Young Professionals Network San Diego

YPNSD is San Diego's largest cross-industry networking group for young professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. We connect young professionals who are interested in expanding their professional networks and meeting like-minded individuals. We host monthly in-person and virtual networking events throughout San Diego county to benefit the local professional community.


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President and Founder

Ryan is an active member of the San Diego business community, serving as President and Founder of YPNSD. Originally from Northern California, Ryan relocated to San Diego to further his career in banking and later real estate. He is a passionate community organizer who takes pride in connecting local professionals to help foster growth and innovation in San Diego.



 Director of Events


Shawni has been living in San Diego for about 5 years and she can recommend great food in any of its neighborhoods.  Our food scene is underrated! She loves events of all sorts; from tables for ten to conferences so YPNSD is a perfect fit. She hosts Trivia around SD so say "hi" if you see her in the wild. Not only that, she works remotely as a Project Manager for a company that facilitates hackathons in the up and coming tech world. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, the dog park, painting, drawing, and crafting of any sort.


 Director of Sponsorships

Erika is a marketing coach to mission-driven companies, social impact organizations, and ecopreneurs. Living in San Diego for 12 years, Erika is rooted in the community and is passionate about building connections that are beneficial for the environment and small businesses. Outside of work, Erika volunteers for Rotary International and Surfrider Foundation, you can catch her cleaning up our local beaches, re-painting storm drains, or helping restaurants become ocean-friendly. Connect with Erika at erika@nadimarketing.com or by visiting Nadi Marketing

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Doug Penta has a career spanning 10 years it the IT industry.  He has spent the majority of his career implementing large-scale enterprise software for companies all over the world.  In 2021, Doug decided to take a different turn and focus on delivering web sites and marketing solutions for individuals and small businesses as Doug believes entrepreneurs and small businesses and are at the heart of what drives the American economy.  Doug can be reached at doug@pentawebsolutions.com or by visiting Penta Web Solutions.

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