Aalap Shah is a mission-driven product innovator, who is passionate about human centered design and has successfully led strategy, product, growth, and M&A for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Before his current role leading product for Customer Hardship at Capital One, Aalap was Head of Product for Paribus, launched fintech mobile apps, and had a previous life working in social innovation and international development. He went to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and got his MBA at the University of Texas. He also is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at OutRight Action International, an LGBTIQ human rights organization. Aalap lives in New York City with his partner Gregg.
Alejandra Naranjo is the Vice President of Development for The New York Women’s Foundation, an organization that creates an equitable and just future for women and families by uniting a cross-cultural alliance that ignites action and invests in bold, community-led solutions across the city. Alejandra develops and executes, with her team, strategies to increase individual and planned giving, events, and corporate partnerships. She manages a portfolio of some 60 high network individuals and supports the CEO as liaison to the board of directors.
Before, she was the Director of Advancement for The American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City, 2,550 students K-12 prep independent school, overseeing the fundraising, marketing, public relations, community building, events, and volunteer groups. Ms. Naranjo served as a member of the Endowment Fund for Financial Aid and participated in the Buildings and Grounds and Advancement Board Committees.
Ms. Naranjo’s philanthropic career started in 2003 when the former first lady of Mexico, Marta Sahagun de Fox, appointed her to establish a not-for-profit based in New York. She served as Executive Vice President and secured grants in the 10 million dollar range while building the board and overseeing Mexico-based programs. Before that, Alejandra worked for Citibank for many years as a Corporate and Private Banker.
Alejandra holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Baruch College at the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from ITAM in México City, where she graduated with honors and participated as an Econometrics lecturer. Alejandra is a board member for Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC), Royal Family Productions, and Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY)
Alexandros Hatzakis is the Chief Operating Officer at FPWA. As COO, he is responsible for driving and oversight of the day-to-day internal operations and organizational leadership, partnering with the Chief Executive and the leadership team toward effective sustainable growth and increasing impact and the successful achievement of strategic objectives.
Prior to working at FPWA, Alexandros was the Director of Income at United Way of New York City where he oversaw and managed a $6 million portfolio of program and policy initiatives aimed at assisting families in meeting their basic needs, tackling household insecurity, and working towards economic stability.
He formerly served as the Development and Information Systems Manager at The Financial Clinic, overseeing the implementation and integration of fundraising, operational and client data systems. He has also conducted research and policy analysis for the State of Delaware’s Division of Corporations and U.K. Companies House.
Alexandros received his Bachelor’s degree from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Baruch and his Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is a SHRM – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). He serves as Chair and member of New York City’s Procurement Policy Board.
Amanda Huang is a real estate development professional working in affordable housing at IMPACCT Brooklyn, a non profit community based organization focused on providing accessible, affordable housing and resources to the central Brooklyn area. IMPACCT Brooklyn also provides social and supportive services, affordable housing marketing, and tenant and community organizing in addition to real estate development. She currently works on the financing, design, construction, asset management and project delivery of several affordable housing projects.
She has a background in architecture, design, urban planning and academia. She was previously based in Paris, London, and Nairobi working on large scale urban projects as a design practitioner, project manager, and researcher. Her interests include public and private partnerships in the built environment, community/public informed development, and economic development. Prior experience include Oualalou + Choi, KPF, UN-Habitat, and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Urban Planning from Cornell University and a Master in Urban Design and Real Estate Finance from Harvard University.
Ann is a digital strategist focusing on creating social impact through the use of technology, data, and design. She is the Technical Creative Director at Whole Whale, where she has spent over 7 years helping nonprofits increase meaningful engagement from bringing mental health support to schools to getting people to the polls.
Ann is a regular speaker and lecturer on nonprofit tech topics. She’s presented on machine learning for good and A/B testing for organ donations at the Strata Data Conference. Ann has guest lectured at NYU, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College. She also frequently joins design discussions at various panels from the Lowline to the White House.
Before joining Whole Whale, Ann worked with a wide range of organizations, including the Ford Foundation, SumAll Foundation, and Bitly.
Anita Appel has over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health. Beginning in 2006, Ms. Appel served as Director of the NYC Field Office at the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). She began her career at OMH in the Field Office in 1983. Ms. Appel was named the Director of Children’s Services in 1989, and became Deputy Director in 1995.
During her time at OMH, Ms. Appel was instrumental in the expansion of the availability of services for children and adolescents with mental health disorders, including school based services, family support, case management, home and community-based waivers, and home based crisis intervention.
Ms. Appel received her Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
Anita Nager serves as an advisor to foundations and individual donors with a special emphasis on environmental giving. She was the last Executive Director of the Beldon Fund, an intentional spend-out foundation, dedicated to building and sustaining a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. For seven years, she also served as its Director of Programs. The Beldon Fund, founded and chaired by John Hunting—a Steelcase heir—invested its entire principal and earnings over a ten-year period. Anita guided the final spend out, communication of lessons learned, and the conclusion of operations. When the Beldon Fund closed its doors in May 2009, it had allocated more than $120 million in grants and foundation directed projects.
Prior to joining Beldon, Ms. Nager was a Senior Program Officer for Community Development and the Environment at The New York Community Trust, where she designed a grantmaking strategy for a $100 million fund focused on national environmental issues.
A former Board Chair of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, Ms. Nager is also a past board member of the Neighborhood Funders Group and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She was a founding board member of Cause Effective, which provides management and resource development assistance to nonprofit organizations, and a founder of the AIDS and Adolescents Network of New York. Ms. Nager is a trustee of the Hudson River Foundation and chairs its New York City Environment Fund, providing environmental stewardship grants to grassroots organizations. She is a founder and past co-chair of the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and serves as a trustee of the Jenifer Altman Foundation.
In 2008, Anita was recognized at the Breast Cancer Fund Heroes Tribute for her “philanthropic leadership and nurturance of the environmental health movement” and by West Harlem Environmental Action in 2009 with its We Act for Environmental Justice 20th Anniversary Award.
Anni has spent over twenty-five years as a nonprofit professional specializing in board development, strategic planning, fund development, events, as well as individual and planned giving working at such institutions as New York City Ballet, 92Y, The Joyce Theater, and others. Sensitive to the needs of smaller arts nonprofits needing to capitalize on limited resources, Anni Luneau founded Umlaut – Modifications Emphasizing You, a consulting company specializing in creative business solutions.
Currently an adjunct professor at Baruch College, Anni teaches fundraising to Master’s students in the Marxe and Weissman schools, teaches a film studies course in the undergraduate program, and serves as a mentor for students completing their Master’s level consultancy theses.
Barron Tenny is the former executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Ford Foundation. He joined the Foundation as special assistant to the president in 1983. The following year he was made vice president, secretary and general counsel. In that capacity his responsibilities included oversight of finance and administration. In 1996 he became executive vice president, secretary and general counsel.
Prior to working at the Ford Foundation, Tenny served as vice president, assistant secretary and general counsel of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a community development corporation in Brooklyn, New York. Before that, Tenny was an attorney at the law firm Greenbaum, Wolf & Ernst.
Tenny has a BA degree in History and Science from Harvard College and a JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Following his retirement from the Ford Foundation in 2011, Tenny has served on nonprofit boards, including the International Center for Transitional Justice (co-chair), the Foundation Center (vice-chair), the New York Community Trust, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the International Fellowships Fund, the City Bar Fund of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Orchestra of the Americas. He has also taught nonprofit management and governance at the masters level at New York University and Columbia University.
Betsy MacLean has been engaged in groundbreaking sustainable community development work for more than 15 years. As the Executive Director of Hester Street, Betsy and her team work with community organizations, private firms and government agencies throughout New York City and nationwide to provide low-income communities with the tools they need to shape their built environment. Before Hester Street, Betsy worked in East New York as the Director of Community Development at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, where she oversaw well over $100 million of affordable housing development. Betsy’s projects have earned The Alliance for a Greater New York’s (ALIGN) Movement Builders award, ioby’s Heroes in our Backyard award, and the Boston Society for Architects’ Excellence in Affordable Housing award. Prior to her time in East New York, Betsy created and directed an international community development program in Cuba and, before that, worked as a carpenter. Betsy holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and International Development from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons.
Brian Lewis is the Deputy Director at exalt and the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows. He is a Senior DEI consultant with DBI Projects, and has taught courses in Nonprofit Management, Human Services, Sociology, Humanities and the Arts as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Wagner School of Public Service, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The New School and Monroe Community College.
Brian is an alumnus of the Leadership Fellows Spring 2018 cohort. He is a passionate critical pedagogue and social justice leader with 15 years of experience leading teams, building curriculum and trainings, developing strategy, cultivating partnerships and scaling and driving impact. In his 7 years working with exalt, he worked closely with the Executive Director to triple the number of youth served, expand critical partnerships with key stakeholders and manifest new partnerships including leading exalt to be 1 of 7 national organizations selected for 2M in funds for an inaugural grant from the NBA Foundation.
Brian is an expert in Critical Pedagogy and Restorative Justice, especially as these practices pertain to systems-involved young people. He’s trained in Circle Keeping with Community Justice for Youth Institute (Chicago) and studied Peacebuilding and Restorative Justice with Howard Zehr and Hezkias Assefa (Eastern Menonnite University). He’s presented his work in these areas at the National Conference on Higher Education in Prisons (St. Louis) and the International Conference on Restorative Approach and Social Innovation (Podova, Italy).
Brian serves as a board member for Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) a national organization that facilitates volunteer visits to people who are incarcerated. He enjoys reading, traveling, jogging and playing pick-up basketball.
Carole Wacey is the CEO of the Women’s Club of New York. Prior to her current position she served as the Vice President of Education at WNET where she led a team that produced educational television (American Graduate Day, Ted Talks Education), online educational media for teachers (PBS Learning Media), and community engagement (Parenting Minutes, professional development). Previously, she served for a decade as Executive Director at MOUSE, a national nonprofit organization that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead and create with technology. During her tenure, she vastly broadened MOUSE’s reach from 32 to more than 150 Title I schools across New York City, expanded to five other states, and created a global partnership with more than 20 countries.
She also served as the Director of the Markle Foundation’s Interactive Media for Children program, which worked to help realize the potential benefits of interactive media for children by building partnerships between industry, the academy and consumers. Ms. Wacey arrived at Markle from her position as a Political Appointee in the Clinton Administration where she held a number of leadership roles—as Deputy Director of the Office of Education Technology and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. In that capacity, she provided leadership for the Clinton Administration on the development and implementation of national educational technology policy, e-Learning: Putting a World-Class Education at the Fingertips of All Children; and, addressed issues such as telecommunications, the digital divide, Internet safety, privacy, and e-commerce.
In addition to working on educational technology, she spent four years as the U.S. Department of Education Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and received a one-year appointment to The White House. There, she led the development of the first national education policy for sustainable development, Education for Sustainability: An Agenda for Action. Before joining the Clinton Administration, she served as a law and policy advisor at the United Nations Development Program. Her research, “Creating a Voice for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations Development Program”, was presented at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Ms. Wacey earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University. She studied Public International Law at Oxford University and Environmental Leadership at Yale University. Currently, Ms. Wacey serves as a member of the Board of Directors at MOUSE.
Carolyn McLaughlin was the Executive Director of BronxWorks for 34 years, from 1979 to 2013. She oversaw the progression of BronxWorks from a small storefront based in one Bronx neighborhood to a large settlement house with programs that serve many neighborhoods in the South Bronx. Under her guidance, BronxWorks grew tremendously, expanding services to include children and youth, immigrants, homeless individuals and families, people with HIV/AIDS, working age adults, as well as senior citizens. She oversaw a merger with the Girls Club of New York, a rebranding and name change, the start up of two high schools, and the acquisition of two buildings. Today, BronxWorks programs make a difference in the lives of 60,000 people annually, from preschool children to senior citizens. The organization maintains 27 locations spread across Bronx Community Districts 1 through 7. In honor of her achievements, BronxWorks named their main community center after her.
Carolyn is the author of South Bronx Battles: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Renewal, published by the University of California Press in 2019. The book describes the causes and the impact of the hard years of the 1960’s and 70’s when much of the South Bronx was abandoned and burned but goes on to document the amazing contributions of community members to its rebuilding. The final chapter warns of the extent of the housing crisis and the threat gentrification poses. South Bronx Battles is being used in classes at Fordham University, Lehman College, and Hostos Community College.
Currently, Carolyn is a member of the board of the Non Profit New York, is vice chair of the board of the Bronx River Alliance, and is the secretary of the Foundation Board of Hostos Community College. She was previously on the boards of the United Neighborhood Houses and Mid Bronx Senior Citizen Council and on many advisory committees. Since she retired, she served on a transition subcommittee for the Di Blasio administration, convened an interviewing committee for the presidential search for Hostos Community College, and served as the moderator for the 2014 Nonprofit Management Awards ceremony. She frequently speaks on the history of the Bronx.
Carolyn has been honored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Food Bank of New York City, CASA, and BronxWorks, among others. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Charles A. Archer has made a career out of helping others. He is the CEO/co-founder of The THRIVE Network, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in New York City and New Jersey. A lawyer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Archer has been involved in community services for more than two decades. In the process, he has worked in partnership alongside such community advocates and politicians as Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Public Advocate For The City Of New York Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Archer has served as a Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney and the Associate Executive Director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disability Agencies. He also serves as the Board of Director for Black Agency Executives. Archer is also the author of the book Everybody Paddles: A Leader’s Blueprint for Creating a Unified Team.
Chris Hanway assumed the role of Executive Director at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Long Island City, Queens on August 1, 2013. Before that he was the organization’s Director of Development & Communications and headed Riis Settlement’s fundraising and marketing efforts for almost five years. Mr. Hanway has over 13 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector, most notably at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
He received his B.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York, was a Ph.D. student in German at the Graduate Center of CUNY and recently completed the his Masters in Public Administration in the Executive Program at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. A native of Long Island, he now resides in Astoria and is proud to both live and work in the borough of Queens.
Christa Orth is Principal of Wingo NYC, a fundraising and design consulting firm for social, cultural and environmental change. Since joining the firm in 2014, Christa has helped nonprofit clients deepen donor engagement for the long term. She is a whip-smart strategist, teacher, speaker and coach, who has served in the nonprofit trenches for 20+ years, developing fundraising infrastructure for racial, economic and gender justice organizations. Having come of age at the dawn of the Internet, Christa has expertise in effective written and digital storytelling and has used those powers to help hundreds of groups attract and upgrade donors at all levels. She believes anyone can be a donor, and delights in moving resources from individuals, corporations and foundations to groups that are changing the world. Christa is a patient and persistent leader, and will make you a believer, too.
Christa shares her expertise through the Women Writing Philanthropy Project of the Feminist Press, on the Selection Committee of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards and on the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NYC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee. In her artistic life, she is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Christa earned a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Western Washington University and an MA in American History at the University of Oregon. She is a proud member of Women in Development and founding member of the women’s executive network, Chief.
Christopher Amos’s work focuses on the impact of digital media and technology on learning in the arts. As director of educational media and technology at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, he oversees digital media initiatives that are integral to Carnegie Hall’s programs for students, educators, young artists, and lifelong learners. Christopher leads the team responsible for developing Carnegie Hall’s online learning community for young artists, Musical Exchange, and produces a wide range of digital media projects, including work on Open Educational Resources (OER). He has also worked with schools in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, and the U.S. to develop international programs and partnerships. Before joining the staff of Carnegie Hall in 2008, Christopher was director of electronic media for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied music history, theory, and criticism.
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 the CEO of The Black Agency Executives, The Human Services Council of New York City, The New York Urban League and Black Equity Alliance.
Mr. Davis is the principal of bas Enterprises, which coaches executives on leadership and advises nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, board development, values clarification, and diversity. His clients include Harlem Arts Alliance, Touro College of Medicine, The City College of New York, Hunter College, Baruch College (executive programs), Omnicom, and Black Veterans for Social Justice.
Mr. Davis received a B.S. from New York University an M.A. in Human Development and Clinical Counseling from the New York Institute of Technology.
David C. Banks is the President & CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the Founding Principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public school in New York City. As President, he is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, which is charged with the replication of the successful Eagle model. Prior to becoming principal of Eagle, David served as the Founding Principal of The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. This theme-based high school provided a unique opportunity for him to combine his law and education background. During his tenure, David helped spearhead a community-wide effort to secure a permanent home for the school. As a result, Bronx Law is now housed in a $75 million state-of-the-art facility, representing an unprecedented partnership between the criminal justice community and an inner-city high school. David is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University. He and his wife Marion reside in New Jersey; they have four children, Jamaal, Aaliyah, Ali, and Malcolm Rashaad.
David Baboolall (they / them) is an Associate Partner based in the New York Office of McKinsey & Company. They are a leader in McKinsey’s Private Equity and Principal Investors (PEPI) Practice, and advises PE sponsors and portfolio companies on strategy and M&A, predominantly serving the industrials sector, with a focus on exit support and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) transformation. They have led 40+ due diligences for corporate and PE clients. They co-lead McKinsey’s DE&I service line for the PEPI industry globally, co-leads McKinsey’s global Anti-Racism and Inclusion efforts, and is one of the core founders of McKinsey’s Black Investor Professional Forum. David has led numerous engagements across the investment lifecycle, including industry and target scans, diligences, and exit support.
David received two degrees from Carnegie Mellon University; BS in Human-Computer Interaction, BS in Decision Science. Prior to joining McKinsey, David has experience at J.P. Morgan’s Private Wealth Management Division, Barclays’ Investment Banking Division (Financial Institutions Group), and AIG’s Strategy & M&A Team.
Dipty leads the National Consulting and Advisory Services team at FMA. She brings comprehensive operations experience in the private and nonprofit sectors to her leadership of FMA’s consulting team, helping build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to build the infrastructures they need to be sustainable organizations and increase performance.
Over the past ten years at FMA, she has grown FMA’s management consulting practice and has worked with a wide range of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in various stages of organizational development. Through this work, she has advised organizations in management and operations to strengthen their finance, human resources, and information technology infrastructures to become more efficient and realize their goals. She regularly coaches and trains nonprofit leaders in the areas of financial health and operational excellence.
Dipty started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with Fortune 500 clients, and spent several years performing domestic and international operations audits at Schering-Plough Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
She was a Sparer Public Interest Law fellow on International Human Rights issues with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and has worked with the Safe Harbor Asylum Law Clinic and Urban Justice Center. Dipty serves on the Selection Committee of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as well as the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Dipty earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Dipty also holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The CGMA demonstrates management accounting expertise, determination and commitment to achieving sustainable business success.
Don Waisanen is a Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speech training, communication strategy, and seminars on storytelling, conflict and negotiation, and leadership and improvisation. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices. He is the author of Improv for Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs, and co-author and author of Immigration and Strategic Public Health Communication: Lessons from the Transnational Seguro Popular Project, Real Money, Real Power? The Challenges with Participatory Budgeting in New York City, and Political Conversion: Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication.
Don is currently finishing a book based on five years of data from the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship providing a new framework for training professionals in leadership communication (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and another book on how to address the onslaught of newly developed voter suppression policies across the U.S. (with Sonia Jarvis and Nicole Gordon, under contract with NYU Press). Previously, Don worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He is the founder of Communication Upward, an adjunct lecturer at New York University and Columbia University, and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. He has been an improvisational performer at theaters in Los Angeles and New York for nearly two decades.
Edwin Torres serves as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the United States. Mr. Torres began his career serving as Director of Longwood Art Project, the visual art facility of the Bronx Council on the Arts in the South Bronx where he was born and raised. From there he moved on to serve on the Arts and Culture team at The Ford Foundation, ARTOGRAPHY: Arts in a Changing America supports organizations that actively reflect the changing demographics of their communities in their programming and leadership.
During his time at Rockefeller Foundation, Torres’ grantees helped make New York a nationally-recognized leader in wage-theft prevention; helped prevent the evictions of hundreds of public housing residents; helped place hundreds of low-income residents in jobs; and advanced paradigmatic change such as the collective impact approach for homelessness-prevention and crime-reduction. Under his leadership, The Rockefeller Foundation’s cultural grantees helped supply over $800,000 in goods and services to art-making through on-line barter; increase artists’ earned income by 150%; triple the rate of participation in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) residential energy-efficiency programs in Brooklyn; influence NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to partner with applicants and residents as well as NYC’s design community to develop new communication tools and services; and advance paradigmatic change such as that of naturally-occurring cultural districts.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Torres was Director of External Partnerships for Parsons the New School for Design. HMr. Mr. Torres received a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.
Ella Baff is an independent consultant who works with cultural organizations, artists, producers, educators, philanthropists and funders. She advises individuals and organizations at varying stages of their career and institutional development on immediate and long-term issues.
As the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, she was responsible for grantmaking to museums, performing arts and multidisciplinary arts organizations, and national initiatives across art forms, cultural practices and communities, granting approximately $65M annually.
Prior to her work at Mellon, she was the Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow, a 225-acre historic site that encompasses an international dance festival in multiple venues, a professional school, archives, exhibits, artist residencies, online programs, and education and community programs. Under her leadership, the organization established an endowment, cash reserve, an artist fund, and capital reserve. Jacob’s Pillow was designated a National Historic Landmark and was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at the White House.
Prior to Jacob’s Pillow, Ella was the Program Director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with cultural organizations, artists, funders and government agencies to commission and present traditional, classical, popular and experimental art forms from the US and around the world, presented in five theaters. She initiated many education and public programs on campus and in Bay Area communities. Ella has designed and implemented community-dedicated programs in a variety of contexts. She created a theater program that she taught in juvenile prisons in the Bay Area. She was a teaching artist-in-residence on an Aleutian Island. As a certified Literacy Instructor through the Public Library system, she taught children and adults to read.
Public engagement through media is also part of Ella’s work. At Jacob’s Pillow, its rare and extensive archives was digitized and made accessible online with curated content for research, education and audience development. As a funder, she supported preservation and public access to the archives of cultural organizations. She was the Project Director for national outreach for the documentary series, Dancing, for WNET Public Television in New York and was Executive Producer of Never Stand Still, an award-winning documentary that aired on PBS Great Performances and was released worldwide.
Ella has received several honors in the cultural field including the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Ministry of Culture of France and the Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the College of the Holy Cross.
She has co-chaired the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress in New York, chaired The Gish Prize, and has served on juries and panels for foundations, US and international government agencies and not-for-profit organizations including the Rolex Mentor Protégé Initiative, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, Princess Grace Foundation, Creative Capital, United States Artists, the Vilcek Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ella has been a moderator for the Works & Process series at the Guggenheim Museum. She has been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon; SUNY Purchase; the Berklee College of Music; and the Lunder Institute of American Art and The Writers Center at Colby College. She has served on the Board of Directors of MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), and the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). She is on the Advisory Council of the American Friends of Batsheva, which will open a cultural center in Tel Aviv in 2023, designed by Sir David Adjaye.
Prior to joining Arbor Brothers, Erica served as the Executive Director of City Year New York where she oversaw a $12 million budget and led more than 50 staff members to recruit, train and manage 250 AmeriCorps Members in New York City public schools. Before City Year, Erica spent nearly two decades in roles across the social enterprise and private sectors. She has managed educational programs at Prep for Prep, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, iMentor and the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship and led strategy and sales teams in the US and abroad at Goldman Sachs and Citi. Erica currently serves on the boards of Arbor Brothers and the Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn; she also teaches at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Erica earned her MBA at Wharton, her MPA at Wagner, and her BA at Harvard. Erica resides in Brooklyn where she and her husband are raising their two children.
Erika Bernabei, PhD, Co-Principal at Equity & Results, connects intentions to accountability and impact in service of BIPOC community. Through Equity & Results, Erika leads the strategic design and implementation of whole organization and collaborative work to achieve racially equitable results, working with small and large organizations, philanthropies, collective impact initiatives and public agencies to use results-driven, racial equity principles to build the capacity of leaders and collectives.
Equity & Results uses antiracist principles, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in the Undoing Racism Workshop, to dig into how organizations and collaboratives can alter how their systems work to strategically disrupt common practices and replace them with actions that address the root causes of the problem. Erika is an expert in Antiracist Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and has worked with groups nationally and internationally to successfully use this tool.
Prior to Equity & Results, Erika served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services and nearly a decade at PolicyLink – where she developed and managed a results-driven infrastructure and support system for more than 50 Promise Neighborhood communities to produce holistic and measurable outcomes and advance equity and opportunity. She lives in New York.
Farra directs Big Duck’s marketing and business development efforts, seeking to build relationships with nonprofits who want to use communications to achieve their mission. Farra has led dozens of organizations through major brand overhauls, fundraising campaigns, and much more since joining Big Duck in 2007. She’s a frequent speaker around the country, training nonprofit staff and board members on branding, communications planning, and engaging donors at all giving levels.
Farra was born an activist on Long Island, organizing to end hunger, prevent drunk driving, and right other wrongs. She studied psychology at American University where she started and led a public health awareness organization called Students for Healthy Decisions. During the nine years she lived in DC, Farra worked on fundraising and social marketing for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2002, Farra moved to San Francisco and dove into the wonderful world of online fundraising with Donordigital. In 2004, she came home to New York to get her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at The New School and soon joined the team at Douglas Gould and Company to lead online engagement projects.
Farra is also a part-time faculty member at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she teaches a class about strategic communications for nonprofit and public service organizations. She previously served as a board member for NTEN, an organization working to create a world where nonprofits fulfill their missions through the skillful and racially equitable use of technology, and for the NYC Anti-Violence Project, an organization that mobilizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
Frederick Davie joined Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York on August 15, 2011, as Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Mr. Davie is the institution¹s chief administrative officer and serves as an advisor to the President for the structure and administration of the executive office, strategic planning, institutional advancement, and vision implementation. He also serves as the administrative center for all the work of the President, coordinating the efforts of executive office staff and senior staff in relation to the President.
He came to Union from the Arcus Foundation, where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs. In this capacity, Mr. Davie managed the Foundation’s grant making a budget and supervised the implementation of the Foundation’s funding strategy for social justice and LGBT programs.
In June 2020, US Senator Charles Schumer appointed Mr. Davie to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.
Mr. Davie served on President Barack Obama¹s transition team, performing agency reviews for faith-based and community initiatives, and accepted an appointment by President Obama to the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As a member of the White House Council, Mr. Davie provided counsel on strategies for more effective partnerships between federal agencies and community and faith organizations. Mr. Davie provided leadership for the inclusion of non-traditional families and marginalized populations in policy formation.
Mr. Davie was appointed Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April 2017. The CCRB is an agency established by the City of New York with civilian oversight of the New York City Police Department, the nation’s largest municipal law enforcement agency. With a staff of 200 and a board of 15 members, CCRB is the nation’s largest independent civilian oversight agency of a police department.
Mr. Davie has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. At Public/Private Ventures, Mr. Davie served as President and CEO, promoted from Senior Vice President. As SVP, Mr. Davie developed a model national program for the successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, and delivered a White House keynote address on the same in 2007. As a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, Mr. Davie developed a national program to support local faith-based and community juvenile justice programs to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism.
Mr. Davie has also served in a number of leadership roles in public administration for the City of New York, including Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Community and Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the President of the NYC Board of Education.
Mr. Davie’s community and civic engagement work include executive-level positions with New York City Mission Society, Brooklyn Ecumenical Cooperatives and the Presbytery of New York City.
Mr. Davie serves on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Youth Core and the Interfaith Center of New York. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Soulsville Foundation in Memphis, TN. Mr. Davie is a founder and Chair of Faith 2020, a multi-faith organization committed to supporting progressive political campaigns and causes.
A Presbyterian minister in the Presbytery of New York City, Mr. Davie has served the national Presbyterian Church, the NYC presbytery, and local congregations in various volunteer capacities.
Mr. Davie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College ’78. Dean’s List and the Harold H. Hutson Award; and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School ’82, where he was a Benjamin E. Mays Fellow of The Fund for Theological Education and President of Yale Black Seminarians. He is also a recipient of Yale Divinity School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. Mr. Davie was also a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University, ’90.
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.
Gisele Castro has dedicated her career to creating and leading organizations focused on ensuring equity in justice for court-involved youth. With over twenty years of experience, she holds a Master’s of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from Pace University and graduated as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Gisele also studied at the graduate level at Oxford University, where she researched U.S. vs. U.K. juvenile justice systems. As a Sterling Clark Foundation Fellow, Gisele is committed to ensuring their mission of “helping create a vibrant New York City – one that is strong, healthy, livable and just.”
Prior to becoming Executive Director of exalt, Gisele was Director at CASES, Family Court division, and was instrumental in redesigning the program model and structure. Gisele is currently an adjunct faculty member of New York University, teaching a Masters level course on Youth Organization’s Prevention and Intervention Strategies. As a visiting faculty member at Bank Street College, she taught courses on leadership development, while advising students in the Master’s in Education and Leadership in Community-Based Learning program. Her role at Bank Street was expanded in 2015 to redesign the program for Leadership in Community-Based Organizations. Most recently, Gisele was appointed to the Board of Directors of SparkYouth NYC.
Under Gisele’s leadership, exalt achieved strong financial stability despite significant challenges, including budget deficits, leadership changes, and the confluence crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice. As a result, exalt was able to increase their budget size from $950,000 in FY2016 to $2.9 million during her first year as ED and launch a campaign to raise 8.4 million dollars in three years (from 2018 to 2021). Gisele launched a strategic growth plan in FY2019, and relocated exalt to its new headquarters in Manhattan, served 834 youth (exalt’s largest to date), increased staff capacity; won the Spark Prize in 2016 recognizing exalt as an outstanding pioneering nonprofit organizations that has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing racial and social justice; received an endorsement by the Governor in NYC’s Raise the Age policy implementation, and NYU-Steinhardt as the 2019 Internship Partner of the Year.
In 2020, exalt received a competitive contract by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice under the Alternative to Incarceration Initiative, which is one of the programs that deliver the City’s commitment to safely reduce the number of people in its jails by providing alternatives for individuals with an open case while they are awaiting the conclusion of their case, or instead of a jail sentence. Through her leadership, exalt was selected runner-up for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards for best management practices, and Gisele has been recognized as one of the “Responsible 100” by City and State New York Magazine as one of NY’s most effective executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers, who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership by improving their communities and making transformative change. Recently, Gisele was one of two Latinx to join the Robin Hood Power Fund which was established to address a critical funding disparity for nonprofit leaders of color by elevating leaders who are reflective of the communities they serve.
Ingrid is the Director of the Daphne Foundation. She is a first-generation immigrant from Nicaragua whose family moved to California in the early ‘80s. She began her work in social justice as a regional organizer against an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative – Proposition 209 – and then became a youth organizer, coalition leader, facilitator and grantmaker. Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State University.
Jamie Lonie has several years of experience in traditional and digital communications within the global education sector. As the Education Commission’s Digital Media Specialist, he develops and manages the digital content across the organization’s website, blog, email campaigns, and social media channels. Jamie is also the founder of Amplifi Digital where he supports digital communications for education nonprofits and mission-driven companies. Previously, he was Director of Social Media Community on Teach For America’s national marketing team, developing social media strategy and managing daily digital content.
Jamie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Today, he serves as president of the university’s New York City alumni chapter. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, which he earned while teaching elementary science.
Janet is the Director of Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement at Baruch College/CUNY. She has close to 30 years senior management experience in the arts and higher education, with 20 years leading the Alumni Relations programs at the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, Columbia Business School and Baruch College. She serves on the board of the Awesome Newburgh Foundation and as an Advisory Committee Member of Girls Inc NYC. She is a certified career coach, and has mentored nonprofit leaders across sectors as a council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG.) Janet is an expert in nonprofit and program management, community engagement, marketing and communications, volunteer recruitment and network management, grant writing, fundraising, and global event planning. Janet holds a BA, cum laude, in Art History from Georgetown University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School University.
Jean partners with clients on leadership and organizational development, board governance, talent and human resources management, strategic planning, organizational assessments and restructuring, teambuilding, succession planning and leadership transition, coaching, and organizational culture change. She has worked with clients to ensure successful organizational transitions, improve leadership and management competencies, develop high performing teams, and achieve organizational effectiveness. A member of the leadership team at CRE, Jean is responsible for thought leadership, quality assurance, practice development, and continuous learning initiatives. Before joining CRE, Jean led an independent consulting practice, AcXEL International, Ltd., was Vice President and Director of Corporate Training and Executive Development at Deutsche Bank, and was Human Resources Manager for an international division at JPMorganChase.
Jean has designed and led executive seminars and has presented papers in professional conferences on Change Leadership; Technology Transfer and the Management of Change; and Developing an “Intrapreneurial” Corporate Training Function. She is the lead author of a new book Meeting the Challenges of Nonprofit Leaders: A Fieldbook of Strategies and Action published by the Center for Creative Leadership. Her other publications include Half-Truths about Talent Management (published in NonProfit PRO, May 2017); Self-Coaching Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders (published in the Nonprofit Quarterly Spring 2016); What Makes a Difference in Leadership Development? A View from the Field (published in The Nonprofit Quarterly, Winter 2009); Peak Performance: Nonprofit Leaders Rate Highest in 360-Degree Reviews (published in The Nonprofit Quarterly, Winter 2007); and The Courage to Pause: Lessons Learned from CRE’s Leadership Caucus.
She completed her doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University and her Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of several awards and scholarships, Jean was a Fulbright scholar and a Developmental Leadership Fellow, Institute of International Education (IIE). Jean is a trained executive coach with a long track record in leadership and management coaching. She is certified in the use of the Clark-Wilson 360 Feedback Series, the Hogan Personality Assessment Systems and the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, and trained in the use of the Strengthsfinder Assessment Tool and the Enneagram Personality Inventory. Jean is also a certified Action Learning facilitator.
Active in community organizations, she served on the Board of the United Way of NYC and also chaired the Board of Directors of the Asian American Federation of New York. Jean also co-founded a community-based organization and was a recipient of several awards including “Outstanding Women Awards” given by the State of New York on Women’s Heritage Month.
Kary Perez is a nonprofit leader with a successful background in audience growth and engagement.
Her work today is focused on expanding Chalkbeat’s audience in service of the organization’s mission to ensure children across the country get fair access to education. This primarily involves being the go-to person for the toughest, most ambiguous problems in the organization. Her responsibilities include audience growth, research and development of new products, and managing Chalkbeat’s small donor program.
At DoSomething Strategic, Kary worked with over 20 clients to help them better understand and engage young people (millennials and Gen Z). She led the strategy and execution of social good initiatives for major brands like Google and ESPN, and for large-scale nonprofits like The JED Foundation and Feeding America.
Leslie Goldman is a strategic planning, education and development consultant, a board member of the Non Profit Coordinating Committee (NPCC), and a volunteer at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ms. Goldman recently stepped down from the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as Senior Advisor to the President following 25 years as the Director of the Office of School Health Programs.
In that role, she provided overall leadership for the Academy’s health education programs in the New York City Public Schools and nationally. A small private initiative in 25 schools began in 1979 and expanded to over 1500 New York City schools. The project became a national model of how private-public sector collaboration can bring about large-scale change in public institutions and has been cited as a “beacon of change” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, Ms. Goldman administered activities that included an array of health, health career and science programs linking the medical and health communities and the schools in New York City and around the United States. Ms Goldman was responsible for policy formation, program development and implementation, evaluation research, national dissemination. She raised over $25,000,000 to support all the Office of School Health Programs staff and programs for 25 years.
Ms. Goldman received a Research Fellowship from the Exxon Education Foundation for her graduate training, receiving an M.A. in Policy Analysis/Educational Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology. She is the recipient of The New York Academy of Medicine 2014 Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service and is a Fellow of the Academy.
Leslie is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of expertise in integrated strategic communications, media and marketing for many leading nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross, Lighthouse International and the Ford Foundation.
She has led many successful campaigns that increased brand recognition and impacted causes and issues from corporate social responsibility to education and disaster response. Her areas of expertise include: high visibility top tier media placement (print, electronic and online), digital strategy, social media, videos, branding, crisis communications, writing targeted copy from blogs to thought leadership articles.
She was the 2019 President of the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NY.) She is also an experienced mentor and chaired the Mentoring Committee of PRSA-NY for 6 years.
She has taught numerous semesters at NYU and Marymount College. Her classes have ranged from Media and Politics to Crisis Communications and Strategic Communications for Nonprofits.
She writes a blog on ethics and the media for Commprobiz.
Linda Basch, PhD, is the former President of the National Council for Research on Women, a network of 117 research, policy, and advocacy centers with a Corporate Circle of major corporations and a Presidents Circle of leaders from higher education. Linda provides a gender lens to a range of issues including globalization and human security; economic justice; the impact of public policy on women and families; higher education; gender and diversity in academia, society, and the workplace; women in the corporate world, including work/life balance; women’s transformative leadership; and women and girls in science and technology. Her articles, letters and interviews have been featured in major media outlets including the Associated Press, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. An anthropologist by training, she has examined issues of migration, race, ethnicity, and gender and conducted field research in the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Linda has served in leadership positions in academia and at the United Nations. She serves on numerous advisory bodies and boards including Ms. Magazine, the Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize, and the New York Academy of Science, of which she is an elected Fellow. She received her PhD in Anthropology from New York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Lisa Cowan is the Vice President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and in this capacity she helps with strategy, development and oversight of foundation programs and grantmaking. Lisa has been working with community-based organizations for the last 25 years, first as a community health educator and program director at several youth-serving agencies, then as a Senior Consultant at Community Resource Exchange. Lisa was the Co-Founder of College Access: Research and Action (www.caranyc.org), where she continues to act as an advisor. Most recently, Lisa was the Principal Consultant at Hummingbird Consulting from 2013-2016. Lisa sits on the board of NYC Kids RISE. She served as the Board President of the Red Hook Initiative from 2005-2013. Lisa is a third-generation New Yorker. She graduated from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
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.
Joseph E. Luesse is a founding partner and CEO at 8RES, a Research, Evaluation, and Strategy consulting firm. Joe has more than 20 years of experience in varied settings as a teacher, developer, researcher, and evaluator. Joe has extensive experience leading program design, research, strategy, capacity building, innovation, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) efforts across the nonprofit, foundation, and education sectors. He’s an adjunct teaching evaluation at NYU’s School of Global Studies, a co-founder and former President of the NYC metro region’s American Evaluation Association affiliate, a New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow, and actively engaged in several professional communities. Joe is a regular presenter, speaker, and writer; his most recent publication was as a co-author of the chapter “Youth Participation in Evaluation: Lessons From the Past, Opportunities for the Future” in Measure, Use, Improve! focusing on Data and Evaluation in Out of School Time settings.
Prior to his current role, Joe worked with DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI), the Ford Foundation, The Research Alliance for New York City Schools, Government Relations at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and on various education research projects. Joe taught high school English for over ten years, and during that time he created a small learning community, tutored, became a UCLA Writing Project Fellow, formed a mentor exchange between high school and middle school students, participated in a progressive co-ed soccer collective, and assisted coaching basketball. Joe He earned an EdM in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.
Lori Roth Gale has 25 years of experience in executive education, both as executive director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management and a member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty. In these roles she managed, designed and/or directed over 100 programs with over 2000 participants from community-based organizations, established regional organizations and large public-sector institutions. She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Emerging Leaders, High Impact Leadership, and Executive MBA Programs. She currently teaches Master’s level seminars at the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School and coaches executives facing leadership transitions.
Lori is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the programs she develops. She is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work. Clients while at Columbia include: Robin Hood Foundation, The After School Corporation, UJA-Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, Fire Department of New York, NYC Police Department, and US Department of Homeland Security. Areas of particular interest include Strategic Management, Personal Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.
Lori earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She wrote her dissertation on CEO succession and strategy development in the not-for-profit sector. She earned her Masters degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Brandeis University. In addition to consulting, teaching and research Lori enjoys landscape painting and hiking.
Mark is Professor of Management at the Milano School, a graduate division of The New School in New York City. He served as Milano’s Chair of management programs for over twenty-two years, and launched The Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative (TLI) in 2007.
For over forty years, he has been a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, not-for-profits, and start-ups.
His diverse entrepreneurial client base includes founders of transformative start-ups in technology, manufacturing, media, education, health care, finance, and marketing. His coaching skills and leadership development programs are engaged by C-level executives across all sectors of the economy. He develops corporate and non-profit boards to govern more effectively. In the nonprofit realm, he has consulted to and led leadership development initiatives for organizations ranging from multibillion-dollar philanthropic game-changers to local community-based social service providers to the world’s largest international NGOs.
Much of his New School-related work to infuse progressive leadership practices into the NGO and not-for-profit world has been made possible by significant grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Mott, and Charles H. Revson Foundations, among others.
His work as a consultant and professor has inspired his writing for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Deloitte University Press and Journal of Management Consulting, as well as his previous book, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course (Harvard Business School Press, 2003).
Entrepreneur, nonprofit consultant, career transitions coach, radio host, teacher: Marti Fischer’s professional passions follow two paths, as a nonprofit fundraising and communications consultant, and as a coach helping people successfully navigate employment transitions. Marti helps organizations align their communications and develop effective fundraising strategies. Her coaching clients are those entering or reentering the workforce, changing jobs, or seeking advancement and strategic positioning within their current job. She teaches fundraising and fund development workshops at Baruch, NYU, and Norwalk Community College. Marti holds a degree in Art History and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and a certificate in Philanthropy and Fundraising from NYU.
Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP, is the President & CEO of MPG Consulting (MPGC). She is a career/executive coach, consultant, trainer, and a psychotherapist with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. Mary is a thought leader in the social services industry, recognized by her peers for her wisdom, contributions, and novel ideas on implicit bias, structural racism, and supporting organizations and leaders in their pursuit of creating an inclusive, fair, and respectful workplace that values all individuals and embraces diversity-with the goal of eliminating barriers to success in the workplace. Through coaching, training, and mentoring, she also works with executives and senior managers in creating and developing their antiracist/anti-oppressive leadership style.
Mary is the former Assistant Executive Director at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She is the author of Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors (2015) and co-editor of Strategies for Deconstructing Racism in the Health and Human Services (2016).
Melba Butler is Principal of Butler Consulting, which provides management and program development services. In this capacity, she developed a practice guide for NYC Children’s Services, co-authored management training for NYC Children’s Services on Improved Outcomes for Children model, and developed and trained agency staff in Home Assessment Protocol.
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Butler held the positiion of Director of Resident Engagement for the New York City Housing Authority. As part of a strategic plan to preserve pubic housing, Ms. Butler launched an innovative approach towards enhancing the participation of New York City’s 400,000 public housing residents. She consuled for internal clients, and coordinated and facilitated inter-departmental NYCHA Restores strategy after Super Storm Sandy and developed emergency response teams for vulnerable populations and residents in hurricane zones. From 1990 to 2006, Ms. Butler served as Executive Director of the Harlem Dowling West-Side Center for Children and Family Sevices, a mult-service organization serving inner city children and families.
Ms. Butler received a B.A. from Long Island University, a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University.
Michael Park is an Organization Development practitioner whose work spans the roles of consultant, executive leader of organizations, and teacher. The majority (but not all) of this work has been in nonprofit organizations.
As a consultant, his focus is on the human systems needed to design and implement successful change in organizations. He has served a variety of internal and external consulting, roles, both as sole practitioner and part of a team. My not-for-profit clients have included UNICEF, The Ford Foundation, The Girl Scouts of the USA, The American Red Cross, Hillside Family of Services, The TEAK Fellowship, Broadway Housing Communities and NeighborWorks America. Corporate clients have included Goldman Sachs, Marriott, and Ernst & Young. He has served on awards juries for the NPCC-NY Times Non-Profit Excellence in Management Award and the Governance Matters Brooke Mahoney Board Excellence award.
For several years, he served in key staff roles at Robin Hood Foundation, a public charity that finds, funds and strengthens more than 250 poverty-fighting schools and non-profits in New York City. He joined Robin Hood to build out the capacity building function, strengthening grantee organizations with a full range of key management services, delivered through an internal consulting staff, grants to external providers, and pro bono services from top management firms. Later, as Chief Administrative Officer he had management responsibility for all back-end functions of the foundation including finance, human capital, technology, legal affairs, strategic planning and performance monitoring, and coaching the executive team.
Michael Seltzer is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. 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.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Mino has been living and working as an artist, educator, activist and arts administrator in NYC since 2000. For the last 5 years she has served as the Co-Executive and Program Director for People’s Theatre Project, which she co-founded with actor Bob Braswell. During her tenure with PTP, Mino has received the Creative Power of Women Award from State Senator Bill Perkins for her “Outstanding work as a woman in the Arts”, the Woman of Excellence award from the Bronx Resource Center and an award from the American Chamber of Commerce DR, that recognizes her accomplishments as a Dominican working in the diaspora. NBC Latino also included Mino as one of 10 Latinos with Heart. Mino has been profiled by FoxNews Latino, NBC Latino, El Diario, Manhattan Times, Listin Diario, El Nacional and other newspaper and magazine publications in the US and abroad. Mino has participated as a panelist and guest speaker throughout New York City and was the international orator for the Women of Success 2014 conference in Santo Domingo, DR. Mino received her
BA in English Literature and Theatre from Manhattanville College and her MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the Graduate Institute.
As the VP of Foundation, Government, and Corporate Partnerships at The Trevor Project, Muneer’s team focuses on building impact centered long-term partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and Foundations to help end LGBTQ youth suicide. As a senior leader on the development team, Muneer helped to grow Trevor’s annual revenue from under $10M to over $35M in three years, enabling the organization to grow from a staff of 50 to 225+ during that time.
Muneer secured Trevor’s first seven-figure partnership that launched a new, holistic corporate partnership model for the organization. In 3 years, this model has 6X’d corporate revenue for The Trevor Project and established partnerships with 150+ national and global companies. Notable partnerships include award-winning cause marketing campaigns with Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, Google.org and an $8M partnership with PwC Charitable Foundation – the largest in Trevor’s 22-year history. Muneer’s partnerships have won 10 Halo Awards presented by the industry’s premier award for excellence in cause marketing.
Muneer is an expert in high-growth fundraising, cause marketing, for-profit/not-for-profit partnerships, institutional fundraising, and corporate social responsibility. Muneer is also a trained D&I facilitator having designed and led hundreds of anti-bias and inclusion trainings globally. Prior to The Trevor Project, Muneer led corporate partnerships at a high-growth tech not for profit, DoSomething.org, the world’s largest social change organization for young people; and served as a director of youth programs at The National Conference for Community and Justice, one of the oldest anti-racism organizations in the country.
An avid traveler, Muneer lives in New York City, but is often found planning his next trip abroad to reach his goal of exploring 40 countries by his 40th. Muneer’s pronouns are he/him.
Nancy Wackstein is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She has been Director at the 9/11 United Services Group, Executive Director of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH), and Executive Director of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a multi-service settlement house on Manhattan’s East Side and a UNH member. Prior to her work at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Nancy served in both government and the non-profit sector. She was Director of the Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from 1990 to 1991 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisory for Human Services in the Manhattan Borough of Mayor Dinkins’ office from 1986 to 1989, where she also held the position of Staff Director for the Task Force on Housing for Homeless Families. During her tenure at Citizens Committee for Children in the 1980s, Nancy was a leader in efforts to reform the city’s approaches to the crisis of homeless families and children. She also serves and has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including: Citizens Union, the Human Services Council of New York and SAGE. Nancy received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Binghamton, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Navid has worked at the intersection of higher education, nonprofit, edtech, and workforce development for 11+ years. He currently serves as a consultant to social-impact oriented organizations to improve their marketing and growth strategy, build strategic partnerships, and provide project management support.
Navid’s past roles include serving as the Director of Advising and Growth at PelotonU, Education Engagement at The New York Times, and Career Education at Columbia University. Navid has also lived and worked abroad during his time at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where he built and managed international education programs in leadership development, social impact, and experiential education that served students from 36+ different countries.
Navid earned his BBA in Human Resource Management from the University of North Texas and his MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Outside of work, Navid serves on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, and DesiQ Diaspora.
Patty was named Executive Director of Futures and Options in April 2007. Patty has worked to improve the long-term sustainability of the organization through board development and strategic planning, as well as through organizational growth and development in the areas of programming, fundraising, and marketing. Patty’s passion for youth and the program’s mission is coupled with commitment to excellence in all areas.
Patty has always been a strong advocate for children and youth. Before Futures and Options, Patty was Director of Volunteer Services at The Children’s Aid Society, one of the oldest and largest children’s welfare agencies in New York City. From 2003 to 2005, Patty was Executive Director of Variety International—The Children’s Charity, a multi-national, volunteer-driven organization aligned with the movie industry, which supports programs for children with special needs or serious medical concerns and children living in poverty. In Dallas, Patty was president of the Board of Directors for Dallas for Children, a start-up, volunteer-run fundraising organization that supported select intervention and prevention programs for needy children, from birth through six years old.
She served on the Dallas Commission for Children and Youth for three years, was a member of the Adolescent Pregnancy Board in Fort Worth, Texas for three years, and also served as director of Rockville Community Nursery School in Rockville, Maryland. She now serves on the board for New York City’s Department of Youth & Community Development. Patty received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgetown University, and her Masters of Arts in Education: Early Childhood/Special Education from George Washington University.
Pavitra consults with and coaches clients on strategic planning, human resources, leadership development, and board development issues. She has over 18 years of experience as a consultant, coach, and trainer in the nonprofit and private sectors and has been associated with Community Resource Exchange (CRE) for over 15 years largely as a full time staff consultant and more recently as an affiliate. Pavitra is skilled at working with leaders to build solutions for organizational issues such as structuring effective teams, managing talent, and developing high performing staff. Her work is grounded in principles of inclusion and equity, fundamental and underlying values she believes are key to an organization’s success in achieving its mission.
As the former head of CRE’s leadership and management development practice, she anchored, developed and lead trainings and cohort activities that target executive leaders and middle managers at client organizations to enhance their leadership skills. Pavitra co-authored a book with CRE colleagues Jean Lobell and Mohan Sikka titled Meeting the Job Challenges of Nonprofit Leaders: A Fieldbook on Strategies and Actions.
As a coach, she helps clients recognize, own, and realize their leadership potential. Her coaching style and philosophy are honed in getting to the core of her client’s value systems and challenging existing paradigms. She believes in supporting clients in achieving meaningful and sustainable change by focusing on their internal energy drivers as well as on the impact they have on the people in their lives including people they work with. Pavitra is a Certified Professional Coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
Pavitra brings an international perspective developed during years of volunteering at various nonprofits both in India and in the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce as well as an MBA in International Business from École nationale des ponts et Chausseés, Paris. She is certified in Clifton StrengthsFinder, Facilitative Leadership, Hogan Personality Assessment Index, and Clark Wilson 360° Assessment Tools; she served for 5 years as a selection committee member for the New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards and is a past board member and active supporter of Manavi, a New Jersey-based organization serving South Asian women who are victims of domestic violence.
Payal coaches high school teachers across New York City so that all students can complete college and define their future. As Senior Director of Coaching and Teacher Support at the national nonprofit OneGoal, she leads a team of phenomenal coaches and works across 26 schools in all five boroughs of NYC. The team uses culturally responsive pedagogical practices, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, social-emotional skill development, identity affirmation/interrogation and relationship building to help teachers improve their practice and support students in their postsecondary aspirations. While she loves coaching and nerds out on college access, she has a deep passion for advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work. To that effect she co-leads her region’s DEI training and work, focusing on the practice of Liberatory Consciousness. She also co-leads her staff’s BIPOC affinity space.
Payal has been in the field of education for 12+ years. Before working at OneGoal she was a high school social studies teacher in both NYC and Chennai, India. Payal earned her bachelor’s degree in South Asian history and education from Barnard College and a Master of Education from Stanford University. If you want to know more, check out Payal’s LinkedIn profile here.
It is very important to Payal to remain active in her community beyond her work. To that effect, Payal has volunteered on the Anti-Violence Project’s crisis hotline since 2018, specializing in LGBTQIA+ support. Additionally, Payal recently became certified as a rape crisis counselor and volunteers with the Crime Victims Treatment Center as a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor advocate in NYC’s emergency departments. Beyond her work, Payal loves chive momos, walking irrational distances, llamas, and spending time with her incredible, enormous family.
Ray Reyes is the founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Boroughs as well as the Managing Director of Programs at The Opportunity Network. As Managing Director of Programs, Ray oversees OppNet’s Fellows Program to ensure top program management, curriculum development, and student impact. Prior to joining OppNet in 2009, Ray was an Assistant Director and Career Counselor at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. Ray received his B.A. in English from Rowan University and his M.A. in Higher Education from NYU. While in graduate school, he worked as a graduate assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Wasserman Center. Ray is a 2017 Council for Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and co-chair of their Alumni Board. He also participated in the second cohort of the NYU Senior Leaders Fellowship Program that focuses on adaptive leadership approaches, reflective practices and expanding connections to other visionary leaders reshaping the field of education.
Rhea helps nonprofits raise more money. Though she has deep experience with institutional, corporate and event fund-raising, she is most excited about major individual donors and helping organizations to establish individual giving programs. She has raised millions of dollars in private philanthropy and is passionate about building the next generation of fundraising leaders, particularly leaders of color.
She has become a leader in the New York nonprofit community and is a frequent educational commentator in the media. She has been recognized with the SmartCEO Brava Award in 2015 and NY Nonprofit Media’s 40 under 40 in 2017. For more information about Rhea, please see her LinkedIn Profile here. Rhea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and the World’s Most Spoiled Dog, Stevie Wonderdog. When she is not raising money for causes she loves, she can be found hosting her podcast Nonprofit Lowdown, onstage as a newbie stand-up comedian in downtown Brooklyn, or browsing for statement eyewear. For more information, check out rheawong.com.
Rishi is the founder of Rising Road Digital and has years of digital marketing experience transforming the marketing of dozens of organizations. He has helped drive significant increases in revenue, donations, signups, engagement. He has significant experience with Google Ad Grants for Nonprofits, social media advertising, Google Analytics, and more. He has worked with a significant range of non-profits, from well known national organizations to smaller regional non-profits. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and is currently getting his MBA at NYU Stern.
Ruth has been a nonprofit leader for over 25 years, 15 of which she spent at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City where she played a central role in its expansion. It was at that organization that she fostered a deep appreciation for inclusion as far as education and opportunity, which successfully propelled the students to greater achievement. As CEO of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a NYC-based college access and success program for underserved youth, for the past eight years, she aligns strongly with the HEAF vision of providing a continuum of educational, development, leadership, and personal resilience opportunities.
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. She was honored to be the youngest alum ever awarded the Goucher College Excellence in Public Service Award. In 2014, she was profiled as a CEO in the NY Times Corner Office, which featured her passion and motivation for “things I want to be a part of.”
Sara K. Gould is a seasoned, strategic leader and executive; an executive coach; and a thought leader, advocate, collaborator and mentor. Her areas of expertise include strategic program design, coaching, nonprofit management, philanthropic advising, women’s and social justice philanthropy, and fundraising.
Following a year as the activist-in-residence at Smith College, Gould is currently co-directing the College’s Steinem Initiative. The Initiative brings a new tool – women’s and gender history – into organizing. It is experimenting in this arena by: 1) working with organizations to pilot new ways to use history in current campaigns, 2) creating new curriculum at Smith through which organizations collaborate directly with faculty and students, 3) implementing an activist-in-residence program, and 4) initiating the Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers.
Gould spent nearly 25 years at the Ms. Foundation for Women, serving as president and CEO from 2004 to 2010. Early in her tenure, she spearheaded the creation of the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Economic Development, a pioneering initiative in the field of microenterprise that leveraged more than $12 million to support organizations assisting low-income women to create their own jobs, while engaging funding partners and grantees in a learning and evaluation process. She is also the creator of the Ms. Foundation Institute on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a field- and capacity-building convening that brought together some 250 women activists and advocates from around the country regularly over a 15 year period.
As the Foundation’s president, Ms. Gould expanded its grantmaking directed at organizations that create meaningful connections — across issues, movements, constituencies, and geographies — to engage more women and men in working for sustainable change in both public policy and the broader culture. She also established the Katrina Women’s Response Fund immediately after the levees broke in New Orleans in 2005. The Fund granted nearly $3 million in Louisiana and Mississippi to organizations building the leadership of women of color and low-income women to impact the recovery and rebuilding process.
In 2011-12, Gould served as the Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Fellow at the Foundation Center where she advised the Center on its work with global women’s funds, led a study of progressive public foundations in the US, and researched and promoted activities to elevate the profile of social justice philanthropy. She also authored Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy.
Gould then served for nearly two years as the associate director of Caring Across Generations, a national campaign (led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Jobs with Justice) to bring about change in the long-term home care system in the US, for the benefit of both people who receive care and the workers who provide it.
Gould is also an executive and organizational coach in the nonprofit arena, focusing on building capacity through developing leaders and teams.
Gould holds a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. She has received the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Funding Network and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the National Council for Research on Women. She currently serves as the board chair of the National Immigration Law Center, and as vice-chair of the board of the Proteus Fund.
Sevonna Brown is the Co-Executive Director at Black Women’s Blueprint. She leads the Safer Childbirth cities initiative in Brooklyn through Merck for Mother’s. She dedicates her work to maternal health around the globe and strategies for women’s health in Ghana and the U.S. she is also the founder of Sanctuary for Integrative Medicine. She is also recognized as a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow for her writing through the Op/Ed Project. Her work has been published in Ebony, TIME Magazine, ForHarriet, and Rewire News. She serves on the board of Children of Combahee, which mobilizes against child abuse in Black churches using womanist pastoral and theological methods. She is a reproductive health advocate and doula. Her organizational affiliations include Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute and Standing in Our Power: A Women of Color Transformative Leadership Institute. She has been featured in the documentary “The Business of Birth Control” directed by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.
Sevonna received the ELLA Fellowship through the Sadie Nash Leadership Program where she brings reproductive justice to young women of color through grassroots organizing. Through Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Sevonna has engaged in youth advocacy and young women’s organizing.
Sevonna Brown has lived in NYC and worked in New York City alongside human rights agencies, non-profit organizations, the New York City Council, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and many other agencies. Her work has intersected with many local businesses and agencies that offer reproductive and holistic health.
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.
With more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson has successfully led fundraising operations for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, launching creative event, sponsorship and marketing initiatives that produced new streams of both contributed and earned income. Her fundraising expertise includes securing foundation, corporate, and government funding and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio.
In addition to leading YFJ Consulting, LLC, Yolanda is the Founder of WOC, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy® and President of Women In Development (WID), NY, the NYC area’s premier professional organization for women in fundraising and philanthropy. Yolanda has also had an outstanding career as a performing artist, as a composer, as a producer, as an educator, and she has used her background as a performer to become a sought-after fundraising expert.
Her leadership roles include: serving as an International Advisory Board member and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development to the United Nations; a member of the board of directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery; a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson River Museum and a member of the PowHerNY board of directors. A trailblazing figure on the national fundraising landscape, Yolanda is the first African American President in the 40-year history of WID. She co-established the WID Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and is often a featured expert on incorporating DEI initiatives into organizational culture. She has appeared as a panelist at Fundraising Day in New York, the Women’s Alliance National Conference and CASE events among others. Yolanda is also a member of the Chronicle of Philanthropy Advisory Committee of national leaders in the non-profit sector.
Tying together her life as a successful performing artist and a non-profit leader, she developed All the World’s A Stage, a special workshop using performance practice for getting what one wants out of fundraising, philanthropy and life. She presents All the World’s A Stage to audiences across the country. Yolanda is the Worship Leader/Music Director at the church she attends, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity and is on the artist roster for Random Access Music/Queens New Music Festival and the newly formed Westchester Chamber Soloists Orchestra. She holds a B.A. in Voice (Music Performance) and an M.A. in Arts Administration with a focus on Fundraising and Events and is the author of various publications and articles on event fundraising, including A Useful Guide for Special Events.
Yvonne Moore brings over 25 years of experience in the government, civil society, and philanthropic sectors to their work in providing strategic and tailored philanthropic advisement and solutions to families, individuals and institutions. Prior to launching Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne was the Chief of Staff to filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney where she oversaw the family’s network of media, philanthropic and advocacy organizations. She ran the family’s private foundation, provide advisement on their personal philanthropic giving, both charitable and political, and led their expansion into international giving in 2008. With the launch of Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne and her team work with clients to help advance their philanthropy in a way that makes sense for them and the communities they seek to serve, whether they choose to use traditional grantmaking or more complex social investment vehicles. With a particular expertise in cross-border giving and in managing family dynamics, the firm provides a range of client services from formulating giving strategies, conversations with next generation family members, navigating and resolving challenges around family dynamics, as well as grants administration for funds, trusts and foundations.
Over the span of her philanthropic career, Yvonne has grown an impressive network of both colleagues and grantee partners in both the U.S. and abroad, and brings those connections to bear in her client relationships. She has successfully forged connections with foreign government officials, built strong relationships with grassroots organizations and community advocates, and successfully co-developed projects in the most challenging of environments, including post-conflict and slum communities, and most recently the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Having spent the bulk of her last 18 years focused primarily on the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, she has gained a significant level of knowledge and experience in specific issue areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, alternative energies, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health, and organizational sustainability and management.
Before joining the philanthropic sector in 1999, Yvonne spent 10 years working in child protection and advocacy, and is co-author of the report Bridges to Independence: Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Youth Served by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. Yvonne holds a BA from Texas Tech University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She has completed post-graduate studies in democracy and civil society at the University of Cape Town, and nationalism, post-conflict violence and gender at the University of Lower Silesia in Poland. Yvonne serves as a trustee of The Daphne Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, Philanthropy New York, and Faces of Giving. She also serves as an advisor to the Triskeles Foundation, the Accountability Council, and Jola House Liberia.