Meet the YouthLed Team

Natalie Christine Jorge
Chief of Party

Ching has managed an organization that uplifts the quality of education in the Philippines and has convened several organizations and initiatives that promote good governance and democratic citizenship among the youth. She also participated in distinguished international leadership programs,  received several fellowship awards, and has taken lead roles in development and research programs on corporate social responsibility, policy development, and education.

Emil Benjamin Tapnio
Youth Leadership Development Specialist

Emil has over 15 years of technical and management experience in designing and implementing interventions for youth leadership in political participation and social impact with over $50 million in portfolio funding from foreign aid, international funding, and government projects. His areas of expertise include economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, education, and human rights, with a focus on youth political participation and social involvement.

Ma. Khrisma Soliven
Communications Officer

K has years of experience working in the field of education and communication in the development sector—often working with artists-activists, advocates, and organizations on impactful campaigns and programs that promote human rights, youth empowerment, quality education, social inclusion, and civic participation. Her approach to development communication is grounded in creative approaches, hope-based communications, pakikipagkapwa, and radical empathy.

Markus Ramon San Gabriel
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer

Markus has spent his career in the development sector in areas of human rights, social enterprises, innovation, and policy advocacy. He also has experience with different Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning tools in the different sectors he has worked with.

Maria Anna Francesca Coronel
Finance Officer

Anna is the Senior Program Finance and Budget officer of The Asia Foundation Philippine Office. She has over seven years of experience in proposal budgeting and program finance management. Together with her team, she oversees a portfolio of multi-million awards and projects from government, bilateral, multilateral, and private donors.

Billy Joel Santos
Program Officer

Billy has a decade of experience in development and NGO work, with focus on social enterprise and youth development. He has engaged youth from different sectors across the country for leadership and entrepreneurial development.

Atty. Mildred Ople
Program Officer

Dred envisions a Philippines where citizens especially the young people are fully engaged in the affairs of the country and the leaders are

Mikaela Ann Macayan
Program Officer

Mika has been with the development sector for nine years and specializes in managing and monitoring grants and funding awarded to local NGOs/ CSOs nationwide. She has extensive experience in formation programs and project management.

Danpaul Santos
Assistant Program Officer

DP is a specialist in local governance and youth development, with 7 years of experience working in the government and CSOs. He co-developed policies and programs to localize participatory governance, strengthen the Sangguninang Kabataan, and promote citizen-led monitoring.

Marion Joseph Villar
Assistant Program Officer

Marion is a development worker with 4 years of experience in advocacy work, program development & management, and government & media relations. Among his interests are youth empowerment, civic education & engagement, and economic empowerment.