The Rise Young Professionals

             The Rise Young Professionals go far beyond providing networking opportunities for our members. We strive to use our diverse educational and professional backgrounds to provide tangible resources for communities to use to help them grow. We have assisted in New Markets Tax Credit applications, produced a strategic marketing plan for the St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou neighborhoods, and volunteered for many community-based initiatives in neighborhoods that have been marginalized at both systemic and institutional levels. We strive to help our board members understand and further develop cultural competence because we understand the importance of having our membership reflect the needs of the diverse city we live in. Recently we have created a new committee geared towards studying diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) which collaborates with Rise Community Development to help assess their own outlook on the issue.

            We are successful and undertake these types of projects because we attract dedicated individuals that are passionate about making a difference. Get involved with us if you share this passion for equitable community development and engagement!

Rise YP 2020 Trivia Night - Virtual Pajama Party!

Join the Rise Young Professionals for our annual Trivia Night, which occurs on September 12, 2020, from 6:30 to 9 PM.

Rise YP Trivia Night-Great Party for a Great Cause

On Saturday, October 13th, the Rise Young Professionals hosted their third annual trivia night at City Garden Montessori School.

Our Mission

The Rise Young Professionals Board engages in collaborative project-based work and resource development to advance community revitalization in St. Louis.

Our Vision

We envision a vibrant St. Louis region empowered by a movement of talented young professionals with diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and ideas dedicated to fostering equitable community development.

Upcoming YP Events

RISE YP Virtual Trivia- September 12th, 2020

Big thanks to all of our sponsors for Trivia & Chill 2019!

What are The Rise Young Friends and The Rise Young Professionals Board?

The Rise Young Friends

is a membership group supporting the Rise YPs with a small investment and less commitment. It’s also mandatory if you would like to be considered for the board. You will get access to some great social events plus you will support an active group of young people who really care about revitalization in St. Louis!

The Rise Young Professionals Committee Members

work alongside board members on one of the four committees operated by the Rise YP Board:  Projects, DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion), Events, and Marketing. Committee members are able to be involved and support Rise, but do not have to commit a full year of service or attend regular, full board meetings.  When a spot on the board becomes available, committee members have the first opportunity to Rise Up into board member positions.

*PLEASE NOTE: Candidates interested in serving on the Young Professionals Board must first serve as a Committee Member before joining the Board. Please submit a Committee Member application and join one of our committees!

The Rise Young Professionals Board

is a group of enthusiastic young talent on its way to becoming a powerful force for advocating revitalization in St. Louis. Started in 2013, the Rise YP Board is a volunteer-run, working board, consisting of 25 to 30 young professionals, who apply, are selected and commit to volunteer for a one-year term. The primary mission of the board is awareness of Rise and our work in the community, fundraising to support the mission of Rise, and utilizing our skills in the community to assist neighborhoods with a variety of projects.

Accomplishments & Community Involvement

The Rise Young Professionals have many accomplishments and milestones since the inception of the group in 2013. Here are a few highlights:

  • Raised roughly $36,000 for Rise through fundraising events such as trivia nights, pub crawls and other social events.
  • In 2019, began a collaboration with Cornerstone & Dutchtown South Community Corporation to assist in providing a technical assistance implementation plan.
  • Provided a neighborhood marketing plan/document capturing the history and development market of both the St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou neighborhoods for the North Newstead Association
  • Provided Rise with substantial assistance in preparing $30 Million New Markets Tax Credit Application.
  • Assisted Rise and Cornerstone Corporation in conducting a survey of 2,500 parcels within the footprint of their community planning effort in the West End and Visitation Park.
  • Volunteered for the ‘Clean Sweep’ event in JeffVanderLou, a community-based cleaning effort.
  • Hosted a social event at the Griot Museum of Black History.
  • Organized a walking tour through the historic St. Louis Place neighborhood, hosted by renown local historian and preservationist, Michael Allen.
  • Hosted a guest speaker series with Julius B. Anthony,  a native of the JVL neighborhood and Founder and President of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature Initiative
  • Assisted the Landmarks Association in their parcel survey of properties within the redevelopment plan in the Northside.
Dan Baker

Dan Baker

Rise YP Board Member

Vice President, NorthMarq Capital

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Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Rise YP Board Member

Project Coordinator, Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA)

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Jami Cox

Jami Cox

Rise YP Board Executive Committee Chair

Development Analyst at Collegiate Development Group

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Abby Donnellan

Abby Donnellan

Rise YP Board Member

Tax Advisor, Anders CPA’s and Advisors

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Colleen Durfee

Colleen Durfee

Rise YP Board Member

Planner, Lochmueller Group

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Paul Freehill

Paul Freehill

Rise YP Board Member

Accelerated Leadership Program Associate, Edward Jones

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Alayna Graham

Alayna Graham

Rise YP Board Member

Project Manager at Park Central Development

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Jenna Hampton

Jenna Hampton

Rise YP Board Events Committee Chair

Research Assistant, Social Policy Institute

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Zachary (Ben) Harvey

Zachary (Ben) Harvey

Rise YP Board Member

St. Louis City Rep, Show Me Beverages

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Camille Hogan

Camille Hogan

Rise YP Board Member

Marketing & Development Manager, STL Youth Jobs

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Danny Jendusa

Danny Jendusa

Rise YP Board Member

Planner, City of Webster Groves

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Brittany Kampschroeder

Brittany Kampschroeder

Rise YP Board Member

Architect, Rosemann & Associates

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Elizabeth Kastl

Elizabeth Kastl

Rise YP Board Secretary

Interior Designer, Remiger Design

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Kylee Olson

Kylee Olson

Rise YP Board Marketing Committee Chair

Client Experience Strategist, Edward Jones

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Peter Orth

Peter Orth

Rise YP Board Member

Assistant Vice President, Restoration St. Louis

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Kathryn Redmond

Kathryn Redmond

Rise YP Board Member

Associate Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale

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Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

Rise YP Board Member

Office Manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

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Phillip Sangokoya

Phillip Sangokoya

Rise YP Board DEI Committee Chair

Assistant Vice President & Asset Manager, U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation

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Tom Schaefer

Tom Schaefer

Rise YP Board Member

Market Credit Officer, Busey Bank

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Erin Sullentrup

Erin Sullentrup

Rise YP Board Member

Insights Manager, Osborn Barr

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Birdie Grey Wilde

Birdie Grey Wilde

Rise YP Board Projects Committee Chair
Mary Wilhelm

Mary Wilhelm

Rise YP Board Member

Architectural Designer, CASCO

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Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams

Rise YP Board Member

Project Manager, Penn Services LLC

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John Williams

John Williams

Rise YP Board Member

Project Designer, Rosemann & Associates

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