Writer/Editor, Fund for Shared Insight
Debbie works with Fund for Shared Insight to produce on-point, reliable, and effective communications. In her freelance work, she delivers a variety of content to media, business, and nonprofit clients. In positions as a reporter, senior writer, and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, she developed special expertise in covering the nonprofit world — experience that continues to inform and inspire her work in the social/philanthropic sector.
Administrative Associate, Fund for Shared Insight
Megan is an independent consultant providing overall and project-based support services to Fund for Shared Insight’s management team. She has experience in administrative-assistance, events-coordinating, and operations-management roles in a variety of settings, including the fashion, healthcare, and news-media industries.
Program Manager, Listen4Good Online+
Karla manages Listen4Good Online+, a program of Fund for Shared Insight’s feedback initiative, Listen4Good. She serves as portfolio manager and ad-hoc coach, executes the delivery of group learning for Listen4Good Online+ participants, and contributes to program design and development. Karla brings broad experience in the nonprofit sector, encompassing capacity building, evaluation, and research for organizations engaged in economic and workforce development, education, and sustainability.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Partner, Fund for Shared Insight
Gita helps build the capacity of the Fund for Shared Insight’s team to integrate an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens into all of its work. Gita publishes and presents extensively on racial and social justice, and she consults regularly to foundations, funder networks, advocacy organizations and coalitions, and leadership development programs around the country. Check out her recent TEDx Talk, “Leading for Equity,” and her blog on race and parenting.
Senior Data Analyst, Listen4Good
Angela brings experience in analyzing data sets obtained from small- and large-scale surveys and assists Listren4Good with its learning agenda. She is enthusiastic about how data can help to discover insights and establish indicators that can be tracked over time. Angela is passionate about education, as well as economic and workforce development. She has worked in these areas within the nonprofit, government, and academic sectors in the United States and abroad.
Feedback Research Portfolio Manager, Fund for Shared Insight
With her expertise in program evaluation, needs assessment, strategic planning, and nonprofit consulting, coupled with her experience practicing and teaching research, Penelope brings a measured balance of academic rigor and real-world feasibility to Fund for Shared Insight’s applied-research endeavors. Consulting in the social sector for nearly 15 years, she amplifies the impact of programs, initiatives, and organizations that are committed to addressing critical issues in our communities around social justice, equity, and the yawning economic divide. Her work also supports elevating the voices and experiences of people who are most under-resourced and under-represented.
Senior Resource and Learning Associate, Listen4Good
Rebecca provides core programming and measurement support to Listen4Good. She is an independent consultant at Ekouté, which advances the use of feedback to inform strategy and measurement efforts at social sector organizations. Previously, Rebecca worked at a social impact measurement consulting firm, supporting nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to define, measure, report, and improve the social impact of their initiatives. She brings experience with survey design, data collection, and evaluation, and helping clients improve strategy through measurement.
Program Director, Listen4Good
Rebecca is responsible for management and ongoing development of Fund For Shared Insight’s Listen4Good programs. She is an independent consultant with extensive experience helping mission-driven organizations improve the quality of programs and services. Prior to joining Listen4Good, Rebecca held diverse roles with International Planned Parenthood Federation, working with nonprofits across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America, including developing and rapidly scaling a performance management system with partners in 21 countries to improve health services, address social norms, strengthen policies, and support national ownership of the program.
LINDSAY AUSTIN LOUIE
Strategic Adviser, Fund for Shared Insight
Lindsay is the program officer for Philanthropy Grantmaking at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In that capacity, she leads two grantmaking strategies focused on increasing philanthropic effectiveness: (1) Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, and (2) the Hewlett Foundation’s participation in Fund for Shared Insight. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2013, Lindsay served as executive director of the Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SV2), and ran business development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.
Product Manager, Listen4Good
Alex leads the development of Fund for Shared Insight’s Listen4Good interactive web app and related infrastructure projects. She is an independent consultant with Ekouté. Previously, Alex provided strategic analysis and landscape reporting for a nonprofit consulting firm in San Francisco. She also spent two years as a project manager on the mobile product team at Airbnb.
Operations Manager, Fund for Shared Insight
Michelle supports Fund for Shared Insight’s broad range of operational and programmatic activities.She is an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations specializing in financial analysis, operations, and evaluation. Previously, she worked as a community development practitioner for the Washington, DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation. At LISC, she provided strategic grants, loans, and resource-brokering to community-based organizations. She also helped publish the book, “Becoming What We Can Be, Stories of Community Development in Washington DC,” a 30-year retrospective of community development in the nation’s capital.
Communications Director, Fund for Shared Insight
Rick is responsible for developing and executing communications strategies to support Fund for Shared Insight’s goals, which include expanding the number of nonprofits and funders that use listening and feedback to inform and improve their work and building a strong feedback field. After serving as vice president for programs and communications at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation from 2010 to 2017, Rick launched an independent consulting practice focused on philanthropy. Rick co-authored the Daring to Lead 2006 and 2011 national studies of nonprofit executive leadership, and has been a contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He currently serves on the boards of BoardSource and the Community Foundation for the Central Blue Ridge.
Community Support Coordinator, Listen4Good
Alexis supports users of the Listen4Good web app and manages the online peer network, L4G Community. She has worked in public relations and communications at two nonprofits, the Commonwealth Club of California and Kiva.org, and also brings experience from working in for-profit, high-growth tech and software sales.
Managing Director, Listen4Good
Valerie leads Listen4Good, Fund for Shared Insight’s signature feedback capacity building program. As the founding director of Listen4Good, Valerie led the initial design of the offering and now oversees a coaching and central product and program team that supports more than 500 organizations. She is also Principal of Ekouté Consulting, which advances the use of feedback to inform strategy and measurement efforts for social-sector organizations. Previously, Valerie served as founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) YouthTruth Project, scaling the project from an idea to a nationally recognized survey and data analysis organization that elevates youth feedback to inform educational decision-making. Prior to joining CEP, Valerie was part of the core business team that built a successful start-up biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (publicly traded, $750 million at peak).
Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight
Melinda guides and facilitates Fund for Shared Insight’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melinda promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her unique combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Lissette, managing director, portfolio strategy and management at Blue Meridian Partners, provides strategic and executional leadership on critical business priorities and leads innovation efforts which will expand Blue Meridian’s work as it evolves. Lissette additionally oversees the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s remaining work on the Youth Development Fund and PropelNext. Before joining EMCF in 2010, Lissette held senior leadership positions at YouthBuild USA and the Boston Foundation, and was the founding executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, a shelter for homeless Latina women and their children.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
As director of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group, Jehan leads a team that makes grants to strengthen nonprofits and the philanthropic sector and provides internal guidance across the foundation’s programs on supporting grantee capacity and developing, implementing, and evaluating grant strategies. Jehan has more than 25 years of experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity-building, including in previous posts at Blue Meridian Partners, The Bridgespan Group, Mercer Management Consulting, and Catholic Relief Services.
Fund for Shared Insight is delighted to partner with the following individuals (and their organizations) who provide invaluable research, evaluation, technology/website assistance, and strategic/management support.
Meenakshi joined RPA’s San Francisco office in May 2012. As a member of the Sponsored Projects Team, Meenakshi manages projects focused on a range of issues including education, capacity building, and arts and culture. She comes to RPA with a diverse background ranging from directing programs and computer programming to workforce development and volunteering for social justice organizations.
CECILIA BORGES FARFAN
Cecilia is part of the evaluation team that supports and facilitates learning in partnership with Fund for Shared Insight. She believes in the power of data to tell stories that ultimately support systemic changes and address issues of inequity. She works on projects in Census, worker organizing, and education reform. In addition to evaluation, she has extensive experience in immigration law, supporting families through the legal process. An immigrant from Mexico, Cecilia brings a multicultural lens to her work.
Juan manages ORS’s evaluation and learning partnership with Fund for Shared Insight. He also works on evaluation projects involving housing authorities, school districts, and policy advocacy around racial-equity issues. Juan recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after living and working in Latin America, including in his home country, Colombia, as a consultant, focusing on politics and social policy monitoring and evaluation for clients, such as USAID and Univision Network.
Katy is co-leading Shared Insight’s climate-focused participatory grantmaking initiative. She is an experienced practitioner of participatory grantmaking, a practice that moves power from funders to the people impacted by the funds. Before working as an independent consultant, Katy led the grantmaking team at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia. She has also held roles at the Global Fund for Children and CARE International, and currently serves on the steering committee for the Human Rights Funders Network.
As a designer, Ed has significant experience in brand identity and packaging, having worked for global brands and local startups for more than 20 years. His skill set has more recently expanded to web design, making him a versatile design partner. Ed also has a passion for photography. A favorite subject is the city of San Francisco, which has been his home his entire adult life. He lives there with his wife (also a Fund for Shared Insight partner!) and daughter.
Hailing from Hawaii, Janet brings an unmistakable island warmth to her professional relationships. She reserves her intensity for her creative process. Janet has been thoughtfully solving client design challenges for 18 years, since the founding of Dayspring Partners. As the lead designer, she was instrumental in the development of Fund for Shared Insight’s brand identity and continues to provide design leadership.
Anne supports the evaluation and learning partnership with Fund for Shared Insight. She is passionate about using data to positively impact the lives of underserved and underrepresented populations, and has rich experience working with immigrants and refugees from diverse cultures. At ORS Impact, Anne serves as a consultant, working on a variety of evaluation projects, including those that involve healthcare, education, beneficiary voice engagement, agriculture, and conservation.
Winifred is co-leading Shared Insight’s climate-focused participatory grantmaking initiative. She brings experience implementing transformative approaches in philanthropy, including participatory philanthropy, trust-based philanthropy, long-term flexible funding, microgrants, and grantee-centered approaches to risk management. Winifred’s work has focused on complex issues from digital inclusion to climate justice in more than 80 countries.
Sarah is passionate about evaluation – a systematic method that combines inquiry and the strategic use of data to facilitate better decision-making and ultimately greater impact for social change. A respected facilitator, trainer, and coach, Sarah helps organizations transform evaluation work into broader learning initiatives that help define next strategies and spur new understanding about sustainability and capacity building. She is currently the CEO of ORS Impact.
We rely on our talented team of coaches to support the organizations participating in our Listen4Good programs.
Helen has a passion for improving opportunities for youth through education. Her independent consulting practice focuses on program evaluation, curriculum and teacher professional development, and technical assistance. Helen has also worked as the research manager on an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) validation study to evaluate READS for Summer Learning, a program aimed at improving reading comprehension outcomes in high-poverty elementary schools.
Raquel is committed to advancing systemic change that increases opportunities for children, youth, and families. Her independent consulting practice focuses on program design and evaluation, strategy development, research, and results facilitation. Raquel also provides philanthropic advising to family foundations. With more than 20 years of experience in the social sector, Raquel has held executive leadership positions in the fields of public policy, philanthropy, and direct service.
Christine is co-founder and principal of Onside Partners, a consultancy that works with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders of social-change movements to wrangle big ideas into concrete action. Throughout her career, Christine has worked with government and non-profit professionals to understand and apply complex, technical concepts to their work. She spent several years on the leadership team of a national non-profit, providing strategic and operational guidance through a period of rapid growth.
Kris brings a deep understanding of data and evaluation to her consulting work with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including expertise in measurement design, implementation, analysis, and reporting. As a thought partner to her clients, she is particularly experienced with and passionate about health and health care, education and youth services, leadership development, and organizational capacity building.
Nate builds programs and manages projects that help nonprofits optimize impact and efficiency. With more than three years’ experience designing and scaling beneficiary feedback systems, his approach uses a lens of social justice and incorporates both human-centered designs and evidenced-based practices. Nate is the program innovation analyst at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), which provides employment services to formerly incarcerated individuals.
Alicia has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 14 years, gaining expertise in program implementation, evaluation, data collection, and client engagement. She is especially passionate about strengthening efforts and systems that improve organizational effectiveness, while also advancing the skills and competencies of individuals working in the field. Alicia is the family programs manager at ICAN, a grassroots organization that provides free after-school programs for youth and their parents. Previously, she worked with Centro para el Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil, in Chihuahua, Mexico, supporting nonprofits in a variety of capacity-building projects to better execute their missions.
Camille specializes in building organizational backbone, focusing on operations, technology, and the use and role of data within organizations to create a stronger, equitable social sector. With three guiding actions — listening, understanding, and executing — she builds collaborative relationships to partner with organizations on accomplishing their goals. Camille has more than 20 years’ experience working on projects from California to Kenya with organizations in the international, economic-development, social-enterprise, non-profit, non-governmental, and public sectors.
As founder and CEO of ELAN Consulting, Yvette helps organizations, churches, businesses, and communities enhance their capacity, leading to more impactful work. For more than 20 years, she has provided nonprofits across the country executive coaching, strategic management support, peer learning, community development, and resident engagement. Yvette is trained in relevant disciplines, including executive-transition management, results-based accountability, resident leadership facilitation, and contract negotiation. She is passionate about building strong communities by informing, connecting, and engaging people in the social change process, helping them improve their quality of life.