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.
Program Manager, Fund for Shared Insight
Jonathan supports Fund for Shared Insight’s leadership team in engaging funders in adopting high-quality listening and feedback practices. For more than 20 years, he has worked at the intersection of youth development, education, and workforce development. He began his career as the founding director of an academic mentoring program, Berkeley Scholars. Later, Jonathan was part of the founding team at CODE2040, a nonprofit focused on increasing the participation of Black and Latinx people in tech. He has also worked on capacity-building, leadership development, and equity, diversity, and inclusion at Tipping Point Community. Most recently, he was the director of Collaborative Impact at the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Programs and Learning, 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.
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.
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.
The Shared Insight team works closely with colleagues at Listen4Good, our national, client-focused feedback initiative. Please visit the team page at Listen4Good to meet the leaders guiding L4G’s survey-based listening programs and the coaches supporting participating nonprofits.
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.