Emerging Leaders Society (ELS)


Emerging Leaders Society of United Way Monterey County Logo


We are a network of community-focused leaders who serve to promote the value of volunteering, philanthropy, and advocacy to create sustainable change within Monterey County.

ELS members are inspired to cultivate partnerships and help UWMC achieve its mission: Engage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.






Upcoming Events

2024 ELS Calendar



Why Become a Member?


Member Volunteer Projects

Our Emerging Leaders Society works closely with United Way of Monterey County to identify volunteer projects and fundraising opportunities that align with UWMC’s programs and services. Some of the volunteer projects that our Emerging Leaders Society has participated in is Read Across America, Stuff the Bus, and our LIVE UNITED Awards.

United Way Monterey County is dedicated to helping families achieve financial stability so that Monterey County can be a place where children succeed, families are economically self-sufficient, and each of us can lead healthy and productive lives.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email Crystal Lopez

Angela Goncalves at Stuff the Buss 2023



Emerging Leaders Society January Mixer



Professional Development and Networking

This unique and dynamic group offers members a variety of opportunities to volunteer and participate in community-building activities. Our members understand the importance of investing in their community and foster that understanding by interacting with local leaders and addressing issues that are aligned with UWMC’s focus areas: Helping families access quality, affordable Child Care and Housing; and provide a portfolio of financial support services to help families become self-sufficient.
Members also benefit from the opportunity to participate in a variety of virtual social- and business-related events, valuable networking opportunities, and regular updates on the impact of United Way's work.

Philanthropy and Advocacy

United Way Monterey County’s Emerging Leaders Society hosts fundraising events that benefits programs such as Stuff the Bus that provides school supplies for students experiencing homelessness throughout the county. We partner with businesses throughout the Monterey County such as Alvarado Street Brewery on Main, Alvarado Street Brewery Monterey, and Pizza my Heart in Monterey to raise funds for our programs.


If you are a business interested in partnering with our Emerging Leaders Society, please email Crystal Lopez.

ELS- Crystal-Angela-Ryan



Ready to Join?

A gift of $100 or more annually to United Way Monterey County qualifies you for membership. You can make your gift directly or through your employer's United Way Monterey County Workplace Campaign. You can choose to make a one-time gift of $100 or enroll in reoccurring payments of $8.33 until you decide to opt-out. To make any changes to reoccurring payments, please contact Crystal Lopez at crystal.lopez@unitedwaymcca.org.





Past Event Galleries


ELS January 2023 Mixer

January Mixer

ELS January 2023 Mixer

Alvarado Street Brewery Mixer

2023 ELS Pizza My Heart Fundraiser

Pizza My Heart Fundraiser

Mixer of the Monterey and Santa Cruz United Way Emerging Leaders

Joint Mixer with the United Way Santa Cruz Chapter


Meet Our Emerging Leader Society Co-Chairs

Breanna Wilson

Breanna Wilson

Gift Planning Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


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Jordan Pratt-Thatcher

Jordan Pratt-Thatcher

Commercial Insurance Broker at Leavitt Central Coast Insurance Services


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Ryan Hastie photo

Ryan Hastie

Financial advisor with Hastie Financial Group (HFG)


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Marcela Ramirez photo

Marcela Ramirez

Management Analyst II at the Monterey County Probation Department


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Jessica Pate-Thibault

Jessica Pate-Thibault

Senior Account Executive at Sunshine Sachs Morgan and Lylis

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Angela Goncalves

Angela Goncalves

Administrative Assistant at Kids Eat Right


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Businesses We've Partnered With

Pizza My Heart Logo

Sovino Wine Bar Logo Monterey


Alvarado Street Brewery Logo

  If you're interested in partnering with ELS for an event, please contact Crystal Lopez by calling (831) 318-1971 or email at crystal.lopez@unitedwaymcca.org





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