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 to egage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.






2024 Calendar of Events


 25 - ELS Welcome Back Mixer

Connect with ELS members and learn what the year has in store during our kickoff event.


31-February 4 - AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Members assist with operations during the world-renowned event.


January 31-February 4 -   AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Members assist with operations during the world-renowned event.






4 - Read Across America

Members read to children on the birthday of author Dr. Seuss.

22 - Dollars for Diplomas at Other Brother Beer, Seaside

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 24 - LIVE UNITED Awards

United Way Monterey County’s 48th community service awards to recognize outstanding volunteers.





30- Stuff the Bus Fundraiser at OtherBrotherBeer Co. in Seaside 

Come out on Thursday, March 30th from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. to raise funds for Stuff the Bus!

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11- Lunch with a Leader (Learn more and RSVP Today!)






17-21 - Stuff the Bus Volunteer Opportunity







TBD Lunch with a Leader

20 - Volunteer at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance






19 - Community Breakfast








TBD - Lunch with a Leader








TBD - UWMC ELS and UWSC ELS FriendsGiving Connect Event







Happy Holidays!








Why Become a Member?


Member Volunteer Projects

Our Emerging Leaders Society works closely with United Way Monterey County (UWMC) 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 are Read Across America, Stuff the Bus, and the LIVE UNITED Awards.

United Way Monterey County - in collaboration with ELS - 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 value the importance of investing in their community and foster that belief by interacting with local leaders and addressing issues aligned with UWMC’s focus areas: Helping families access quality child care and affordable housing, and providing a portfolio of financial support services to help families become self-sufficient.

Members also benefit from opportunities to participate in various social- and business-related events, valuable networking opportunities, and regular updates on the impact of United Way's work.

Philanthropy and Advocacy

ELS hosts fundraising events that benefit programs such as Stuff the Bus, which provides school supplies for students experiencing homelessness throughout the county. We partner with businesses throughout 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 ELS, 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

Other Brother Beer 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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Discussion and Q&A with community leaders. Gain industry incites and build professional skills.