September Luncheon

    September 19, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Atlantis Hotel & Casino


    Attainable Housing In Northern Nevada

    Highlighting Community Foundation- RHA And Nevada Youth Empowerment Project & Washoe County Engagement Center

    Please join CREW Northern Nevada in welcoming our Septemeber speakers, Chris Askin and Monica Dupee attainable housing in Northern Nevada. 


    Christopher Askin, CSPG, CFRE, has been the President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada since June 2000, during which time the Foundation has grown from assets of less than $1 million to $103 million, while distributing more than $108 million in grants.  The Foundation has become the local leader in charitable gift planning and bequest arrangements in the region, offering the full range of community foundation services within the region, nationally, and internationally.  Community impact through leadership is a very important part of the Foundation’s work and engages hundreds of community residents. 

    A graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Administration, emphasis in Youth & Family Agencies, Chris began his career as a professional director with the YMCA in La Jolla in 1982, advancing from Program Director to Executive Director.  Chris has a strong background in community engagement, non-profit administration, fundraising, and in bringing people together to address community needs.  Chris spent ten years serving in development positions with local and national organizations raising funds through grant writing, major gifts, capital gifts, and planned giving. 

    Chris completed the YMCA Executive Development Program in 1998, became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 1996 and a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving in 2003.  Chris has led and served on numerous community boards.  During his spare time, Chris enjoys cycling, hiking, backpacking, reading, and traveling.  Chris is married and has two adult children.

    Monica DuPea is the founder and director of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, a 100% privately funded non-profit in Reno, Nevada. NYEP operates the Community Living Program, a 9-18 month, 15-bed, all-inclusive, independent living, housing-based curriculum, targeting 18-24 year old females experiencing housing instability, who are directionless, but willing and capable to make the most of opportunities that come their way.

    Monica is considered an expert on homeless and directionless youth within the community.  For seven years, through a partnership with the City of Reno, NYEP and Monica have continued to lead the effort in conducting the annual homeless youth count.  Monica uses the collected data to advocate for the housing, programs, services and policy changes necessary to provide the continuum of care homeless youth require to overcome their circumstances and reach their potential.

    Recognizing the lack of affordable housing in the area, Monica was instrumental in securing a free lease on a City property to provide low income housing to graduates of NYEP’s CLP. But it’s not enough.  She knows with Reno having a 2% vacancy rate, with the 4th largest rent hike in the nation and one bedroom apartments going for $1100, to ensure the CLP’ success, NYEP will need to develop its own low income housing for program graduates.Monica has been recognized as a City Super Hero, a Reno Riveter, and a Top 20 under 40 by the Young Professionals Network. 

       CCIM is the event sponsor for our September luncheon. 


    $25.00 Members (advance registration)
    $40.00 Members (at the door)

    $35.00 Non-Members (advance registration)
    $50.00 Non-Members (at the door)

    $900.00 Event Sponsorship