Gregg Behr is executive director of the Grable Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, an organization helping grantmakers share and improve practices to build strong, successful nonprofits. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Behr served as president of the Forbes Funds, another Pittsburgh-based foundation that supports nonprofit capacity building, research, and leadership development. Prior to assuming his position at the Forbes Funds, Mr. Behr practiced as a litigator with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a national law firm for which he remains of counsel. Mr.Behr additionally serves as founding director of the Content of Our Character Project, a nationally acclaimed ethics initiative featured in, among other outlets The New York Times, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, and the PBS documentary The Power of Integrity.
A recipient of a Truman Scholarship, Mr. Behr simultaneously received his law degree and MPP from Duke University. He also completed the Jane Addams Fellowship at Indiana University. He received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Behr serves as chair of the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and as a trustee for WQED Multimedia and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Additionally, he sits on advisory councils for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, and the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. Past volunteer leadership roles include service to Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh's Clean Campaign Committee, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the National Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, Independent Sector, and the Lincoln Legacy Exhibits. In 2002, Mr. Behr received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He was also awarded an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2003, Mr. Behr was selected as one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40.
Melissa Dyrdahl is an Executive in Residence at San Jose State University's Lucas Graduate School of Business where she advises the administration, faculty and students on business leadership, brand strategy and marketing, and she is a co-founder of Bring Light Inc. (www.bringlight.com), a website for social change that connects donors and charities for more informed and effective online fundraising. She is also on the board of Resource Interactive, the largest women-owned agency in the U.S.
Melissa is currently a Principal Consultant at Korora Partners, Inc., a team of industry leaders who share their business expertise with executive management teams.
Previously, Melissa was Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Adobe Systems where she was a member of the executive team responsible for growing the company from $800M to almost $3B.
Melissa led Adobe's global marketing organization, eventually becoming responsible for a team of over 500. Under her leadership and vision, the Adobe brand became one of the world's most recognized technology and consumer brands. In addition, Melissa was responsible for the company's philanthropy and community affairs and initiated the creation of the Adobe Foundation.
Prior to Adobe, Melissa held management positions at Apple Computer's software start up Claris (now FileMaker Inc.) and Hewlett-Packard.
Melissa is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Silicon Valley and Vice President of Marketing for the San Jose State University Alumni Association, and serves as a strategic adviser to several other nonprofits and internet start ups.
Melissa was named "Best Marketing Executive" by the American Business Award, is a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry award, was named one of San Jose's Distinguished Women in Business and was recently honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley. She is featured in the book 'We Are The New Radicals' by Julia Moulden.
Virginia Esposito is the founding President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. For more than 25 years, Ginny has been researching, writing and speaking on a broad variety of topics promoting philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donor families. Ginny has presented to thousands of philanthropic families and conferences throughout the United States and four continents.
She was the editor and principal author of Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation, and editor and author of the four-volume Family Foundation Library. In 2010, her two-year research project will be published, entitled The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy. In addition to her work on resources for family donors, Ginny edited Conscience & Community: The Legacy of Paul Ylvisaker, a volume of writings and speeches of the late Paul Ylvisaker, foundation trustee, educator, and former dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
Ginny is the first-ever Frey Foundation Visiting Scholar in Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center on Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In addition to her service on the board of Great Nonprofits, she serves on the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education and Independent Sector's Ethics and Accountability Committee. Ginny is a former vice president of the Council on Foundations, where she founded the Council's Program on Family Philanthropy.
For more than 30 years Peter has been a leader in philanthropy and enterprise development at the regional, national, and international level. Following two successful careers, first as an entrepreneur and then as college President, he was recruited in 1989 to become President and CEO of Community Foundation Silicon Valley (CFSV). Prior to CFSV, Peter was President of the Maine College of Art, a century old and highly intensive 4-year college of art and design, the largest cultural organization in Northern New England. Also in education, after his stint at CFSV, Peter served as Vice President for Development and Institute Relations at the California Institute of Technology.
Internationally, for almost 20 years Peter has been an advisor to developing sustainable community foundations in the former totalitarian countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In recognition of this service, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel appointed Peter to his Council of Advisors for the 2002 Nato Summit in Prague. And, as a member of the "TCFN Steering Committee", Peter also helped design and advise the 9-year Transatlantic Community Foundation Network collaboration of 40 foundations from the U.S. and abroad.
Peter was a successful entrepreneur prior to his extensive work in philanthropy. After receiving an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, he helped build a profitable specialty food company in San Francisco, later sold to a large British conglomerate. That experience, combined with decades in non profit work, affirmed his belief in the effectiveness of enterprise based solutions to poverty and social challenges. He has become an advocate for greater social venture funding and mission related investing. He has applied his skills to projects as diverse as: 1) helping to design a for profit Aboriginal-led eco-tourism site in the rain forests of Queensland, Australia; 2) serving on the Board of a mobile phone software start-up which enables the text-messaging of donations, which raised $40M in $10 donations for Haiti relief; 3) advising a bio-tech start-up company producing low cost vaccines in shelf stable pill form for distribution in third world countries.
Peter is the Founder and Principal of The Hero Group, which helps foundations, businesses, individuals and families increase the impact of their charitable giving. He also serves on the boards of Fight for Peace International, Sesame Workshop, Skoll Foundation, Thrive Research, and more.
Geoffrey W. Peters
A fundraiser, lawyer, and manager, Geoff's involvement with nonprofit organizations goes back more than thirty-five years. In addition to his service as a college president, dean and a faculty member at various educational institutions, Geoff has served as CEO or on Boards of Directors and in numerous other voluntary roles with various nonprofits. Geoff is president and CEO of CDR Fundraising Group.
Geoff is the former president of one of the United States' oldest direct mail fundraising agencies and formerly president of Creative Direct Marketing International, a global fundraising agency specializing in European and Asian countries. For more than a decade he worked with international charities and their U.S. and European staffs on their overall fundraising programs. While maintaining his international connections and interests, he has recently refocused his energies on assisting North American nonprofits with their development programs and consulting with international nonprofits on their global marketing strategies.
He is an internationally recognized expert on the regulation of nonprofits and their fundraisers in the U.S. and in Europe and is well known in North America as a volunteer attorney litigating landmark cases on behalf of nonprofits and the entire sector. In addition to his volunteer legal work Geoff is well known as a "fundraising guru," in the words of one sector publication.
Geoff's teaching credentials include more than eleven years of teaching at the graduate school level, presentations at more than 100 continuing education programs and regular contributions to courses on fundraising and direct response marketing. He has published more than 50 articles, book chapters and monographs on various topics. In 2005 and 2006 he was cited by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector in the United States. In 2006 he was recognized by FundRaising Success magazine as one of the top ten men in fundraising. Geoff served as president of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and recently completed service as board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the DMA-Nonprofit Federation. In March 2001 Geoff was awarded the DMA-Nonprofit Federation's Public Service Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the nonprofit community. In 2004 he was recognized by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington for his volunteer service.
Geoff has a breadth of knowledge about developing new fundraising programs in multiple markets. He currently works with clients developing integrated fundraising strategies and direct response fundraising programs in North America and consults with international NGOs on new market entry and global marketing strategies.
Frances Phillips is a senior program officer for the arts at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco. She serves on the boards of the California Alliance for Arts Education, CIF of the San Francisco Foundation, and Grantmakers in the Arts-for which she also serves as co-editor of its triquarterly publication, the Reader. Prior to working at the Haas Fund, Frances was Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts (1988-94) and Assistant Director and Director of the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University (1982-88). She continues to teach grantwriting and creative writing at San Francisco State. Frances is the author of three small press books of poetry and, with her husband Stan Hutton, co-author of The Nonprofit Kit for Dummies.
Bruce R. Sievers
Bruce Sievers is a visiting scholar and lecturer at Stanford University and adjunct professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco. He received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. He also studied at the Freie Universitat Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford University under a Leverhulme Dissertation Fellowship. He has taught political science and was a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. Sievers was the founding executive director of state humanities councils in Montana and California and served as executive director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a private foundation in San Francisco, from 1983 to 2002. His work in philanthropy has included serving on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations and chairing the board of the Northern California Grantmakers. In 2002, Sievers received the Outstanding Foundation Executive Award at the National Philanthropy Day celebration in Northern California.
He has published in academic journals in the field of political theory and in the Los Angeles Times and other journals on public affairs and philanthropy. His most recent publications are "If Pigs Had Wings: the Appeals and Limits of Venture Philanthropy," a lecture delivered in Georgetown University's Waldemar A. Nielsen Issues in Philanthropy Seminar series, and "Philanthropy's Blindspots" in Just Money: A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy. He is currently working on a book with the working title Between Public and Private: Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Fate of the Commons.
Mal Warwick has been raising money professionally since 1979 and has gained worldwide recognition as an author, consultant, and trainer. He has written or edited 19 books, including the standard texts How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters and Revolution in the Mailbox. Mal is founder and chairman of Mal Warwick Associates (Berkeley, Calif.), which specializes in direct mail, and has founded or co-founded three other companies that furnish data processing, telephone fundraising, and online fundraising and marketing services to nonprofits. He has been a popular speaker at AFP conferences throughout North America for nearly 20 years. Mal served as chair-elect of London-based Resource Alliance, which has organized the International Fundraising Congress for more than 25 years. A Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador in the 1960s, he has lived in Berkeley since 1969. Mal has received a number of awards, including the Max L. Hart Nonprofit Leadership Award by the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation in 2009, in recognition of his lifetime contributions to direct marketing. You may reach Mal through www.malwarwick.com or by e-mail at email@example.com.
David Weir is a veteran journalist and educator who has won over two dozen national awards, and taught journalism for more than 20 years at various universities, including U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Stanford. Previously, he's worked as a content executive at KQED Inc., Wired Digital, Salon.com, Excite@Home, MyWire and Predictify. He has also been a magazine editor at Rolling Stone, California, Mother Jones, Business 2.0, SunDance, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and 7x7. He is the former executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which he co-founded in 1977.
David has published hundreds of articles at outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, Stanford Business magazine, New York magazine, and The Nation; thousands of blog posts, including his long-running media blog at BNET; several screenplays, and three books, including "Raising Hell: How the Center for Investigative Reporting Gets Its Story."
Clam Lorenz leads nonprofit engagement for PayPal, the faster, safer way to accept donations online. PayPal is the leader in mobile payments – processing more than $10B in mobile transactions in 2012. We’re also a leader in nonprofit payments – over 200,000 North American organizations will receive $4B through PayPal products in 2012.
Clam was co-founder and head of operations for MissionFish, an award-winning social enterprise that powers fundraising programs for eBay and PayPal users. To date MissionFish has generated nearly $300M in unrestricted funding for nonprofits in the US, UK and Canada.
Clam got his start in the nonprofit sector at age 17 - working with at-risk youth through a local Boys & Girls Club – and spent more than 20 years in the sector in total. he is a contributor featured in the book, Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-Won Lessons for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs (Jossey-Bass, 2010). He has degrees from Mercer University and the University of Georgia, and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
David Bonbright, a lawyer by training, is founder and chief executive of Keystone, an effort to transform the fields of philanthropy and sustainable development through the introduction of systems and tools for planning, performance management, monitoring, and reporting that take constituency feedback seriously. Over his 24-year career in international philanthropy and sustainable development, David has consistently expanded the boundaries of thinking and practice, and successfully caused systemic change at the national level in two countries, with influence traceable across the world, forging networks and mobilizing tens of millions of pounds along the way.
His grantmaking expertise was honed in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and spans the gamut of social investment approaches-human rights, social service delivery, advocacy, capacity building, and economic development. In recent years he has concentrated increasingly on building the field of philanthropy, and has become a much-demanded consultant, speaker, and author at the frontiers of impact and performance evaluation, social entrepreneurship, "blended value" investing, communications technology for social change, capacity building, and the role of the independent citizen sector in complementing government and business contributions to sustainable development.
While with the Ford Foundation in the 1980s, he was declared persona non grata by the apartheid government in South Africa. In 1990 he returned to South Africa and led the development of key building blocks for civil society, including SANGONET (the first nonprofit Internet service provider), SANGOCO (the first national association of NGOs), SAGA (the first national association of grantmakers), and worked to reform the regulatory and tax framework for not-for-profit organizations. He also represented Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Africa, overseeing the election of the first few years of Ashoka's social entrepreneur fellowships in Africa. As a grantmaker and manager with Aga Khan Foundation (1997-2004), Ford Foundation (1983-87), Oak Foundation (1988-90), and Ashoka (1990-97), David has sought to evolve and test innovative approaches to strengthening citizen self-organization for social justice and sustainable development as an alternative to prevailing bureaucratic, top-down models. He was an early advocate of market-oriented solutions to social problems, importing social audit methodology to South Africa in the early 1990s to help businesses recognize and realize opportunities to create social value through core business activities.
David has authored and co-authored a number of reports and books, including Creating an Enabling Legal Framework for Nonprofit Organizations in Pakistan (Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, 2003), Enhancing Indigenous Philanthropy for Social Investment (Aga Khan Development Network, 2000), Philanthropy in Pakistan (Aga Khan Development Network, 2000), and Leading Public Entrepreneurs (Ashoka, 1997). He sits on the boards, advisory councils, and knowledge networks of CIVICUS Global Alliance for Citizen Participation (Chair of the CIVICUS Board Programme Committee), the Constant Gardener Trust, Global Action Network-Net (Co-Lead Steward of the Measuring Impact Community of Practice), Alliance magazine (editorial board, regular contributor, occasional guest editor), AccountAbility Forum, Allavida, the Johns Hopkins University Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, Goldman Foundation Environmental Awards, and the CIVICUS Civil Society Index. In 2003, he was elected as a Synergos Senior Fellow. David can be contacted at David@keystoneaccountability.org. Further information can be found at www.keystoneaccountability.org.
Phil Buchanan is President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and was the first CEP staff member hired in 2001. At CEP, Phil has built a research team, secured funding, developed a research agenda, managed the development and introduction of new performance assessment tools, and authored or co-authored CEP's major research reports.
Phil speaks regularly on issues of foundation effectiveness, foundation-grantee relations, foundation governance, and assessment of foundation performance at national and regional gatherings of foundation and nonprofit executives and trustees. He has experience in strategy consulting as a Principal at the Parthenon Group, where he worked with senior executives at a variety of companies to define strategies and assess performance. He also has significant nonprofit management experience at Wesleyan University, where he served as Special Assistant to the President, and Mount Holyoke College, where he was Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College.
Phil's writings on education, foundation, and management issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. He is a member of Independent Sector's Ethics and Accountability Committee and serves as a member and past President of the Board of Directors of the Children's Center of Lexington. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and received his undergraduate degree in government from Wesleyan University.
Keith Epstein is a Washington-based strategic and business intelligence adviser, investigator, award-winning writer and former BusinessWeek journalist who has specialized in covering the world of nonprofits and philanthropy for publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, and was a leader of two prominent investigative journalism nonprofits.
As a senior strategic advisor to leadership at AARP, among the nation’s most politically influential nonprofit member organizations, he guides key decision-makers with actionable, forward-looking competitive, business and political intelligence that identifies emerging challenges, opportunities and market conditions. As an independent investment researcher, he investigates and provides qualitative analysis of private and publicly traded companies, management teams and CEOs for mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity firms and large institutional investors. Subjects have included CEOs of multinational corporations, well-known entrepreneurs, and private equity targets in the U.S. and overseas.
Epstein has written for major newspapers and magazines, and directed original projects with national news organizations, scaling work and audience across multiple platforms for maximum impact.
Rob Gitin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of At the Crossroads (ATC), which reaches out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. He first became involved in working with homeless youth through an internship at Youth Outreach Program (YOP) in San Jose that was part of a service-learning course he took while he was an undergraduate at Stanford University in 1994. He continued to work full time or volunteer at this drop-in center and homeless shelter for teenagers throughout his last two years at Stanford and for one year after graduating. As a senior, he wrote an honors thesis that provided a historical perspective and contemporary overview on homeless youth that included interviews with homeless teenagers he worked with at YOP. After graduating in 1996, in addition to working as a YOP counselor, Rob was a teaching assistant for the service-learning course he had taken as an undergraduate, "Poverty and Homelessness in America," taught by Al Camarillo. His primary responsibility was to set up a pilot after-school tutoring program for children at two local shelters for homeless families. In April 1997, he was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship to start up ATC with his colleague Taj Mustapha, and has been working there ever since. ATC began providing services in early 1998.
Andy Goodman brings experience in advertising, radio, and television (where he wrote for the network comedies Dinosaurs and The Nanny) to his work as a communications consultant and trainer. Based in Los Angeles, he specializes in helping nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, and educational institutions reach more people more effectively. Andy was president of the Environmental Media Association from 1993 to 1998.
Andy publishes a monthly journal, Free-Range Thinking, to share best practices in public interest communications, and is author of the books Storytelling as Best Practice, Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes, and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He currently serves as a senior fellow for Civic Ventures, on the advisory board of VolunteerMatch, and was selected by Al Gore to train 1,000 people who are currently conducting presentations on global warming throughout the United States and around the world.
Andy Goodman 444 North Larchmont Blvd., Suite 102 Los Angeles, CA 90004 323.464.3956 (ph) - 323.464.5412 (fax) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.agoodmanonline.com
With over fifteen years in the marketing arena, Leo Haryono has shared his expertise with an impressive roster of high visibility online brands, providing them with the best in organic search engine optimization and marketing techniques, standards and methodology. Leo is currently the Director of SEO for Macys.com, where he oversees the development and execution of leading-edge web business strategies.
Leo has served as a senior SEO/SEM advisor to many internationally respected online retail, travel, news and entertainment sites, leveraging the creative utilization of SEO, SEM, viral marketing and social media. Prior to this, Leo served as Global Head of SEO & SEM of eBay Inc., shopping division. His growth strategies brought record increases in traffic and performance revenue as well as heightened SEO page rankings. Leo Haryono holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering as well as an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Bill Jackson is the founding president of GreatSchools.net, a nonprofit Web site that provides parents with information that helps them choose the right school for their children, support their children's learning, and improve schools in their communities. Under his leadership GreatSchools.net has grown to become the leading national source of information about K-12 information for parents, serving 3 million parents per month.
Bill was formerly a project director at Smart Valley Inc., where he helped create SmartVoter.org, an online guide to elections. Before that, Bill spent five years in the computer network industry and was a teacher in Hunan, China, and Washington, D.C. Bill has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yale University and is a graduate of the San Francisco Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
An avid public school volunteer, Bill has served on the board of directors of the San Francisco Education Fund and recently served as treasurer of two San Francisco school financing measures and a school board campaign. He was also recently appointed to the California "P-16 Council" by State Superintendent of Instruction Jack O'Connell and is member of the board of directors of the California Voter Foundation.
Victor Kuo, PhD, is Senior Evaluation Consultant at the Strategic Learning & Evaluation Center, FSG Social Impact Consultants. Victor has over a decade of experience managing evaluation projects and developing evaluation systems for some of the world's largest foundations. Previously, he was Evaluation Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; he also assisted in the implementation of the evaluation function at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He serves on the board of the American Evaluation Association and co-authored a chapter in Foundations and Evaluations: Contexts and Practices for Effective Philanthropy (2004).
Victor was an invited panelist at the inaugural Nonprofit Management Institute sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review and was sponsored by British Airways to explore the growth of philanthropy in greater China in 2009. Prior to entering philanthropy, Victor taught science at a public high school in California and received teaching awards from Toshiba America and Disney. Victor completed his undergraduate degree in Biology from Pomona College and a masters degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His PhD from Stanford University explored the social network of policy actors in public school reform.
Vivien Luk joined The Forbes Funds in the fall of 2005. Currently, her responsibilities as the Program Officer include all Tropman Fund research; R&D; evaluations; social innovations projects and directing all public policy and advocacy work of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, a coalition of about 350 area nonprofits. Outside of The Forbes Funds, Vivien is one of three co-founders of PGH Party for a Purpose (PPP -- www.pghpartyforapurpose.org), an organization that hosts fun, creative and affordable parties for diverse and young-minded individuals while raising funds and generating support for nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Vivien also serves on the board of the Human Services Center Corporation, the Strong Women Strong Girls Advisory Council, the grants committee at the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern PA, and is a member of the World Affairs Council Young Professionals Initiative. In 2008, she was recognized as one of Pittsburgh Magazine's "40 Under 40." Vivien received a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master of science in public policy and management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a native of San Jose, California.
Jan Masaoka is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. She recently left her position of 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (www.compasspoint.org), a consulting and training firm for nonprofits based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Masaoka is currently Director and Editor in Chief of Blue Avocado, a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. She writes the Board Cafe, now a column in Blue Avocado. She authored The Best of the Board Cafe (published by the Wilder Foundation) and her research work includes recent studies on female executive directors of color, executive director tenure, all-volunteer organizations, and nonprofit space and occupancy needs. She is a frequent keynote speaker and contributor to nonprofit journals.
Masaoka's community activities include formerly serving as the chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (www.apiwellness.org), and as the founding chair of San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds (www.cifunds.org). She was a member of the Governance and Fiduciary Working Group of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector convened to advise the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Masaoka has completed two terms on the Telecommunications Commission of the City and County of San Francisco. She is currently on the board of New America Media and on the Advisory Board for Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Masaoka has been named one of the "Fifty Most Influential People" in the nonprofit sector nationwide eight times, and in 2003 she was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by The NonProfit Times.
Drew McManus is a technology product executive and an advisor to startups.
As VP of Product for Pivotal Labs, Drew is responsible for Design and Product Management, extending Pivotal's renowned software development practice to include these new service offerings to clients.
Drew was previously the principal and founder of Road 3, a consultancy dedicated to helping turn ideas into successful products. Road 3 worked with a wide variety of clients--from two-founder startups to Fortune 100 companies, including AT&T and HP.
Drew co-founded Bring Light, a web service to help nonprofits reach new donors and raise funds online. Drew and his business partner conceptualized the design, invented the business model, directed the development of the site, and raised an initial round of funding from a group of angel investors that included Ron Conway. Bring Light was acquired in 2011 by Rally.org, a social fundraising platform. Drew now serves as an advisor to Rally.
Previously Drew spent 12 years at Adobe Systems in various senior management roles including Director of Corporate Product Management. He has also worked at Apple Computer, and Apple's software subsidiary, Claris Corporation. During his career, he has managed numerous products from concept to completion, including the launch of Adobe's first consumer digital imaging product, which became the number one selling product in its category and earned Drew the Software Publishers Association Codie Award.
As a representative of many men and women who help make a difference in the world, Drew is featured in the book We Are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World by Julia Moulden.
William F. Meehan III (Founding Advisory Board Member)
William F. Meehan III is currently the Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Social Innovation and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Meehan also serves as a Director of Juniper Networks, Inc.
Meehan served at McKinsey and Company Inc. for 30 years, where he was most recently Senior Director. At McKinsey, he had extensive experience working with chief executives and senior leaders in technology, private equity, retailing, financial services, and media. His focus included top management strategy, organization, and leadership, including assisting more than a dozen new CEOs in shaping their agenda.
In addition to his service to clients, Meehan held many leadership roles with the firm. As a member of the Shareholders Council, McKinsey's board, he was chair of the Client Committee, which is responsible for all client-oriented polices of the firm. In addition, he chaired the Firm Investments Committee, which oversees more than $4 billion of investments through the McKinsey Investment Office. He was formerly vice chair of the Directors Review Committee, co-chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice, chair of the West Coast practice, and managing director of the San Francisco office.
Meehan is also a regular writer and speaker on the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors with a focus on strategy, governance, and performance measurement. He is lecturer in strategic management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he teaches "Strategic Management of Nonprofits," as well as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Social Innovation and a member of the Stanford Social Innovation Review's board of advisors.
Meehan is a member and former chair of the board of Philanthropic Research Inc., which operates GuidesStar.org, the preeminent information source on the nonprofit sector; a member and former chair of the board of directors for the United Way of the Bay Area; a member of the board of the San Francisco Symphony; a member of the California Business Roundtable; and former member of the California Chamber of Commerce, the Committee on JOBS, and the boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Fordham Prep.
Nicole Molinaro is the Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC), a dropout prevention program working with educationally at-risk kids from first grade through age 21. CISPAC serves 2,000 children and youth a year in three Alternative Learning Academies and through working in public schools providing programming during the school day, after school, and during the summer. Before beginning at CISPAC, Nicole served in various non-profits, including Adagio Health, Women's Center & Shelter, and Allegheny County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Nicole is involved in many professional activities, including serving on the Advisory Team for the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, the Steering Committee for Govern For Kids, and the Planning Committee for the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference. Her various volunteer activities focus primarily on kids; she volunteers for Hip Hop On LOCK (music/arts education program), serves as Board Chair for Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, and is a Sunday School teacher and youth leader at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She also serves on the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit store promoting global fair trade. Nicole was honored as a 40 Under 40 award recipient in November 2007 and as a National Association of Women Business Owners' Make the Connection awardee in April 2010.
Fay Morgan is Executive Director of North Hills Community Outreach near Pittsburgh, PA. Under her direction the organization has grown from serving 300 low-income families to over 4,000 annually. During her tenure NHCO has received local and national acclaim. In both 2004 and 2005, NHCO was one of three finalists for the Wishart Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management given by the Forbes Funds. In 2004 NHCO received the $25,000 Managing for Excellence Award from United Way of Allegheny County and Robert Morris University's Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management.
In 2003 and 2004, President George W. Bush cited NHCO as an outstanding example of compassionate and effective programming during national speeches. In 2006 the Pittsburgh Post Gazette named Fay one of Pittsburgh's top 50 female leaders. In 1997 Fay received the ATHENA Award from the Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce for professionalism and excellence in community service.
Fay holds a BA in Social Welfare from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Education from University of Toledo. In 2005, she attended the nonprofit leadership certificate program at Harvard University.
Fay was a beta tester for greatnonprofits.org and its first review monitor.
Nish is the Director of Marketing at Giftly, an SF-based start-up making giftcards more personal and customizable. Nish currently serves on the board of The United Way Bay Area, as well as boards of a few internet start-ups including Signpost, TheIceBreak and of course GreatNonprofits. Before working at Giftly, he led marketing and community efforts at Yelp as Brand Director. To keep even busier, he started a hype clothing line called Rich Kid Cool as a side project.
Hope is the Founder and CEO of Hope Consulting, a boutique strategy firm focused on the social sector. Hope Consulting works with the world's leading foundations and nonprofits, to craft strategies for maximum social change. Clients and funders range from the Rockefeller Foundation to Population Services International.
Prior to Hope Consulting, Hope was a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates, a boutique strategy firm serving Fortune 500 clients. At Marakon, Hope worked with senior leadership of publicly traded healthcare, hospitality, and retail companies on growth strategy. Hope also previously worked at the World Bank, focusing on the design and supervision of a $270M portfolio in health, HIV prevention, rural development, and emergency relief.
Hope holds a MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College, where she graduated with departmental distinction. She has been named an Emerging Leader by the National Council for Community Economic Development.
Susan Nesbitt is currently an independent consultant where she is combining her unique experience in technology and service for high impact, social good engagements. She is working with clients such as Water for People, Institute of International Education/State Department and Craig Newmark. Susan previously was deputy director at Craigslist Foundation, overseeing all program development and supported craigslist Charitable Fund and Craig Newmark's philanthropic endeavors. During this time, Susan was also founding team member of the service aggregation engine All for Good. Deeply involved in all aspects of the organization throughout its lifecycle including partnering with the Obama Administration, fundraising, marketing, partner outreach, and product development. She spent more than five years in product management roles at Yahoo! and shares a patent for a financial information portal. Susan also spent several years in the digital music industry, most notably at Shawn Fanning's SNOCAP and then at the open source media player Songbird. Susan is a native of Chicago and got her BSBA at the University of Denver.
Tom Patterson is the President of Wize.com, which was recently acquired by Nextag Inc. He also serves as an advisor at KIXEYE, the producers of some of the most exciting social games on Facebook. Patterson has held strategic positions at Procter & Gamble, PeopleSoft, and Respond.com. He was the Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations for MarketTools, which he managed through five years of rapid growth. Most recently, Tom was an entrepreneur in residence with the Mayfield Fund before joining Wize as CEO. Tom has earned a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in chemical engineering as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School. Tom also sits on the Wize Board of Directors.
Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is a co-maintainer for AngelList and co-author of Venture Hacks, a site providing advice for startups. Ravikant previously co-founded Genoa Corp, Epinions.com, and Vast.com
Ravikant was a venture partner at August Capital and led investments in Scintera, Neopath, Technorati, Microdisplay, DeviceScape, and Mimosa. He has also helped numerous friends start companies and has been an adviser to them. Some of the companies that he has helped with everything from founding to product design to fundraising include iPivot (sold to Intel), Intrinsic Graphics, Andale, XFire (sold to Viacom), HedgeStreet, Engage, Photo.net, LoyaltyLab, Jaman, Hive7, Dulance (sold to Google), and Bix (sold to Yahoo!).
Tom Reis is currently serving as senior advisor to the Chief of Staff at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. Prior to this position, Reis was a program director of Mission-Driven Investments, as well as director of social marketing for the foundation, where he worked with foundation program, evaluation, public policy, and technology staff to help plan, implement, and monitor strategy, impact, and knowledge management efforts across the foundation.
Before joining the foundation, Reis spent nearly five years in Indonesia as a senior program officer with the Academy for Educational Development. He provided public health communications and social marketing technical assistance to Indonesian governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Reis has consulted in 15 countries worldwide and has lived in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He began his career in the commercial sector, holding marketing management positions with the Pillsbury Company and Ringer Corporation, both in Minneapolis. Reis is also a Member of Advisory Council at the Acumen Fund. Reis is an avid golfer and occasionally tries his hand at boarding with his "skater" son.
He earned his bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame, and his MPA from Harvard University.
Mark Rosenman is a distinguished public service professor at the Union Institute & University, where he has long served in many roles while conducting applied research on charity issues. He sees his current work on strengthening the nonprofit sector as an extension of earlier professional efforts in the civil rights movement, urban antipoverty work, international and domestic program development, and in higher education.
Rosenman directs Caring to Change with the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. The project is an effort to develop new foundation grantmaking strategies to advance the common good.
He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the Union Institute Graduate School, an M.A. from New York University's Center for Human Relations and Community Studies/School of Education, and a B.A. from Brooklyn College in psychology and sociology. He was an Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Fellow. Mark has published numerous articles and writes opinions for The Chronicle of Philanthropy and others, as well as blogging for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He believes that a healthy and vital charitable sector is essential to the commonwealth, citizen participation, and to our very democracy.
Rosenman serves on the board of OMB Watch (which he long chaired) and is a trustee of the Management Assistance Group, as well as holding other appointments on nonprofit bodies.
Although born and raised in Brooklyn, Mark now considers himself an "almost native" of Washington, D.C. He is part of what his psychotherapist wife, Mary Lee Stein, has taught him to call a "reconstituted family," which includes an adult son (Lorin) and daughter (Anna).
Michael Seltzer is a leading authority on charitable giving worldwide. In the course of a career that spans forty years, he has worked at five foundations. He currently serves as a partner in Philanthropic Services at Rabin Martin, a consulting firm that works with clients to help improve health and shape policy. Prior to this role, Seltzer served as the president of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG), a membership association of more than 270 private, public and corporate funders. He is a founding trustee of EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation, which provides young people in EM countries with the resources, skills, mentorship and opportunities to improve their lives. He has also been an Executive on Campus at Baruch College since 2007.
Previously, he worked as a program officer at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for the Foundation's work in promoting organized philanthropy in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
He is a past chair of the Nonprofit Management Masters Degree Program of the New School University's Milano School of Management and Urban Policy, where he taught for over ten years, and served as president of the Nonprofit Management Association (now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Management).
Michael is the author of Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies, published by the Foundation Center. The book received the first Terry McAdam award from the Nonprofit Management Association. His articles have appeared in Worth, Foundation News and Commentary, NYRAG Times, New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Currently, he is a Partner at Rabin Martin and serves as a philanthropic advisor to a number of family foundations and the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC.
Marcia Stepanek is Managing Director in New Media at US and Partners. She is also founder and publisher of Cause Global, an acclaimed new group blog about the use of social media in social advocacy and innovation. Stepanek serves as social enterprise editor for Justmeans.com, as well as blogs regularly for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, msnbc.com and PopTech. She is also a New Media Advisor and faculty member at New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy on social media strategy.
Stepanek, who has covered the evolution of the Internet and its impact on society, commerce and the workplace since 1994, has received a variety of awards for her work, including a George Polk award for consumer journalism, a National Press Club award for Washington Correspondence, a New York Newswomens' Club Front Page award for Internet commentary, a Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award for explanatory journalism, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
Stepanek is a frequent speaker on the subject of social media and new trends in philanthropy; most recently, she was the founding Editor-in- Chief of Contribute magazine, a New York-based media company that covered the new people and ideas of philanthropy. Her latest book, Swarms, is about the rise and evolution of Web-wired, self-organized groups and their impact on business, culture, philanthropy and society--for better or worse--is due out later this year. In addition to her editorial work, Ms. Stepanek has worked as a social media and digital storytelling consultant; she also has lectured on digital storytelling and the use of social media in advocacy. While at Contribute Media, she developed and taught a hands-on course on digital storytelling and video for nonprofits.
Peter Tavernise is Executive Director at the Cisco Foundation and Director of Corporate Affairs at Cisco Systems, Inc. Tavernise brings more than 14 years of nonprofit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission of Cisco philanthropy: Helping to mobilize NGO-based Internet solutions for the underserved that address basic needs, improve education, and increase individuals' economic opportunity. He previously served on the boards of Teachers Without Borders and YouthNoise.org. He was also a foundation consultant at RTI International and program officer at Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Tavernise has also held a number of roles at Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, and Davidson College.
Jacob Harold joined GuideStar as President and CEO in 2012. He joined GuideStar from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where he oversaw $30 million in grants to build a stronger infrastructure for smart philanthropy. Prior to that, Jacob was a consultant with The Bridgespan Group where he advised a variety of nonprofit and foundation clients on programmatic and organizational strategy. Harold has worked as a climate change consultant in New Delhi, India for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA. Before that, he was the organizing director for Citizen Works, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit focused on corporate governance issues, and spent a year as a grassroots organizer with Green Corps. Harold received a BA summa cum laude from Duke University, where he designed his own major in ethics and intellectual history, and earned an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He trained in business strategy with Bain and Company and studied complex systems science in Beijing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Harold was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.
Halle Tecco is the Founder and Managing Director of Rock Health, an incubator for startups in the interactive health space. Previously, she also founded Yoga Bear, a non-profit dedicated to bringing more opportunities of health and wellness to individuals living with cancer. Tecco is passionate about both technology and non-profits-- and bringing these worlds together. Tecco started her career in Silicon Valley at Intel, after earning a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in Management. She has also worked at Apple and Kiva.org. Tecco earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Perla Ni, CEO
Perla Ni has executive experience in corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. She was the founder and former publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the leading journal on nonprofit management and philanthropy. While at the Review, she also launched the successful www.ssireview.org Web site and blog. Prior to her work at SSIR, Ni co-founded Grassroots Enterprise, later acquired by global public relations firm, Edelman. A frequent speaker on nonprofits and philanthropy, Ni continues to blog at www.ssireview.org. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has been named a "Top Game Changer" by the Huffington Post.
James G. Rowley, Chief Technology Officer
Driven by his passion to help others James started volunteering for GreatNonProfits in 2009. After 20 years as a Senior Executive running Engineering for companies such as Oracle, Siebel, CrossWorlds, QRS and Pure Digital in 2010 joined as the Chief Technology Officer. His mission is to spearhead the development of a cooperative platform to collect and syndicate information about great nonprofits.
Jessica Belsky, Director of Communications
Jessica comes to GreatNonprofits from Los Angeles, where she managed the communications department of environmental non-profit Heal the Bay. She has experience in both traditional print and online PR, and has worked extensively to create successful partnerships between various stakeholders as a writer and organizer for Change.org. Jessica holds a BA in English from the University of Miami and authored Los Angeles sustainable food blog Chewgooder.
Andrew Yee, VP of Product Management
Andrew Yee is the VP of Delightful Products, and aims to bring innovative products and partnership to GreatNonprofits. He is passionate about bicycle advocacy and cyclocross racing, and his other life runs Cyclocross Magazine.
Keith Brings, Chief Software Architect
With over a decade of software engineering experience Keith has an excellent knack for breaking complex problems into their component parts and re-arranging them as needed to meet specific business and technical goals.
Although keith has been coding since his early teens his official career started in his late teens when he took on the CIO role for Designwraps, a small textile manufacturing and wholesale company. Later, Keith moved on to act as the software architect for the tween social networking site Cartoon Doll Emporium. Most recently, as the lead developer in test at Kaplan Professional and as an SDET at Microsoft, Keith has been exploring the nitty gritty details of improving code quality and release cadences through automation and design. While with Kaplan, he designed an elaborate fully automated continuous delivery system and helped introduce the organization to test-driven development, behavior-driven development, dependency injection, and to avoiding test and design code smells, and revisited these concepts at Microsoft with an alternate CD system geared towards validation of interrelated, but separately versioned, SOA services deployed to a shared environment.
Padmashree Koneti, VP of Product Management
Padmashree comes to GreatNonprofits with an extensive background in product management and software development for enterprise and consumer software products. She has launched and led the development of various technology platforms at Walmart Labs, Cisco, GlobalEnglish, Aggregate Knowledge, Sun Microsystems, Compuware and Siemens for the last 17 years. She is passionate about leveraging the benefits of the Internet and software technology for global good. She has an MBA from Santa Clara University. She actively volunteers at the PTA of her two children's schools and runs the Peninsula Tamil School.
Rosalyn Mahashin, VP of Business Development and Marketing
Rosalyn Mahashin is the VP of Business Development and Marketing for Greatnonprofits. She joins the team with a passion for building strategic alliances to share information about nonprofits in a meaningful and accessible way. In her last role as Director of Development at Samasource, she built a fundraising department that managed partnerships with the US Department of State, Rockefeller Foundation, and Cisco. Rosalyn prepared research briefings for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led global grant-making initiatives as a senior strategist for Google Grants. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.