Through professional development, social, volunteer, and other activities, the members of the Bethesda chapter aim to strengthen young government leaders’ commitment to public service. YGL-Bethesda serves as a forum for public servants to connect with each other, collaborate on meaningful projects, and have fun with their colleagues across government.
YGL-Bethesda values our members and their service of the American people through their government work. We recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining enthusiastic, talented people in the government, and we see YGL-Bethesda as a means to achieve that objective.
YGL-Bethesda is a member-driven organization. All of our ideas and events are developed by members who see a need and want to fulfill that need. Our executive board exists primarily to support these member-driven initiatives.
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The President provides leadership for the Executive Board by setting a strategic agenda to promote Chapter development and growth. She organizes regular meetings of the Executive Board, helps spearhead new initiatives, and liaises with YGL National and outside sponsors to build effective partnerships.
Current President: Lauren Gavin
Lauren Gavin currently serves as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She previously worked for Triage Consulting Group, a national firm specializing in revenue analytics and management consulting for healthcare organizations. Lauren holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren is excited to explore the DC/Bethesda region. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, visiting museums, and taking dance classes.
The Vice President develops new strategies for growing the member base, liaises with potential members and maintains the membership roster, and provides quarterly updates on Chapter activities to YGL National.
Current Vice President: Kristine Miller
Kristine joined NIH in June 2008 as an Administrative Fellow/Management Analyst, working for NCI and later CSR. While an AFP she actively participated in the Administrative Fellows Program as Vice Chair of the Fellows Coordinating Committee and currently is on the NIH Management Analyst Working Group (MAWG) Steering Committee. Kristine is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Masters in Public Administration, and has studied abroad both in England and China. In her free time she plays kickball, watches college sports, and spends time with her dog Churchill.
The Communications Director publicizes YGL-B events and activities by sending regular newsletters to the member listserv, maintaining the organization’s website, and coordinating other print and electronic communications efforts, including social networking.
Current Communications Director: Allison Kruszewski
Allison Kruszewski serves as a management analyst with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Allison joined the NIH in 2009 as an At-Large Presidential Management Fellow. Allison holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from Duke University in Durham, NC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a specialization in Biological Chemistry from the University of Virginia. She previously worked as a laboratory technician in the Center for Cell Signaling at the University of Virginia Medical Center. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, running, baking, and watching sports.
Director of Programs and Events
The Director of Programs and Events works with interested members to organize a variety of social events, professional development and networking activities, service opportunities, and other events.
Current Director of Programs and Events: Vacant