Speakers

Adrienne Boissy

Chief Experience Officer at Cleveland Clinic Health System

Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA, is Chief Experience Officer of Cleveland Clinic Health System and a staff neurologist. She previously served as Medical Director of the Center of Excellence in Healthcare Communication, an experience captured in her book Communication the Cleveland Clinic Way: How to Drive a Relationship-Centered Strategy for Superior Patient Experience. Dr. Boissy chairs the Empathy and Innovation Summit, the largest independent summit on patient experience in the world. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Patient Experience, was awarded an Arnold P. Gold Foundation grant for humanism in medicine, and is a Harvard Macy Scholar. She is also a member of the OptionB.Org Advisory Board. She cares deeply about the human experience as embodied in her Tedx talk “Seeing and Being Seen: A Call for Healing.”

Alex McKinnon

Project Manager, Listen for Good at Fund for Shared Insight

Alex is a project manager for the Listen for Good Initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She is an independent consultant focused on community management and nonprofit performance evaluation. Previously, Alex provided strategic analysis and landscape reporting for a nonprofit consulting firm in San Francisco. She also spent two years as a project manager on the mobile product team at Airbnb.

Alexa Cares

Feedback Manager at Nurse-Family Partnership

Amy Kaiser

Director of Programs at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo County

Amy Kaiser is the Director of Programs at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the country and distributes more fresh produce than almost any other food bank. Amy is responsible for overseeing the direct-to-client food distribution programs - serving over 55,000 individuals every month. Amy has also just completed her Masters in Social Work at San Jose State University.

Angie Ochoa

Case Manager/ Navigator/ Translator at ECHOS

Angie Ochoa was born in Mexico where she went to the University of Montemorelos. In 1994, she graduated from Nursing School as a nursing assistant. In 1996 she came to the United States. She studied the Nursing Assistant course in 2004 at Houston Community College. Angie loves working with the Greater Houston Community. She began working at Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) in 2012 as a Community Health Worker and Case Manager/Navigator. Angie is married and has a fifteen year old son. She volunteers at her church, teaching Bible School and at her son’s school.

Ben Goodwin

Our House

As Executive Director of Our House, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ben Goodwin leads an award-winning and nationally recognized nonprofit focused on empowering homeless and near-homeless families and individuals. Ben joined Our House in 2009 after previous experience at Southern Bancorp, a CDFI development bank, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Brad Dudding

Chief Impact Officer at CEO

Brad Dudding’s career has been focused on public and nonprofit management. He is now the COO at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) where he oversees internal operations, human capital, technology, and evaluation and learning. Prior to joining CEO, Mr. Dudding worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget and at the New York State Controller’s Office. Brad was educated at Macalester College, University of Missouri (BA, Economics), and Rutgers University (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning). Brad is also currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service teaching a class on performance measurement and management.

Brenda Paulucci-Whiting

Grant Writer, Program Development and Outcomes Manager at Conservation Corps North Bay

Brenda joined Conservation Corps North Bay in 2009 as the organization’s on-staff grant writer. In her current role as Program Development and Outcomes Manager, she works to develop organizational capacity, increase impact and generate resources in support of under-served youth, the environment and workforce development programs.Brenda has more than 20 years of fundraising experience on behalf of low-income youth and families.

Brittany Morgan

Senior Research Specialist at Feeding America

Brittany Morgan has served on the research team at Feeding America for nearly 6 years, leading national research initiatives with member food banks to better understand and advocate for the people we serve. Her work seeks to elevate both the needs and the capabilities of individuals and families who visit food pantries and meal programs nationwide. Originally from Miami, Florida, Brittany graduated from the University of Chicago and maintains a fond interest in the intersecting worlds of food security, public health, wellness, and social justice.

Bryan Stevenson

Founder and Executive Director at Equal Justice Initiative

BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 recognizing the world’s most influential people. In 2016, he received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He was named in Fortune’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders list. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 29 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including the Carnegie Medal by the American Library Association for the best nonfiction book of 2014 and a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

Camille Ramani

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

Camille specializes in building organizational backbone, focusing on operations, technology, and the use and role of data within organizations to create a stronger, equitable social sector. With three guiding actions — listening, understanding, and executing — she builds collaborative relationships to partner with organizations on accomplishing their goals. Camille has more than 20 years’ experience working on projects from California to Kenya with organizations in the international, economic-development, social-enterprise, non-profit, non-governmental, and public sectors.

Carolyn Valli

Executive Director at Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Carolyn joinedCentral Berkshire Habitat for Humanity in November 2007 as its first Executive Director and paid employee. She has been a lead proponent of improving access to services for under-resourced Pittsfield residents and for using homeownership as a critical tool in breaking the cycle of generational poverty. CBHFH has been recognized for its community revitalization and for its work to engage the people they seek to help in shaping programs and services. Carolyn was deeply involved as a community partner to bring the Berkshire Bridges: Working Cities Initiative to Pittsfield and serves on its Executive Committee.

Cathy Moore

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS)

Cathy joined Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) as Executive Director in 2016. She has over seventeen years of non-profit experience. Cathy has spent most of her career working in faith based non-profit organizations. Cathy’s passion for non-profit work is evidenced by her history of volunteerism; serving on boards and in mentoring roles with a variety of community non-profit organizations. “My greatest passion is working to expand and improve our programs to meet the needs of our families” Cathy is one of the recipients of the 2017 Houston Humanitarian Award and serves on the Board of Believe in Dog Therapy.

Chris Watler

Executive Director of CEO New York at Center for Employment Opportunities

Christopher Watler is the Executive Director of CEO New York. He provides operational and strategic leadership towards the achievement CEO’s mission and growth goals. Prior to joining CEO, Mr. Watler worked for the Center for Court Innovation in several key roles. He served as the Project Director for the Harlem Community Justice Center where he developed nationally recognized, evidence-based reentry programs for youth and adults, as well as diversion programs for juveniles and eviction prevention programs for housing court litigants. Mr. Watler also served as the Deputy Director of National Technical Assistance where he provided information and assistance to justice systems nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in the launch of both the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Mr. Watler has developed and managed youth development programs for high-risk New York City youth as the Operations and Training Manager at the City Volunteer Corps, an NYC demonstration program that was a precursor to the federal AmeriCorps program, and as a Community Center Director for the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem. Mr. Watler currently chairs the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem where he helped to lead the completion of a forty million dollar new Clubhouse and affordable housing at a historic former public school building in Harlem–P.S 186.

Corey DeLeon

Distribution Programs Manager at Central Texas Food Bank

Corey DeLeon joined the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) in 2017, and has dedicated the past six years working for or with food banks to administer a wide variety of programming. Currently, he oversees a diverse set of distribution programs that directly reach Central Texans in need and allow CTFB to tackle the hunger issue on multiple fronts.

Corey Matthews

Vice President at LeadersUp

Corey Matthews is a nonprofit management and public policy professional with a decade of experience in leading, designing and evaluating community-based programs. He has experience in several areas of social policy including education and criminal justice, and currently serves as the Vice President for the LeadersUp organization. In this capacity, he manages the LeadersUp impact, programs and advancement departments responsible for employer-led initiatives in all markets. He also provides strategy analysis to inform broader organizational management and partnership goals.

Dennis Whittle

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Feedback Labs

Dennis Whittle is co-founder and director of Feedback Labs. He was also co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding + crowdsourcing website, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. Earlier, he was Lead Economist at the World Bank, where his team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces – an approach which has been replicated in over one hundred countries by the World Bank and many other aid agencies, foundations, and impact investors. He has served in the past as Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Board Director of Internews.

Doria Equia

ECHOS Client at ECHOS

Dora Equia came to Houston in 2000 as a single mother of a 2 year old son. Later she met the man who is the father of her other 4 children. Now, she is the mother of 5 children, and the oldest is attending the University of Houston. All the other children are also still in school. In 2011, she learned from a church that she could receive help at ECHOS for the services she needed. Since first coming to ECHOS she continues to come for services and to recomend ECHOS to other people.

Fay Twersky

Director, Effective Philanthropy Group at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Fay is director of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group. In that capacity, she oversees five functions, including cross-foundation strategy support; evaluation and organization learning; and grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2011, Fay advised Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation), served as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation —designing and developing its Impact Planning & Improvement division — and was a founding principal of BTW Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.

Frances Isbell

CEO at Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston

Frances Isbell is the Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing care for 8,000 people annually. As the inaugral CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, Ms. Isbell has been instrumental in bringing together a large number of community-based agencies, healthcare clinicians, educational institutions, and public organizations to forge a common strategic plan to effectively address the health needs of people experiencing homelessness. The primary aim of this consortium is to increase access to quality healthcare while concurrently reducing costly and ineffective service duplication. Since joining this endeavor in 1998, Ms. Isbell has received numerous local and national awards and recognitions for her work, and two of HHH’s programs have been cited as a national best practices

Hailee Mertz

Manager of Agency Support at Alameda County Community Food Bank

Helen Chen

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

Helen has a passion for improving opportunities for youth through education. Her independent consulting practice focuses on program evaluation, curriculum and teacher professional development, and technical assistance. Helen has also worked as the research manager on an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) validation study to evaluate READS for Summer Learning, a program aimed at improving reading comprehension outcomes in high-poverty elementary schools.

Jo Carcedo

Vice President for Grants at Episcopal Health Foundation

Jo Carcedo is the Episcopal Health Foundation’s Vice President for Grants. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of health and human services developing service delivery systems, implementing programs, allocating resources, and grants management. Her previous experience includes executive leadership positions with regional and national organizations including Legacy Community Health, Neighborhood Centers Inc., now called Baker Ripley, and World Vision. Jo serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Southwest, American Leadership Forum and Incarnate Word Academy High School in Houston.

Joy Reynolds

Director of Grants & Evaluation at Our House

Joy Reynolds is the Director of Grants & Evaluation at Our House in Little Rock, Arkansas. She leads Our House's Listen for Good project, through which the organization seeks to create feedback loops with the 1,700 homeless and near-homeless clients they serve annually.

June Wang

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

June is a senior portfolio manager for the Listen for Good Initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She has worked in the social sector for 15 years, bridging data and analysis with experience and reflection to bring about change. As an independent consultant, she works to improve organizational processes, facilitate learning, and implement measurement systems for nonprofits and foundations. Prior to consulting, she served as the organizational learning officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Justin Smith

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

Justin is an independent consultant focused on developing program evaluation tools for nonprofit organizations. Prior to consulting, Justin was a research fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he developed survey instruments to collect data from marginalized populations.

Kathy Reich

Director, BUILD at Ford Foundation

Kathy serves as Ford’s director of BUILD, a new initiative to strengthen key institutions fighting inequality worldwide. Previously, she was at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she served in various roles, including director of Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy, program officer for preschool grantmaking, and policy analyst/editor for The Future of Children journal. Prior to joining Packard, Kathy was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California.

Katie Carver Reed

Manager, Research and Program Services at Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Katie Carver Reed is Manager, Research & Program Services at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. In her role, she is responsible for research efforts conducted by the Foodbank, including the Pathways for Community Voices project, manages children’s hunger initiatives, and supports the Foodbank's advocacy efforts. Katie’s passion for this work comes from her experience growing up in a low-income household that, at times, received food from local food pantries and community organizations.

Katie Midgley

Director of Research & Evaluation at Plough Foundation

A Starkville, MS native, Katie Midgley moved to Memphis in 2008 and joined the Plough Foundation in 2011 as a Program Associate. She was promoted to her current role in 2014. Katie is the Foundation’s lead researcher- From 2011 to 2014, she led an intense data collection and stakeholder convening around the issues of aging, leading to the issuing of the Foundation's first Request For Proposals in our 50 year history. Subsequently, the Foundation awarded an unprecedented series of grants to organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of our senior population. Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie served as Community Outreach and Public Policy Associate for The Urban Child Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children from birth to age three. Katie has a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University’s College of Education and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences. Her master’s thesis, “The Role of Parents’ Incarceration in the Emotional Health and Problem Behaviors of At-risk Adolescents” was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. She is active in numerous local organizations, including The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County and the Overton Park Conservancy. She is a proud member of the Grantmakers of Aging Board of Directors! Katie has been recognized for her community work by Inside Memphis Business (Power Player, 2018), CityCurrent The Spark Awards (Best Individual: Adult, 2016), Memphis Business Journal (Top Forty Under Forty, 2014) and the Memphis Flyer (Top Twenty Under Thirty, 2013). She is an alumni of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program, the Southeastern Council Hull Fellows Program and the Leadership Memphis Executive Program. Katie and her husband Tom live in the Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown Memphis with their emphatic Pug, Rosie, and elusive Tuxedo Cat, Piper.

Kelley Gulley

Senior Program Officer at The James Irvine Foundation

Kelley is a senior program officer at Irvine, splitting her time between grantmaking in Southern California as part of the Career Readiness and Living Wage Work Initiative and serving on the Impact, Assessment & Learning Team. Prior to joining Irvine, Kelley served as interim managing director/director of Portfolio Management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth, in Menlo Park, California. There she implemented a national grantmaking strategy to support long-term mentoring programs operating in urban areas, resulting in high percentages of youth graduating from high school and college, many of whom were first-generation students. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the strategic initiatives administrator at Eastern Star Church and teaching and preaching as a licensed, ordained minister at World Conquerors Church in Oakland.

Kelly Cox

Associate Director of Neighborhood Revitalization at Habitat for Humanity International

Kelly Cox, Associate Director of Neighborhood Revitalization has over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with specialties in research, monitoring and evaluation, program design, and resource development.At Habitat for Humanity International, Kelly supports program design and implementation, including oversight of partnerships and resources, and integration and dissemination of learnings. Before joining Habitat, Kelly managed a global research study examining the impact of a vertical health program on primary health care and routine immunization. She has also led targeted approaches in the areas of community and economic development, health, education, water and sanitation, and emergency response.

Kim Ammann Howard

Director of Impact Assessment and Learning at The James Irvine Foundation

Kim is Irvine’s director of Impact Assessment and Learning. She has more than 25 years of social impact experience with nonprofits, foundations, and the public sector in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining the foundation in 2015, Kim spent 10 years at Informing Change, a Berkeley-based consulting firm, designing, conducting, and overseeing evaluation, strategy, and applied research efforts. Previous positions include directing evaluations and applied research projects at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. At the Contra Costa County’s Health Services Department, she facilitated the implementation of a variety of prevention programs and staffed cross-sector networks focused on policy and systems change.

Kris Helé

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

Kris brings a deep understanding of data and evaluation to her consulting work with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including expertise in measurement design, implementation, analysis, and reporting. As a thought partner to her clients, she is particularly experienced with and passionate about health and health care, education and youth services, leadership development, and organizational capacity building.

Larry Kramer

President at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Larry Kramer has been President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2012. Under his leadership, the foundation has maintained its commitment to areas of enduring concern, while adapting its approaches and strategies to meet changing circumstances and seize new opportunities. He has, at the same time, been instrumental in launching new efforts to respond to pressing and timely problems, such as challenges related to political polarization and cybersecurity. Since joining the Hewlett Foundation, he has written and spoken about issues related to effective philanthropy, including the importance of collaboration among funders and the need to provide grantees with long-term support. He frequently lectures and writes about broad societal issues, from global climate change to the challenge of maintaining democratic government in the 21st century. Before joining the foundation, Larry served from 2004 to 2012 as Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. During his tenure, he spearheaded significant educational reforms, pioneering a new model of multidisciplinary legal studies while enlarging the clinical education program and incorporating a public service ethos. His teaching and scholarly interests include American legal history, constitutional law, federalism, separation of powers, the federal courts, conflict of laws, and civil procedure.

Linda Kelley

Chair, Executive Committee at Working Cities Pittsfield

Linda Morris Kelley, Principal and Enterprise Ecologist with Transitioning to Green, LLC. Where vision meets practical implementation, she works to develop capacities, mindsets, presence, and skills to lead collaborations and produce sustainable enterprise. She is a leader in using virtual technologies for collaborative problem-solving, immersive learning, and collective ingenuity. Applying her business experience in service of her communities, she is currently Resident Chair of the Executive Committee of Berkshire Bridges/Working Cities.Linda is a co-author of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook, Second Edition(2018)

Lindsay Austin Louie

Program Officer at William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Lindsay is the program officer for Philanthropy Grantmaking at Hewlett. In that capacity, she leads two grantmaking strategies focused on increasing philanthropic effectiveness: (1) Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, and (2) the Hewlett Foundation’s participation in Fund for Shared Insight. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2013, Lindsay served as executive director of the Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SV2), and ran business development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.

Lissette Rodriguez

Vice President, Chief Program Officer at Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Lissette is vice president and chief program officer at EMCF, overseeing the foundation’s core program, the Youth Development Fund, and PropelNext, which helps youth-serving nonprofits use data and self-evaluation to improve programs and capacity. She is also in charge of evaluation and learning at the foundation. Before joining EMCF in 2010, Lissette held positions at YouthBuild USA and the Boston Foundation, and was the founding executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, a shelter for homeless Latina women and their children.

Louis Ramirez

ECHOS Client at ECHOS

Louis Ramirez was born in Houston in 1958. He spent much of his childhood in a foster home in Des Moines, Iowa. As fate would have it he was sent to Pensacola, Florida for a year and then back home to Houston where he started working as a cook for more than 36 years. Now, he volunteers at ECHOS almost every day. He came to ECHOS after receiving Hurricane Harvey support and assistance. He is a Harvey survivor. Louis helps with the Food Pantry, and at Saturday Food Fairs. He loves giving back to the community, and especially at ECHOS.

Lymari Benitez

Director of Program Evaluation at Pace Center for Girls

Lymari Benitez, Ph.D. joined PACE Center for Girls in June 2015 and oversees the Department of Program Evaluation. This department is responsible for the organization data collection and analysis efforts and provides technical assistance regarding data quality and interpretation to 20 centers and headquarters. Dr. Benitez has over 10 years of experience in the research and evaluation field. Prior to joining PACE, she served as the lead evaluator of the Statewide System of Care Expansion Initiative for Children and Youth supported by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She also worked at Harlem Children’s Zone, a community-based organization that is dedicated to the healthy development of children in Central Harlem, where she led evaluation activities geared towards producing useful information to guide program improvement and implementation.

Marcie Benne

Director of Engagement Research & Advancement at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Marcie Benne, PhD, is currently the Director of Engagement Research and Advancement at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) where her team involves learners -- particularly those that have not been involved with OMSI -- in partnership, staff, co-development, and participatory research opportunities related to exhibits and programs. OMSI, located in Portland, Oregon, includes multiple exhibit halls and labs, spaces specifically for children 0 - 6 years old, a planetarium, large screen theater, submarine, eatery, gift shop, and café. The museum serves over 1 million visitors at the museum and at off-site education programs. OMSI is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs.

Mary Marx

President & CEO at PACE Center for Girls

Mary Marx is the President & CEO of the PACE Center for Girls, Inc. and over the past 9 years she has led PACE through a major organizational transformation, implementing a growth strategy that has doubled the number of girls reached by PACE, doubled revenue to sustain this growth and significantly advanced PACE’s programs, services and reach across Florida. Under Marx’s leadership, PACE enhanced finance and investments, human resources, program operations, learning and development, technology and resource development. Her proudest accomplishment however, is uniting all 20 PACE Centers behind a common vision.

Melinda Tuan

Managing Director at Fund for Shared Insight

Melinda is Fund for Shared Insight’s managing director, guiding and facilitating the collaborative’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melinda promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her unique combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.

Melissa Rivera

Organizational Development Consultant and Evaluation Consultant at Habitat for Humanity International

Melissa Rivera,Evaluation Consultant with Habitat for Humanity International, has over 17 years of experience in research, evaluation, monitoring, and organizational development. At HFHI, she provides evaluation/monitoring consultancies to Habitat affiliates with a specialty in designing a systematized process that leverages the communities’ voice to co-create change. Prior to joining HFHI, she served as a Director of Evaluation/Research, where she designed national evaluations, provided logistical/operational support, and monitored program fidelity of the Department of Defense program.

Meredyth Sneed

Project Consultant, Listen for Good at Fund for Shared Insight

Meredyth is a project consultant for the Listen for Good initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance evaluation for nonprofit organizations. Previously, Meredyth was a management consultant providing strategic planning and data analysis for financial institutions.

Naomi Andebrhan

Fund For Shared Insight

Naomi is a strategy and management consultant at Public Equity Group, working with clients to create positive impact in disadvantaged communities across the country. Previously, she worked with AmeriCares to manage effective and efficient delivery of medical aid to global partners. Naomi has also worked as a research analyst for a variety of initiatives, including Get Screened Oakland and the International Family AIDs Program.

Nate Mandel

TA Provider/Program Innovation Analyst at L4G/Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

Nate builds programs and manages projects that help nonprofits optimize impact and efficiency. With more than three years of experience designing and scaling beneficiary feedback systems, his approach uses a lens of social justice and incorporates both human-centered designs and evidenced-based practices. Nate is the Program Innovation Analyst at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), which provides employment services to formerly incarcerated individuals.

Paula John

ECHOS Client at ECHOS

In 1980, Paula John came to the United States for a vacation. She fell in love and got married. She has 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She says, “I am just a simple person whom God blessed with a family”. In 2015 she became sick with rheumatic arthritis. She was devastated and I didn’t know what to do. A friend of hers told her to go to ECHOS to get assistance filling out a Gold Card Application so she could go to the doctor. She says, “they took care of me. Now I have my Gold Card and I get my medicine and medical care from a doctor. Plus, I became a part of the ECHOS family.”

Rachel Rehert

Data and Marketing Specialist at Silicon Valley Children's Fund & TeenForce

Rachel Rehert is the Data and Marketing Specialist at Silicon Valley Children’s Fund & TeenForce. She graduated from University of Southern California with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. Rachel transitioned from working in research to nonprofits in order to have a more direct impact on youth in the community.

Sarah Jones

Called "a master of the genre" by The New York Times , Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning solo performer and writer. She is best known to theater audiences for her critically acclaimed multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel , originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and for her most recent piece, the Off-Broadway hit Sell/Buy/Date. Sarah is also a writer and producer on the Golden Globe® nominated Showtime comedy SMILF. The daughter of two physicians and the product of a multi-racial family and community, Sarah was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, honing her sense of empathy for people from all backgrounds and the diverse voices that characterize her work. Renowned as “a one woman global village”, she has also given multiple main-stage "TED talks" garnering millions of views, performed at The White House and United State of Women Summit at the invitation of President and First Lady Obama, and given an historic performance at The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Jones is also a long-standing advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. She is recognized internationally for her humanitarian activism, including her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, performing for audiences around the world, and raising awareness of issues including ethnic, racial, and economic disparities in the United States. Sarah's multimedia projects based on her characters include a new podcast with PRI, Playdate with Sarah Jones. Learn more about Sarah’s ongoing projects at www.sarahjonesonline.com or via social media at @jonesarah on Twitter and @xosarahjones on Instagram and Facebook.

Shannon Revels

Community & Youth Outreach

Shannon L. Revels is a former participant at CEO Center for Employment Opportunities in Oakland. He is currently a Resident Service Counselor for a non-profit organization called Community Housing Partnership. Prior to that position he worked as a Janitor for the same company and when the opportunity presented itself, he applied for the current position he now holds. When he's not working he enjoys going to the movies and spending time with family. He also finds time to give back to his community by participating in panel discussions in the Bay Area.

Somala Diby

Research Associate II at Urban Institute

Somala Diby is a Research Analyst Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she studies equity and empowerment in urban communities. She supports research on demographic and socioeconomic change and community building in American cities and supports several community-engaged research partnerships with government, neighborhoods, and nonprofits.

Sophie Sahaf

L4G TA Provider at Fund for Shared Insight

Sophie builds feedback and broader performance measurement systems from the ground up for nonprofits, always striving to match an organization’s strategic interests with appropriate measurement tools and methods. Her background includes nearly 15 years of experience in the federal government and the nonprofit sector, where she built, implemented, and evaluated anti-poverty programs both domestically and internationally.

Stacy Taylor

Head of Social Innovation at Fresh EBT by Propel

Fresh EBT is a free smart phone app for EBT cardholders to manage benefits and improve financial health; Fresh EBT enables balance checking and transaction history within a mobile app, similar to a mobile banking app you’d get from a consumer bank. In addition to balance checkin, Fresh EBT introduces users to other ways that they can improve their financial health, ranging from grocery coupons to employment opportunities to healthy, low-cost recipes. With a background in food access and advocacy, Stacy supports government, non profit and advocacy partnerships.

Toral Sanghavi

Sr. Director for Process Management and Analytics at The Village for Families & Children

Toral Sanghavi is the Senior Director for Process Management and Analytics department at the Village, a nonprofit agency that helps children, adults and families build resilience to overcome challenges that life throws at them. Toral has worked at The Village for 11 years and has been in the field for more than 17 years. She brings a wide range of expertise and skills to The Village to ensure necessary processes are in place so we may provide excellent services to children and families. She is responsible for organizational performance, research, technology, billing and provides oversight for access. Before working in the nonprofit sector, Toral was in academics and enjoyed being a professor.

Trevor Pollack

Program Officer and Manager of Special Projects at Barr Foundation

Trevor Pollack joined Barr in 2014 and staffs a range of work, including efforts to strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and a special initiative to create a more inclusive, inspiring, and resilient Boston waterfront. He also supports the Foundation’s board and executive leadership. A proud Cleveland native, Trevor previously worked in nonprofit arts administration. Trevor currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and on advisory committees for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Associated Grant Makers.

Troy Allen

Director of Employment and Family Support Services at SRVS

Troy has been in the disability services field thirty years. Prior to his appointment as SRVS Director of Employment, he developed a new community services model to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving full community integration, inclusion and employment. Troy has also served as Director of SRVS Industries, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Staff Development, Director of Incident Management/Investigations, Director of Family Support Services and Project Manager for multiple local, state and organizational initiatives. He also successfully launched Tennessee’s newly implemented “Employment and Community First” service model at SRVS.

Valerie Threlfall

Project Lead. Listen for Good at Fund for Shared Insight

Valerie is the project lead for the Listen for Good initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance measurement design for nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Valerie served as founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) YouthTruth Project, scaling the project from an idea to a nationally recognized survey and data analysis organization capturing youth perspectives. More than 85 percent of participating educators report using the student feedback gathered through YouthTruth to inform their programmatic and policy decisions. Prior to joining CEP, Valerie was part of the core business team that built a successful start-up biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (publicly traded, $750MM at peak).