NNCG Members

The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Full Members
Full Members have demonstrated exceptional depth and quality of consultant
work by providing at least five grantmaker clients as references.

Institutions & Firms

Scarlett Bouder, Vice President
Cassie Gaffney, Senior Strategist
Lori McClung, President
Nikki Reiss, Senior Strategist
Lauren Sogor, Senior Strategist

Cleveland, OH

Lydia Guterman, Senior Director of Consulting Services
Julie Slay, Senior Director of Evaluation
Melanie Torres, Senior Director of Consulting Services
Gwen Walden, Senior Managing Director
Shelley Whelpton, Managing Director
San Francisco, CA

Way-Ting Chen, Sr. Partner & Co-Founder
Shannon Johnson, Partner
Jennifer Shen, Partner & Co-Founder
Sofia Van Cleve*, Analyst
Jessica Wong*, Senior Associate
Los Angeles, CA

R.Christine Hershey, Founder
Vanessa Schnaidt, Group Account Director
Jessica Truex, Project Manager
Los Angeles, CA

David Chavis, Ph.D., President/CEO
Oscar Espinosa, Senior Associate
Kien Lee, Ph.D., Vice President & Principal Associate
Amy Minzner*, Senior Associate
Gaithersburg, MD

Lee Draper, Ph.D, President
Colburn (Cole) Wilbur , Senior Associate
Santa Monica, CA

Giannina Fehler-Cabral, Senior Consultant
Pilar Mendoza, Senior Consultant
Clare Nolan, Co-Founder
Anna Saltzman, Senior Consultant
Sonia Taddy-Sandino, Co-Founder
Pasadena, CA

Tony Bowen, Senior Consultant
Rodney Chistopher, Lead Consultant
Dipty Jain, Principal
Andrea Mills, Principal
Jennifer Pedroni, Senior Consultant
Hilda Polanco, Founder & CEO
Santa Monica, CA

Tony Bowen, Senior Consultant
Rodney Chistopher, Lead Consultant
Dipty Jain, Principal
Andrea Mills, Principal
Jennifer Pedroni, Senior Consultant
Hilda Polanco, Founder & CEO
Santa Monica, CA

Full Individuals

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Nicole Campbell CEO, Nicole Campbell
Stephanie Clohesy CEO, Clohesy Consulting - Cedar Falls, IA
Erica Ekwurzel CivicAIM - Austin, TX
Jara Dean-Coffey, M.P.H. Luminare Group - Founder & Principle, San Raphael, CA
Jara Dean-Coffey, M.P.H. Luminare Group - Founder & Principle, San Raphael, CA
Jara Dean-Coffey, M.P.H. Luminare Group - Founder & Principle, San Raphael, CA

Foundation Management Services, Inc. – Cleveland, OH 

NNCG Charter Member
Kathy BakhshiAssociate Member at a Full Member Firm, Manager, Grants & Operations
Sherri Clancy, Associate
Jeanine Gergel, Associate
Cristin Slesh NNCG Charter Member, President
Karen Thompson-Shaheen Associate Member at a Full Member Firm, Associate

GMA Foundations – Boston, MA NNCG Charter Member
Phil Hall, Principal
Chaletta Huertas, Associate
Mary Phillips NNCG Charter Member, President
Amy Segal Shorey NNCG Charter Member, Principal
Prentice Zinn NNCG Charter Member, Principal

Grantbook – Toronto, CA
James Law, Director, Relationship Development
Mohamed Huque, Philanthropy Technology Consultant
Kenny Li, Implementation Specialist
Tierney Smith, Philanthropy Technology Consultant
Jennifer Toh, Philanthropy Technology Consultant

Harder + Company Community Research – San Francisco, CA
Kristina Gelardi, Research Consultant
Jennifer James, Partner
Cristina Magaña, Partner

Hirsch & Associates – San Francisco, CA
Adrienne Bousian, Senior Associate
Susan Hirsch, CEO
Betsy Merzernich, Senior Associate
Emily Cohen Raskin, Senior Associate

Learning for Action (LFA) – San Francisco, CA NNCG Charter Member
Emily Boer Drake, Senior Consultant
Alex Hildebrand, Director of Strategy Consulting
Steven LaFrance NNCG Charter Member, President & CEO
Nancy Latham NNCG Charter Member, Chief Learning Officer
Rachel Cuevas Rouda, Senior Consultant

Marga Inc. – New York, NY
Faith Bynoe, Senior Associate
David Maurrasse, President/Founder/CEO

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – New York, NY NNCG Charter Member
Melissa A. Berman NNCG Charter Member, President & CEO
Mae Hong Associate Member at a Full Member Firm, Vice President
Walter Sweet NNCG Charter Member, Vice President
Olga Tarasov, Director

RTI International – Research Triangle Park, NC
Barri Burrus, Senior Director
Phillip Graham, Senior Director
Rachel Nugent, Vice President
David Silver, Director
Katherine Treiman, Senior Manager

Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. – Chicago, IL
Betsy Brill, Founder & President
Mollie Bunis, Director of Philanthropic Services

TCC Group – New York, NY
Melinda Fine, Dir. of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships
Maritza Guzman, Sr. Consultant
Angela Kahres Associate Member at a Full Member Firm, Program Manager
Richard Mittenthal, President & CEO

The Giving Practice – Seattle, WA
Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner
Sindhu Knotz, Managing Partner
Ted Lord, Senior Partner
Mark Sedway, Senior Partner
Leslie Silverman, Partner

The Philanthropic Group – New York, NY NNCG Charter Member
Barbara R. Greenberg, MSW NNCG Charter Member, President
Jan Schwarz NNCG Charter Member, Philanthropic Consultant

The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. – Boston, MA NNCG Charter Member
Maggi Alexander, Partner
Leslie Pine NNCG Charter Member, Senior Partner
Ellen Remmer NNCG Charter Member, Senior Partner

VIVA Social Impact Partners – San Mateo, CA
Laura Bowen, Communications Manager
Christina Bath Collosi, Managing Partner
Iris Elent, Consultant
Nicole Tanner, Ph.D., Managing Partner
Christine Tringale, Director of Data & Analytics

Whittier Trust Company – South Pasadena, CA
Pegine Grayson, Senior V.P. of Philanthropic Services
Julie Lytle Nesbit, E.V.P. & Director of Philanthropic Services
Brian Van Weele, V.P. of Philanthropic Services


Suzanne Callahan, CFRE , Founder, Callahan Consulting for the Arts – Washington, DC

Nicole Campbell, CEO, Build Up Advisory Group – Newtown, CT

Stephanie Clohesy NNCG Charter Member, CEO, Clohesy Consulting – Cedar Falls, IA

Jara Dean-Coffey, M.P.H NNCG Charter Member, Founder & Principal, Luminare Group – San Rafael, CA

Erica Ekwurzel, CivicAIM – Austin, TX

Leah Ersoylu, President, Ersoylu Consulting – Costa Mesa, CA

Deborah Flood, Principal, Purpose Advisors – Irvington, NY

Dawn Franks, President, Your Philanthropy – Tyler, TX

Lynda Frost, Principal, Lynfro Consulting – Austin, TX

Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy – Tucson, AZ

Justin Goldbach, Founder & Managing Director, Social Strategy Associates LLC – Long Island City, NY

Gita Gulati-Partee, Founder & Chief Strategist,
Open Source Leadership Strategies, Inc. – Durham, NC

Molly Schultz Hafid, Independent Consultant – New York, NY

Ellen Irie, Principal, Informing Change – Berkeley, CA

Valerie Jacobs NNCG Charter Member, Valerie Jacobs Consulting – San Diego, CA

Sheila Kappeler-Finn, Duende Consulting, LLCLafayette, CA

Brittany Kienker, Kienker Consulting LLC – Canton, MI

Lisa Korwin, Principal, Korwin Consulting – Oakland, CA

Pat Krackov, Principal, Lighthouse Philanthropy Advisors -San Jose, CA

Belinda Lyons-Newman, Founder & Principal, Lyons-Newman Consulting – Berkeley, CA

Tony Macklin, At-Large Pro, Tony Macklin Consulting – Broomfield, CO

Dara Major, Principal, Dara Major Philanthropy Consulting – New York, NY

Kristina L. Mayer NNCG Charter Member, President, KLMayer Consulting Group, LLC – Port Townsend, WA

Lisa McGill, Principal, LM Strategies Consulting, LLC – Homewood, IL

Donnell Snite Mersereau, Owner, Donnell LLC – Grand Haven, MI

Amy Main Morgenstern NNCG Charter Member, President, Main Stream Enterprises, Inc. – Cleveland, OH

Mark E. Neithercut NNCG Charter Member, Principal, Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors LLC – Detroit, MI

Corey Newhouse, Founder &Principal, Public Profit – Eugene, OR

Kristen Putnam-Walkerly, MSW NNCG Charter Member, President, Putnam Consulting Group – Cleveland, OH

Mary Elizabeth Rider, Principal, Rider Consulting – Anchorage, AK

Holli Rivera, Principal, Intentional Philanthropy, LLC – Bethesda, MD

Tuti Scott, President, Changemaker Strategies – Glolucester,MA

Seema Shah, Principal/Founder, Commveda Consulting, LLC – Brooklyn, NY

Mistinguette Smith, Principal Consultant, M Smith Consulting LLC, – Northhampton, MA

Suzanne Smith, CEO/Founder, Social Impact Architects, Inc – Dallas, TX

Valerie Threlfall, Principal, Ekoute Consulting – Oakland, CA

Rebecca Van Sickle, 1892 Consulting – Portland, OR

Christine Zachai, Philanthropic Advisor, Forward Philanthropy – Montpelier, VT

Associate Members

Associate Members are qualified consultants actively serving grantmakers who choose to work with a smaller client base, are newer to the field, or otherwise have not yet participated in NNCG’s vetting process.


SEED Collaborative – Inglewood, CA
Evan Holland, Senior Consultant
Paul Hudson, Managing Partner
Tara Taylor, Managing Director


Suzanne E. Busta NNCG Charter Member, President, Philanthropic Impact – Edina, MN

Sanford Cardin, Senior Consultant, Cresset Capital – Queenstown, MD

Marcia Coné, President, Marcia Coné Consulting – East Greenwich, RI

Michael Courville, Founder, Open Mind Consulting – Sonoma, CA

Anne Dewitt Cowie, Consultant – Roslindale, MA

Laura Lewis Duty, Principal, Laura Duty & Associates, LLC – Dallas, TX

Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Principal/Owner – Phila Engaged Giving – Seattle, WA

Eileen Egan, Partner, Melvin Consulting PLLC – Flagstaff, AZ

Gariela Fitz, Principal, Think Twice LLC – Chicago, IL

Max Freund, Partner, LF Leadership – Claremont, CA

Hunter Gatewood, Owner, Signal Key Consulting – San Diego, CA

Rose Haynes, Principal, Rose Haynes Consulting – Oakland, CA

Emily Harris, Principal, Harris Strategies, LLC  – Chicago, IL

Jessica Hembree, Principal, Platform Civic Strategies – Overland Park, KS

Heather J. Larson, Founder, LiveGive – South Barrington, IL

Becky Lentz, Faculty Fellow,  RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service – Austin, TX

David Manuel, Principal, University Donor Advisors – Ft. Worth, TX

Richard Marker, Founder/Co-principal, Institute for Wise Philanthropy – Bethesda, MD

Linda Marshall, Founding Partner, MissionBridge Philanthropy – New Canaan, CT

Kay Marquet, President, Kay Marquet Associates – Santa Rosa, CA

Marie Massaro, Principal, Massaro Consulting – Middletown, CT

Ruth Masterson, Lead Advisor, Practical Insight Consulting – Takoma Park, MD

Yvonne Moore, Principal Advisor, Moore Philanthropy – Brooklyn, NY

Carolyn O’Brien, Founding Partner, MissionBridge Philanthropy, LLC – New Canaan, CT

Bridget Y. Samuel, VESTEDin Consulting Group, LLC – Houston, TX

Thomas Scanlon, Benchmarks Inc. – Washington, DC

Kirsten Scobie, Persimmon Consulting – Lancaster, NH

Kathy Sessions, Leaven Partners, LLC. – Chevy Chase, MD

Kate Shirah, Founder and Principal, Alignmeant Consulting – Durham, NC

Dara Weinerman Steinberg, Principal, Steinberg Consulting – Twinsburg, OH

Tammy Tai, Principal, Tai Consulting – Boston, MA

Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Principal, SRT Advising & Consulting, LLC – Staten Island, NY

Coby C. Williams, Principal Consultant, New Reach Community Consulting – Canal Winchester, OH 

Lauren Wolkov, President, Lauren Wolkov Strategic Advisors – Sacramento, CA

Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members are grantmakers and professionals in allied fields who support the mission of NNCG.


Tides Foundation– San Francisco, CA
Ly Nguyen, Advisor


Elizabeth Bremner NNCG Charter Member, former President, The Foundation Incubator – Santa Fe, NM

Laura Smith, Senior Director, Programs & Learning, Philanthropy Ohio – Columbus, OH

Foundation Members

The California Wellness Foundation – Woodland Hills, CA

The Colorado Health Foundation – Denver, CO

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation – Los Altos, CA

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation – Oakland, CA

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