Selection Committee

The Awards Selection Committee is an all-volunteer, expert group selected by the program’s Management Committee which is made up of representatives of Nonprofit New York, The New York Community Trust, and The Clark Foundation. The Selection Committee for these Awards is firmly committed to judging all applicants fairly, recognizing that small, medium, and large nonprofits may have different practices and achievements that define excellence. Nonprofit New York is committed to eliminating explicit and implicit bias from the consideration of applications, and to ensuring that equity is present at all stages of the application process. Past winners have included small, mid-sized and large organizations and we are committed to further diversifying the pool of winning organizations. All information submitted for consideration remains confidential to Selection Committee members and staff managing the Awards.

Members of the Selection Committee are carefully chosen for their deep and broad knowledge in the Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence that guide the Awards program. Employees of Nonprofit New York, The New York Community Trust, and The Clark Foundation do not in any way influence the Selection Committee's voting; however, these organizations administer and facilitate the Awards selection process.


Group photo of the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee

Selection Committee Members

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  • Yancy R. Garrido, (Committee Chair) Senior Program Officer, The Clark Foundation

    Yancy has served in the in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for more than 20 years; and since 2007, has been the Senior Program Officer at The Clark Foundation in New York City where he helps manage grants in education, employment, social services, and management training. He also sits on the executive committee of NYC Workforce Funders. His philanthropic experience includes co-founding Innovative Philanthropy, where he oversaw client relations for charitable giving and diligence to individuals and foundations; and serving as Managing Director for Survival Programs at the Robin Hood Foundation.

    Previously, Yancy represented low-income and homeless individuals as a staff attorney and outreach coordinator for the Passaic County Legal Aid Society in Paterson, NJ; practiced as a corporate public finance attorney at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon in NYC; and served for four years as a Peace Corps volunteer in western Honduras, where he established and directed an integrated rural community health training and education program that served more than 10,000 people. Yancy holds JD and MIA degrees from Columbia University and a BA from Bucknell University; and has won honors and fellowships in Spanish Literature and Latin American human rights. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar.

  • Moira Ariev, Principal, Moira Ariev Development Consulting

    Moira has served as a fundraising professional for over two decades and a development consultant since 2016, focusing on helping nonprofits sustainably build fundraising momentum and success and utilizing moments of transition to build capacity and improve strategy. She is also a development communications professional focusing on creating compelling case statements and top-quality solicitations and other communications. Moira has both hands-on and supervisory expertise encompassing development/strategic planning, governance and board development, institutional support, major gifts, appeals/direct mail, special events, recognition programs, development communications, and fundraising data management and infrastructure. Moira has built and led the fundraising departments of several NYC-based nonprofits working at the local and national levels, raising $1.5 to $10M annually. Earlier, she built up and directed the Special Events Department at NYU Medical Center (now NYU Langone Health), recruiting and leading a team of event professionals and implementing more than 100 benefit and cultivation events each year. She is a graduate of Harvard College with an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and she has raised two daughters in New York City.

  • Joseph J. Barretto, Principal, Barretto Consulting

    Joseph J. Barretto is a management strategist with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His expertise includes organizational and fundraising strategy and leadership development, with the goal of building the capacity of organizations to ensure their sustainability and maximize their impact.
    Joseph’s focus on providing nonprofit boards and leaders with the management tools and strategies necessary to strengthen their organizations was honed by his experiences in various management roles, including Deputy Director at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Deputy Executive Director at Hudson Guild, and Executive Director at The DOME Project, an education-focused nonprofit serving at-risk youth. In addition to consulting assignments in organizational assessments and strategic planning initiatives, fundraising campaigns, and board development, Joseph facilitates leadership and fundraising workshops and trainings to nonprofit managers and board members.
    Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College, and the New York City Area Committee of Harvard’s Center for Public Interest Careers, and is an Affiliate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange. Joseph holds degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.

  • Karim Beldjilali, Technology Risk Manager, The New York Times

    Karim Beldjilali is the New York Times' Technology Risk Manager and One Spirit Learning Alliance's Board President. He previously served as New York University's Senior IT Auditor. He has served nonprofits in roles ranging from interim Executive Director to strategic business and tech planning facilitator to onsite IT help. Karim's 15 years of experience has also included large multinationals like Barclays, UBS Investment Bank, and Sanofi, alongside serving NYC non-profits and businesses through RoundTable Technology. All of his current work covers the full lifecycle of a technology investment, risk management, strategic change and continuous improvement - all inspired by the work nonprofits perform in service to the greater good.

  • Diana Breen, Principal, Diana Breen Consulting

    Diana Breen stabilizes nonprofits in leadership transition or crisis by serving as Interim Executive Director. With over 20 years’ of management experience, a track record of winning seven-figure grants, and strong finance and operations muscles, she has navigated successful leadership transitions at organizations such as Marquis Studios, Rebuilding Together NYC, and the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD). Previous roles include serving as Executive Director of the economic empowerment non-profit Ariva, as well as in management positions at the Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Literacy Partners, NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs, and the New York Public Interest Research Group (where she taught a college class and broke the organization’s fundraising record). Diana graduated first in her class from Baruch College with an MPA in nonprofit management and magna cum laude from NYU with a degree in music. She volunteers on the Board of Directors of Grand St. Settlement and lives in South Slope, Brooklyn with the joys of her life - her husband and toddler daughter.

  • Leslie K. Brown, Interim Executive Director, Student Advocacy, Inc.

    Leslie is a change management professional providing comprehensive capacity building and Interim Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer leadership for nonprofit organizations. She has over fifteen years of senior leadership experience working with staff and Boards undergoing transition and organizational change. In addition to her nonprofit work, she has over ten years of corporate domestic and international experience in executive management, marketing, business development, program and service development, and strategic planning. Leslie has coached, mentored, and implemented professional development opportunities for staff, and provided ongoing feedback and training around board best practices, governance, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a Trustee and Nominating Chair on the Planned Parenthood of Metro New Jersey (PPMNJ) Board, and a Montclair Civil Rights Commissioner, elected by the Mayor and City Council, to the Civil Rights Commission. Leslie holds a BS in Pre-Med, Biology from American University, an MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business, where she received the Dean’s Award for Distinction, and the Arthur Turnbull Alumni Award for Public Service. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

  • Julie Micou Cerf, Interim Executive Director

    Julie is an Interim Executive Director for nonprofit organizations undergoing transformational leadership change. She specializes in general management, fundraising, communications and rebranding, finance and audit, organizational assessment, board governance and board development. She has led ongoing entities, mergers, and corporate dissolutions. Julie recently finished her 7th interim assignment, at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance in the Bronx. A new nonprofit, VCPA is the product of a recent merger between two conservancy organizations with overlapping missions but different cultures. The twelve-month assignment involved building solid program, funding, operations, and board infrastructure as a foundation for future growth. Julie came to specialize in interim leadership work after over 25 years in numerous management roles at philanthropies and nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. She has also served as a nonprofit founder and Trustee.

  • Michael Davidson, Board Coach

    Michael Davidson is a consultant specializing in nonprofit board development, management support, leadership transition, and executive coaching for nonprofit managers. He has over 30 years experience in nonprofit board and managerial leadership and has provided board training and retreat facilitation for more than 150 nonprofit organizations. He is the former Chair of Governance Matters, designed and led the board candidate and organizational training for the Board Serve NYC program of the United Way of New York City and is a member of the Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, an Assistant District Attorney and an attorney in private practice. He holds a BS in mathematics from New York State University College on Long Island, a JD from Columbia Law School and an M. Ph in Anthropology from Yale University. For more detail, see:

  • Jen Chau Fontán, President, JCF Coaching

    Jen Chau Fontán is a mixed race woman of color and coach with over 20 years of experience in management and building talent functions from the ground up at various non profits. Jen has created systems for equitable practices in recruitment, hiring, performance management and staff development. She has also built healthy and engaging organizational cultures and internal programs around equity and inclusion. Jen continues to focus on building capacity in individuals through her independent coaching practice at JCF Coaching as well as serving as a coach in residence to leaders in the progressive sector at The Management Center. Jen received her BA in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and her MS in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

  • Shibani Gambhir, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

    Shibani Gambhir is the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts. As COO, she is responsible for the vision, administration, and financial viability and effectiveness of the Foundation. Shibani has over twenty years of nonprofit experience in executive and consulting roles for local, national, and international organizations. She has put in place financial systems, pay equity schedules, policies and procedures manuals, managed budget processes, board structures, and created space to support teams with their professional goals, amongst managing other areas vital for nonprofits. As a Confidence Coach, Shibani works with clients to help them achieve their life-oriented goals and have their confidence shine through. She is also Co-Founder of the Ops Infinity Group where members in the Operations Field come together to share best practices. She has been selected for many volunteer leadership positions in her community, is the Co-Chair of YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals), a Trustee of her Neighborhood Association, as well as Career Coach for The Posse Foundation. Shibani earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from PACE University, a Degree in Coaching from NYU, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta. When she's not working, you can find her reading, traveling, and running her next half-marathon.

  • Patrick Germain, Founder and Principal, Germain Impact Solutions

    Patrick Germain is the Founder and Principal of Germain Impact Solutions, which provides planning, performance measurement, and evaluation consulting services to nonprofit, philanthropic, and governmental organizations across the health, housing, and human services sectors. Patrick has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, with a strong focus on social justice and racial equity. He began his career as a Bilingual Family Counselor at a homeless family shelter, and it was those years of working side by side with those families that fomented his passion for social, racial, and economic justice. After that, he worked in a community-based organization providing child welfare, community health, and youth services. He served as Chief Strategy Officer at Project Renewal, a large nonprofit organization providing shelter, housing, healthcare, and workforce development to homeless individuals with mental health and substance use needs. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Policy, Planning, and Strategic Data Use at the New York City Health Department. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and founded the NYC affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.

  • Jason Hutchins, President, Nonprofit Solutions Network

    Jason Hutchins founded Nonprofit Solutions Network in 1998 to help nonprofits increase capacity, lower costs, and improve their overall operation through the use of technology. Jason prides himself on providing technology solutions customized to meet the unique needs and financial challenges of nonprofits. With his broad IT background and distinctive approach, Jason has worked with many large NYC nonprofits, including Community Service Society, New York Cares, United Way of New York City and Vera Institute of Justice. Jason writes and presents on a variety of IT related topics. Jason is a graduate of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, funded by Goldman Sachs.

  • Tiloma Jayasinghe, Membership Director, Donors of Color Network

  • Carine Jocelyn, CEO, Diaspora Community Services

    Carine Jocelyn is a nonprofit executive and leader with more than 25 years of experience working in human services as an accomplished administrator, trainer, and program officer. Carine is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Diaspora Community Services, located in Brooklyn, New York, and is the principal and founder of Carine Jocelyn Consulting (CJC). Her areas of expertise include nonprofit management, program/budget development, training, quality assurance, and board development. Carine is also an organizational management expert, advocate, and trainer with experience managing national/international programs focusing on women and girls' empowerment. She has served on boards of directors, task forces, and committees. Carine’s commitment is aligned with cultural competency as well as anti-poverty and anti-racist principles. Her coaching is focused on connecting to individuals, enabling impact, clarity, and transformation regarding personal/professional goals, life/work balance, and leading with purpose. Organizations seek her coaching skills as an integrated approach to strategic human resources planning. Carine holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Masters in Public Administration, and professional certifications in Human Resources and Organizational Development & Leadership. She is bilingual French.

  • Michelle M. Lawrence , Director of Anti-Racism Organizational Development, Safe Horizon

    Michelle M. Lawrence is the Director of Anti-Racism Organizational Development at Safe Horizon where she plays a leading role in Safe Horizon’s work to address systemic racism and move Safe Horizon towards being a more racially equitable and inclusive workplace and organization. She is part of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Racism Steering Committee, and works closely with internal working groups and affinity groups in developing and coordinating an annual action plan, leading conversations about racism throughout the organization, and partnering with external consultants to further the organization’s work to create lasting, measurable change. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Child Welfare.

  • Tim Lemberger, Director of Marketing and Communications, Project Sunshine

    Tim Lemberger serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Project Sunshine, an international network of 19,000 volunteers that provides play and activities to help children cope while facing medical challenges each year. He oversees all marketing and communications activities, including branding, digital marketing, social media, public relations and strategic planning. Tim has over 25 years of marketing and communications experience, with extensive work with nonprofit organizations. Previously, he directed marketing and communications activities at Education Through Music for seven years, where the organization was honored with the New York Nonprofit Excellence Award in the area of Communications in 2018. Tim received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.

  • Laurie Lessage, Director of Finance and Administration, Day One

    As Director of Finance and Administration at Day One, Laurie wears multiple hats. She is responsible for setting strategy, developing, organizing, and directing financials, works closely with the Board of Directors’ Finance and Audit Committees, and is also responsible for directing human resources activities, including staffing plans, HR policies and procedures, compensation, benefits, training, and professional development. Prior to joining Day One, Laurie was the Finance & Operations Manager at Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. Today, she currently serves as Board Treasurer on the Board of Directors for The Lineage Project, a NYC-based nonprofit that brings mindfulness programs to incarcerated and vulnerable young people. Laurie is an avid meditator herself and believes that presence is what connects us to our sense of self, allowing us to identify thoughts and emotions and make better decisions. Laurie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Curry College and her Masters of Public Administration from Framingham State University. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources, a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, and completed the Columbia Executive Leadership Program in spring 2019. Laurie is a self-proclaimed radical HR practitioner, committed to creating equitable environments in which people have fun and enjoy their work.

  • Tracey Little, Systems Operation Manager, ActionIQ

    Tracey Little is an information technology professional who has a diverse background in the nonprofit and the corporate sector. Tracey’s experience as an IT veteran of 25 years encompasses instructional education for NYC Department of Education, service desk, infrastructure, and IT operations management. Currently, at ActionIQ as a Systems Operations Manager, she oversees Incident Management and sets the direction for service delivery. Prior to ActionIQ, Tracey served as Director of Infrastructure for Safe Horizon where she oversaw the technologies both on premises and in the cloud. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tracey has an unwavering commitment for social justice. For almost 10 years, she has served as a committee member of Kitchen Table Giving Circle: a donor advised fund that provides philanthropic support to lesbian-lead initiatives. Recently she began working to aid young adults preparing for careers in finance and technology by volunteering her time at YearUp. Tracey holds a Bachelor’s from Pace University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

  • Marissa Martin, Executive Director, Advocacy Institute

    Marissa Martin is the Executive Director of the Advocacy Institute. Prior to joining the Advocacy Institute, she served as the Northeast Director of Young Invincibles, leading policy and advocacy efforts around higher education, workforce development and healthcare for young adults. Marissa has always had a passion for social justice and making larger systemic change to increase access and equity, holding several leadership positions overseeing Policy, Operations and Data teams. These positions include serving as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Public Engagement Unit; the Director of Policy and Government Relations at ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC), as well as the Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families where she led CACF’s New York State and City budget advocacy campaigns. Marissa is a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and holds a Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, with concentrations in Community Organizing, Planning and Development. Marissa serves on the Advisory Board for Also-Known-As, a nonprofit focused on empowering the voice of international adoptees.

  • Deborah Martin-Owens, Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion, New York City Bar Association

    Deborah Martin Owens is the Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the New York City Bar Association where she leads the City Bar’s efforts in equity, inclusion and supports more than 160 law firms and corporation legal departments in their inclusion efforts. She is the Vice-Chair of Women Creating Change (previously Women’s City Club of New York) and is a member of the House of Delegates for the New York State Bar Association. Prior to the City Bar, Deborah was in the New York Office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she focused on a broad range of complex commercial litigation. She has held leadership positions in various organizations, including the National Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Among her several awards, she is an inaugural recipient of the Shirley Stewart Farmer Women of Excellence Award given by the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges. She previously served on the board of Friends of Island Academy.

  • Maribel Martinez-Gunter, Director of the Family Law and Immigration Unit, Manhattan Legal Services (Legal Services NYC)

    Maribel Martinez-Gunter, Esq. graduated from CUNY School of Law in 1995 and New York University in 1992. She has dedicated her entire legal profession to securing the rights of marginalized communities, working specifically with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, parents charged with child abuse and neglect and immigrant families seeking to stabilize their lives. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Family Law & Immigration Unit at Manhattan Legal Services, leading a team of 9 lawyers and 2 social workers in an interdisciplinary, holistic model of community lawyering. Maribel is heavily involved in the development and implementation of the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan. She sits on the Citywide DEI Committee, the People of Color Organizing Committee and she co-convenes the LatinX Affinity Group. In 2019, Maribel completed the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship and in 2014, she completed the Racial Justice Training Institute at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She has received numerous distinctions for her contributions to the field of public interest and she remains committed to creating structures of equity.

  • Neema Mbonela, Independent Consultant

    Neema Mbonela is a Human Resources professional with over ten years of experience working all facets of human resources in for-profit and non-profit organizations. In her career, she has helped organizations scale up, build HR capacity, implemented HR systems and processes and partnered with leaders on employee engagement and culture initiatives. She holds a BA in International Business from Fordham University and an MBA in Human Resources Management from Goldey-Beacom College.

  • Cathryn McAleavey, Lead Consultant, FMA

  • Luis Medina, Senior Associate, Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund

    Luis Medina is a Senior Associate on the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund where he works with mission-driven organizations to help solve financial challenges and support strategic decision-making. Prior to joining NFF, Luis was the Senior Manager of Finance and Operations at Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization that works in New York City public schools to cultivate healthy students and communities through hands-on cooking and gardening education. He holds a B.S. in accounting and business management from St. Joseph’s College and an M.A. in food studies from New York University, where he concentrated in global food systems and development. Luis is also an adjunct instructor at Hudson County Community College where he teaches courses on food and culture.

  • Elise Miller, Associate Director of Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund

    Elise is an Associate Director on the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund. In this role, she supports mission-driven organizations across the country through leading customized financial and strategic consulting services. Elise partners with foundations, nonprofits, and boards to design, manage, and deliver initiatives that build financial strength and adaptability to drive a more impactful social sector. She works with nonprofit leaders from across sectors—social services, advocacy, health, arts, and more—to tackle complex financial challenges, and supports partnerships, cohorts, and collaboratives in operationalizing breakthrough ideas and turning social sector innovation into action. Prior to joining NFF, she was a Research Analyst at Vera Institute of Justice, conducting data analysis and evaluation for immigration and anti-human trafficking programs. She has also worked at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Federal Defenders of New York. Elise holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Master of Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

  • Laurel Molloy, Founder & Chief Consultant, Innovations Quantified

    Laurel helps organizations increase their impact by clarifying their intended outcomes, and the steps to achieve, measure, and learn from them. She founded the training and consulting firm, Innovations Quantified (IQ), in 1999, and since then has served hundreds of nonprofits and foundations throughout the US and internationally. Laurel is known for her ability to make this challenging topic more accessible, whether in trainings or ongoing consulting engagements. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU, and authored the widely-utilized instructional guidebook, Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand.

  • Mary O’Shaughnessy, Director, Information Technology, Her Justice

    As Director of Information Services at Her Justice, Mary has been a key contributor in CRM system implementations such as Oracle and Salesforce in nonprofit and corporate organizations, including pension, financial research, and humanitarian services. Additionally, she lends her data expertise to the American Red Cross in Greater New York where she has been a volunteer since 2007, and to her local community board in Manhattan. Mary has extensive expertise in information technology auditing, requirements gathering, business process analysis, data mapping, and user acceptance testing, and has been with Her Justice since 2009.

  • Christa Orth, Principal, Wingo NYC

    Christa Orth is Principal of Wingo NYC, a fundraising and design consulting firm for social, cultural, and environmental change. Since joining the firm in 2014, Christa has helped clients deepen donor engagement for the long term. She is a whip-smart strategist, teacher, speaker and coach, who has served in the nonprofit trenches for over 20 years, developing fundraising infrastructure from the ground up for Streetsblog & Streetfilms and StoryCorps. Christa has expertise in effective written and digital storytelling and has helped hundreds of organizations attract and upgrade donors at all levels. She believes anyone can be a donor, and delights in moving resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to groups that are changing the world. Christa values sharing her expertise through the Women Writing Philanthropy Project of the Feminist Press, on the Selection Committee of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards and the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NYC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee. In her artistic life, she is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Christa earned a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Western Washington University and an MA in American History at the University of Oregon. She is a proud member of Women in Development and founding member of the women’s executive network, Chief.

  • Molly Penn, President, PENN Creative Strategy

    Molly Penn has been a consultant to mission-based organizations for nearly two decades, and has deep experience working across many aspects of the nonprofit sector—including community development, education, human services, social justice, and the arts—to help organizations become stronger and have a greater impact. She is particularly interested in how effective strategy can help organizations disrupt and rebalance systems of power, privilege, and access, whether through cultural reflection, direct service, philanthropy, or advocacy. She began her professional life on staff at a large NYC arts nonprofit, as well as held senior staff positions at various smaller organizations. Molly has a BA from Bard College, MBA in Management from Fordham University, and a Masters from Columbia University. She is certified in Appreciative Inquiry change management, Lean process analysis, Hogan personality inventory, and trained as a professional coach. Molly serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She lives in Manhattan.

  • Michelle Portlock, Director of Evaluation, Osborne Association

    Michelle Portlock is the Director of Evaluation at the Osborne Association, a provider of services for people impacted by the criminal justice system, with the largest nonprofit presence in New York State prisons. She supports the organization in defining intended outcomes, developing systems to monitor performance, and using data to enhance impact. She leads both internal performance management initiatives and external evaluations with academic partners and consultants. Osborne is the recipient of the 2018 NPCC Nonprofit Excellence Prize in the area of Results and Impact. Michelle has over twenty-five years of experience with non-profit management and has worked as a consultant on a variety of strategic planning, evaluation, and program development projects. She received her Master of Public Administration degree from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and a past board member of the New York Consortium of Evaluators (NYCE). She serves as Vice President of the board of Infinite Hope, a volunteer animal rescue group in Brooklyn.

  • Anne Rehkopf Townsend, Principal, ART & Strategy

    Anne Rehkopf Townsend, CFRE has over 20 years of professional fundraising experience. Prior to launching her consulting business in 2005, Anne served as the Director of Development of the Brooklyn Historical Society and the National Academy of Design, two NYC based cultural organizations giving her direct experience with major gift strategies, membership programs, capital planning and campaigns, event management and planning, foundation and government grants, direct mail campaigns, board recruitment and development planning. Working in a small shop, Anne developed the skills needed to manage multiple projects while understanding the best and most effective ways to use her time and engage other staff members and the board in the fundraising efforts of her organizations. Working with dozens of organizations over the past ten years, Anne has helped her clients raise millions of dollars through planning, training, and coaching.

  • Robin L. Robin, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, The Fortune Society

    Robin L. Robin, SPHR, currently serves as Associate VP of Human Resources at the Fortune Society and Board Treasurer of Lutheran Social Services of NY. Robin is a Human Resources professional consultant with over 25 years of experience in HR, IT, and Nonprofit Management. Most recently, she served as the VP of Human Resources at New York Hall of Science, and prior to that she was Director of HR for Girls Inc. and Director of HR & Operations (COO) for Citizens Committee for NYC (CCNYC), where she held every position including acting president over a span of 17 years. Robin has been a member of HRPANO since 1997, sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Council for National Collaboration for Families, HR Council for the National Assembly for Human Services, and on the Children’s Arts Guild Women’s Group Planning Committee. She is the former Council President of Christ Lutheran New Hyde Park as well as former Board President of Little Sprouts Pre-School.

  • Andrea J. Rogers, Senior Consultant, Community Resource Exchange

    Andrea J. Rogers is a Senior Consultant at Community Resource Exchange (CRE) and has more than 18 years of domestic and global experience with community based organizations, nonprofits, and philanthropies. At CRE, Andrea works with a wide spectrum of nonprofit clients on aspects of organizational development including strategic planning, board development, human resource assessment, culture change, and partnership development. Andrea has been a part of CRE's team designing curriculum and facilitating dialogue and training around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practice for nonprofit organizations since 2017. Prior to joining CRE, Andrea served as a Regional Program Officer for Southern Africa at the Synergos Institute, and was a Senior Program Officer for Africa at American Jewish World Service. She has resided, studied, and worked in Senegal, South Africa and the United States. Andrea has taught program management and consulting as an Adjunct Professor at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has a master’s in Public and International Affairs and Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh with a certificate in nonprofit management, and holds a bachelor of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

  • Sonya Shields, Senior Associate, Cause Effective

    Sonya Shields is a seasoned marketing, communications, and development nonprofit executive with over 25 years of experience raising funds and increasing the visibility of local, national, and international organizations. Sonya currently works as a consultant with Rainbow Railroad, an international organization based in Toronto and New York City that helps LGBTQI individuals seek a safe haven from state sponsored or enabled violence throughout the world. Prior to consulting with Rainbow Railroad, Sonya worked for over six years as the Chief Officer for External Relations and Advancement at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS). Sonya has worked on the executive staff at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Keep a Child Alive, Astraea Foundation, New York City LGBT Anti-Violence Project, and the National LGBTQI Task Force, and she has provided consulting services for over a dozen nonprofits. Sonya currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Gender & Family Project and is a Lead the Way Faculty Member with the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Women’s Foundation. She received a B.A. in Public Relations from Howard University.

  • Jennifer Swayne Njuguna, Attorney, Nonprofit Governance and Strategy

    Jennifer Swayne Njuguna, Esq. is an attorney who is passionate about empowering communities, and most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS). In that role, Jennifer advanced implementation of the organizational strategic plan, conducted trainings, and spread best practices for data management and analytics. She further spearheaded BCS’s work to plan and prepare for Census 2020, working with a variety of community partners. Prior to serving in that capacity, Jennifer served as BCS’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Before joining BCS, Jennifer served at nonprofit organizations such as Education Delivery Institute and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in various capacities, which included providing legal services, policy advocacy, and project management consulting. Prior to her transition into the nonprofit arena, Jennifer was a Litigation Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP. Jennifer also has extensive Board experience, including serving as Board Chair for La Cima Elementary School (Brooklyn) and as a member of an advisory children’s subcommittee to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Jennifer has a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

  • Amy West, Chief Financial Officer, AHRC New York City

    Amy West is currently the Chief Financial Officer of AHRC New York City (“AHRC”). AHRC is an organization that provides critical services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In her role Amy oversees the wide array of financial and administrative functions, strategic financial initiatives, real property, information technology and special projects that enable AHRC to fulfill its mission. Amy has direct responsibility for AHRC's operating budget of $325 Million and manages a staff of ninety.
    Prior to joining AHRC, Amy served for eight years as the Director of Finance of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Amy also held the position of Vice President of Finance and Budget at the United States Fund for UNICEF and worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP specializing in the healthcare and not-for-profit industries. She began her career as the Coordinator of Fiscal Operations for the New York Public Library. Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is actively involved in Hunter College’s Mentoring Program, Secretary of the Financial Managers Association, is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs Nonprofit Committee, and serves on the AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference Steering Committee.

  • Jaime Williams, Account Manager, Anat Gerstein Inc.

    Jaime Williams is an Senior Account Executive at Anat Gerstein, Inc., a full-service communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits. She helps clients across nonprofit specialties achieve their organizational goals through the use of strategic communications. This includes policy advocacy, fundraising, thought leadership, and membership engagement, achieved with tactics such as media relations, collateral development, and social media, among others. Prior to joining Anat Gerstein, Inc., Jaime worked as a reporter in New York City. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri.

  • Elizabeth Wright, Manager of Institutional Giving, Police Athletic League

    Elizabeth Wright has served in various capacities such as program management and development in nonprofit organizations across New York City for nearly 20 years, including The Salvation Army of Greater New York and the Police Athletic League. She is experienced in the areas of program management and evaluation, human resources and staff supervision, fiscal management, contract compliance, fundraising, and relationship building in the public/private sector. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and an M.S. Degree in Accounting.

  • Yancy R. Garrido, (Committee Chair) Senior Program Officer, The Clark Foundation

    Yancy has served in the in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for more than 20 years; and since 2007, has been the Senior Program Officer at The Clark Foundation in New York City where he helps manage grants in education, employment, social services, and management training. He also sits on the executive committee of NYC Workforce Funders. His philanthropic experience includes co-founding Innovative Philanthropy, where he oversaw client relations for charitable giving and diligence to individuals and foundations; and serving as Managing Director for Survival Programs at the Robin Hood Foundation.

    Previously, Yancy represented low-income and homeless individuals as a staff attorney and outreach coordinator for the Passaic County Legal Aid Society in Paterson, NJ; practiced as a corporate public finance attorney at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon in NYC; and served for four years as a Peace Corps volunteer in western Honduras, where he established and directed an integrated rural community health training and education program that served more than 10,000 people. Yancy holds JD and MIA degrees from Columbia University and a BA from Bucknell University; and has won honors and fellowships in Spanish Literature and Latin American human rights. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar.

  • Lakimja Mattocks, Chief Programs Officer, Nonprofit New York

    Lakimja Mattocks joined Nonprofit New York as the Chief Programs Officer in January 2020. Lakimja comes to Nonprofit New York from Support Center, where she was the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Learning. At Support Center, she was in charge of overseeing the Professional Development portfolio which included their public workshops, customized trainings, Leadership Certificate Programs and Leadership Collaborative Cohort. Prior to joining the Support Center, Lakimja spent ten years in youth and staff development with a focus on youth leadership through service learning, college preparedness and access, work readiness, situational leadership and coaching. She possesses a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Non Profit Management from Baruch College, loves to volunteer in the area of College Access and holds Alumni Leadership roles with her beloved alma mater, Temple University.

  • Patricia Swann, Senior Program Officer, Community Development and the Environment, The New York Community Trust

    Patricia Swann's grantmaking responsibilities cover the areas of Community Development, Civic Affairs, and Technical Assistance. She is a board member of Philanthropy New York, and serves as an advisory board member of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations and the New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

    She is a former board member of North Star Fund, a foundation providing grants to grassroots community organizing groups, and Central Brooklyn Partnership, a financial empowerment and economic development organization.

  • Barbara Taveras, Special Projects Officer, The New York Community Trust

    Barbara Taveras is a special projects officer with The New York Community Trust. She coordinates grantmaking from the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education and administers other Trust initiatives. Previously, Barbara was director of community engagement and college readiness at New Visions for Public Schools. From 1993 to 2004 she served as president of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, which supports the education and development of young people. Before that, she was an education policy analyst for the Mayor’s Office.

    In 2003, Barbara was co-recipient of the Council on Foundation’s Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for her role in designing the Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, an effort of Hispanics in Philanthropy. Barbara is a former Revson Fellow at Columbia University, and a former Kellogg Fellow in the Leadership in Philanthropy in the Americas Program. Barbara holds a B.A. from Pace University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.