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Christian Govea
Lyndy Rhe
Kim Allen
Kim Leisey
Savita Raj
Jennifer Bledsoe
Crystal Costello
Brad Kiley
Lauren Cardoso
Terrence Riley
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Stephanie Moreno

Director of Director of Community Partnerships

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

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Fresno, CA  |  May 2024

A passionate advocate for equity, inclusion, and community empowerment, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience and dedication to their new role at United Way. With a servant-leadership mindset, she is driven by the belief that every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive, and she is committed to making that a reality.

 

Armed with a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno, and a foundational education from Reedley College, Stephanie has spent over a decade honing her skills in leadership, program management, and fostering program success in the education and tech sectors. She is not just a leader; she is a creative thinker, a technologist, and a master networker.

 

In their previous role as the VP of Workforce Transformation at Bitwise Industries, Stephanie spearheaded the design and execution of groundbreaking, inclusive workforce development programs. These initiatives were instrumental in bridging the gap between diverse, underserved talent and opportunities in the tech industry by forging partnerships across tech, education, and community sectors.

 

As a Central Valley native, she has a heart for her community; Stephanie is driven by a vision of empowerment for BIPOC folx and a commitment to addressing issues facing the Latinx community. She understands firsthand the power of community support and is dedicated to giving back to the community that has given her so much. Now, she brings her expertise, passion, and unwavering dedication to United Way, ready to continue her journey of servant-leadership and making a lasting impact on the lives of others. When she’s not leading workshops or building bridges, you can find her enjoying the beach with her four kiddos and her husband, Daniel.

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Nayi Núñez

Director of Development

All Stars Project of Dallas

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Dallas, TX  |  May 2024

Nayi, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, has cultivated a career spanning over 12 years in the advertising and marketing industry, specializing in the multicultural market. In pursuit of career growth, she relocated to the United States, where her passion for community engagement led to her transition into fundraising.

In 2012, Nayi embarked on her fundraising journey at Parkland Health Foundation, where she played a pivotal role in garnering support from the diverse community of Dallas and its environs. Her efforts significantly contributed to successful fundraising campaigns, notably including the $150 million campaign for the new Parkland campus and the $40 million drive for the Moody Center for Breast Health.

At CitySquare, Nayi furthered her impact by helping establish the Development team, aiding the organization’s mission to provide essential services such as food, housing and healthcare to Dallas County’s uninsured and underserved populations.

Nayi holds a BA in business administration with a marketing focus from Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela. Fluent both English and Spanish, she enjoys connecting with people and volunteering for various organizations. In her leisure time, Nayi cherishes moments with her family, indulges in hiking adventures, and plans exciting trips.

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Zulma Miranda

Strategic Partnerships Director

Proteus Fund

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New York, NY  |  May 2024

Zulma Miranda is a human rights attorney, partnership and philanthropy advisor, and a dedicated social justice and peace advocate with over two decades of experience at the forefront of global partnership development. Passionate about advancing social justice, she has spearheaded strategic initiatives that unite leaders and movements across sectors.

With a career spanning various roles and organizations, Zulma has demonstrated a remarkable ability to build organizational resilience, foster trust-based partnerships, and support community-centered projects. Her expertise in responsive philanthropy strategies and intersectional solidarity for racial, gender, and ethnic justice has led to significant impact across diverse sectors, raising over $100 million for key initiatives through trust-based relationships with philanthropic entities.

Zulma's expertise as a legal expert spans a wide range of issues, including international law and development, conflict resolution, transitional justice, and the women, peace, and security agenda. She has spearheaded international programs across Asia, EMEA, LATAM, and North America, where she developed legal strategies and provided technical expertise on international and regional human rights frameworks, agreements, and instruments in partnership with grassroots activists and leaders.

Prior to joining Proteus, Zulma held senior counsel and advisory roles at institutions including the ACLU, Auburn, Burma Lawyer’s Council, Equality Now, UN Women, and World Pulse. She is also the founder of Co.Create, an independent consultancy in the conflict resolution space, bringing people together across lines of difference to build a better way forward. 

Zulma holds a Juris Doctor from CUNY Law School and has been admitted to the New York State Bar. She also holds a Master's degree in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John's University. Zulma is a mediator and circle keeper with the New York Peace Institute and a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International.

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Kesha Larkins

Executive Director

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing

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Chicago, IL  |  April 2024

Kesha S. Marie Larkins is a seasoned nonprofit leader with a proven track record in fundraising, operational management, and program development. With a commitment to trauma-sensitive care, Kesha has dedicated her career to making meaningful contributions to organizations striving to create safer and more supportive communities. Kesha is excited to join ReVive Center for Housing and Healing as their next Executive Director.

Most recently, Kesha served as the Associate Director at Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) where she played a pivotal role in expanding the reach and impact of the organization's programs. Her expertise in trauma-informed care was instrumental in designing and implementing domestic violence prevention initiatives across diverse settings, including community-based locations, hospitals, and shelters. Additionally, she played a key role in overseeing quality improvement initiatives, ensuring operational excellence within the organization. Prior to joining CAWC, Kesha served as Associate, Health and Compliance for Christopher House, a family resource and early childhood program.

Through her strategic leadership, Kesha cultivated crucial relationships with stakeholders, secured significant grant funding, and executed successful fundraising events, ensuring vital support for program initiatives. Since 2021, she has served as the co-chair of the Funding Oversight Committee for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she has played a vital role in ensuring the effective allocation and management of resources to support essential services for survivors of domestic violence across the state of Illinois.

Kesha holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Health Studies from Michigan State University. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with certifications in trauma therapy and domestic violence counseling, she possesses a deep understanding of mental health and trauma, enriching her approach to her work.

In her spare time, Kesha enjoys pursuing her interests in music and photography, often traveling for concerts and music festivals.

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Christian Govea

Director of Access and Opportunity

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

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Fresno, CA  |  April 2024

Christian joins UWFM with a background in relationship management, stakeholder communications, strategic planning, and workflow optimization while serving marginalized communities through his experience in workforce development and financial empowerment. Having most recently served as the Partnership Program Manager at Community Financial Resources (CFR), Christian cultivated CFR's portfolio of 150+ nationwide partnerships, developed partner and constituent facing materials, and monitored a network of relationships that served as foundation for ensuring individuals have access to safe, fair, and affordable financial products. 


Previously, Christian worked at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) where he initially developed and implemented a strategic plan for matching a caseload of reentry program participants with employment opportunities, taking into consideration each participant's skills, work experience, interests, goals, and aspirations as the Business Account Manager in Fresno. Shortly after, he served as the Senior Associate of Innovation and Technical Assistance on CEO's Platform team where he directed the delivery of high-quality technical assistance on SNAP E&T across key activities including webinars, specialized training, and individualized peer support for several CBOs and government entities. 
 

In an effort to provide a more holistic support to both program constituents and staff alike, Christian has immersed himself in the DEI space. Having previously served as an LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Leader and DEI Ambassador at CEO, he also obtained a DEI in the Workplace certificate from the University of Southern Florida. Christian has continued to expand his education through obtaining a Certified Scrum Master certificate, an OSHA 30 certificate, and holds dual associate degrees in both Psychology and Business Management. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in accounting at California State University, Fresno with the intention of providing justice-impacted entrepreneurs pro-bono accounting services. 


In his spare time, Christian enjoys raising his rambunctious three-year-old son, planning vacations with his large extended family, attending local rock shows and country concerts, and is an avid MMA fan. 

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Stacy Williams

Director of Community Support

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

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Fresno, CA  |  April 2024

With 15 years of dedicated community organizing experience, Stacy has worked alongside labor partners, educators, youth, and those most marginalized, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Her children represent the fifth generation in Fresno, grounding her deeply in the community. Stacy is passionate about highlighting inequity, challenging systems, and uplifting community voices to foster growth and prosperity. 


Beyond work, Stacy enjoys traveling with her partner, Louis, cherishes her role as a parent to three children, and shares her home with four fur babies. United Way Fresno and Madera Counties is excited to welcome Stacy as she continues to serve and empower Fresno's vibrant and diverse community!

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Cynthia Mei

Director of Development, Neurosciences

University of California, San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA  |  March 2024

A nonprofit professional with over fifteen years of experience, Cynthia Mei most recently served as the Associate Director of Advancement at Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto. In this role, Cynthia orchestrated the organization's annual fund campaigns, engaged major donors, and laid the groundwork for the clinic’s first grateful patient program. Now at UCSF Neurosciences, Cynthia's passion for neurodiversity and her aspiration to leverage neuroscience to enhance the quality of life for individuals underscore her mission-driven approach to her work.

 

Prior to her tenure at Children’s Health Council, Cynthia held roles including Director of Individual Giving at SFJAZZ, where she spearheaded their Leaders Circle Membership programming through captivating campaigns and donor events. Her tenure at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Alumni Relations Officer further showcased her abilities with a revitalization of student alumni programming, managing the Alumni Council, and recruiting new trustees, reflecting her dedication to fostering enduring relationships and driving organizational excellence.

 

Formerly a professional violinist, Cynthia's journey into fundraising began when she founded an award-winning performing arts nonprofit dedicated to promoting works by American composers and pioneering interdisciplinary music education initiatives. Cynthia was a scholarship recipient at the esteemed Manhattan School of Music, earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in music. Beyond her professional life, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Avery Belyeu

Chief Executive Officer

The Montrose Center

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Houston, TX  |  February 2024

Avery Belyeu has been leading cause-related work for more than a decade. A seasoned non-profit leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health and wellness, her career spans suicide prevention and crisis intervention, public health, civil rights, and higher education.

Ms. Belyeu’s career includes leadership at civil rights organizations like: Lambda Legal Defense and education fund where she served as a Regional Director; the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention where she led strategic suicide prevention initiatives that had a nationwide impact; and The Trevor Project, the leading non-profit providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 24, where she created the organization’s education department and designed upstream prevention programs. Early in her career, Ms. Belyeu worked in public health education and promotion at the university level, with a focus on LGBTQ+ student health and wellness.

Ms. Belyeu earned a Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University.

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Carey Kogol

Director of Development

Ingenuity, Inc.

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Chicago, IL  |  February 2024

Carey Kogol is an innovative nonprofit fundraiser with over twenty years of experience developing and implementing strategies to secure substantial philanthropic support. She most recently served as Senior Director of Development for iMentor Chicago, a national 1:1 mentoring program that partners with Chicago Public Schools to provide students in under-resourced communities with a volunteer adult mentor. Over her seven years as the development lead for the Chicago region, Carey was instrumental in launching the Next Generation Leaders program to connect Chicago companies to hire Chicago Public School students. Prior to joining iMentor Chicago, Carey served as Director of Development for i.c.stars, a technology workforce development training program.

Carey holds a BA in Marketing Communications with an emphasis on Advertising from Columbia College Chicago. She also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Northwestern University. As the daughter of two teachers, Carey has focused her fundraising career at nonprofits working towards educational equity. She is excited to join the Ingenuity team to raise critical dollars to impact arts education inequities in Chicago Public Schools. She was especially drawn to Ingenuity's data-driven approach to help schools ensure access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

In her spare time, you can find Carey camping or finding the next unique Airbnb experience. She has stayed in multiple converted grain silos, a yurt, and an old mill. She also enjoys cooking and is currently working her way through the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook with her partner, Brian. Carey and her partner are raising two amazing daughters, who both happen to be Virgos, along with their two dogs and two cats.
 

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Kevin Williams

Vice President of Impact

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

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Fresno, CA  |  January 2024

Kevin Williams has over ten years of experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, training, and facilitation for non-profit and local government agencies. He has most recently served as the Director of Equity and Impact for Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, leading the creation of the theory of change, logic models, and equity-based learning and practice for all 36 programs. He developed trainings on systemic poverty, social justice, race, cultural competence, implicit bias, strategy development and implementation, quality assurance, and several others. He has presented on the local, national, and international stages, most recently speaking at the National Community Action Partnership Annual Convention and participating in a panel on the intersectionality of race and culture on Jamaica Television (TV-J)

Prior to relocating to the Central Valley, Kevin worked in local government in St. Paul, MN, as a planning analyst focusing on social services, accessibility, and mental health. He oversaw several multi-million dollar grants from the MN Department of Health, as well as leading community coalition work and increased partnership between local government and community-based organizations. Kevin has also been a strong advocate of restorative justice policies and supported the development and implementation of Warrant Resolution Day and Housing First initiatives.

In his spare time, Kevin is an ardent science fiction, music, and fashion. He is currently working on a book about comic books and historical documents of social movements. Raised with a rich cultural history that includes Panamanian and Jamaican influences, Kevin enjoys applying culture to community-directed projects.

He holds a BA in psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Social Psychology.

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Julie Fallin

Director of Marketing

The Center

(The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, + Transgender Community

Services Center)

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New York, NY  |  November 2023

Julie Fallin brings over fifteen years of experience in marketing, much of it in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director of Marketing for Elsewhere and PopGun Presents, where she developed the content and brand marketing strategy for the four-stage music venue. 

 

Prior to Elsewhere, Julie served as the Marketing Director for The Paley Center for Media, where she oversaw the marketing efforts for all institutional initiatives, including events, community and educational programs, and video content produced throughout the pandemic. Before joining Paley, she managed the marketing efforts for advanced degree programs for The New School, film programs for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and community media programs for BRIC.

 

Prior to her work for cultural institutions, Julie developed social media strategies for independent film and TV releases, as well as brand initiatives, for the distributor Cinedigm (now Cineverse).

 

In her spare time, Julie loves to cook, read, and host queer movie nights. She lives in Brooklyn with her somewhat neurotic senior dog, Henry.

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Dan McConvey

Director of Foundation Relations

The Center

(The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, + Transgender Community

Services Center)

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New York, NY |  September 2023

Dan McConvey brings more than ten years of nonprofit experience in development, operations, training, and advocacy to this role at The Center. He most recently served as a Development Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a National Community Development Financial Institution based in NYC. On LISC’s fundraising team, he worked closely with LISC’s 37 local offices and program teams to help them meet their fundraising goals. He also founded and was elected lead for their LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and worked closely with their DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice) team to advance internal and external racial justice and other DEIJ-related goals.

Prior to joining LISC, Dan worked at the Boston Foundation, where he cultivated pledges from companies and founders for the Pledge 1% Boston initiative. He helped manage the grantmaking process for their LGBTQ+ Fund (The Equality Fund) and worked closely with the fund’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Board to broaden their base of LGBTQ+ donors, increase planned giving, and coordinate events, including a forum on Advancing Equity for LGBTQ+ People in Massachusetts. Dan also supported the fundraising and philanthropic efforts of the Adirondack Foundation and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.

Dan earned his BA in Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo, an MBA in Nonprofit Management, and a Master of Public Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School, where he was selected as a fellow for the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program. He has also served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Boston.

Dan was born in Buffalo and grew up in Wilmington/Lake Placid, New York, in the Adirondacks. He currently lives in Hell's Kitchen with his partner, Andrew, and their ridiculous hairless cats, Maggy and Goose.

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Taelor Clay

Communications Manager

NMAC (formerly National Minority AIDS Council)

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Washington, DC  |  August 2023

Taelor is a professional in the realms of film, marketing, and communications, boasting a career spanning over a decade. She claimed her earliest accolade. the Adele V. Holden New Voices storytelling award, from her alma mater, Morgan State University, in 2013. 

Taelor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Screenwriting, which she obtained in 2015. Determined to manifest her creative aptitude, in 2017, Taelor earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Producing for TV from the TV Writers Studio led by the late, great Norman Steinberg. Following her degree, Taelor took a role at Baltimore Youth Film Arts—a storytelling and media initiative affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, catering to Baltimore City residents aged 16 to 29. In this capacity, she orchestrated the coordination of program staff, fellows, and content, crafting innovative messaging strategies that boosted the program's enrollment by over 125%.

Taelor's career journey has long-included parallel pursuits, as she engaged in freelance ventures. This encompassed curating dynamic social media strategies, spearheading promotional campaigns, writing and evaluating screenplays, fostering cross-departmental communications for international conferences, and nurturing personal creative projects. A pivotal turning point in her career transpired in April 2021, when Taelor transitioned into a full-time freelance marketing and communications consultant. Throughout this phase, she collaborated with illustrious clientele, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, conEdison New York, HBO, and Game Rant, crafting innovative campaigns that resonated with diverse audiences.

Now, poised to return to her roots of contributing her expertise to a higher cause, Taelor assumes the role of Communications Manager at NMAC. In this capacity, she lends her skills to amplify vital messaging encompassing all programs and initiatives championed by NMAC in the relentless fight against HIV and AIDS.
 

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Laura "Mitch" Mitchell

Development Manager

NMAC (formerly National Minority AIDS Council)

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Washington, DC  |  August 2023

Laura "Mitch" Mitchell (she/her) is a nonprofit development professional living in Arlington, VA.

Mitch formerly worked at America Needs You (ANY), a national nonprofit serving low-income, first-generation college students. She started her career in development as an intern and ever since has committed to growing her development experience. During Mitch’s time at ANY, she supported individual giving efforts and leading a special events portfolio, raising critical funds for programming.

Mitch received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Hollins University. She is excited to reconnect with the DC area, and work towards the mission and vision of NMAC. In her free time, you can find Mitch playing Pokémon Go and trying to find the best croissant in the city.

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Lyndy Rohe

Director of Major Gifts

People Working Cooperatively

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Cincinnati, OH  |  August 2023

Lyndy Rohe most recently served as the Director of Development for the National Military Family Association (NMFA), raising millions of dollars for the organization's programs and advocacy. While keeping the focus on relationships and communication and using innovative and diverse fundraising strategies, Lyndy and her team worked to inspire and connect donors and partners to NMFA's mission to strengthen and protect military families.

 

An Air Force spouse with four children, Lyndy has 20+ years of first-hand military life experience and has served in several volunteer positions supporting fellow military families. This experience has shaped Lyndy's talent of showing donors how their gift directly impacts the lives of everyone in their community.

 

Lyndy earned her B.S. from North Dakota State University in Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law. Lyndy has since worked in diverse settings and job markets nationwide. Prior to joining the Association, she worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Congress, developed and continues to maintain her own real estate portfolio, and owned a restaurant.

 

Lyndy is currently stationed in Ohio with her husband and four children, where she is also actively involved in community efforts to support the local military population, coaches women’s lacrosse, and is an active member of several professional organizations. 

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Kim Leisey, PhD

Executive Director

CAMP Rehoboth Community Center

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Rehoboth Beach, DE  |  July 2023

Dr. Leisey (she/her) is an executive leader with vision, integrity, and compassion. Her career includes over three decades of service to the State of Maryland in higher education, most recently as the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at UMBC. Other higher education experience includes Butler University and The University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, Kim has served on the Board for Kidpower International (Vice President) and currently serves on the Board for Coastal Concerts (Secretary) in Lewes, De.  Kim is a graduate of The Leadership Program in Baltimore and served as a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee Public Safety task force.

As a champion for all things that help humans to thrive throughout their lifespan, Kim works to create strong, healthy, and inclusive communities. Whether it is teaching safety and self-protection skills, founding the LGBT faculty staff association at UMBC, designing and renovating University facilities, facilitating community development, providing health programs and services, supporting older adults in the later stages of life, or advocating for those who are marginalized and vulnerable, Kim strives to be real and thoughtful in her relationships with others. Humor and fun are a must!

Kim is blessed with wonderful friends and family, including her spouse, Kathy, and Labrador retriever, Carly. The outdoors is Kim’s playground, and she appreciates the wind in her face along with a good sunset and starry night. Kim is a cellist with the Southern Delaware Orchestra (SODELO).  

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Zahra Ali

Strategic Partnerships Officer

Proteus Fund

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New York, NY  |  July 2023

Zahra Ali is a NYC-based fundraiser and communications specialist with a background in advocating for underserved communities and building equity in the non-profit field.

 

Prior to joining the Proteus Fund, Zahra served as the Assistant Director of Institutional Philanthropy at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) where she grew a portfolio of institutional donors to open pathways for displaced people globally. Previously, she led development and communications initiatives at the Arab-American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, a community-based organization that empowers immigrants and refugees across New York City. She also served as a Global Health Corps Fellow at Housing Works, where she secured grassroots funding and crafted marketing campaigns to further the mission to end of HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

 

Zahra received an Honours B.A. in Diaspora and Transnational Studies from the University of Toronto with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and African Studies. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development from Georgian College.

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Kim Allen

Development Director

ACLU of Maine

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Portland, ME  |  June 2023

Kim Allen (she/her) is a proven fundraiser and dynamic leader who strongly believes in defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person by the Constitution. With over a decade of experience in fundraising for universities and non-profit organizations, Kim has demonstrated her expertise in working with individuals, corporations, and foundations. Additionally, she has more than twenty years of experience as an Athletics Administrator, providing strategic leadership and management to athletics programs at reputable institutions such as Rutgers University – Newark, Smith College, and the University of New England.

Throughout her career, Kim has been dedicated to creating inclusive environments with high standards, fostering growth and success for all individuals. She takes immense pride in building authentic and mutually beneficial relationships.

Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at Douglass College, Rutgers University, and furthered her education with a Master of Education from Springfield College.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Kim enjoys spending time with her partner, Danielle, and son Lucas. They share their lives with their two dogs, Archie and Levi, and enjoy the company of their family and friends. Kim's goal is to leave a legacy of giving back, lifting up others, and making a positive impact through her work.

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Savita Raj

Chief Executive Officer

BootUp PD

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Austin, TX  |  May 2023

Savita Raj is an exceptional nonprofit leader with deep experience in expanding access to STEM
education programs, with a special emphasis on girls and underrepresented communities, at the
local, state, and national levels.

 

Savita previously served as the Chief Program Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). In
this role, she was responsible for defining and executing the organization’s program strategy and driving the development of inclusive, innovative, and relevant national programs that fulfill the Girl Scout mission.

 

Prior to joining GSUSA, Savita served as the Executive Director for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering. In this role, she led the development of creative STEM initiatives including the publication of bilingual comic books, the design and operation of mobile museums filled with hands-on activities, and annual STEM competitions.

 

An engineer by training, Savita has worked with nonprofits that support youth empowerment and engagement in STEM for almost 20 years, beginning at Girl Scouts of Central Texas, where she established innovative STEM programs that included Techbridge Girls, an afterschool STEM
program, and one of the first Girl Scout robotics teams.

 

Savita is excited to “return to her roots” to advance BootUp’s mission of empowering elementary
teachers and students through computer science and creating equitable computer science programs in underrepresented and underserved communities.

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Jennifer Bledsoe

Development Director

NMAC (formally National Minority AIDS Council)

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Washington, DC  |  March 2023

Jennifer Bledsoe is a non-profit fundraising professional living and working in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. 

Jennifer works to bring over 13 years of experience from various non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area, including Capital Area Food Bank, United Planning Organization, ASALH, ProInspire, National Children’s Center (NCC), Metro TeenAIDS, National 4-H Council, and various consulting projects. Through these opportunities, she raised millions of dollars in support through individual, corporate, foundation, government, board, and event fundraising. 

 

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her Master of Science in Administration in Organizational Management at Trinity Washington University. 

 

She has contributed to her community locally and nationally for many years, including areas of racial equity and injustice, natural disaster relief projects, HIV/AIDS education, teaching career-building skills, and serving as a youth mentor. Jennifer also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Crystal Costello

Chief of People + Culture

Lambda Legal

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St. Louis, MO  |  February 2023

Crystal Costello (they/them) is an experienced nonprofit human resources executive, most recently serving the AIDS Foundation Chicago as VP of Human Resources and Talent Management. Prior to the AIDS Foundation, they led human resources for the University of Chicago Law School and the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Crystal's passion for ethical, compassionate, and creative human resources has spanned over 10 years in nonprofit human resources leadership across organizations in Chicago. Through their time in this work, they have developed considerable experience in building, scaling, and modernizing human resources systems.

 

They received their MBA with concentrations in human resources management and training + development from Roosevelt University, and they are PHR and SHRM-CP certified. Additionally, they are a certified mediator and career coach. Beyond human resources, Crystal is a passionate sexual assault advocate and certified crisis responder, having previously worked on-call and in emergency rooms with UChicago, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and Resiliance.

 

Crystal will be located in St. Louis with their wife, two young children, and chatty Siamese. In their free time, they enjoy hiking through national parks and renovating historic homes.

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Brad Kiley

Vice President + Chief Operating Officer

AIDS United

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Washington, DC |  January 2023

Mr. Kiley has over thirty years of professional experience working in Washington, DC. An established leader in operational management for progressive causes, Kiley played key operational leadership roles for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as well as for the Democratic National Committee during much of the 1990s. Kiley was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President for Management and Administration at the White House during the second term of the Clinton Administration and was instrumental to the early and successful growth of the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, DC.

 

Kiley’s experience and strong management skills were recognized when he was asked to help lead the incoming transition team for then-President-elect Barack Obama in 2008. It was during the presidential transition that the incoming President asked Kiley to join his Administration as the Assistant to the President for Management and Administration at the White House, where he served from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2013. 

 

As the Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, Kiley was in charge of overseeing all day-to-day operations of the White House, including finance and budget, facilities management, information technology, human resources, security, management oversight of the Executive Residence, and oversight of the Office of Administration, which provides enterprise services to all eleven components of the Executive Office of the President.  

 

Following his service during the first term of the Obama Administration, Kiley served as Chief Operating Officer for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he managed the end-to-end finances, human resources, and field operations for the $200 million organization from January 2013 to 2020. Kiley most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Radio Free Asia. Beginning in January 2023, Kiley will serve as the new Vice President + COO for AIDS United.

 

A proud graduate of Texas Christian University (TCU), Kiley resides with his husband, Jamie Coley, in Chevy Chase, MD.

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Lauren Ferreira Cardoso, PhD

Managing Director, Capacity Building

The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention

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Oakland, CA |  December 2022

Dr. Cardoso has 15 years of experience leading research on interpersonal violence, community safety, and health equity. Her work is conducted in partnership with global institutions, state agencies, and community-based organizations in an effort to generate evidence that informs equity-focused public health programming and policy. She brings this experience to her new role as Managing Director of Capacity Building at the HAVI.

 

Prior to joining the HAVI, Dr. Cardoso was a Deputy Director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). There she oversaw epidemiological work on a range of critical health topics and led initiatives with far-reaching impacts, including the Covid Community Impact Survey (CCIS) – MA’s first statewide research assessing the impact of the pandemic on marginalized communities. CCIS enabled not only a more equitable pandemic response but a more sustained focus on building equity into state data systems, an effort that will generate lasting improvements in health equity across Massachusetts.

 

Dr. Cardoso holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University.

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Terrence Riley (he/him/his)

Executive Director

Hack the Hood

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Oakland, CA  |  October 2022

A Bay Area native and longtime Oakland resident, Terrence Riley is excited to join Hack the Hood as their next Executive Director. As a nonprofit leader, Terrence brings nearly two decades of experience working to advance the promise and potential of youth of color. He is excited to continue this work, reaffirming his commitment to education and social justice. As Executive Director, Terrence will bring a lens of innovation and collaboration to this work, partnering with the incredible Hack the Hood team to continue to be a resource for youth and young adults of color looking to enter the tech field.

Before joining Hack the Hood, Terrence served as Vice President of Programs for Aim High, the largest tuition-free academic enrichment summer program in Northern California. Aim High holds a special place in Terrence's heart as he was a student in the program in middle school. He later received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Southern California, and his master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific.

An avid and lifelong learner, Terrence participated in the sixth cohort of the prestigious Allstate Foundation's Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received a DEI certificate from the University of South Florida. Terrence was also a member of the inaugural cohort of Bridging the Bay, a cohort-based executive leadership fellowship for c-level nonprofit leaders in the Bay Area sponsored by the Golden State Warriors, Generation Thrive, and Coro Northern California.

Outside of work, Terrence enjoys woodworking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two children at their home in Oakland, CA.

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Gillian Power (she/her)

Chief Technology Officer

Lambda Legal

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Kansas City, KS |  August 2022

Gillian Power is an accomplished executive and legal technologist. Prior to joining us she served for over a decade as the CIO of an AM Law 200 firm. She has over 20 years in legal technology experience at four different firms ranging from a global firm, two regional firms, and a national firm. Prior to her career in legal technology, Gillian was a Doctor of Homeopathic and Naturopathic medicine in South Africa, the country where she was born and grew up.

She is an active member in the legal technology community, having served for five years as a committee member—including two as a thought leader—for the annual International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference. Gillian was a recipient of an ILTA Distinguished Peer Award in 2011 for the area of server/operations, and was a shortlist nominee for the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for IT Professional of the Year award in 2013 and the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for Leadership award in 2014 and ILTA Contributor of the Year in 2020. She helped to chair and establish the ILTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force in 2019.

Gillian is a passionate advocate for DEIB and does regular public speaking on panels and individually where she tells her story of coming out as a trans woman in the C-Suite. She served on the board of the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, the UMKC Chancellor’s LGBT Council, as a mentor for the Stephen Metzler Mentorship program of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She also helped found Transfinity KC—a chorus for trans people and allies.

Gillian received a master’s degree in technology from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa and an Executive MBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Gillian lives with her wife, two daughters and mother-in-law just outside Kansas City. They live on some farmland, with four cats, one dog, and 16 chickens. Gillian and her wife are passionate about sustainable agriculture and are avid market gardeners, growing organic vegetables that they sell at a local farmer’s market on the weekend.

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John E. Roane, Jr. (he/him/his)

Chief Operating Officer

Lambda Legal

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Washington, DC |  June 2022

John Roane is an accomplished nonprofit executive who specializes in building and continually improving organizational operations.

After graduating from James Madison University, John transitioned to the Santander campus of Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Spain for intensive language study. He returned to his hometown of Richmond, VA, to launch a professional career at the Children’s Fund, where he began his specialization in nonprofit management, enterprise system development and implementation, and staff development. This experience led to an officer role with Suntrust Bank, having the responsibility of transferring traditional banking services to electronic delivering platforms, including ATMs, 24/7 call centers, and online banking. When John relocated to Washington, DC, he joined the staff of Councilmember Jack Evans and oversaw operations for the council office and mayoral campaign. John transitioned to the DC association community and served 17 years at the executive level, primarily in the role of Chief Operating Officer, for three associations:  Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. John most recently served five years as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AIDS United.

John enjoys leveraging his professional expertise within mission-driven organizations. He identifies leading the implementation of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) for US veterinary colleges and transitioning AIDS United to a primarily virtual office with tremendous cost reductions as top professional achievements.

John has extensive volunteer experience that includes serving on three boards: Fan Free Health Clinic in Richmond, VA, and Us Helping Us and the Financial and Administrators Roundtable in DC, in addition to volunteer service to Food and Friends and Dog World Rescue.

John resides in DC with his husband, two kids, and two dogs.

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Lupe Jimenez-Pinto (she/her)

Chief of Staff

Ingenuity, Inc. 

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Chicago, IL |  June 2022

Lupe Jimenez-Pinto is a mission-driven, solution-oriented strategist, and nonprofit expert with a proven record of creating innovative educational experiences. In her previous role as Senior Director of External Affairs, Lupe returned to her alma mater, Perspectives Charter Schools, where, for a decade, she cultivated an organization-wide passion for social-emotional wellbeing and advancement. She worked diligently as an adept brand and marketing strategist while crafting thoughtful messaging and communications and was instrumental in the successful planning and execution of fundraising activities and community events.  She effectively built relationships with community partners, funders, city leaders, and elected officials to further advance the organization’s mission. She is skilled at navigating the political and philanthropic landscapes of the city, never hesitating to leverage her relationships to positively impact Chicago students.

 

As Ingenuity’s newest hire, Lupe brings her passion for equity in education, strategic thinking,  and a fresh perspective to continue advancing their mission. She will develop and support the organization’s strategic priorities, and above all, she will empower and expand the groundbreaking opportunities that they offer to schools and youth across the thriving city of Chicago.

 

Lupe graduated with a BA in Marketing Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago in 2006. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and children, and remarkably, she emerged from years of pandemic parenting even stronger and saner than before. When she isn’t developing cutting-edge partnerships or creating inventive educational experiences, you can find her with her family or enjoying a walk through our city’s many incredible museums.

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Marco Chan  MBA, MPA (he/him)

Chief of Planning + Program Management

Lambda Legal

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New York, NY |  March 2022

Marco Chan (he/him) is a leader in strategic planning and project management – he has worked with cabinet-level officials, Fortune 500 executives, and nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and Canada to turn visions into strategies and concrete results.

 
Most recently, Marco advised Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on the economic recovery and the greening of industry, including the design and investments of a multi-billion-dollar fund to green industry. His previous roles include advising mining and retail executives while at Bain + Company as well as leading on international LGBTI rights for the Canadian Prime Minister's Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues. He holds a bachelor's in Romance Studies from Harvard College, an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Marco is excited to use his management background and lean into his long-time passion for LGBTQ issues at Lambda Legal. A newly minted New Yorker, he is excited to discover the city’s dining (spicier the better), coffee, visual/performing arts, and queer life. He loves to chat about francophone culture, travel, and good reads (especially queer, immigrant, and/or French works).

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Kate Schroder MBA

President + CEO

Interact For Health

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Cincinnati, OH  |  January 2022

Kate Schroder is a healthcare leader with 15+ years of experience in both public and private sectors. She has served on the Cincinnati Board of Health since 2016, and in 2021, she led vaccine coordination efforts for the Greater Cincinnati region as the Interim Chief Strategy Officer with The Health Collaborative in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Kate received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has spent 12 years leading global public health projects, including two years living in Lusaka, Zambia. She served as Vice President at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she led an $80M program that reduced the cost of pediatric drugs by 40% nationally across India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda and increased treatment rates for tens of millions of children.

 

In 2020, Kate was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Ohio’s first district, running on a platform to expand access to affordable healthcare and to invest in jobs and the economy. As a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Kate knows personally what it is like when one’s survival is dependent on access to healthcare. Kate and her husband, John Juech, currently live in Cincinnati with their two children.

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