501(c)onference 2015

Keynotes & Panelists

200x200  Fred Ali, President & CEO, Weingart Foundation
Fred Ali has more than 36 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He serves on the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California (Chairman) and as Senior Fellow, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Fred also serves on the board of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), and previously served as board Chair of Southern California Grantmakers.

 200x2002 Carl Ballton, Managing Director, President & CEO, MUFG Union Bank Foundation
Carl A. Ballton is a Senior Vice President within the Corporate Social Responsibility Group of Union Bank. He also serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Union Bank Foundation. In this position, Ballton is responsible for implementing the charitable contribution policies and initiatives
of both the Bank and the Foundation.

 regina Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, Center for Nonprofit Management
Regina has been a marketing and communications executive within the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors for over 20 years. After graduating from USC, she began her career at Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, served as press secretary for California’s Attorney General, worked to build the Public Affairs office at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, ran the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership in collaboration with Mayor Riordan and corporate leaders throughout the region and was later appointed by the Governor to be a consumer advocate. In 2006 she became the President & CEO of the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management.
 200x20011 James Ferris, Director, USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
James Ferris, Ph.D., specializes in the economics of the public and nonprofit sectors, public finance, and public policy. His research focuses on the shifting roles of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors in governance and the economy. Professor Ferris is currently investigating the changing landscape of philanthropy, social capital and philanthropy, the role of philanthropic foundations in public policymaking, the causes and consequences of the conversion of nonprofit health care organizations to for-profit status, and intersectoral alliances for urban problem solving.

 200x20056 Wendy Garen, President & CEO, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Wendy has played an integral role in the life of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, assuming the title of President & CEO in 2008. She was a founding staff member of the children’s nonprofit Crystal Stairs and headed the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has a master’s in urban planning from UCLA.
 200x20016 David Greco, Partner, Social Sector Partners
David Greco brings more than 25 years of experience in in driving the growth of social sector organizations working for a more just and equitable world.  David has successfully scaled programs, developed new products and services, expanded into new markets and business lines, and launched new revenue generating operations within nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as Partner with Social Sector Partners a nonprofit consulting firm that specializes in strategic repositioning, launching new programs and strategies, and revitalization efforts. 

 200x20014 Rafael González, Director of Best Start Communities, First 5 LA
Rafael González serves as Director of Best Start Communities for First 5 LA. He is responsible for implementing Best Start's "Building Stronger Families" framework and community capacity building efforts to strengthen families and promote family-supporting communities that contribute to better outcomes for children. Rafael has worked in the spheres of community development, local government, corporate philanthropy, national service, civic engagement, civil rights, immigrant integration and youth development. He shares a common belief with others in the place-based field that by investing in the capacity of our families and the social infrastructure to support them, and by working from the inside out, that parents and other critical community stakeholders will improve the social conditions that impact their neighborhoods.
 200x20015 Heather McLeod Grant, Principal, McLeod-Grant Advisors
Heather McLeod Grant is a well-known author, speaker, and advisor to high-impact organizations, with 20 years of experience in the social sector. She was most recently a Global Account Manager at Monitor Institute, where her work focused on scaling impact, leveraging networks for social change, and transforming large-scale nonprofits; she has advised many leading organizations of our time. She is the co-author of the best-selling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, named a Top Ten Book of 2007 by the Economist; and the publications Working Wikily: Social Change with a Network Mindset, Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System, and Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale. Prior to joining Monitor, Heather worked at McKinsey & Company, and co-founded Who Cares, a national magazine for social entrepreneurs. She lectures at Stanford, speaks at industry conferences, and has been widely published. Heather currently serves on the Woodside Elementary School Site Council and the board of Jacaranda, a women’s health-care nonprofit in Africa. She has previously served the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the National Civic League, Hands On Bay Area, and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University, and resides in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
 200x20017 Fernando Guerra, Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and Assistant to the President for Civic Engagement, Loyola Marymount University
Fernando J. Guerra is Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and Assistant to the President for Civic Engagement. Dr. Guerra also served as Assistant to the President for Faculty Resources from 1992-96. He is a Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, and has served as Chairman of the Chicana/o Studies Department, Director of the American Cultures program, and Director of the Summer in Mexico program. He has been on the faculty at Loyola Marymount University since 1984. 
 200x20076 Nike Irvin, Vice President, Programs, California Community Foundation
Nike Irvin provides strategic leadership in priority program areas for the community foundation such as arts, education, health care, and human development.  She also manages special initiatives such as the El Monte Community Building Initiative, Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow and Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM). Before joining CCF, Irvin served as president of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations.  She also has more than 20 years of experience in both nonprofit leadership and consulting to numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations and charitable arms of for-profit companies and organizations.

 200x20024 Kathy Ketchum, Chief Administrative Officer, Los Angeles LGBT Center
As Chief Administrative Officer, Kathy Ketchum oversees Human Resources, Volunteer Resources, Cultural Arts programming, labor relations, and the director of facilities in maintaining facilities and security for all of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's sites. Prior to joining the Center in 1994, Ketchum spent 17 years with Pacific Bell in various management positions in the areas of human resources, finance, engineering, operations, marketing and external affairs. She spent five years in real estate sales and management and mortgage banking and served on the Manhattan Beach Planning Commission for four years. As a Los Angeles Area native, Ketchum received her bachelor's in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She resides in Sherman Oaks with her partner, Gay.

 200x20025 John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project
Since 1997, John has fought to uplift the voices of marginalized communities throughout California. By building new tools, coalitions, and institutional capacity, his commitment is to ensure that the experience of low-income people and communities of color can no longer be ignored. John started his community-building work as an activist, youth organizer and cultural artist in the Bay Area.  In 1999, he became the Executive Director of the Korean Community Center of the East Bay where he was instrumental in launching new programs in the areas of domestic abuse, community development and community technology.

 200x20063 Rafael López, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President | The White House 
Rafael López is a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. His work focuses on identifying areas where the innovative application of technology-based options can improve collaboration between the Executive Office of the President and federal agencies to strengthen the relationship between the Administration, nonprofit, philanthropic, and professional organizations to use advanced technologies in the development and implementation of domestic and social policies and programs.

 200x20031 Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Director of Community Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Mary-Elizabeth Michaels serves as Director of Community Affairs at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. In this role she leads regional outreach efforts in key regions, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Vancouver and Montreal. She also spearheads capacity building efforts on behalf of Warner Bros. and manages signature company outreach programs including the Burbank Time Warner Board Leadership Program and the Reach Honorship Program.

 200x20062 Torie Osborn, Principal Deputy for Strategy and Policy, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Torie has guided some of the nation’s most effective non-profit organizations as they tackled tremendous challenges – including the AIDS crisis, LGBT rights and economic justice. She served as Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Community Services for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, overseeing the Mayor’s field and civic engagement programs, and immigration reform strategy, and also spent two years as a senior policy advisor to the Mayor on homelessness, poverty, and economic development. She co-founded Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Strategic Partnership, a national model for social innovation through collaboration between philanthropy and local government. Torie was executive director of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s most admired social-change foundations, and of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center at the height of the AIDS epidemic, as well as serving at the helm of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. She has worked on governance and fiscal reform with California Calls, a statewide community organizing network increasing voter participation by young people, people of color and immigrants. Torie is known nationally for her community-organizing approach to solving problems and for being at the leading edge of major fights for social justice for four decades. She is a published author and former columnist with a BA in English from Middlebury College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. 

 200x20035 Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 2008-2013. Parfrey is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility. From 1987-1993, he founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is currently a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

 200x20040 Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO, The California Endowment
Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians.  Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia from 1990 to 1993.

 200x20054 Cynthia Sanchez, Executive Director, Proyecto Pastoral
Cynthia Sanchez is Executive Director for Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission, a community based organization with a mission to work with the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles to develop grassroots projects in education, leadership and service.  Proyecto has a staff of almost 60, and serves more than 3,000 children, youth and adults each year with a budget of $3,000,000. Key programs and initiatives include:  two state of the art early education centers and youth development programs, a men’s homeless shelter, community organizing, and Pomesa Boyle Heights. Proyecto Pastoral serves as a model for similar communities of empowerment and community participation in self and social transformation.  
 200x20044 Mitchell Singer, Director, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Mitch has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and government. Before joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Mitch served as Associate Director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California, an academic research center that studies the field of philanthropy.
 200x20061 Jenna Watkinson, Manager, Communications and Community Relations, Albertsons | Vons | Pavillions
Jenna Watkinson is Manager Communications and Community Relations for the newly merged Albertsons Vons grocery company. Previously holding the role of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Vons division of Safeway, a Fortune 100 company, her previous and current responsibilities include oversight of all corporate philanthropy, employee volunteer programs and community outreach, which is comprised of 343 stores and more than 31,000 employees across Southern California. Watkinson holds her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, where her emphasis was Interpersonal Communication, Rhetoric and Communication Theory.  

 200x20057 Amelia D. Williamson, CEO & Chief Strategist, AWA Consults
Amelia Williamson is CEO and Chief Strategist of AWA consults, INC. AWA is a social impact agency whose mission is to build bridges across philanthropy, community and influence. AWA provides philanthropic advising, organizational development and strategy specializing in services for high impact individuals and organizations. Before launching AWA, Williamson served as the President of the Magic Johnson Foundation whose mission is to provide resources, build participation, and inspire self-sufficiency in underserved communities.

Breakout Session Leaders & Panelists

  Jennifer Berger, Chief Advancement Officer, Five Acres
Jennifer Berger is the Chief Advancement Officer at Five Acres responsible for all fundraising and volunteer efforts.   Five Acres promotes safety, well-being and permanency for more than 8,400 children and family members annually by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities (www.5acres.org).

  Erin Bradrick, Senior Cousel, NEO Law Group
Erin Bradrick is Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group in San Francisco and is a contributor to the Nonprofit Law Blog. Prior to joining NEO Law Group, Ms. Bradrick was a litigation associate with the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she worked on a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters. She also clerked for the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Ms. Bradrick received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is admitted to practice law in California and New York.

  Diane Brigham, Executive Director, Ryman Arts
DIANE BRIGHAM joined Ryman Arts as Executive Director in 2002. She has led the expansion of the program, raised its profile as the leading pre-professional artistic training program for talented teen artists in Southern California, strengthened its fundraising capacity, and built awareness of the value of quality artistic education for youth. Committed to public engagement in art, Diane and her team at Ryman Arts recently launched The Big Draw LA, a collaborative regional initiative to celebrate the value of drawing with more than 60 public drawing activities during the month of October. The Big Draw is an international project now in 22 countries.

  Anne Burroughs, Senior Consultant, Social Sector Partners
For 25 years, Ann has been an innovator in the social sector and has focused on leveraging organizations and leaders to bring solutions to scale and to create social impact in communities around the world. Prior to joining Social Sector Partners,  Ann was the Executive Director of the Taproot Foundation in Los Angeles, the Executive Director of LA Works, and the National Media Director for Amnesty International USA. She has also worked as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation in their Communications for Social Change Initiative, to HandsOn Network in their corporate engagement program, and to the government in South Africa, where she provided strategic communications support for presidential visits to the U.S, including the Farewell State Visit of President Nelson Mandela. Originally from South Africa, Ann is Chair of the Board of Directors for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). 
  Way-Ting Chen, Partner and Co-Founder, Blue Garnet
Way-Ting is a co-founder and partner at Blue Garnet, where she helps clients build learning and evaluative capacity within their own organizations and brings a combination of expertise in strategy with a practical approach to research and evaluation. She is a Founding Partner and Board Director of Social Venture Partners (SVP) in Los Angeles. She served as Vice-Chair of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), and continues to sit on the advisory board of additional nonprofits. As adjunct faculty, she is co-teaching “Impact Thinking, Measurement and Evaluation” at Pepperdine University’s Masters program in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. Way-Ting holds an International MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA with honors in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College.  

  Linda Eisenhart, President, Eisenhart & Associates
As President of Eisenhart &Associates, Linda has provided services to more than 100 organizations over the past 13 years. She has experience and expertise in strategic and succession planning, board development, comprehensive nonprofit management, and all aspects of resource development including feasibility studies and capital campaigns. Linda is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has a masters’ degree from Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Faculty Training Academy. 

  Marlon Fuentes, Marketing & Communications Manager, Center for Nonprofit Management
Marlon brings design thinking to the forefront of his work by connecting intuition and data in his approach to creating solutions. Most recently Marlon has taught branding courses at Google Headquarters in Mountain View for the Ashoka Catapult program and is currently helping to design the next generation of online management education at Center for Nonprofit Management where he also frequently teaches courses on storytelling, marketing, design, and technology. 

  Cristina Gallegos, Director of Operations & Programs, JMC Philanthropic Advisors and Senior Program Officer, The Atlas Family Foundation
With 15+ years of experience working in the philanthropic field, Cristina currently serves as JMC Philanthropic Advisors’ Director of Operations & Programs, and Senior Program Officer with The Atlas Family Foundation. She provides long-term philanthropic advisory services for family foundations and individual philanthropists and is responsible for a wide range of programmatic activities, which include due diligence and the creation of grantmaking strategies, grant systems and initiatives. Cristina oversees the grant process for several foundations: The Atlas Family Foundation, Kayne Foundation, The JIB Fund of The Resnick Foundation, Zolla Family Foundation, The Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation and The Knapp Foundation.

  Julia Gaskill, Executive Director, Young Musicians Foundation
Julia Gaskill is an experienced executive and fund development professional. She joined YMF in 2011, where she has transformed management of the organization and its eight programs, working closely with the Board and Music Advisory Board to leverage their expertise and dedication to increase support. Previously she was Vice President of Development at Para Los Niños, Associate Vice President of Development at AltaMed Health Services Corporation and Chair of Development and Community Outreach at Center for Health and Healing at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She is active in her community of La Canada Flintridge and early in her career worked in education as a consultant and teacher.

  Maura J. Harrington, MBA, Ph.D., COO & Vice President of Consulting, Center for Nonprofit Management
Maura is the COO & Vice President of Consulting for the Center for Nonprofit Management. Previously for 11 years she worked for Lodestar Management/Research. As Vice President of Consulting Services & Senior Researcher, she was responsible for evaluation & strategic planning consultations to private foundations, nonprofit organizations & government social service agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Department of Psychology) from Claremont Graduate School & an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center.

  Katharine Harris, Independent Contractor
Katharine Harris has provided consulting services for 14 years in the arts, social services, and faith-based fields. She specializes in assisting organizations achieve their management objectives. Her expertise includes: leadership transitions, succession planning, executive search, interim leadership, strategic and business planning, professional development and fundraising. Katharine has a Bachelor of Science from Empire State College, NYC. Since moving to Los Angeles in October of 2012 she has been building her consulting business and volunteering on the Fairburn Youth Association Board in West Los Angeles, where she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. 
  Joanna Jackson, Director of Grant Operations, Weingart Foundation
As Director, Grant Operations, Joanna is responsible for the day-to-day management of Weingart Foundation’s responsive grantmaking program and staff. Since joining the Foundation in 2008, Joanna has held the position of Program Associate, Program Director, and, most recently, Director of Special Projects. Prior to joining the Foundation, she accumulated more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors, most recently serving at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Joanna holds a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, The City University of New York, where she was a National Urban Fellow, and received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

  Larry Kaplan, Larry Kaplan Consulting
Larry Kaplan’s specialty is advocacy and public affairs---helping organizations use public, governmental and community relations to advocate and advance their missions and causes, which serves their clients and enhances their fundraising. Larry has turned around troubled non-profit organizations and started up new ones. He has a thorough knowledge and wealth of relationships extending across Southern California's communities and leaders. Larry has built and maintained elected officials' offices and managed political campaigns. He has created playgrounds in some of the region’s poorest neighborhoods, and is passionate about urban communities and social justice.

  Rebecca Kekst, Sinai Akiba Academy Committee
Rebecca is a member of the SAA Committee, the governing body of the school that meets monthly to discuss significant issues relating to the operations of the school.  She is currently serving as Chair of the Development Committee; previously she served as Chair of the Annual Giving Committee, as a member of the Endowment Committee and as President of the Parents Association.  Rebecca also sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Camp Ramah in California and is a graduate of Barnard College.

  David Andrés Kietzman, Professional Do-Gooder
David is passionate about helping people and businesses turn their ideas into action. He has a working background in nonprofit management, civic leadership and fundraising with a passion for design, communications and education. David’s desire is to help organizations effectively market their services, to bring in more funding, resources and clients. He has launched multiple social enterprises, is the Founder of the nonprofit Youth Speak Collective and is the Creative Director of the consulting firm AK Design Strategies. David is a new father, Los Angeles native and serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

  Ana LaDou, Principal, LaDou Strategic Advisory
Ana LaDou is the Principal of LaDou Strategic Advisory and an experienced leader in the nonprofit  sector specializing in managing complex restructures, high profile clients, and leadership transitions. LaDou Strategic Advisory excels in hard-to-solve situations by quickly assessing a nonprofit's risks and opportunities then developing strategic and thoughtful solutions that incorporate on-the-ground realities. The company works in mission development, governance, financial oversight, legal issues, marketing, crisis management and personnel management.

  Karen Mack, Founder and Executive Director, LA Commons
Karen Mack is founder and Executive Director of LA Commons, an organization dedicated to promoting Los Angeles' diverse neighborhoods through locally based, interactive, artistic and cultural programming. Ms. Mack received her Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and is a former Vice President of Community Partners. Ms. Mack is currently president of the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and an appointed member of the City’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. 

  Tanveer Makhani, Director, Dotminds Inc.
Tanveer Makhani specializes in the areas of online education and e-learning. As a professor, curriculum developer, policy advisor, and consultant, Tanveer is recognized nationally for his expertise in creating and delivering high quality training programs for public institutions and private organizations. Tanveer’s passion for adult learning began in the healthcare industry where he served as a leading innovator for healthcare organizations and alliances nationwide. He soon became a visiting professor for Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs at the University of Tennessee, College of St. Scholastica, and University of Mississippi, and was subsequently recruited as an advisor for the enhancement of their educational delivery systems.

  Matt Manos, Founder, Managing Partner/Global Strategy Lead, verynice
Matthew Manos is an advisor and author interested in experimental economies, business as a medium for critical inquiry, and new methods for creative writing restriction. He is the founder of verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profit organizations. As of 2015, verynice has been able to provide over $2,000,000 worth of pro-bono design and consulting services in 45+ countries to benefit 300+ organizations thanks to a volunteer staff of 350+ practitioners. Now with offices in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York, the company is on track to donate $10,000,000+ in pro-bono services by 2020. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recognized verynice for the company’s unparalleled commitment to pro-bono service for local non-profit organizations. Notable clients of verynice have included UNICEF, NASA, MTV Networks, NRDC, Edison International, Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Disney Imagineering. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design Practices from the Art Center College of Design (2012). 


Gloria Medina, Training Coordinator, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Gloria Medina has lead the capacity building efforts for Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) for the past five years. SCOPE is a grassroots organization based in South Los Angeles that builds power through community organizing, leadership development, alliance building, public education and policy advocacy to improve living conditions and opportunities for low-income and disenfranchised residents at the local, state, and national level. SCOPE’s training include Power Analysis, Campaign Strategy, Community Organizing, Time and Work Management, and Voter Engagement.

  Terry Monteleone, Principal, TLM Consulting
Terry Monteleone, CFRE, CSPG, Principal, TLM Consulting has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and nonprofit executive.   She has extensive experience in strategic planning, campaign planning and management, major gifts, training and executive coaching, feasibility studies and assessments, Board development and all aspects of fund development. She has directed and provided counsel for campaigns with goals ranging from $1 million to $250 million. 

  Brian Murphy, Director, Deloitte
Brian Murphy leads Deloitte’s Asian Auto focus for the Americas and is a Director with Deloitte Services LP. With over 34 years’ experience, he is the senior client advocate (Lead Client Service Director) for the major Japanese and Korean automakers in the Americas. With extensive general management experience leading sales and delivery operations for several Fortune 50 clients, Mr Murphy has a proven track record of successful results and team building. During the past 12 years with Deloitte, Brian has worked with and served many global clients, including automotive OEM's and consumer products corporations and has been involved in projects focused on all aspects of sales and operations with a heavy emphasis on supply chain management activities. 

  Beth Peterson, Community Art Programs Director, LA Commons
Beth Peterson has worked for many years organizing and conducting community art projects, residencies and workshops in schools and communities first in Minnesota as the Associate Artistic Director and Interim Artistic Director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, and then throughout the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles she is the LA Commons Director of Community Arts Programs and has organized over forty public arts projects in eleven neighborhoods involving youth, professional artists, High Schools and community partner organizations. She also serves as a Master Puppet and Mask Teaching Artist for the Music Center of Los Angeles County and is an adjunct faculty at Antioch University teaching approaches to integrating arts into school curriculums. Ms. Peterson brings extensive experience in arts organizing and mentorship and a commitment to the power of arts in the life of individuals and in the revitalization of community.

  Nona Randois, Southern California Program Director, Alliance for Justice
As the Southern California Program Director for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy initiative, Nona is the face of Bolder Advocacy in So Cal.  She provides live and web-based trainings for nonprofit advocates and foundations to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to become confident advocates and the resources and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules.

  Leslie Robin, Senior Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant, Center for Nonprofit Management
Leslie Robin is a management consultant and executive coach with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit philanthropic field at the local and national levels, fostering change and meeting social and community needs through strategic planning, leadership training and organizational development. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, environmental, Jewish communal, allied health and children’s agencies. Leslie has a MA in Urban Planning from New York University and BA in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Society of Trainers and Developers (ASTD) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has been a Visiting Lecturer at Hebrew Union College in New York. 

  Janet Rosenblum, Director of Development, Sinai Akiba Academy
Janet joined Sinai Akiba as Development Director in 2003 and has worked extensively in fundraising and public relations throughout her career. As a Sinai Akiba Academy (SAA) parent, she was instrumental in building the school’s development program, serving on the SAA Committee – the school’s governing body – and chairing the Development Committee. Conference presentations include the National Association of Independent Schools and Partnership for Jewish Education, and she has been recognized for her work in alumni relations and endowment building. Janet has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a former board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and began her career as a deputy and then district chief of staff for Congressman Mel Levine. 

  Amanda Rounsaville Welsh, Senior Consultant, Network Impact
Amanda Welsh has worked at the intersection of information strategy, policy and advocacy work for over ten years. Her experience spans technology infrastructure, stakeholder research and constituency building as well as policy change campaign strategy. For nearly a decade Amanda worked in philanthropy at The California Endowment. While there she managed a grant portfolio that included communications and policy research, as well as a focus on bolstering community health journalism.

  Erica Shehane, MPH, LCSW, Assistant Director, Research & Evaluation Unit, Special Service for Groups 
Erica’s past experience includes managing large-scale research and evaluation projects through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the CDC’s Global AIDS Program and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. In addition, she has provided technical assistance to community partners through USC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and participated in health policy research projects at RAND Corporation. Erica holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare from UCLA and is a licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in mixed methods research designs and is inspired to address social justice inequities related to mental health, substance abuse and poverty.

  Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute
Dixon Slingerland is the Executive Director of the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). Since 1996, Dixon has directed YPI as it has grown to an annual budget of $47 million. Dixon leads more than 1,200 staff serving over 100,000 youth and adults each year at 125 program sites in Los Angeles.

  Dyan Sublett, President, MLK Community Health Foundation
Dyan brings a background of over thirty years in philanthropic work throughout greater Los Angeles to her current position as President of the MLK Community Health Foundation, providing philanthropic support for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and the community it serves.  As the organization’s first leader in 2012, Dyan was responsible for establishing the Foundation’s board, communication strategies, donor base and infrastructure, and integrating vision and strategy with hospital leadership.  During the hospital’s formation she served as its interim chief communications officer.  Successes to date include nearly $15 million in funds raised for capital projects and community programs.  

  Belinda Madrid Teitel, Vice President of Education and Leadership Development, Center for Nonprofit Management
Belinda is the Vice President of Education and Leadership Development at the Center for Nonprofit Management. She has been coaching and consulting for nonprofit organizations for more than 14 years and has worked with over 100 organizations of all types and sizes. Belinda began her career in the banking and finance field and has formed extensive alliances in the nonprofit, business and governmental sectors throughout Southern California. Belinda is on the board of Girls on the Run, Los Angeles Chapter, and an active member of Hispanics in Philanthropy.

  Heather Tunis, Senior Consultant, Center for Nonprofit Management
Heather Tunis has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, from both sides of the funding relationship, as an executive director and development director managing annual, major gift and capital campaigns as well as foundation and corporate giving and special events. Her career of more than 30 years in the sector also includes roles as a program officer for two foundations, grants reviewer for numerous funding agencies, executive coach and consultant to a range of organizations, working with organizational planning and development, board development, fund development, exhibition planning and project management, strategic communications and other projects.

  Jenna Watkinson, Manager, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Safeway
Bio coming soon

  Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation
Jonathan has served as Senior Vice President for the Wells Fargo Foundation since September 1996. Under his management, Wells Fargo has grown to become the largest corporate donor to charities in these regions. Jonathan is the recipient of numerous awards for his community service from organiza-tions such as the American Heart Association, Para Los Niños, AIDS Service Center, Project New Hope, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and Operation Hope. Mr. Weedman is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Colburn School, Inner City Youth Orchestra of LA, and serves as Chair of the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation.

  Anne Whatley, Senior Consultant, Network Impact
For the last 14 years Anne Whatley has advised on topics of communications/advocacy and network evaluation as well as information strategy for online and social network initiatives. She is co-author of the Network Evaluation Guide released in July 2014 by Network Impact which provides a framework for network evaluations and nine case examples. Recent projects include assessments of the Knight Foundation’s social impact games initiative and the Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship. Anne has also led the development and strategy for a number of online communities, including RuralxChange.net, an online community for rural policy advocates and LGBTYouthCoop.org, the digital home for LGBT youth supporters. 

  Carolyn Williams, Community Relations Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Carolyn R. Williams currently serves as Community Relations Manager for the Southern California
Gas Company. Recognized for her expertise, she is a member of the Conference Board’s Business
Education Council and the Los Angeles Math Initiative Advisory Council. Carolyn is active in the
community, serving on the boards of the USC Price School of Public Policy Alumni Association
(Emeritus, founding board member), USC Black Alumni Association, United Way of Los Angeles
Community Investment Cabinet and Downtown Women’s Center. She is also a board official for the $1.2 billion NuVision Federal Credit.
  Jennie Winton, Founding Partner, Mission Minded
Jennie Winton is a 25-year marketing veteran sought for her expertise in branding and positioning nonprofit organizations. Since co-founding Mission Minded in 2002, Jennie has served as a strategic advisor for over 150 nonprofit organizations, and has inspired hundreds more as a nationally sought lecturer. With gifts in the areas of brand strategy, messaging, and fundraising, Jennie excels at helping senior nonprofit leaders clarify how they talk about their work, which leads to greater organizational stability, increased revenues, and an expanded ability to deliver on the mission of the organization.

  Iris Zuniga, COO, Youth Policy Institute
Iris Zuñiga is the Chief Operating Officer of the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). Her day-to-day management efforts ensure that YPI effectively accomplishes its mission of eradicating poverty and increasing academic achievement. More recently Iris’s efforts have resulted in the awarding of a $30 million Promise Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining YPI, Iris served as Education and Health Field Deputy for California State Senator Richard Alarcon.

Meeting of the Minds Facilitators

  David Factor, President & CEO, Executive Service Corps of Southern California
David Factor is President and CEO of Executive Service Corps of Southern California (ESC). In this role, David is responsible for setting the overall direction for the organization, which trains skilled volunteers to provide capacity building services to nonprofits throughout the region. Prior to being appointed President of ESC, David served as Vice President, Consulting Services.

  Dr. Kevin Gant, COO, Missionwell
Dr. Kevin Grant is a pioneer in the emerging field of spiritual leadership within the secular context.  He is a widely published author and a sought after lecturer and keynote speaker. Dr. Grant teaches leadership, corporate finance, and organizational behavior at leading colleges and graduate schools in California.  His consulting clients include Fortune 500 and international non-profit organizations. Dr. Kevin Grant is passionate about leadership. Your Leadership.

  Judy Harper, Senior Program Director, Community Partners
Judy brings nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, providing organizational and network development support, designing programs, and developing resources for a wide range of nonprofit initiatives.  She previously served as the Border Philanthropy Partnership associate director, MAAC Project community development director, program officer at San Diego Dialogue and associate director for development at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.Judy is a founding board member of the Media Arts Center San Diego and a 2010-11 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning/Latin American Studies from UCLA and a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College. A former Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a San Diego Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholar in Brazil, Judy speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

  Evan Holland, Managing Director, Hudson & Holland Advisors, LLC
Evan is a Managing Director at Hudson and Holland Advisors and has dedicated her career to improving and strengthening nonprofits. Evan is the Principal Consultant at Holland Nonprofit Consulting; a management consulting firm offering nonprofit strategy solutions and project development services, focused on sustainable infrastructure. She has advised such organizations as the Children’s Defense Fund, the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles and the Black AIDS Institute. Evan earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

  Brian Kellaway, Senior Associate – Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Brian contributes to the mission of NFF through the delivery of financial and organizational analysis for the nonprofit clients that NFF serves. He provides sector research and facilitates ongoing dialogues with nonprofit leaders regarding their organization’s financial health and business needs. Prior to joining NFF in 2014, Brian worked as a Program Manager for a workforce development and education program in South Los Angeles. Brian holds a BA in both Political Science and Public Administration from Elon University, and an MA in Public Administration with a Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge.

  Ana LaDou, Principal, LaDou Strategic Advisory
Ana LaDou is the Principal of LaDou Strategic Advisory and an experienced leader in the nonprofit  sector specializing in managing complex restructures, high profile clients, and leadership transitions. LaDou Strategic Advisory excels in hard-to-solve situations by quickly assessing a nonprofit's risks and opportunities then developing strategic and thoughtful solutions that incorporate on-the-ground realities. The company works in mission development, governance, financial oversight, legal issues, marketing, crisis management and personnel management.

  Taffany Lim, Director, Director, Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good at California State University, Los Angeles
Taffany Lim was appointed as the director of the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good in January 2014. The Center was created by Cal State L.A.’s President Bill Covino to link students with community through civic learning, applied research, and student success initiatives. The Center serves as a hub for service learning and neighborhood transformation. Currently, Taffany oversees service learning, co-curricular internships/volunteer opportunities, multi-partner community engagement activities, and other campus-wide special initiatives. She also oversees GO East LA, the “cradle to career” initiative spearheaded by the Los Angeles Unified School District, East Los Angeles Community College, and Cal State L.A.

  Lisa Cleri Reale, Principal, Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates
Lisa is Principal at Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates. Lisa’s nonprofit and foundations work includes resource and board development, marketing, organizational capacity, strategic planning, and grant making. She spent 11 years with the Times Mirror and the LA Times directing a number of community affairs efforts including Vice President of The Times Mirror Foundation and Director of Community Affairs for The LA Times. She also led the launch of 1-800-877-READ,a literacy hotline and the LA Times Festival of Books.

  Woody Moore, Director of Marketing, thrdPlace.com 
University of Kentucky Alum + University of Washington MBA. Woody Moore is a serial entrepreneur focused on uncovering opportunities where technology and media meet. Prior to joining the team at thrdPlace, Woody led marketing and new business development for VIMBY.com (acquired by Mark Burnett Productions) and was an early member of the team at Social Reality responsible for bringing brands sponsorship and cause marketing to Causes.com. Woody is deeply passionate about the power of social tools to create movements that can transform society. He sees thrdPlace as a first mover bridging the power of online networks to drive meaningful change on the ground in our shared communities.

  Josh Olson, Executive Director, Angel Flight West
Josh Olson was previously an account executive at a Dallas, Texas advertising firm that represented Angel Flight South Central as a pro-bono client. Since joining Angel Flight West in 2004, he has served in a variety of positions, including Director of Mission Operations, and was named Executive Director in May 2014. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications fromTaylor University and an MBA was a nonprofit emphasis from Marylhurst University. 

  Jerri Rosen, Founder & CEO, Working Wardrobes
Jerri is the CEO and Founder of Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit organization that helps 5,000 men and women in crises re-enter the workforce through professional wardrobing and career development services each year. Since its conception, Working Wardrobes has served nearly 50,000 adults and young adults in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties in partnership with more than 60 local shelters and social service agencies.

  Steven Shattuck, Vice President of Marketing, Bloomerang
Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang, which helps nonprofit organizations to reach, engage and retain the advocates they depend on to achieve their vision for a better world. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to NTEN, Nonprofit Hub, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, Technorati, Content Marketing Institute, Conductor and Business2Community.Steven serves in a marketing/communications role on several nonprofit committees, is a frequent speaker at nonprofit conferences, and is a highly sought-after webinar presenter. He is routinely interviewed by media outlets for his expertise in digital marketing.
Recipient of the David Letterman Scholarship, Steven graduated with honors from Ball State University in 2006 with a degree in Telecommunications and Creative Writing. 

  Erica Shehane, MPH, LCSW, Assistant Director, Research & Evaluation Unit, Special Service for Groups 
Erica’s past experience includes managing large-scale research and evaluation projects through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the CDC’s Global AIDS Program and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. In addition, she has provided technical assistance to community partners through USC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and participated in health policy research projects at RAND Corporation. Erica holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare from UCLA and is a licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in mixed methods research designs and is inspired to address social justice inequities related to mental health, substance abuse and poverty.

  Jeff Sullivan, President & Co-founder, Confluence Corporation
Jeff Sullivan is the President and co-founder of Confluence Corporation, a technology company specializing in web development and Salesforce implementations for nonprofits. Jeff has twenty-five years’ experience in the information technology industry, with special expertise in the organizational issues associated with program creation and growth and technology. Jeff manages high profile engagements, providing consulting on strategic technology assessments, and acting as the outsourced project manager for large IT implementations for our clients. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

  Jasmine Youssefzadeh, Founder & CEO, filmanthropos
Jasmine Youssefzadeh is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of filmanthropos, a creative
and digital agency specializing in storytelling and engagement campaigns. Her career in the social impact space began as a consultant to NGOs in Johannesburg, where she participated in a Socially Responsible Leadership Development Program. Recognizing the increasing necessity for purpose driven organizations, she set out to combine her passion for storytelling with a commitment to creating impact.

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