Emerging Leaders Circle

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

Join for just $10 a month!

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.


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 

ELC Events 

ELC hosts various events through our Connect, Serve & Lead Model 

  • Lead Event: July 27th | 6:00 PM | Navigating How to Network @ the MAH. RSVP HERE

  • Serve Event: August 5th | 10:00-1:00 | Stuff-A-Thon @ Kaiser Permanente Arena: SIGN UP HERE

  • Connect Event: September 

  • Lead Event: October 

  • Serve Event: November 

  • Connect Event: December 

Meet Our ELC Steering Committee



Join today!

Your monthly contribution of $10 a month or  $100 annually will be invested in United Way's United 4 Youth Initiative and other youth-serving programs: Jovenes SANOS Youth Action Network

Emerging Leaders Circle Benefits: 

  • 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: free access to exclusive leadership & professional development workshops.

Join ELC today for $10 a month or contribute $100 annually. 

Interested in connecting with us or have questions? Fill out this form: click here

Donor Information
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Recurring gifts will occur perpetually until you notify our office to stop payments.
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Recurring gifts will occur perpetually until you notify our office to stop payments.
You may provide special instructions in the "Donor Notes" field below.








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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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Questions? Contact Amanda Gamban at agamban@unitedways.org