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  • Aalap Shah

    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

    Alejandra Naranjo is Director of International Philanthropy for Tecnologico de Monterrey, a secular and coeducational private university based in Monterrey, Mexico, which has grown to include 31 campuses throughout the country. One of only 45 universities in the World to be ranked with 5 QS Stars, it is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Alejandra is responsible for attracting donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations, from the USA and the rest of the world. Before, she was Vice President of Development for The New York Women’s Foundation, where she developed and executed, with her team, strategies to increase individual and planned giving, events, and corporate partnerships.

    Prior, she was the Director of Advancement for The American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City, a 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 master’s 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

    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

    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 Nguyen

    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

    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

    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 Luneau
    After 20 years as a development professional in the arts, Anni Luneau founded Umlaut – Modifications Emphasizing You, a consulting organization dedicated to assisting small arts nonprofits in creating personalized solutions for their unique problems. Needing to transition into a new profession after her career as a professional dancer concluded, she obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law due to the dearth of nonprofit professional programs at that time. She now proudly serves as an adjunct professor at Baruch College’s excellent nonprofit Masters program.
  • Barron (Buzz) Tenny

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Archer

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Daonese Johnson-Colón

    Daonese Johnson-Colón is an innovative leader with 12 years of experience in nonprofit administration and workforce management. She has dedicated her career to building spaces that promote leadership, inclusivity, and equity to foster personal and professional development in education and criminal justice reform. Currently, Daonese serves as the Vice President of Operations/COO for JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). Prior to joining JLUSA, Daonese served as Chief of Staff at the John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity. Daonese is an adjunct lecturer for John Jay College’s Accelerate Complete Engage (ACE) program and faculty mentor for the New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship and Justice Capital Initiative Fellowship. She is also a trained conflict resolution mediator. A recipient of the NAACP Minority Achievement Recognition Award, Daonese graduated Summa cum Laude with a Master’s in Legal Studies from Kaplan University.

  • Darwin Davis

    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 Baboolall

    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.

  • Diane Johnson

    Dr. Diane J. Johnson has almost 30 years experience in the business, public and social sectors in a multitude of roles. They include change management consultant, trainer and executive coach, program director, evaluator and researcher, fundraiser, communications/pr lead, and organizational culture specialist. Extraordinarily skilled, purpose-driven, highly intuitive and analytical, Dr. Johnson, Ph.D. is CEO and Founder of Mmapeu Organizational Consulting. Mmapeu is a South African name that means “woman who carries ideas.” Mmapeu Consulting, a national consulting firm has trained, consulted and worked with more than 11,500 mission-driven individuals, businesses and organizations.

    Clients include not-for-profits; colleges, universities and K-12 educational institutions; local, state, and federal governmental agencies; socially responsible businesses; multinational corporations; community based organizations; philanthropic entities; arts and culture groups; activists; volunteer associations and researchers. Dr. Johnson is the author of several books, including Proud Sisters, The Wit & Wisdom of African- American Women; Mother Love (which collectively have sold more than 170,000 copies), and The Cultural Diversity Fieldbook (with over half a million downloads).

  • Dipty Jain

    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
    Don Waisanen is a Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the Presidential Awards for Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Scholarship. He teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including strategic communication, executive communication skills, and seminars on leadership, storytelling, and improvisation. All of Dr. Waisanen’s research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices, including the recently published Leadership Standpoints: A Practical Framework for the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders (Cambridge University Press), Improv for Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs (State University of New York Press), Real Money, Real Power?: The Challenges with Participatory Budgeting in New York City (Palgrave Macmillan; with Daniel Williams), Immigration and Strategic Public Health Communication: Lessons from the Transnational Seguro Popular Project (Routledge; co-authored with Robert Smith and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa) and Political Conversion: Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication (Rowman & Littlefield). Previously, Dr. Waisanen worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He is the founder of Communication Upward, an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University and New York University, and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
  • Edith Asibey

    Edith Asibey is the Principal of Asibey Consulting, a consulting firm that helps mission-driven organizations take audiences from intention to action. She is an Adjunct Professor of Communications and Marketing at Columbia University. Prior to these roles, Edith led advocacy, partnerships and communication for UNICEF in Brazil, where she launched innovative digital work partnering with Google, Facebook and others. She was also the Chief Communication Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest limited-life foundation in the world.

  • Ella Baff

    Ella Baff is an independent consultant who works with a wide range of cultural organizations, artists, producers, educators, philanthropists and funders. She is based in New York City. As 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 and cultural practices, granting approximately $65M annually. Prior to her work at Mellon, Ella was the Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow, a 225-acre historic site that encompasses a multi-venue international dance festival, 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 reserves. Jacob’s Pillow was also designated a National Historic Landmark and was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at the White House. As Program Director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, Ella worked with cultural organizations and artists who practice traditional, classical, pop, and experimental forms in the US and around the world. She presented and commissioned theater, music, dance and interdisciplinary art in five venues. She initiated and designed education and public programs on campus and in diverse Bay Area communities. Ella has designed and implemented community-dedicated programs in a variety of other 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. As a funder, she supported preservation and public access to the archives of cultural organizations. Ella 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 awards 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 forProgrammatic 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; Colby College’s Lunder Institute of American Art and The Writers Center; SUNY Purchase; and the Berklee College of Music. She has served on the Board of Directors of MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), and is currently Senior Advisor to the Batsheva Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, designed by Sir David Adjaye, opening in 2024. Her independent consulting work includes: Mentor for the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows Program/Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs; a report on Jazz for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; strategic planning for Greylock Works, a 9-acre c.1800 former cotton-spinning factory re-imagined for regional revitalization; strategic planning for the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center; fundraising for the San Francisco International Arts Festival; individual coaching for the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens; marketing and development for Playing on Air, a podcast for theater; strategy for Sound & Painting, LLC, an international soundscape and visual design company; advisor to composer Tania Léon/Composers Now.

  • Erika Bernabei

    Erika Bernabei, PhD, Co-Principal at Equity & Results, connects intentions to accountability and impact in service of Black, Indigenous and communities of Color and our collective humanity. Through Equity & Results, Erika leads the strategic design and implementation of whole organization and collaborative work to achieve racially equitable results. Equity & Results uses antiracist principles, developed by the People’s Institute and elders, scholars and organizers throughout time, to transform how systems work and strategically disrupt common practices and replace them with actions that address the root causes of the problem. Erika is an expert in 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. Erika is a member of the Antiracist Ecosystem of practitioners who work together for greater antiracist impact. She holds an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from New York University.

  • Farra Trompeter

    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

    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.

  • Fred Lane

    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,, 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

    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 Benedict

    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

    Jamie Lonie supports the digital communications and marketing needs of Asibey Consulting’s clients. He has several years of experience in traditional and digital nonprofit communications, amplifying social justice causes and movements for equity. After moving from Edinburgh at a young age, Jamie quickly traded his Scottish brogue for a Tennessee drawl. After college, he began his career as a PK-5 science teacher in the Houston Independent School District. As a result of his classroom experience, he has focused his career on digital communications for education nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations – especially those working to support schools, students, and families.

    In this capacity, Jamie has served as a digital media specialist for global organizations like the Education Commission and the Global Business Coalition for Education, managing digital content across these organizations’ websites, blogs, email campaigns, and social media channels. Previously, Jamie helped develop Teach For America’s national social media strategy as Director of Social Media Community and supported local communications for the organization’s Houston region as Director of Communications and Marketing.

    Today, Jamie helps a variety of clients working domestically and internationally assess their current digital presence, understand the broader online conversations around their area of work, and strategize how to best leverage digital tools to better engage supporters online.

    Jamie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, which he earned while teaching elementary science.

    Recently, Jamie was named a member of the University of Tennessee’s 2021 Volunteer 40 Under 40 list and was awarded the 2010 Public Relations Alumni of the Year for his service to his alma mater. Jamie is the President of the university’s New York alumni chapter and on the Board of Visitors for the College of Communications & Information. During his tenure, he organized remote nonprofit internships for communications students during the pandemic and helped raise thousands of dollars in scholarships for freshmen.

  • Janet Rossbach

    With over 20 years leading Alumni Relations offices, Janet B. Rossbach is a noted expert in the “belonging business.” She brings her expertise to all that she does to cultivate community, engage volunteers, and nurture affinity networks, including currently producing over 130 events each year for Baruch College’s 160,000 alumni worldwide. Janet also supervises volunteer recruitment and stewards mentoring programs that serve over 1200 students a year. Janet is passionate about career education, leadership development, and employee/community relations, and is an experienced career coach, mentor and nonprofit advisor through the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and the New York Community Trust Fellows Program. Janet holds a BA cum laude from Georgetown University, an MS in Management from New School University, and a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology from New York’s Flourishing Center. Janet is the current Director, Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement at Baruch College and has led Alumni Relations offices for Columbia Business School, Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts.

  • Jean Lobell

    Jean believes deeply in the reservoir of talent and resources in the social sector. Partnering with clients on leadership and organizational development, board governance, talent management, strategic planning, organizational assessments and DEI projects, her goal is to advance her clients’ transformative journeys. While committed to her own personal racial equity journey, she also seeks to advance DEI and racial equity initiatives in the social sector. Jean also has extensive experience in restructuring, teambuilding, 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.

  • Joan Malin

    Joan Malin is now retired having worked in the non profit sector and in NYC government for several decades. She currently is a consultant at the Support Center for Nonprofits and is the Board Chair for Project Guardianship, a new organization providing an innovative person centered approach to legal guardians  She was appointed CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) in March 2000.  PPNYC provides the full range of reproductive health care services in five centers to nearly more than 64,000 New Yorkers annually,  educational interventions for adolescents, sex ed workshops, peer education, technical assistance, and professional training to communities throughout the city, and advocacy on behalf of reproductive health. In addition PPNYC is the home of Project Street Beat, a street-based HIV prevention and linkage-to-care program.

    Ms. Malin came to PPNYC after four years as chief executive of the Bowery Resident’s Committee, Inc. (BRC)— a multi-service agency which provides over 20 social services and housing programs for adults with limited resources including the homeless, hungry, chemically dependent, psychiatrically disabled, persons with AIDS and the aged.

    Prior to BRC, Ms. Malin served in the New York City Department of Homeless Services for four years, first as Deputy Commissioner for Program Planning, then as Commissioner. Ms. Malin is a veteran of three New York City Mayoral administrations during which she has overseen delivery of home-care and protective services for adults, has managed the City’s senior centers and worked extensively to address the needs of the City’s homeless population.

    Ms. Malin holds a BA in Urban Studies from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Malin has served on the boards of Brooklyn Community Services, the Youth Services Opportunities Project, the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, and the International Program Committee of American Friend Service Community.  Ms. Malin was also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of New York University.

  • Kary Perez

    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.

  • Kristina Mevs-Apgar

    As Culture Change Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Kristina leverages the power of culture to change perceptions and behaviors related to and impacting domestic workers and the communities that comprise the sector including women of color and immigrants. Kristina develops opportunities to drive and amplify NDWA’s culture change goals and strategies through social impact campaigns, strategic and creative partnerships, cultural organizing, influencer engagement and the creation of unique content. Kristina led NDWA’s award winning social impact campaign for the Academy Award winning film Roma alongside Participant.

    Kristina serves as an executive producer of the podcast Sunstorm, co-hosted by Ai-jen Poo and Alicia Garza and is a co-founder of Storyline Partners, a collective of non-profit organizations that collaborates with the entertainment industry to seed new narratives in television and film. Kristina spent 15 years in the entertainment industry as an actress (90210, Privileged, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) before moving into advocacy. She was a regional field organizer with Organizing for America, President Obama’s grassroots re-election team in 2012 and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science.

  • Leslie Goldman

    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 Gottlieb

    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

    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

    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 (, 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.

  • Joe Luesse

    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, program 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; a 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 earned an EdM in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.

  • John Macintosh

    John spends much of his time exploring new ways that SeaChange might help nonprofits facing complex challenges. Prior to joining SeaChange in 2008, John was a partner at Warburg Pincus in that global private equity firm’s New York, Tokyo, and London offices. At Warburg Pincus, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s expansion into several new international markets and industry segments, designed the firm’s investment performance and measurement system, was co-head of professional development, and served as a director of 16 portfolio companies. John remains involved with Warburg Pincus as a limited partner. Earlier in his career John worked as a software engineer in Tokyo and a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. John did a mid-life masters in philosophy at the London School of Economics. At the same time, and in conjunction with Lord Richard Layard of the Centre for Economic Performance (at the London School of Economics) and Dr Martin E.P. Seligman of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, he coordinated a three-year program in resilience-building and depression prevention for more than 3,000 children across 25 middle schools in the United Kingdom. John has a BSE from Princeton University and a MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. In conjunction with his role at SeaChange, he serves as an observer on a number of nonprofit boards (or finance committees), is a trustee of the John Jay Foundation, the Brooklyn Heights Association, and the Putney School, and is an equity investment advisor to MicroVest Capital Management.

  • Lori Roth Gale

    Lori Roth Gale is the founder of Strategic Learning Associates, a consulting group that provides intensive professional development for mission-driven organizations, working with management, staff, and boards. Services include organization development, professional education program assessment, education design, executive coaching, research and data analysis.

    Lori is a part-time Assistant Professor at the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School. She teaches Master’s-level seminars on Management and Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, Organization Diagnosis, and capstone project research. Lori served on the Executive Education Faculty at Columbia Business School from 2004-2010 and as the executive director of Columbia’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management from 1996-2004.

    She works with a wide range of clients in the not-for-profit and public sector. Recent clients include AHRC, AJC, Astor Services for Children and Families, New York Community Trust, Partnership for Afterschool Education, The New School, United Nations, United Way of NYC, Westchester Community Foundation.

    Lori earned her doctorate (EdD) in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Management (MPPM) and Brandeis University (BA). She also holds a certificate in Organization Development and Human Resource Management (ODHRM) from Teachers College.

  • Mark Lipton

    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). 

  • Marti Fischer

    Marti is a New York City based consultant, executive coach, blogger and speaker who specializes in taking the ‘scary’ out of career transitions and transforming managers into leaders. Since 2006, she’s worked with interns to CEO’s to board members, helping them successfully manage interpersonal communications, develop leadership skills, and get or craft the jobs they want. She offers individual coaching, staff and board trainings and retreats to create workplaces where everyone feels valued and heard. Marti came to this work after 15+ years in the advertising and television industries. When not working, she’s traveling, skiing, trying to hit a golf ball, or prowling around the Met. Marti lives in Harlem with her family.

  • Mary Pender Greene

    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

    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.

  • Melissa Shillingford

    Melissa has always been a fierce advocate for justice. Melissa is currently the Senior Director of Programs and Impact for National Urban Fellows, which develops accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, particularly people of color and women, to be leaders and change agents in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity. She has previous served as the Director of Leadership Trainings at JustLeadershipUSA, a national organization where she organized leadership development and advocacy trainings across the country for formerly incarcerated leaders. Prior to that, Melissa was the Director of Fellowships at the Institute for Justice & Opportunity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. There, she was responsible for developing and managing several fellowship programs for students passionate about youth justice, advocacy, and philanthropy. Before John Jay, she served in AmeriCorps at the Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University where one of her main projects was to develop and manage music mentorship programs for incarcerated young men at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Melissa earned a Project Management Certificate from Baruch College, CUNY, a joint Master’s degree in Human and Community Development and Urban Planning with concentrations in Community Studies and Outreach & Community Development for Social Justice from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earned her B.S from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and also participated in the National Urban Fellows-Executive Leadership and Coaching Program.

  • Michael Park

    My field is Organization Development; I use the tools and experiences of this field to help organizations achieve social impact through effective performance. I’ve worked as a teacher, an executive and manager, a consultant and a coach. As a native of Salt Lake City, UT, I learned early in life key lessons about inclusion, vision, and access. As a Lebanese Catholic kid in an unforgivingly White and Mormon environment, I experienced exclusion, but also the community of anyone else who was different. And as a closeted gay boy, I felt the power of social norms to silence voices, but also experienced how hidden differences opened imagination of how things could be different. These influences made me fascinated with the power of organizations to do good or evil, and a commitment to try and steer the resources of organizations to create a better world. Perhaps oddly, my first organizational work was in ministry, as a priest—this was a time when churches were potent forces for civil rights and social justice. When the compromises and constraints of that life became too great, I gained more professional skills and focused on organizations needing help to implement their visions of a changed world. At the Girl Scouts of the USA, I promoted program delivery structures to include population segments that were typically excluded. At Columbia Business School and The New School, I shared the best management education learnings with managers of vital social service not-for-profits. At Robin Hood Foundation, I ensured that our grantee partners had the knowledge and resources to implement best management practices in achieving their missions. In my coaching and consulting practice, I’ve worked with a broad range of for-profit and not-for-profit leaders to focus on humanistic change and organization designs that encourage people to bring their whole selves to the enormous tasks of creating social and economic value. My formal education includes a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School, an MA in Theology from the Catholic University of America, and a BA in Modern Language from the University of Utah. I am also a certified mediator and executive coach.

  • Michael Seltzer

    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.

  • Mino Lora

    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.

  • Muneer Panjwani

    As the VP of Foundation, Government, and Corporate Partnerships at The Trevor Project, Muneer’s team focuses on building impact centered and business-driven long-term partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and organizations to help end LGBTQ youth suicide.

    Muneer led the charge to secure Trevor’s first seven-figure partnership that launched a new, holistic corporate partnership model for the organization. In 3 years, this model has 8X’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, and an $8M partnership with PwC Charitable Foundation – the largest in Trevor’s 22-year history. Muneer is an expert on cause marketing, for-profit/not-for-profit partnerships, institutional fundraising, and corporate social responsibility. Muneer’s pronouns are he/him.

  • Nancy Wackstein

    Nancy Wackstein is a veteran human services leader in New York City in both the governmental and nonprofit sectors.

    Ms. Wackstein most recently served as Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, from which she retired in 2021.  She continues at Fordham as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for MSW students.

    Ms. Wackstein served from 2002 to 2015 as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of New York City’s 38 settlement houses and community centers.  Prior to UNH, she was the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a Manhattan settlement house, for 11 years.

    Ms. Wackstein served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from l990-91 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisor for Human Services in Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins’ Office from l986-l989.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Wackstein has served on many nonprofit Boards and NYC government task forces and commissions, and continues to do so.

    She received a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, SUNY, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW).  In 2009 Ms. Wackstein was inducted into the CUSSW Hall of Fame.  In 2013 Ms. Wackstein was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater Binghamton University.

  • Navid Ladha

    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.

  • Norma Tan

    Norma Tan, PhD is the principal of Cora Group, a woman- and minority- owned consulting practice established in 1988 to help organizations meet new workplace challenges through learning systems that promote the capacity for change and innovation. As a learning systems specialist, she advises clients on training, assessment, and evaluation to enhance their problem-solving capacity, using perspectives and information from diverse sources for effective decision-making. She also provides professional development and coaching to senior executives, managers and frontline staff to maximize their talent and leadership potential.

    In her consulting role, Norma helps organizations create systematic frameworks and use appropriate research methods to structure learning environments and processes, and to observe and measure change. Her clients have included many education and employment, healthcare and community-based service organizations and funders (e.g., American Foundation for AIDS Research; Annie E. Casey Foundation; Brooklyn College Community Partnership; Commonwealth Fund/Institute on Violence; Caribbean Women’s Health Association; CUNY School of Law; Excelsior College; Hetrick Martin Institute; Latinas on the Verge of Excellence; Labor-Management Project/SEIU1199; Mayday Fund; Nontraditional Employment for Women; Realizing Rights; Rebuilding Together; School Based Health Alliance; Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation). She has also consulted for corporations and industry associations (e.g., Alcoa; American Express; BovisLendlease; Cotton Incorporated; Pfizer; Standard & Poor’s; Simon & Schuster of Viacom; AT & T), and government agencies (e.g., San Francisco Fire Department & City Attorney’s Office; Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power; New York City Office of the Mayor; Administration for Children’s Services; Departments of Citywide Administrative Services, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Community Development, Education, Health; New York State Office of the Comptroller, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, Education Department).

    Norma brings a strong background in educational research and evaluation to her work. Prior to co-founding Cora Group, she was a program evaluator for the New York City School system and also held research director positions at New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and at Baruch College of the City University of New York. In all these positions she built institutional research capacity, conducting evaluation studies of educational programming for underserved children, youth and/or nontraditional college students to improve access, quality and retention and performance outcomes.

    Norma served as a group facilitator and coach for the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is certified in the use of Human Synergistics individual, team and organizational learning tools. She holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Columbia University.

  • Patty Machir

    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 Menon

    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 Kapadia

    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.

  • Pinky Vincent
    Pinky Vincent has results-based experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, advocacy, finance, and communications. She is a well-regarded speaker and writer on DEI, donor engagement, digital marketing, and mentoring. Pinky is part of the Development and Marketing team at the national nonprofit, Change Machine. Pinky also serves on the Board of Directors of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – NYC chapter and is a member of AFP Global’s investment committee. She can be reached on LinkedIn.
  • Ray Reyes

    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 Wong

    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

  • Rishi Malhotra

    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 Rathblott

    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 Gould

    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

    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.

  • Sonia Jarvis

    Professor Sonia R. Jarvis is an accomplished attorney and scholar whose research and teaching have focused on race, politics, and the media. Her legal practice focuses on civil rights, civil liberties, minority businesses and counseling nonprofit organizations. She served as a law clerk for renowned Federal Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. when he was the US District Court Judge for the Middle District of Alabama and also when he was elevated to become a US Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Jarvis has written several book chapters and papers and is currently focused on voter suppression in a book she is co-authoring entitled “States of Confusion: How New Voter ID Requirements Fail Democracy and What to Do About It” (under contract with NYU Press). An active member of several professional associations and academic organizations, she has served in a variety of administrative positions, including most notably as the Executive Director of the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc., and Managing Director of the Center for National Policy Review Clinic formerly based at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
    A frequent commentator on public and political issues, Professor Jarvis has testified before Congress and has been interviewed by almost every major media outlet in the country, such as National Public Radio, the Washington Post, PBS News Hour, and CNN. Prior to joining Baruch College, CUNY, she served as a Senior Consultant for the President’s Initiative on Race in the Clinton White House tasked with drafting its final report and has been invited to teach at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Georgetown University Law Center, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.

    Professor Jarvis has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on race and politics, public policy, intergroup dialogue, communications and media analysis, law and public policy, and women’s rights while bringing a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to the courses she teaches at Baruch. She first joined Baruch’s Marxe School of Public & International Affairs in 2004 as the Lillian & Nathan Ackerman Visiting Distinguished Associate Professor of Equality and Justice in America and was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Equality, Pluralism and Policy in 2007. Professor Jarvis graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science with Honors and Distinction, and a B.A. in Psychology, followed by a J.D. from Yale University Law School. She was recently acknowledged by Stanford University as its first African American Female Varsity Athlete in university history when she served as Captain of the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team.

  • Susan Ball

    Susan Ball’s credentials may be found here.

  • Toby Thompkins

    Toby is a Founding CEO of SAFIOO Inc. and a Trusted Advisor to CEOs and senior non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders and donors. Toby advises, speaks, vlogs and writes on social impact on the Blockchain, leadership, sustainability and DEI. SAFIOO Inc. is the socially conscious home for the Blockchain ecosystem. It provides data intelligence, leadership development, recruitment, personal and professional development for the growing community of talented professionals that are building their careers in Blockchain based organizations. Earlier in his career, Toby held Chief Diversity roles at Baxter Healthcare, and Amoco Oil. He has held senior roles in international development, multi-national corporations and global non-profit organizations including USAID, Accenture, Kraft General Foods and Tides Foundation. In 2016, he was selected as a Bellagio Fellow by The Rockefeller Foundation. Toby splits his time between Lisbon, Portugal, Miami, Florida, and New York City.

    You can reach him directly at:
    [email protected]

  • Yolanda F. Johnson

    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 Stagea 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

    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.