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  • Darwin Davis
    Cross-Sector Alliances, Navigating Organizational Change

    Darwin Davis has taught as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University, Bernard Baruch’s Executive Management and National Urban Fellows Programs, Columbia University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and The City University of New York’s inaugural Certificate Program in Non Profit Management. Mr. Davis has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 37 years; and has served as either the Executive Director or the President and CEO of Black Agency Executives, The Human Services Council, The New York Urban League and Black Equity Alliance.

  • Don Waisanen
    Communications

    Don Waisanen is an associate professor in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication including executive speech training, campaign and advocacy strategies, media analysis, and seminars on leadership and humor. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens voices. In particular, his recent publications have focused on the functions of political language, the increasing role of comedy in public culture, and the factors that can best sustain a deliberative democracy.

    Before entering academia, Don was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He has conducted communication strategy for various domestic and transnational projects, and serves on the board of the Resilience Advocacy Project, a nonprofit helping youth transition out of poverty. He writes for The Huffington Post, and has long enjoyed and been informed in his professional work by involvement in the performing arts, particularly improvisational comedy. He received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

  • Fred Lane
    Nonprofit Management

    Frederick S. Lane is an independent management consultant based in Sandwich, Massachusetts. His practice is limited to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and institutions of higher education, and focuses on strategic planning, organizational change, board development, and executive leadership. He is also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Bernard M. Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY).

    Lane is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY, where he taught for over thirty years. He also has been Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the University of Vermont as well as Professor of Political Science at CUNY’s Graduate Center. At Baruch College, Lane served as founder and Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration Program and Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration. He is also the recipient of Baruch College’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Service.

    A pioneer in nonprofit management education, Lane was the first in the nation to teach a graduate course specifically in the management of nonprofit organizations in an accredited school of business or public administration. Regarding nonprofit management, Lane’s publications include: “Managing Fiscal Stress” in Wise Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: Using Nonprofit Resources Effectively (Foundation Center); “Organizational Analysis and Management Improvement” in The Nonprofit Organization Handbook, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill), and “Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations,” for which he won the Laverne Burchfield Award for the best book review essay in Public Administration Review in 1980. Lane also was a member of the Board of Directors (and Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Chair of the Standards Committee, and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee) of the National Charities Information Bureau (now merged into the BBB Wise Giving Alliance) for 12 years, an Associate Editor of the journal, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, for four years, and the first Chair of the Section on Nonprofit Management of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Lane is frequently cited on nonprofit management topics in the media, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Smart Money, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Chamber Music Magazine, GothamGazette.com, the Internet Nonprofit Center, and Bloomberg Business News.

    Lane also has a special interest in public policy, finance, and administration in higher education. He served as Staff Director of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education in New York in the mid-1970s. For his 1983 article, “Higher Education and Public Policy in New York,” he received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in writing about education from the New York State United Teachers. He is the author or co-author of: the chapter on “Higher Education” in the Productivity Improvement Handbook for State and Local Government; “Governors and Higher Education: Politics, Budgeting and Policy Leadership” in State Government; and “University Financial Analysis Using Interinstitutional Data” in New Directions in Institutional Research. Lane is often called on to comment on higher education practices in publications ranging from The New York Times to the Denver Post, from Community College Week to Empire State Report.

    Lane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the editor of Current Issues in Public Administration, 6th edition (Wadsworth, 1999) and Managing State and Local Government: Cases and Readings (St. Martin’s Press, 1980). In 1984, he was named Outstanding Academic in Public Administration by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

  • Joyce Sullivan
    Social Media

    Joyce Sullivan is founder and CEO of SocMediaFin, a boutique social media consulting firm specializing in social media leadership training for nonprofit organizations, creative arts, specialty firms and regulated industries. She currently teaches social media communications at Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. Ms. Sullivan recently joined the advisory board of the Yonkers Film Festival leading their digital media strategic expansion efforts. She created the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) role at the Financial Women’s Association, and held that position for three years while co-chairing their Strategic Marketing committee.

  • Kim Klein
    Resource Mobilization

    Kim Klein is an internationally known trainer, speaker and author, well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth and humorous way.  She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff and as a volunteer and a board member.

    Kim is the author of five books, including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award.  Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its seventh edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs.  Her other books include Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis.  She is the series editor of the Kim Klein Fundraising Series at Jossey Bass Publishers.  She was a member of the Building Movement Project where she worked on a project called Nonprofits Talking Taxes. Kim is a Fellow with On the Commons and blogs at kimkleinandthecommons.blogspot.com.

    She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces and 21 other countries.  She is a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as guest faculty at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. Kim co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.

  • Lisette Nieves
    Leadership and Planning

    Lisette Nieves is a Partner at Lingo Ventures, providing consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, professional coaching and change management. For the last three years, she has also served as the Commissioner for the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and currently co-chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education. Prior to her tenure as Commissioner, Ms. Nieves was a Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College and a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation.

    Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director for Year Up NY, a workforce and education program for young adults.  From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Nieves served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York.  Earlier in her career, she held several positions in the New York City educational sector. Ms. Nieves has been both a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar. Her awards include the Robin Hood Hero Award (John F. Kennedy Jr. Hero Award) from the Robin Hood Foundation and El Diario’s Mujeres Destacadas Award from La Opinion.

    Ms. Nieves received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

  • Martha Stark

    Martha Stark served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance. Prior to her appointment, she also served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration. She teaches courses in budget and financial analysis, public nonprofit sector management, urban service delivery, leadership and strategy, and program evaluation.

  • Marti Fischer
    Communications

    Marti Fischer is a NYC based consultant and executive coach specializing in strategic positioning, communications and business development for individuals, young companies and nonprofit organizations.

    The first decades of her career were spent as a professional negotiator in the television industry. In 2006 Marti turned her business development, relationship building and negotiating experience to help individuals with career and professional advancement, nonprofits tell their story, raise money and become sustainable and first stage companies articulate their value proposition and strategic point of view.

    In addition to her work with Marti Fischer Group, Marti is a co-author of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook, adjunct professor at Baruch College, instructor at NYU and frequent trainer for umbrella organizations and foundations in the areas of communication skills, professional development and nonprofit fundraising. Marti serves as a strategic advisor to YASI (Young Advocacy Service Corps) and Necessities INC.  Marti is an active member of Women in Development New York, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Marketing Association and The Communication Network.

    Marti received a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is currently working on a book to help young adults position their skills for meaningful employment.

  • Michael Seltzer
    Navigating Organizational Change | Resource Mobilization

    Michael Seltzer is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Baruch School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining Baruch, Michael Seltzer served as president of Philanthropy New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he was responsible for its work in strengthening the nonprofit sector and promoting organized philanthropy worldwide. He also founded and led a sustainability in business initiative at The Conference Board.

    Seltzer chaired the master’s degree program in Nonprofit Management at the Milano School of the New School University. At Baruch, Professor Seltzer redesigned the core master’s degree course in fund raising and resource mobilization for nonprofit organizations, and teaches Advanced Public and Nonprofit Management in the Executive MPA program, as well as a variety of different topics in the executive certificate programs. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and African Studies.

  • Michael Steven Williams
    Emotional and Social Intelligence

    Michael Steven Williams is on the faculty in School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. His research broadly explores equity and diversity, the social psychological development of students, and institutional diversity in American postsecondary education. Specifically, he centers his inquiry on two aspects of higher education: (a) the student, particularly student socialization and mentoring and (b) the institution, with focus on specialized institutions such as historically Black colleges and universities. To date he has authored over 15 scholarly publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

  • Odell Mays
    Budgeting and Finance

    Odell Mays has managed and served on the board of nonprofits for over 27 years, and held the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. As a consultant, Mr. Mays has provided intensive financial management for several executive directors and CEO’s, including senior level consultations for organizations such as Amnesty International USA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Gay Mens Health Crisis (GMHC), National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) and FilmAid International (an international film agency working with refugee communities in Kenya). He has also served as Treasurer and Chair of the board of Gay Mens Health Crisis in NYC.

    Mr. Mays has a BA in psychology from Stanford University and an MBA in finance and taxation from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College (CUNY) in the School of Public Affairs where he teaches a graduate course in finance and budgeting. In addition he teaches in the Masters’ program at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

  • Richard Rivera
    Tools In the Midst of Change to Use

    Richard Rivera is President of Renew & Redesign Consulting an organizational consulting firm, specializing in organizational change/transformation, leadership/executive development, strategic planning and human resource training for nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations. Richard’s expertise includes specialized services around executive coaching, leadership development, strategic conversations, board development, employee engagement, resource development, and organizational assessments.

    Richard has served as lead consultant/facilitator for several of Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs’ Executive Programs. He is a global steward of the Art of Hosting (AOH) Conversations That Matter and has facilitated AOH trainings at the Riverside Church, The Center for Social Innovation and numerous child welfare and school programs. At the Adelphi University School of Social Work, Center For Nonprofit Leadership, Richard serves as an organizational change consultant and executive coach. He also served as coach/facilitator for Columbia University’s Management Development Program.  As a member of the Drucker Foundation’s “Organizational Assessment Tool” team, Richard has conducted presentations to board and executive leaders across the nation.  

    Richard received his M.S.W. degree from Columbia University, School of Social Work.

  • Rodney Christopher
    Financial Management and Planning

    Rodney Christopher is a director on the capital deployment team at the F.B. Heron Foundation. Previously, he spent 15 years developing the consulting practice at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a national organization that unlocks the potential of mission-driven nonprofits through tailored investments, strategic advice and accessible insights. At NFF, Rodney has served as a trainer and consultant to more than 400 nonprofits and 80 grant making foundations—in the areas of human services, arts & culture, education and community development.

    Rodney holds an M.S. in urban policy analysis and management from The New School and a B.A. in social sciences from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, which established a scholarship fund in his name in 2006 to help its students afford study abroad. He has served as board treasurer for a handful of organizations, most recently Fractured Atlas, a technology-driven national service organization for artists and arts organizations.

  • Sabrina Kizzie
    Social Media

    Sabrina Kizzie is a nationally recognized coach, author and speaker in New York City. Sabrina’s wrote a book entitled “Fearless Women in Real Estate and their Winning Strategies. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Baruch College’s Continuing and Professional Studies division and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Zicklin School of Business.  She teaches Social Media Marketing, Interactive Marketing and Marketing Communication and Media Plan Development. 

    Sabrina is a marketing expert and motivational speaker to inspiring women entrepreneurs.  With over 15 years of marketing experience, she has been able to successfully partner with many well-known organizations to create powerful events to educate her audience including Susan G Komen for the Cure and Habitat for Humanity.

    Sabrina has been featured in many publications such as Crain’s New York Business, The Mann Report, Black Enterprise Magazine and Real Estate Executive Magazine.  Sabrina is involved in numerous community activities. For eight years, she was involved as a mentor and Big Sister to a young girl through the Big Brother/Big Sister Program of New York City. She served as an elected member to the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross- Bronx Chapter from 2001 to 2009. Sabrina currently serves on the Harriman Advisory Board for The Red Cross in New York City.  Ms. Kizzie is an active member, volunteer and an elected member of the Nominating Committee for the Riverside Church in New York City.

    Sabrina received her AS degree in Marketing from Farmingdale State College.  In addition, Sabrina has received both her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Long Island University- C.W. Post Campus

  • Sonia Jarvis
    Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector

    Prof. Sonia R. Jarvis, J.D., a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University Law School, has extensive work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors as well as academia.  Her law practice focuses on matters of civil rights, discrimination, diversity, nonprofit governance and equal access to technology, privacy and voting. She clerked for the late Judge Frank Johnson, a Federal Appellate Court Judge in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, managed a law clinic at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and the Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy at a Baruch College/CUNY, served as Executive Director for the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, a national nonprofit civic engagement organization, and has consulted for major foundations and the White House on issues of equality, civic engagement, tolerance, and affirmative action policy.  During the Clinton Administration, Prof. Jarvis was responsible for drafting the final report of the Advisory Board for the President’s Initiative on Race.

    More recently, Prof. Jarvis conducted a study entitled “Leadership, Diversity and Legal Aid: Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of Legal Aid Management in New York and in America’s Most Diverse City” for the New York Leadership Project and the IOLA Fund (September 2009). She has engaged in training sessions for faculty members and administrators on diversity issues in academia.  Prof. Jarvis also conducted a 3-hour Workshop during the 2015 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education Conference entitled “Making Ferguson Matter: How Our Nation Can Achieve Greater Diversity and Social Justice By Dismantling Structural Discrimination Based on Race, Gender, Class, Identity and National Origin– An Examination of Public Policies that Perpetuate Power and Privilege.” She recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation that funds education reform, youth leadership development and social justice projects.  She is currently Board Chair for the Center for Responsive Politics, a national nonprofit that promotes transparency for the role of money in our political process.

    Prof. Jarvis has taught at leading institutions of higher education including Harvard University’s Kennedy School, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and Rutgers, State University of New Jersey’s Eagleton Institute along with teaching positions at Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center’s Foundations of American Law courses.  Her graduate and undergraduate courses have focused on law and public policy; race, media and politics; media, politics and culture; diversity and higher education; non-profit management; voting rights; and immigration.  She has engaged in public advocacy on a number of social justice and racial equity issues in public seminars, on television and other media outlets, including minority civil rights, women’s rights, electoral politics and voter registration reform, access to technology, the right to privacy and civil liberties, poverty and inequality issues, equity in secondary and higher education, employment discrimination, diversity training, and nonprofit management and board governance.

  • Toby Thompkins
    Leadership

    Toby Thompkins has over 30 years of experience working across corporate, for-profit, nonprofit, government and international development sectors as a senior level executive and organizational development consultant. As a leadership coach, Mr. Thompkins has worked in the USA and internationally with a broad range of leaders including CEOs, philanthropists, country managers and grassroots activists, advocates, artists and musicians. Mr. Thompkins is a speaker, blogger, author, and executive coach. In his blog, How I See It… Toby shares his thoughts about culture, personal and community transformation, the future, social justice, and transformative leadership. He is the author of The Real Lives of Strong Black Women (Agate 2004), which chronicles the wisdom and true stories of black women who moved from “giving until it hurts” to lives of self-care and personal power.