Chair
For the past 10 years John has had myriad responsibilities as Associate Director at the University of San Diego Center for Community Service-Learning. John works hard to connect students to the community in meaningful and sustainable ways with various schools and organizations throughout San Diego, and even abroad. As an advisor, his mission is to learn with the community through service by promoting social justice and leadership development. He has created and implemented self-funded and sustainable international service opportunities, and cultivates enduring partnerships with community leaders.
After graduating from the University of San Diego with an undergraduate degree in International Relations, John served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kingston, Jamaica. Learning, adapting, and working in Jamaica proved to be an enriching, fulfilling, and life-changing experience. Aside from striving to improve the living conditions of, and teach life skills to, incarcerated juveniles, John acted as the Head Coach of St. George’s College Varsity and Jr. Varsity basketball teams. By partnering with various local community organizations, he also organized basketball clinics for rural youths in St. Ann.
Following his Peace Corps tenure, John had a stint as a Campaign Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through his efforts, and working together with hundreds of athletes, John learned to effectively manage every aspect of fundraising teams, developed a marketing program, and generated millions of dollars locally to help find a cure for blood related cancers.
John is an avid biker, his preferred method of commuting to work, and can also be seen biking to his daily yoga in order to keep his mind and body energized and zen-ful. John’s service work transcends borders and traditionalism while still incorporating sustainability and sustainable practices. NGS is a perfect opportunity to expand on his dedication to civic and social organizations, especially with his particular focus on community outreach, leadership, and personal development.
Laura Fink, Board Secretary
Laura is passionate about leading collaborative endeavors that align values, advance consensus, and result in action and positive community change.
As the founder of the San Diego-based consulting firm Fink & Hernandez Consulting, LLC, she assists political candidates and groups, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and labor unions with civic engagement, public policy, and creative funding strategies. Her experience ranges from facilitating multi-million dollar campaigns for national political candidates to helping local nonprofit organizations with strategic planning.
Laura learned the significance and strength of collaboration through her political experiences. She directs political and fundraising strategy for Congresswoman Susan Davis (D, CA-53), and has served as the political director of the Congresswoman’s 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaigns. Currently, Laura is working on the Congresswoman’s 2014 campaign, and is orchestrating a variety of constituents and issues that result in another successful bid.
Her mark was made in politics, however, even before her tenure with Congresswoman Davis. Other roles include fiscal, fundraising, communications, and event responsibilities for prominent campaigns such as Hillary Clinton for President, Bob Filner for Congress (D, CA-51), Todd Gloria for City Council, and Marty Block for State Assembly. Laura is also proud of the funding she helped to raise to propel Congressman Mike Arcuri (D, NY-24) to victory in a District previously held by Republicans for over 60 years.
In the nonprofit sector, Laura served as the Public Policy Consultant for San Diego Grantmakers, and developed statewide public policy, outreach strategy, and communications collaterals that resulted in meetings and collaborations between government constituents, foundations/grant makers, and nonprofit organizations. This initiative continues to make a positive impact within the three grant-maker associations in California.
Prior to founding Fink & Hernandez Consulting and commencing her political career, Laura worked in technology and education. She graduated with distinction from Wellesley College after studying English Literature and Political Science.
Nicole Campbell, CFO
Passionate about financial and organizational management in the public interest, Nicole is working on sustainable growth for the non-profit sector. During her undergraduate education Nicole completed a 2-year term with the AmeriCorps program Jumpstart – a national early education organization serving preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Since graduating she has worked with community organizations and in research to advance human services and public health. Her experience in service helped her to narrow her focus on maximizing resources for non-profit organizations to provide the best services to the greatest amount of people. Nicole is advising the Next Generation of Service’s business, marketing and volunteer management strategies.