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Strategy & Management Consultants, Subject Matter Experts, Researchers, & More

Our network is comprised of sector experts and rising stars with knowledge and capabilities in the areas listed below and more—a diverse community of professionals with shared values and a deep commitment to social progress.

PEG Team (2019)

Kevin Aguilera

Education: B.A. in Economics from Stanford University

Recent projects include: First and Always Melanin, Community Works West

Personal interests include: Discovering new music, doodling caricatures, reading self-help books, eating, developing personal style, and all things dogs!

Kevin holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. Kevin developed an interest in nonprofit work early on in high school while volunteering at a local free clinic. Since then, he has continued to develop his interest in equity health as well as in education and financial inclusion. On campus, Kevin promotes these causes as a program associate at Mind Over Money, Stanford’s Financial Literacy Program and as an associate consultant at the Development Solutions Organization, where he provides consulting services to nonprofits focused on international development.

Most recently, his interests led him to, an SF based nonprofit and micro-lending platform that crowd-funds zero percent interest loans to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. There, he works with the US team as an intern, providing operations and program support to the Oakland team.


Aly Bryson

Education: Masters in City Planning from MIT; BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University

Recent projects include: Ayuda Legal PR

Personal interests include: Exploring cities, typography and hand lettering, long walks with her dog, Rosie

Aly is a planning and strategy professional who has worked with diverse stakeholders to structure, execute, and learn from collaborative community development initiatives in Latin America and the US. She is a Senior Fellow at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab), where she has developed capacity building and research projects with partners in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Bronx since 2011. She served as the organization’s Deputy Director from 2016-2018, consolidating program development and strategy across CoLab’s diverse projects throughout the Americas.

From 2007-2010, Aly worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, Colombia on projects promoting women’s economic and civic participation in the Andean Region.

Aly holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


Levi Bain

Education: B.A. in Law & Society and Culture & Deviance Studies from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Recent projects include: Buck Institute for Education, New American Leaders, Heising-Simons Foundations

Personal interests include: Physical/extreme activities/sports (such as rock climbing, snowboarding, etc.); trying new foods from different cultures, politics, reading, writing stories, debating, and traveling

Levi is currently a student at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he is pursuing degrees in Law & Society and Culture & Deviance Studies. His burgeoning interest in social justice led him to intern at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and at the Queens Supreme Court with Judge Pam Jackman Brown, and, more recently, to become a Pinkerton Community Fellow. As a Pinkerton Community Fellow, Levi works at The Possibility Project, an NYC based not-for-profit that creates original musical dramas written and performed by young people in and out of the juvenile justice and foster care systems.

Presently, Levi is also a research assistant for social scientists at John Jay College. He hopes to one day have his social science research published.


Taunya Black

Education: M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies; studied Urban Studies and Dance at Barnard College, Literature, and Creative Writing at SUNY: Empire State College

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, Community Works West, College for America

Personal interests include: Naam and Kundalini yoga; spending time with her 10-year-old daughter; reading anything she can get her hands on; writing, dance, theater and travel

Taunya has spent over 15 years working in educational settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families from a variety of backgrounds and across grade levels, both in the classroom and as a program director. Whether situated in a school or nonprofit context, Taunya takes a holistic approach to her work—considering all relevant constituents as she establishes, implements, and assesses program elements and systems for maximum benefit. Taunya has a passion for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into her work and has led successful initiatives as a member of the Administrative Team and Diversity Committee of Brooklyn Friends School.

Taunya studied Urban Studies and Dance at Barnard College and Humanities with a focus on Creative Writing at SUNY Empire State. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies. Taunya works as a teaching assistant for the Integral Counseling Department, where she also serves on the Diversity Task Force, helping to develop effective strategies for creating a more inclusive curriculum, and diversifying the student body and faculty. A certified Naam yoga instructor and Harmonyum therapist, Taunya is also a regular contributor to Rootlight and Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, writing on spirituality, health, and wellness.

Taunya is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from Brooklyn. When not working, writing, or studying, she can be found hanging out with her 10-year-old daughter, exploring their new home.


Fi Cheng

Education: MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University

Recent projects include: Quickbooks, financial systems/processes

Personal interests include: Hiking, camping. and building art projects

Fi Cheng, a New York native, is a seasoned finance manager/CFO/controller for several small businesses. Prior to turning to the accounting realm, she consulted to corporations and private foundations on corporate strategy, market access issues in the US and China. She also advised private foundations and nonprofits on evaluation and stakeholder engagement. For several years, Ms. Cheng served as CFO to two NY sports nonprofits, helping to expand their reach and programs. Ms. Cheng holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. After years of playing ultimate frisbee, she’s now hung up her cleats for hiking boots. She tries to spend her free time hiking and camping or building art projects.


Jean Cooper

Education: MBA from the Lokey School of Business at Mills; B.A. in Government from Mills College

Recent projects include: Buck Insitute for Education, Emerald Cities Collaboration, MIT CoLab, Memphis Public Library and Information Center, Canal Alliance (present), San Francisco Foundation, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, Community Housing Partnership (CHP)

Personal interests include: Showing horses, cooking, gardening, live music, and traveling

Jean is an independent nonprofit consultant specializing in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, systems change management, program design, and evaluation. Jean has a special knack for translating strategic vision into effective mission-driven programs that support transformational change. Previously, Jean was the Director of Community Building at the GLIDE Foundation, responsible for the programmatic direction and administration of the organization’s core programs serving the homeless, including GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program. During her tenure, Jean additionally served as the organizational “pinch hitter” by assuming interim roles as the Director of Volunteer Services and Director of the Workforce Development Division, as well as leading the annual budgeting process and oversight of all GLIDE events. Prior to GLIDE, Jean worked as a research and analysis consultant for projects including East Oakland Neighborhood Revitalization Project and several transit-oriented housing developments, and as a forensic auditor of bond measure capital projects.

Currently, Jean’s work is centered on the development of effective workforce development programs that serve vulnerable populations, including reentry, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and high-risk youth. Jean’s current clients include the GLIDE Foundation, OCCUR, the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force, and Community at Work. Jean earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government from Mills College and her MBA from the Lokey School of Business at Mills.


Nchedochukwu Ezeokoli

Education: MPH student in Global Health, with a focus in Community Health and Development from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society, with a focus in Life Sciences and Health, and a minor in African studies, Stanford University

Recent projects include: Millennial Action Project and MIT CoLab

Personal interests include: Community engagement/building, performing arts & music, DIY projects, non-western healing modalities, interior design, world cultures and food, poetry & writing

Nchedo is pursing a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health with a focus on community health and development. She has experience in community-based participatory research, data analysis, survey design, strategic planning, and project management. Nchedo currently works as a consultant for the Food Fortification Initiative, leading the data collection and analysis process and working to update FFI’s Africa Fortification strategy. Last summer, she interned for the Nigeria World Health Organization office, where she lead the revision and digitization of a survey tool directed at improving management and leadership of mid-level primary healthcare managers. She has conducted research and completed internships in public health, workforce development, and best management practices. Her current interests are in social justice/impact, development, women’s health, and health systems.


Jackie Fishman

Education: Pursuing an MPA at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; B.A. in English and Economics from Binghamton University

Recent projects include: Millennial Action Project

Personal interests include: Hiking, farmer’s markets, indoor and outdoor cycling, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring the Hudson Valley as much as possible

Jackie Fishman is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service, with a focus on social impact, innovation, and investment. Jackie is also the assistant director of the Natan Fund, a giving circle that supports innovative nonprofits working in the Jewish community. In her current role, she oversees operations and finances, and previously she oversaw Natan’s grantmaking. Jackie was born and raised in New York City. She earned a B.A. in English and Economics from Binghamton University.

Warner Fite

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Education: MPA from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; AB Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Princeton University (with a Certificate in Political Economy)

Recent projects include: Millennial Action Project, New American Leaders, Emerald Cities Collaboration, The Bridgespan Group, Education Through Music, Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Personal interests include: History of aviation, historical novels, road biking, wine, travel (still six states to go), trying to learn more about theories of the brain and why we think in the ways we do

Warner has a broad range of experience in financial, operational, and strategic planning for organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch & Co. where he spent 13 years and was one of the initial members of the firm’s private equity group. Following his time at Merrill Lynch, Warner established an independent consulting practice providing strategic planning, business development, and financial advisory work for nonprofit organizations and private equity portfolio companies in transition. In the 20 years in this practice, he has worked with a wide range of clients, including those embarking on aggressive growth plans as well as those facing financial or operational challenges. Warner has served as CFO or CEO for a number of client organizations in sectors that have included education and health care.

Warner has expertise in financial analysis and systems, building the knowledge base for thoughtful decision making and creating organizational plans and strategies. He has experience in implementing performance metrics and measurements to align organizations with the drivers of their success, in developing strategic plans that reflect external as well as internal environments, and in successfully implementing those plans.

Warner earned an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University in Economics (with a Certificate in Political Economy) and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he received the Robert Berne Award for Leadership.  Warner is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at Wagner where he teaches “The Intersection of Policy and Operations,” “Financial Decision Making and Management,” and “Advanced Financial and Impact Modeling for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises.”  Warner serves on the Board of Community Capital New York and on the Advisory Board of Yonkers Partners in Education, both nonprofit organizations, and has done strategy and operations projects for both of these organizations. Over the course of his career, Warner has also served on the boards of 14 for-profit companies.


Imara Jones

Education: MSc in Economics from The London School of Economics; AB in Political Science, Columbia University

Recent projects include: The Bridgespan Group, MIT CoLab, FAAM

Personal interests include: TV! Favorite shows include The Walking Dead, Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Crown, the Real Housewives of Atlanta and many others.

Imara—whose contributions to media and social justice have won Emmy and Peabody Awards—is an on-air news analyst, writer, and host. Imara also is a consultant for non-profits on branding and communications strategy.

Imara’s work focuses on the full range of equity and social justice issues from the perspective of America’s emerging majority, specifically people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community.

Driven by the mission to support social change and meet the news needs of millennials of color, Imara founded and is president of Oria Media. Oria’s core property, The Last Sip—a program designed to link national news stories to grassroots communities—will rollout in the Summer of 2017. It will air on the progressive news network FSTV.

Imara’s wide-ranging perspective has helped land them as a frequent guest on television and radio programs, including MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes and The Melissa Harris Perry Show, HuffPostLive’s Political Junkies, CNBC’s Closing Bell, Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story, PBS’ Democracy Now!, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC’s World Service, and The Takeaway— a program of The New York Times and WNYC Public Radio.

Additionally, their work has been featured in print and online in the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, The Nation, BBC News, Mic, Salon, and The Washington Post Company’s The Root.

From 2012-2014 Imara was economics contributor at Colorlines Magazine where their writing was syndicated in news outlets across the country. In 2015 Imara launched a YouTube channel caffeineTV, a 3-minute daily news brief which gave a different take on diverse topics.

Prior to their career in journalism, Imara held posts at Viacom where their work on the company’s Know HIV/AIDS campaign garnered two Emmy Awards and a Peabody.

In that role, Imara ran a $3 million department and mobilized over $200 million in media value across Viacom’s global assets for the venture, which included MTV, CBS, VH1, BET, Paramount Pictures and CBS Radio. Imara developed the strategic plan for Know HIV/AIDS and was asked by the company’s Chief Operating Officer to manage the campaign. Imara worked with over a half-dozen ad agencies and negotiated international partnerships, such as with the BBC and Kenneth Cole Productions, to expand the footprint of the endeavor. Their creativity attracted key talent to work with the Know HIV/AIDS campaign including Common, Julianne Moore, and Ashley Judd. According to the United Nations, “Know HIV/AIDS is the largest public messaging effort in the history of the AIDS epidemic.”

Preceding the Know HIV/AIDS effort, Imara was Manager for Corporate Relations at Viacom from 2000-2002 where they served as the primary spokesperson on technology-related matters. In this role, Imara developed a rapid-response operation comprised of lawyers and communications staff to coordinate the company’s public response to new technology that infringed Viacom’s copyrights. The team’s success in highlighting that certain devices, such as the Replay4000, harmed artists more than corporations helped Viacom win key legal battles. At Viacom Imara also wrote speeches, press releases, performed media briefings and training for executives, and prepared talking points.

Before Viacom, Imara served in the Clinton White House where they held two posts in international economic policy.

The first was as Special Assistant to the United States Trade Representative where Imara supported the US Trade Representative in day-to-day management and communications coordination issues. Subsequently, Imara joined the Office of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (i.e. the China War Room) at The White House as Communications Specialist to help harmonize messaging efforts between the White House and Capitol Hill in support of the normalization legislation.

Imara, a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, received an undergraduate degree in political science and history from Columbia University—where they were student body president—and a master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Imara blends their credentials with rich life experiences inspired by an array of the world’s cultures. Imara has traveled to almost two-dozen countries on every continent except Australia and the Antarctic. Fluent in Portuguese, Salvador, and Bahia. Brazil is Imara’s second home.

Imara is also an avid consumer of television. Their favorite shows include: The Walking Dead, Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Crown, the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and many others.

Imara is genderqueer and goes by the pronouns they/them.


Esther Kim

Esther Kim

Education: B.A. and two Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Technology Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, CFLeads, The San Francisco Foundation, New Profit

Personal interests include: Snowboarding, rock climbing, backpacking, ukulele, spending time with family

Esther is a seasoned nonprofit executive and business consultant with over 15 years of experience helping organizations thrive and achieve their goals. Her experience spans multiple sectors including philanthropy, nonprofits, Fortune 500 consulting, and government program evaluation. For over eight years, Esther served in leadership roles at REDF, a California venture philanthropy organization dedicated to creating jobs and pathways for individuals facing barriers to employment.

She led REDF’s programs, including strategy, grantmaking, business assistance, managing REDF’s first Federal Social Innovation Fund grant, creating tools, and measuring the impact of nonprofit-run social enterprises. As part of REDF’s executive team, she helped lead the organization through dramatic growth, including strategic planning, financial management, and hiring skilled talent.

Prior to REDF, Esther spent four years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, with a special focus on energy, environmental, and social sector projects.


Carolyn Laub

Education: B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University

Recent projects include: Espacios Abiertos

Personal interests include: Cooking, hiking, board games, nonfiction books, politics, hanging out with her 1-year-old and 5-year-old, and trying to spend less time looking at Facebook

Carolyn is a nonprofit strategy consultant and social entrepreneur based in San Francisco. She consults with social justice nonprofits, coalitions, and foundations on strategic communications, strategy development, policy advocacy, movement building, community-driven research, fund-raising, scaling, and replication. In addition to working with PEG, Carolyn is a Senior Strategist with Wonder: Strategies for Good. With all of her clients, she seeks to leverage her deep content expertise in LGBTQ equality, education justice, youth leadership, and community organizing.

Previously, Carolyn founded Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which organizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth advocating for safety and justice in schools. Over 16 years, her youth organizing at GSA Network resulted in passage of a dozen pieces of legislation focused on non-discrimination, safety, mental health access, equity, and restorative justice in schools for LGBTQ young people. She grew the number of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in California schools from 40 to 940. Carolyn spearheaded the replication of GSA Network’s successful California model in 4 other states and united a coalition of 39 statewide GSA networks, accelerating the growth and impact of the GSA movement nationwide.

In addition to her consulting work, in 2015 she co-founded Springboard Partners, an incubator of both high-impact social justice campaigns and startup companies. Carolyn is an Echoing Green Fellow and Ashoka Fellow as well as a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a 2017 Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University, where she also received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 1995. Carolyn lives in San Francisco with her wife, Heather, and two daughters.


Michaela Leslie-Rule

Education: MPA from Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; MPH from School of Public Health, Global Health, University of Washington; BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Recent projects include: First and Always Melanin (FAAM)

Personal interests include: Documentary filmmaking, long-distance swimming, traveling, baking

Michaela is a strategist, digital media producer, storyteller and social scientist. Her approach to advocacy, communication, and research, elevates constituent voices through participatory processes and multimedia storytelling. She has been fortunate to collaborate with human rights activists and defenders around the globe, including Global Fund for Women, Memphis Music Initiative, Grassroots Girls Initiative, Tipping Point Community and EngenderHealth.

Michaela holds a Master’s of Public Health and Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Washington with a focus on global health and storytelling, and a BFA from the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Rita Louh

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Education: MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business; B.A. from Harvard University

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, CFLeads, GLIDE Memorial Church & Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, Canal Alliance

Rita is a seasoned leader and facilitator, helping organizations to implement the changes needed as they align mission, strategy, organization, and operations to create greater impact. With deep experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and for-profit sectors, Rita assists organizations not only in planning for greater impact, but also in executing these plans by advising leaders as they navigate the challenges that come with any significant transformation.

Prior to starting her consulting practice, Rita served as the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at Tipping Point Community, an engaged grant maker focused on reducing poverty in the Bay Area.

In this role, she managed Tipping Point’s growth as it more than tripled grant making and staff and played a senior leadership role in the development of Tipping Point’s grant-making approach, management assistance, and impact measurement. She also led the direct support provided to a number of diverse grantees, ranging from grass-roots organizations with deep histories in their communities to innovative initiatives launched for the first time in the Bay Area. Using her direct experience as a leader and manager and her skills in business planning and leadership development, Rita assisted groups as they made significant strategic, organizational, and operational shifts, and was recognized by grantees for her support and coaching.

Previously Rita was a national program director for New Leaders for New Schools. She also assisted a variety of nonprofit, philanthropic, and for-profit clients as a strategy consultant with The Bridgespan Group and with Bain and Company.


Tia Martinez

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Education: JD from Stanford Law School; Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; AB in History from Harvard University

Recent projects include: Heising-Simons Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Tia is an independent consultant who previously was the Chief Equity Officer at the Stupski Foundation. Tia came to the foundation from the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School, where she was acting director of education, leading a policy unit that produced research, policy prescriptions, and curricular innovation on issues related to education reform.

Prior to joining the Warren Institute, she served as strategic consultant to the Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education. In this capacity, she led a strategic planning process and supported nationwide rollout and implementation of the new strategy across 12 regional offices. Tia was also a manager at the Bridgespan Group, where she worked with a range of clients including the nation’s largest constituency-based Hispanic civil rights organization and an urban school district reform intermediary.

Tia also has served as a senior fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, where she worked on issues related to disadvantaged adolescents and immigrant families. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the San Francisco Mayor’s Health Services Planning Council.


Meredith McManus

Education: B.A. in Asian Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South

Recent projects include: Operations, contracts, team building and timeline management

Personal interests include: Kayaking and running (at home and on-the-go!)

Meredith possesses 7+ years of Operations and Administration experience, in roles ranging from Community Coordinator for the Office of the General Counsel at the NYC Commission on Human Rights; Executive and Personal Assistant to the CEO of The Barbarian Group; to Office Manager at Brooklyn based online retail start-up, Maptote. Meredith graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.A. in Asian Studies emphasizing Japanese culture. She is an avid runner and spends as much free time as possible kayaking the Florida Keys and Long Island Sound.

Lindsay Miller

Education: Oxford MBA as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship

Recent projects include: Heising-Simons Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, Community Works West, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Buck Institute for Education, New Profit

Personal interests include: Mountain biking, skiing, kite-boarding, backpacking, and international travel. Is developing a newfound passion for political activism

Lindsay is an independent consultant with expertise in social enterprise strategy and design. She completed the Oxford MBA as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship in 2008 after an early career in early childhood education and children’s mental health. Since then, she has consulted with numerous US-based and international social enterprises, supporting clients in new business development, strategic planning, organizational change, resource development, evaluation, fund-raising and more. Current and past clients span the venture philanthropy, peacekeeping, education, food service, apparel, prison reform, and job creation sectors.

Lindsay has worked extensively with REDF, a Bay Area-based foundation addressing workforce development for people facing barriers to work, to develop web-based resources and tools for nonprofits interested in using social enterprise to create jobs. She serves as the Board Vice Chair of Gorge Owned, a nonprofit organization in Hood River promoting sustainable development that enhances community, economy, and environment.


John Newsome

Education: MA in Modern Thought & Literature, with a focus on fascism; MBA from Stanford University; B.A. in Spanish Literature, with a focus on colonialism and post-colonialism

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, New American Leaders, The Bridgespan Group, Emerald Cities Collaborative, MIT CoLab, San Francisco Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Espacios Abiertos

Personal interests include: Yoga, intermediate cycling, a wine lover; after 20 years of neglect, John is trying to recoup his Spanish fluency.

John Newsome is the founder of Public Equity Group. John’s PEG clients have included PolicyLink; the Buffett Early Childhood Institute (NE); Espacios Abiertos (Puerto Rico); the Open Society Foundations; the Memphis Public Library system; First and Always Melanin; and the Transgender Law Center, among others.

John has served on the executive and management teams of several organizations, including the Global Business Coalition on Health (Vice President), leading U.S. corporate social responsibility initiatives between multinational companies (e.g., Chevron, L’Oreal, Levi-Strauss, Pfizer) and public partners (e.g., the White House, CDC); the Oakland Public Schools (chief of staff role); the Bridgespan Group; and the Center for Third World Organizing. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) during her first term in Congress.

From 2004 to 2009, John led And Castro for All, a grassroots organization focused on racial and economic justice within the Bay Area LGBT Community. Under John’s leadership, AC4A won unprecedented city and state racial bias cases/judgments, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

John holds a Spanish fluency certification, a B.A. (Spanish Literature, with a focus on colonialism), an MA (Modern Thought & Literature, with a focus on fascism), and an MBA from Stanford University. John is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.


Rafael Olivares

Education: B.S. in Business concentrating in Finance and Economics from NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Minor in Computer Science from NYU College of Arts and Sciences

Recent projects include: MIT CoLab, Center for a New Economy, Ayuda Legal PR

Personal interests include: Biking, live music, consumer electronics and technology, reading (big fan of high and epic fantasy books), traveling, and podcasts (99% Invisible and Everything is Alive are current favorites)

Rafael holds a B.S. from New York University in Business with concentrations in Finance and Economics. He also has a minor in Computer Science from the College of Arts and Sciences. Rafael has been involved with Student Government as committee chair and elected official and is a founding board member of the Undergraduate Latin American Business Association (ULABA).

He is a Corps Member with Teach for America in the Bay Area, focusing on bilingual education for K–6 schools. Previously, he has worked as a Launch Intern at Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office, and as a Summer Analyst at J.P. Morgan’s Asset & Wealth Management division.

Rafael loves discovering new music and attending live concerts. He is originally from Spain but grew up moving around and has since lived in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and currently the United States. Rafael also spent a few months in Shanghai studying on NYU’s Shanghai campus


Nicholas Pez

Education: Pursuing a B.A. in Economics and Urban Studies at Stanford University

Recent projects include: Center for a New Economy, Open Society Foundation

Personal interests include: Flying airplanes, designing buildings/cities, collecting world coins and banknotes, politics, tennis, and astronomy

Nicholas studies Economics and Urban Studies at Stanford University with focused coursework in real estate and international development. At Stanford he is involved in ASPIRE (Association of Students Promoting Innovation in Real Estate) and in the Financial Inclusion Team at SGDA (Stanford Global Development Association). Currently, he is a Community Engaged Learning Coordinator at Stanford’s Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative (SUS), where he facilitates connections between local Bay Area non-profits and Stanford’s SUS projects, which range from affordable housing innovation to climate change risk assessment. Nicholas has been in the founding team of a real estate investment fund focused on Opportunity Zones, a community development tax incentive, and has also participated in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge, becoming a national finalist and receiving recognitions for best design and most unique development proposal. He has also received numerous regional and national awards for his artwork and architectural designs. Nicholas was born and grew up in Lima, Peru and now calls Detroit, Michigan home.

Tom Pyun


Education: Degrees from Vassar College and Columbia University

Recent projects include: GLIDE Memorial Church & Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, CF Leads

Personal interests include: Creative writing, hip-hop dance, and global travel

Tom is an independent strategy and grant-making consultant based in San Francisco. He has expertise in: developing analytically rigorous organizational and programmatic strategies and business plans; managing grant-making and evaluation portfolios and projects, including designing and implementing strategic initiatives and pilots; building organizational and leadership capacity via workshops and coaching; and conducting quantitative and qualitative research and analyses to inform program improvement and organizational change.

Tom’s project portfolio includes collaborations with The California Endowment, GLIDE Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation – Blue Shield Against Violence, Destination Home, The Philadelphia Center, PERTS at Stanford University, and Global Forum for MSM and HIV. He served as Interim Program Officer at the Blue Shield Against Violence Program where he was responsible for stewarding two dockets of grants consisting of $2.5 million-plus to organizations working to end domestic violence in California.

Tom was an Association of Schools of Public Health/Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow and a Technical Advisor in HIV Prevention with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global AIDS Program in the United Republic of Tanzania. While at the CDC, Tom managed a $2 million-plus portfolio of HIV-prevention research and evaluation projects. In addition, he provided capacity building, technical assistance, and mentorship to in-country staff and international and local nonprofit grantee partners.

Previously, Tom was a Consultant with the Bridgespan Group, a national nonprofit management consultancy with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. During his tenure, he collaborated on strategy engagements with a national membership organization focused on practitioners and providers serving aging populations, a philanthropic climate change initiative, a California-based health care foundation, an Oregon-based charter management organization, and an education reform think tank based at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.


Camille Ramani

Education: M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University; Certificate in non-profit Management from The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; B.A. in Third World Studies from University of California, Berkeley

Recent projects include: The Children’s Council, Community Housing Partnership

Personal interests include: Surfing the world’s oceans, travel, reading, and films

Camille is an accomplished manager with 20-plus years proven experience in the international and economic development, social enterprise, nonprofit, nongovernmental, and public sectors. Her professional experience in the social sector ranges includes program development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, operations and technology, and performance and impact measurement.

In 2008, she launched Ramani Consulting, which focuses primarily on building organizational backbone, with a keen focus on operations and technology, usage, and role of data within organizations to create a stronger, equitable social sector. Camille’s approach can be distilled into three guiding actions: listen, understand, and execute. Underlying those actions is the ability to build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively to partner with organizations on accomplishing their goals.

Camille has worked on projects from California to Kenya, and her clients have included Tipping Point Community, GAP Foundation, City and County of San Francisco, BUILD, First Place for Youth, Zerodivide, and Refugees United. Formerly, she served as COO/CTO of Upwardly Global, a social enterprise focused on assisting unemployed and underemployed immigrants and refugee professionals in finding a path to careers in Fortune 500 companies. In this role, Camille developed performance metrics and tracking systems for program evaluation and implemented Balanced Scorecard and Dashboard reporting as a basis for continuous improvement. Camille has also conducted evaluations and trained staff to develop program and outcome metrics for international agencies supporting low-income communities through income generating and asset-building initiatives.

Camille holds a B.A. in Third World Studies from University of California, Berkeley; an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University; and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She and her family emigrated from India to San Francisco in 1978, and the Bay Area has always been home, no matter where in the world she has worked and lived. When she is not focusing on social justice and organizational capacity building, she indulges her other passions: explorations through travel and surfing the world’s oceans.


Igor Rubinov

Education: Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University; B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University; MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University; MA in Anthropology from Princeton University

Recent projects include: MIT CoLab

Personal interests include: Backpacking, bicycle touring, banjo, Soviet design

Igor Rubinov is a scholar, practitioner, and activist completing his dissertation as a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. For his doctoral research, he conducted 16 months of fieldwork in Tajikistan to understand how climate adaptation projects were implemented by state and international agencies. For his MA, Igor studied the efficacy of organizations managing remittance flows in Kyrgyzstan. Igor has published his research in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and as research reports, always maintaining a focus on the ingenuity and perseverance of local people dealing with adversity.

Prior to graduate work, Igor was a program manager and educator at several NGOs working with diverse communities including under-served youth and adults with development disabilities. Igor has sustained a long-standing passion for social and environmental justice, working to help organizations be more impactful in their efforts to alleviate poverty, support communities and improve the environment. Igor is fluent in Russian and Tajik and has ridden his bicycle thousands of miles around the world.


Justin Smith

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Education: Ph.D. student in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University; MPH in Health Behavior from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; AB in Sociology from Brown University

Recent projects include: Listen For Good, GLIDE Memorial Church & Foundation, New Profit

Personal interests include: Yoga and community building

Justin is a Ph.D. student in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University, with extensive experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Since September 2012, Justin has served as a Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, assisting in the implementation and management of a national HIV behavioral surveillance system, coordinating project activities among three project sites; developing project protocols and survey instruments; analyzing project data; and preparing manuscripts for publication. Justin’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Journal of Public Health and AIDS and Behavior.

Justin also completed a Training Fellowship at the Fenway Institute and Boston University, and prior to his work at the CDC served for four years as project coordinator at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, managing day-to-day operations for an HRSA-funded HIV outreach, prevention, and care program. Justin applied his expertise in survey design, implementation, and data analysis to PEG consulting projects for GLIDE and New Profit.

An avid yoga practitioner and CrossFitter, Justin is also the founder and lead organizer of Brothers Who Brunch (BWB), a monthly gathering that seamlessly integrates Justin’s love of food with his passion for community building.


Eiko Sugano

Education: MPH from UC Berkeley School of Public Health; B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University

Recent projects include: Espacios Abiertos

Personal interests include: Running, meditation, learning new crafts

Eiko is an independent consultant and leadership coach serving the social sector. She combines her consulting and training experience with coaching and facilitation skills to build organizational, leadership, and adaptive capacity in service of creating a more equitable society. Eiko has a proven track record in improving team functioning, developing evaluation plans and conducting evaluations that capture an organization’s story, and helping leaders to be more effective and engaged. Her areas of content expertise include workforce development, youth development, early childhood education, older adults and aging, HIV prevention, and homelessness.

Eiko is passionate about working with leaders and emerging leaders of color who are serving as role models and change agents. As a coach, she empowers and supports them in maximizing their impact while staying in balance with self-care so they can sustain their efforts.

Building on personal experience, Eiko is known for her ability to work with a diverse array of people, from frontline staff to executive leaders and from at-risk populations to people managing projects. For four years, she served as senior consultant and Director of Talent at LFA (Learning for Action), a consulting firm that enhanced the impact and sustainability of social sector organizations through highly customized strategy, evaluation, and research services. Prior to consulting, Eiko managed community collaborative STI/HIV prevention projects at UCSF where she worked with at-risk youth populations, including homeless and LGBTQ youth.

Eiko holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified professional coach through the Coaches Training Institute.


Benjamin Weil

Education: MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, specializing in Economic and Political Development and African Studies; B.A. in International Relations and French from San Francisco State University

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, Memphis Public Library, CFLeads (Community Foundations Leading Change)

Personal interests include: Classical music (singer and listener), languages and linguistics, reading and writing, political activism, yoga, swimming, hiking

Benjamin has been working in international public health for nearly 25 years, with a thematic focus on HIV and sexual and reproductive health, and a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

A consultant since 1997, Benjamin also worked as Program Advisor on HIV\STDs for International Planned Parenthood in 1999-2000 (in Latin America and the Caribbean), and as a UNDP Program Advisor for UNDP HIV and Development Project, based both in New York and Dakar, Senegal, in 1993-1997. At UNDP he was instrumental in helping found and support the African Regional Network on Ethics, Law and HIV and the Network of African People Living with HIV\AIDS. He also participated in the creation of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV\AIDS (UNAIDS).

Consulting clients have included the World Bank, UNAIDS, UNICEF, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, EngenderHealth, the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, AmFAR, the Global Business Coalition on HIV\AIDS, TB and Malaria, Family Health International, and Keep a Child Alive.

During and after college, Benjamin spent several years living, studying and working in Europe. He is fluent in French, Spanish, German and Italian, and also speaks Wolof and a tiny residue of Hausa.


Kimberly Wicoff

Education: M.B.A. from Stanford University; B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University

Recent projects include: Buck Institute for Education

Personal interests include: Hiking, biking and culinary adventures with her husband and son

Kimberly Wicoff is a seasoned leader with 20 years of proven experience in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. Her expertise includes strategic planning, program design and implementation, finance and operations, fundraising, and Board engagement. In 2018, Kimberly launched her consulting practice to share her passion for building impact drive organizations based on sound data, strategy and management principles.

From 2012-2017, Kimberly served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Education Fund (Ed Fund), an organization which raises funds and recruits volunteers for San Francisco’s public schools. At the Ed Fund, Kimberly engaged the Board and staff in a strategic re-alignment process, focusing the organization on its core competencies, eliminating under-performing program areas and developing a data driven framework for connecting teacher grants and community volunteers to critical academic benchmarks. She coupled the strategic realignment with a fund development strategy to both retain existing and diversify into new funding sources to fuel the new vision. As part of that work she spearheaded the design of an earned revenue program that partnered local tech companies with schools, which in less than three years resulted in nearly 50 companies providing ~14,000 hours of service and $500,000+ in donations. She also launched a donor engagement program that retained over 95% of major donors and established a young professionals group that engaged 300+ new people in the Ed Fund’s work.

Prior to joining the Ed Fund, Kimberly was the Director of Knowledge and Innovation for Strive Together, a national nonprofit helping communities set up collective impact partnerships to improve education. In that role she oversaw all knowledge management functions including the development of curriculum, case studies, and field building tools. She led Strive’s direct strategic assistance efforts in multiple communities and managed Strive’s strategic assistance staff. Kimberly also spent 5 years in the San Francisco Mayor’s office as both the Director of Interagency Planning and the Deputy Director for the Communities of Opportunity initiative where she was responsible for coordinating a number of multi-agency initiatives and public-private partnerships in the areas of poverty and education. Kimberly launched her social sector career at the Bridgespan Group where she worked with nonprofits and foundations primarily in the education and civil rights domains to develop their strategies and business plans.

Kimberly holds a BA in Anthropology from Princeton University, an MBA from Stanford University and she serves as a trustee for the San Francisco Foundation. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, son and dog and together they enjoy hiking, biking and culinary adventures across the bay area.


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