Young Professionals Network

Young Professionals Network

CORE Group’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) formally engages and supports future innovators of global community health and international development. YPN fosters engagement, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and career development among our young professionals.

The Network welcomes 21-35-year-olds who are students, interns, or early career professionals.

We host quarterly networking events, after-work socials, and skills building activities, and share updates, announcements and opportunities via our listserv:

Join us! To subscribe to the listserv, click here.

Meet Our Co-Chairs:

Chelsie Kolberg, MPH-RD, works as a Nutrition Technical Advisor for Nutrition-Sensitive and Nutrition-Specific programs around the world. She has a special interest in Social and Behavior Change programming and challenging systems that perpetuate injustice. Chelsie was a teacher in Florida, USA, Thailand, and China before pursuing global nutrition. She enjoys mycology (currently growing oyster mushrooms from buckets in her apartment), playing her harp, singing, watercolor painting, and watching B-list Netflix movies. Chelsie wanted to co-chair the YPN group to increase engagement and networking opportunities across like-minded individuals. Have an idea? Email her here:

Gratiana Fu is a Data Scientist with DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration where she supports the development and maintenance of data analysis and web-based products for projects spanning across all technical sectors. Prior to joining DAI, she was a Global Health Corps Fellow in Rwanda, where she designed and developed a national heart disease registry, conducted digital health trainings, and managed a mobile health platform for improving post-surgical care. She holds a Master’s degree in health informatics and Bachelor of Science in sociology, both from the University of Michigan. In addition to her role at DAI, she is an active member of the Racial Equity Index Working Group and Women in Global Health.

Megan Piccirillo (she/her) grew up on Long Island, NY but now calls Washington, DC home. She completed a B.A. in international studies and a B.S. in public health at American University, focused on global health and development. Megan has a variety of global health experiences to date, including monitoring and evaluation of WASH programs in Kenya, sexual and reproductive health programming in Mozambique, and working at the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. She currently works at the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Program Analyst in the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, specifically supporting the immunization team. While she still enjoys yoga and nature, Megan’s pandemic hobby is painting “by numbers.” Some of her 2021 goals include completing an advanced Portuguese course and completing doula training. She is excited to join the Core Group’s YPN as a Co-Chair to create programming for and meet other young professionals in the field!

Mentorship Program

This year-long Mentorship Program aims to further support the career development of our young professionals in global community health and international development by drawing on the extensive and far-reaching knowledge and experience of CORE Group members. By doing so, we hope to deepen the collaboration, engagement, and learning among our diverse community.

Mentors must be CORE Group Members. They must have at least 3 years work experience in the field of global community health, and/or other areas in international development. Mentees must also be CORE Group Members. They are graduate students, interns, early career professionals with 1-2 years work experience, or those looking for a career change.

View Program Details here

Cohort 4 (2021) applications are now closed. Mentor-Mentee pairs have been notified via email.

Upcoming Activities


Past Activities

A Conversation on Environmental Health and Justice

June 17, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM EDT | Online

Global Health Trivia Night

May 19, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM EDT | Online

How to Give Effective Video Presentations

April 27, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST | Online
During a time when online and pre-recorded presentations are the norm, giving engaging and interesting presentations is key. This session provided attendees with tips and tricks to keeping your audience engaged in this new digital format.

The Money Talks Learning Series | Session 1:  Debt Consolidation

March 25, 2020 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM | CORE Group | Virtual 
CORE Group’s Young Professionals Network is excited to announce our partnership with PAHO/WHO Federal Credit Union to offer The Money Talks Learning Series! This series will offer a set of practical lessons in financial management and long-term personal investments. Join us to learn something new and get your burning questions answered!

Networking Happy Hour

February 18, 2020 | 5:30PM – 7:00PM | Nero | 1323 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20036
Join CORE Group YPN at our first event of the year for a lively evening of networking and refreshments

YPN Volunteer Opportunity with Martha’s Table

Rocketship RISE Academy, 2335 Raynolds Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020 | Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1:00PM-4:30PM ET

For UHC Day 2019, CORE Group kept the promise of health for all by supporting health and nutrition services in our very own community here in Washington, DC! We invited our DC-based young professionals to volunteer with us at Martha’s Table on December 12.

Martha’s Table is a locally established non-profit organization that support DC children, families, and communities by increasing access to high-quality education, healthy food, and family and community development programs. We partnered with Martha’s Table to support one of their Joyful Food Markets.  Pop-up monthly markets held in 53 elementary schools in DC’s Wards 7 and 8.

Volunteers helped with set-up, food demos, nutrition education, and take-down. Volunteers also attended an orientation session beforehand to learn more about food security, and access and affordability of healthy food options in Washington, DC.

An Evening with Global Health Corps

November 5, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00pm EST | Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

CORE Group YPN and Global Health Corps (GHC) hosted a session featuring GHC fellows and alums to learn more about the fellowship program. The panelists gave a preview of life as a GHC fellow – the successes, the challenges, and the valuable learning all within the 13-month program. Applications for the next class of the GHC fellows open December 5, 2018 for 130+ fellowship roles within high-impact organizations on the front lines of global health in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the U.S., and Zambia.

Storytelling for International Development: An In-Depth Workshop

June 18, 2018 | 2:30 – 4:00pm EDT | InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, D.C.

CORE Group YPN hosted a discussion on storytelling for international development and particularly the use of film and video, tackling questions including: how is your organization telling its stories? what challenges have you encountered? and what would you like to do differently going forward? Jack Gordon, co-founder of Digital Development Communications (DDC), shared essential points to consider for medium, message, and audience.

A Conversation with D.C.’s NGO Leadership: On Career Paths and the Future of International Development

February 28, 2018 | 12:30 – 2:30pm EST | InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, D.C.

CORE Group YPN hosted a distinguished panel of executives coming from different international development NGOs in Washington, D.C. They shared insights about their professions – how they progressed throughout their careers; reflections on the evolution and current landscape of international development; and, perhaps more importantly, forecasts to what the future holds, especially for the new generation of policymakers and practitioners of which our young professionals are a part.

International Development Trivia Night

June 2017

CORE Group YPN hosted an international development-themed trivia event to foster relationship building and networking among YPN members. Young professionals from different member organizations teamed up and demonstrated their extensive knowledge of international development during this fun summer activity!

Post-Its for a Purpose: A Facilitation Skills Workshop for Young Professionals

March 2017

CORE Group YPN and Mercy Corps held a 2-hour session to share tips and tricks on how to use post-it notes wisely (among other important facilitation skills!). The workshop touched on effective facilitation skills and training methods, as well as adult learning principles. The event hosted young professionals, who, new to the world of meetings, presentations, and workshops, would like to learn or polish facilitation skills.