2016- 2017 YPO Committed Leaders at the January YPO Leadership Luncheon with California State University, Chico President Dr. Gayle Hutchinson


"Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization... community leadership starts here"

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was created in April 2010 in an effort to bring together the region's young business people for networking and socializing.

Are you a career-oriented individual wanting to foster community leadership through networking and professional development? Be a part of the YPO today and help us 'Move Chico Forward.'

YPO Mission Statement

"Young career-oriented individuals fostering community leadership through networking and professional development."

YPO Vision Statement & Values

"Chico YPO creates awareness of the positive attributes young professionals bring to their employer and the community as a whole by valuing commitment, ambition, civic engagement, integrity, respect and camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere."

Who Can Participate?

Learn more by visiting YPO on Facebook!

Access YPO by becoming a Chico Chamber Member today! Not sure if you're a Chico Chamber Member? Check our directory here.

Want to receive YPO event reminders and updates, e-mail Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager, by clicking here.

Join CHICO YPO Today!


Click here for a preview of our 2017 YPO calendar of events and speakers!

YPO May Leadership Luncheon "Ag Panel"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Location: Manzanita Place - 1705 Manzanita Avenue, Chico
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm.

Featured Speakers:

Toni Scott, M.S., Principal for Morrison & Company

Mark Pierce, President for North Valley Ag Services

Grey Foster, 2017 Chair of the Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers


All are welcome to attend YPO Leadership Luncheons!

YPO & Chamber Members: $15; Guests: $20. *Cost includes lunch, drink, tax, and tip.

Registration Now Open!

Questions? Call 891-5556 or email

YPO Sponsor

Thank you to Golden Valley Bank for being our Sponsor!!

Interested in sponsoring the YPO? Click here to contact Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager.

YPO News

Committed Leader Recruitment

We are seeking new Committed Leaders to help steer the YPO and plan our calendar of events.  Recruitment is open from March - June.  Click here to learn more!  

Millennial Survey

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization recognizes a need to survey our millennial population for input on how this generation of “technology natives” is driving change in the business world and in our workplaces.  We did so with our 2015 Millennial Survey aimed for local Chico millennials to take and we received a total of 333 responses.  Click here to view our slide show presented at the 2015 YPO E.P.I.C. Event.  

Click here for the Millennial Survey Press Release.  Click here for the Millennial Survey Executive Summary.

2016-2017 YPO Committed Leaders:

Danie Schwartz, President & Social Media/Photographer:  MC2 Design Group

Danie is not a native to the Chico area, but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from CSU, Chico she decided to stay and start working in the community. After years of working hard, building a reputation and honing in on her knowledge and skills, she landed her current job at MC2 Design. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO Committed Leader for the past four years (winning the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (winning the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). As she passes on her Chair role, she is excited to step into her role as YPO President. She has a commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, as well as other local organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the CSU, Chico Alumni. These passions allow her to remain committed to helping Move Chico Forward. In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Don’t be surprised if you run into Danie at music festivals or concerts. She loves music! Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.

Kelly Gibbons, Vice President:  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance

Kelly Gibbons is a licensed Farmers Insurance Agent at Brad Jacobson’s Agency, where they are a father daughter team. Their agency protects families and individuals by offering all personal lines such as home, renters, auto, life, as well as commercial policies. They believe in giving back to the community and once a week Kelly volunteers at a local elementary school tutoring students in their after school program called Reading Pals.  They are also involved in the March of Dimes golf fundraiser and the Jesus Center's Run for Food. Kelly is a Butte county local and, after graduating from Paradise High, she went on to graduate from CSU, Chico with her Bachelors in Business Administration. While going to school she worked for WaMu and worked her way through the conversion to Chase, as well as working her way up from a teller to a personal banker. In her free time Kelly enjoys being outside, hiking Upper Park, spending time at Lake Almanor and hanging out with her friends, husband and German Shepherd, Sophie.

Loren Rainey: Golden Valley Bank

My name is Loren Rainey and I am a member of both the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the YPO Committed Leaders. I recently joined the YPO Committed Leaders in July of 2016 but have been attending Chamber, and YPO events, since January 2016. I chose to join the Chico YPO due to the benefits it has provided young professionals, the community, and myself. In 2009 I graduated from Lassen High School in Susanville, CA. During high school I participated in both baseball and basketball. Upon graduation I attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA where I earned my Associate of Science degree in Mathematics and Science. I transferred from Cuesta College to CSU, Chico in order to be closer to my family in Northern California and complete my Bachelor's degree of Business Administration, with an option in finance. Upon graduation from CSU, Chico I was fortunate to obtain employment with Golden Valley Bank as a Loan Processor/Credit Analyst. I am grateful for the opportunity Golden Valley Bank has presented to me and the motivation to become involved in the Chico YPO as a Committed Leader.

Kaitlin Tillett Ferguson: California State University, Chico

​Kaitlin Tillett graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Spanish Linguistics. While receiving her degree, she worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist for Xomad, Inc. whose clients included Blackberry and Nivea. After graduation, Kaitlin moved to Cheonan, South Korea where she received her certification of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages (TESOL) and taught English to middle school students. Upon returning to the states, she pursued her interest in non-profit work and moved to Chico to work in development and communications for Butte Humane Society. This work eventually led her to an opportunity at CSU, Chico, where she currently works as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator. As a Southern California native, Kaitlin now enjoys calling Chico home and exploring the North State with her husband and two dogs.

Brooke Smith, Past President: Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott

YPO Application

Interested in becoming a Young Professionals Organization Member? Click here to download and print a YPO Application.