Starting & Sustaining a New Nonprofit



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Julie Ha Truong
Director of Education and Consultant
Center for Nonprofit Management

Transform ideas into reality. For 16 years Julie has spearheaded a number of collaborations and training programs. Formerly, Ms. Truong led a public school district’s implementation of the Community Schools model with 100 public, private, and government partners, to improve academic and health outcomes for youth and families. Previously, she also established and led the award-winning Capacity Building Program, strengthening professionals through training, consulting, and coaching. She is best known for her collaborative leadership, project management, facilitation, training, and coaching skills. She holds a Masters of Public Policy in Management and Leadership, and is a CNM Certified Coach.


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Ritu Mahajan
Staff Attorney
Public Counsel

Ritu Mahajan is a staff attorney with Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, specifically the Early Care & Education (“ECE”) Law Unit.  Ms. Mahajan joined Public Counsel in 2009, and provides direct legal services to small businesses and non-profits with a particular focus on helping child care providers. She assists clients with issues such as drafting contracts and other small business transactional documents; compliance with state Licensing regulations that apply to child care providers; use permits and zoning requirements; employment concerns; landlord-tenant disputes; accommodating children with special needs; obtaining tax-exempt status; non-profit governance; and child abuse reporting obligations. Ms. Mahajan also oversees and provides legal trainings for child care providers and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Mahajan earned a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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Marcos Segura
Public Counsel

Marcos Segura is a UCLA Community Development Fellow dedicated to Public Counsel’s Community Development Project. Marcos joined Public Counsel in 2014 where he helps nonprofit entities gain federal tax-exempt status and advises nonprofit corporations on a variety of issues including incorporation; corporate governance; unrelated business income taxation; political activity and lobbying; and several ongoing compliance matters. Marcos also dedicates a large part of his time to Public Counsel’s Early Care & Education Law Unit where he reviews and edits contracts between parents and providers of early care and education, and advises providers on a variety of other issues. Marcos earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and  a J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

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