Emerging Leaders Circle

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Join United Way of Santa Cruz County's Emerging Leaders Circle:

a donor network of young professionals committed to supporting youth well-being & empowering the next generation of philanthropists in Santa Cruz County!

Who We Are?

The Emerging Leaders Circle (ELC)  is for early to mid-career professionals who are dedicated and passionate about making a lasting positive impact on the lives of youth in Santa Cruz County. Through ELC’s Connect-Serve-Lead model, we create a space of growth and impact.

Connect: Promote the value of philanthropy through a fun network of emerging professionals.

Serve: Create a positive impact in the community through volunteering and supporting United Way's youth programs & initiatives.

Lead: Access to exclusive leadership & professional development workshops

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ELC Benefits

  • Networking events with other young professionals across different sectors 
  • Access to exclusive professional development & leadership workshops
  • Volunteer opportunities that support youth throughout Santa Cruz County 
  • Create valuable connections with one another and community-based organizations 
  • Join a community of impact and growth 

Meet Our ELC Steering Committee



Upcoming Events

Women's HerStory Panel @ The MAH 









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Thank You to Our Emerging Leaders Circle Founders:

Greg Lukina
Morgan Lyng Lukina
Laurie Egan
Liz Foster
Joe Foster
Tim Galarneau
Ben Gesing 
Alexis Koplen
Ben Kromnick
Mariah Tanner
Matthew Payne 
Matthew Pfeifer
Eric Summers

ELC Organizations 

  • Bay Federal Credit Union
  • Boys and Girls Club Santa Cruz County
  • Coastal Watershed Council
  • Cradle to Career
  • Ecology Action
  • Live Oak School Board
  • Lookout Santa Cruz
  • Monarch Services
  • Oceankind

  • Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation


  • Salud y Cariño

  • Santa Cruz Community Health

  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education

  • Santa Cruz Muesum of Art & History

  • Santa Cruz Warriors

  • Nusano

  • United Way of Santa Cruz County


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