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HYP names Meghan Bachmore as executive director, filling top leadership post

Meghan Bachmore

After a long search, Harrisburg Young Professionals has a new leader at the top.

On Monday, the organization announced Meghan Bachmore as its new executive director.

“I’ve never seen a more passionate group of volunteers,” Bachmore said of HYP’s board and members. “I’m so impressed by them, and I’m excited to work alongside them.”

Bachmore fills a role for HYP that has been empty for the last two years. Derek Whitesel, the former director, stepped down just before the pandemic hit.

Previously, Bachmore served as the membership services director at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Bachmore is a Harrisburg resident and has been a member of HYP since 2020.

Last year, she was selected as an HYP honoree for “20 in Their 20’s,” which recognizes 20 of Harrisburg’s outstanding young people making a meaningful impact in their community and workplace.

“We are thrilled to welcome Meghan to our organization,” said HYP board President Jade Honey, who started in her post earlier this month. “Meghan values deep, authentic relationships with others and wants to make a difference in her community. She has the qualities and leadership we need to write the next chapter for our organization. We are excited to welcome her to HYP!”

Bachmore said that she has a 100-day plan for HYP that she believes will set the organization up for success moving forward. She hopes that, after years without a director, she can help the organization function more efficiently and smoothly, she said.

Additionally, she hopes to continue HYP’s mission of encouraging young professionals to live and get involved in the Harrisburg community, she said.

“It’s so important to have young people feel like they fit in and have leadership opportunities,” she said. “HYP provides a unique way for young people to connect.”

On Feb. 23, HYP will host its 24th Annual Meeting and Awards Night at The National Civil War Museum. At the event, the community, HYP membership, leadership and board will have the chance to meet Bachmore.

For more information, visit Harrisburg Young Professionals’ website.


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