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Curriculum Vitae

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As one of the nation’s leading social sector futurists, I have spent my career developing a philosophy of learning and management that harnesses passion and trust as a bridge between human potential and social responsibility. My client portfolio includes more than 150 U.S. and international organizations, government agencies, and students, faculty, and administrators from more than 200 colleges and universities. As a results-focused professional, I have served as an advocate, activist, and public policy strategist, an organizational development coach, and consultant focusing on executive leadership development, board management, prejudice reduction, fund development and mission-critical strategic planning. I have taught non-formal education to graduate students in the American University’s International Training and Education Program (ITEP); and have served as the executive director of three social profit organizations over the past 19 years. I believe in the power of young people to impact their communities in positive and productive ways; and have committed my life to community and youth development, micro-movement strategy and social change.

Public Service & Social Sector Experience

Founder and President
Common Ground Consulting LLC, Washington, DC
October 1990 - Present

  • Assist organizations and associations in a variety of change efforts including: fund development, strategic planning, board and staff development, and prejudice reduction.
  • Create advocacy campaigns using analog (grassroots) and digital (web 2.0) strategies.
  • Specialize in the use of "choice architecture" and "participation platforms" in creating web-based, micro-movementTM infrastructure.
  • Provide executive leadership development and coaching.
  • Assist organizations and associations in a variety of curriculum-development activities.
  • Use outcome-based training to create effective agents of community change.
  • Assist organizations to experience the practical benefits of embracing diversity.
  • Use proven community-building strategies to help groups become more effective.
  • Help organizations involve young people in meaningful ways.
  • Help youth develop leadership potential, an ethic of service, and personal responsibility.
  • Assist individuals to develop their own unique training design and facilitation abilities.
  • Help organizations become dynamic, entrepreneurial, and sustainable.

Executive Director
National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Washington, DC
July 2000 - April 2007

  • Serve as the CEO and CFO for a national youth advocacy organization with 150+ members and more than 500 supported organizations and agencies.
  • Manage the Agency's overall development strategy.
  • Manage all aspects of the Agency's $1,100,000+ annual budget.
  • Lead the organization's management team and supervise senior-level staff.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and oversight to the Agency's strategic planning process.
  • Coordinate the Agency's public relations, media, and marketing activities; and serve as the organization's primary spokesperson on public policy issues.
  • Serve as the Agency's principal agent in all contract negotiations.
  • Develop and manage strategic collaborations; and actively participate in national coalitions, networks, and associations for at-risk youth.

Executive Director
SMYAL, Washington, DC
November 1995 - June 2000

  • Served as the CEO and CFO for a Metro-area based adolescent social service agency.
  • Managed the Agency's overall development strategy including: solicitation, negotiation, and management of foundation, government, and corporation grant proposals; solicited major gifts; provided oversight to SMYAL's membership, direct mail, major and planned giving programs, and special fundraising events; and coordinated SMYAL's Capital Campaign resulting in the purchase of two buildings.
  • Provided vision, leadership, and oversight to the Agency's strategic planning process.
  • Recruited, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated ten Agency staff.
  • Managed all aspects of the Agency's annual budget.
  • Coordinated the Agency's public relations, media, and marketing activities.
  • Served as the Agency's principal agent in all contract negotiations.
  • Provided oversight and management to the Agency's 100+ member volunteer corps.
  • Represented the Agency in human-service coalitions and networks, and for at-risk youth.

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Department of Sociology
The American University, Washington, DC
December 1994 - May 2000

  • Developed two non-formal education courses for grad students in sociology, educational theory, and international studies.
  • Created an experiential curriculum that focused on training design and facilitation skills.
  • Taught students to use active, objectives-based training strategies to increase knowledge, improve skills, or change attitudes of learners.
  • Evaluated students' performance and provided one-on-one learning assistance.
  • Provided students with practical training skills applicable to an array of career options.

Director of Education and Training
SMYAL, Washington, DC
January 1995 - November 1995

  • Served on the senior management team with responsibility for all decision-making.
  • Coordinated the development and implementation of an educational philosophy for the agency and related curricula.
  • Built a funded education department capable of responding to a variety of external training requests from schools, social service agencies, law enforcement, churches, and other youth-serving professionals.
  • Assisted in fund development activities, particularly those related to training initiatives.
  • Created a youth leadership initiative to meet the developmental needs of youth clients.
  • Developed and implemented internal training programs for all volunteers and interns.
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive staff training program.
  • Designed and administered evaluation instruments using findings to improve education and outreach efforts.
  • Coordinated the development of a speakers' bureau and volunteer certification program.
  • Managed all aspects of agency's annual high school and college outreach campaign.
  • Conducted research and developed targeted educational materials.
  • Represented the agency in coalitions, networks, focus groups and committees.

Director of Education, Training, & Personnel
Public Allies, Washington, DC
January 1993 - September 1994

  • Served on the senior management team with responsibility for all decision-making; and developed appropriate staff infrastructure for accelerated organizational growth.
  • Coordinated human resource management activities including staff recruitment, selection, orientation, mentoring, and training.
  • Developed and implemented a national program training curriculum and evaluation tools.
  • Coordinated and led regional training committees and oversaw selection, orientation and training of all program staff and trainers.
  • Designed and implemented structures and processes to build and support the organizational culture; and facilitated staff and program conflicts when necessary.
  • Developed and implemented the organization's diversity action plan.
  • Identified and created opportunities for organizational and programmatic collaboration at local, state and national levels.

Consultancies
Since 1990, I have provided thousands of consulting hours and hundreds of discreet consulting, public speaking, and training events to more than 150 U.S. (46 states) and international (11 countries) organizations, government agencies, and students, faculty, and administrators from more than 200 colleges and universities. A thorough listing of this work is available by clicking here.

Since 2007, Common Ground has often been asked to conduct our trademark START™ (Strategy, Action, & Results) Assessment Process with dozens of organizations around the world (Please see our public clients list). The process begins with a comprehensive document review and onsite interviews with key stakeholders specifically designed to help organizations move forward in their efforts to ensure organizational viability and sustainability.

In order to assist organizations in moving forward, our process leads to the development of a comprehensive tool that offers our written assessment of an organization's strengths, challenges, and current needs. We make concrete recommendations with clear examples, followed up with short-term action steps. Whenever possible, we also suggest ideas for additional funding sources and we provide a set of recommended resources and instructions for accessing them. It's a practical tool and a useful resource.

The report offers an assessment of what we believe will improve the organization's mission-critical goals while supporting infrastructure development, planning, and long-term sustainability. Clients are encouraged to review the recommendations, discuss them with the appropriate stakeholders (staff, board, members, etc.); and let us know if they have questions or need additional information. In many cases our work continues with our FLIGHT™ (Follow-Up & Highlights) Process.

Selected Engagements and Board Affiliations

Curriculum Designer & Trainer
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Project, Salmon, ID
June 2009 - Present

  • Provided support to staff responsible for creating a new youth mentoring program.
  • Designed and provided a training for potential adult mentors.

Retreat Facilitator
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Portland, OR
May 2009

  • Designed and provided high-impact organizational development, fund development, and management training.

Capacity Building Consultant Institute for Sustainable Communities, Kosovo
March 2009 - Present

  • Design and provide high-impact organizational development, fund development, and management training to selected NGOs.
  • Designed and Lead a "Consulting Academy" to Build In-Country NGO Technical Assistance Capacity.
  • Assist in designing specific and tailored sustainability strategies to selected NGOs.

Keynote Speaker MentorWorks, Fairfax County Schools, Fairfax, VA
January 2009

  • Provided support to staff responsible for creating a new youth mentoring program.
  • Designed and provided a training for potential adult mentors.

Strategy and Organizational Management Consultant
MLK365
October 2008 - Present

  • Developing a state-of-the-art website as an interactive "participation-platform" to support stakeholder engagement in micro-movementTM activities and introducing “choice architecture” into this online environment.
  • Making strategic recommendations to the leadership team regarding “new media” outreach and viral marketing.
  • Establishing a comprehensive web 2.0 presence for the organization as it establishes itself as the national MLK action site.
  • Continuing to provide capacity-building support to the organization’s volunteer leadership.

Advocacy Campaign Design & New Media Consultant
Nehemiah Corporation of America
August 2008 - Present

  • Created the 50 Days / 50 Ways Groundswell Campaign to restore downpayment assistance to qualified homebuyers by creating the chance for Americans to rally their neighbors and speak directly to their elected officials.
  • Developed the Groundswell website as an interactive “participation-platform” to support the Campaign; and managed all aspects of the organization’s online Campaign activities.
  • Made strategic recommendations to the leadership team regarding new media outreach.
  • Established a comprehensive web 2.0 presence for the organization, the Campaign, and key partners, which gained widespread media attention including the Wall Street Journal.

Training Consultant
Echoing Green Foundation
June 2008 - Present

  • Lead an extended “Why Do You Do What You Do” workshop at the New Fellows Conference in Durham, NC.
  • Lead a strategic fundraising workshop and conducted one-on-one technical assistance at the Current Fellows Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Project Designer and Grant Writing
Institute for Sustainable Communities, Kosovo
June 2008 - August 2008

  • Lead project design and proposal development in response to a USAID/Kosovo APS.
  • Developed prospective approaches to youth reconciliation in Kosovo.
  • Coordinated design discussions with key partners in the U.S.

Curriculum Designer & Trainer
National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
February 2008 - Present

  • Facilitated a strategy session for NCCC leadership to consider mentoring integration.
  • Lead youth development workshops for Summer of Service staff on all NCCC campuses in 2008 and again in Maryland in 2009.
  • Lead diversity workshops for Summer of Service participants on all NCCC campuses.
  • Conducted mentor training and life stories workshops on the new Vinton, IA campus.

Organizational Development Consultant
Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C)
January 2008 - September 2008

  • Managed an assessment and strategic planning process to implement a new organizational structure; including recommendations for bylaws changes, potential funding sources, and a volunteer and staffing plan.

Trainer, Web Designer, and Public Policy Consultant
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, & Malaria, Brazil and France
August 2007 - Present
  • Facilitated a multi-day conflict-resolution retreat in São Paulo, Brazil in 2007.
  • Designed and launched the Delegation's website in 2008.
  • Facilitated a Strategic Planning Retreat in Paris in 2008.
  • Currently serving as the Delegation’s public policy advisor throughout 2009.
  • Facilitated a Planning Retreat in Belgrade in April 2009.
  • Facilitated the Delegation's Pre-Board Meeting Retreat in Geneva in 2009.

Organizational Development Consultant
FAA Managers' Association
May 2007 - May 2008

  • Assessed overall environment relating to fundraising for FAAMA’s key program activities.
  • Provided concrete recommendations for future strategic investments necessary for developing sustainable program models.
  • Worked closely to support a clearer understanding of staff and board roles and responsibilities.

Organizational Development Consultant
United Family Services Systems of Bedford County, PA
May 2007 - Present

  • Managed a two-year assessment and strategic planning process to implement a new organizational structure; including recommendations for bylaws changes, potential funding sources, a staffing plan, and changes to the organization’s governance systems.
  • Lead a series of Community Visioning sessions; and conducted numerous fundraising, diversity, youth development, and trust building trainings for local service providers.

Fund Development & Capacity Building Consultant
The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation & Shake-A-Leg Miami
April 2007 - August 2008

  • Conducted an assessment, lead training events, and developed materials—a complete technical assistance solution— that provided high-quality, highly-interactive experiences in the areas of board development and organizational governance.

Capacity Building Consultant
Child Helpline International, The Netherlands
February 2007 - Present

  • Assessed the overall environment relating to CHI’s organizational management.
  • Provided concrete recommendations related to infrastructure and future strategic investments necessary for developing sustainable program models.
  • Worked closely to support a clearer understanding of staff and board roles and responsibilities.
  • Facilitated a conflict-resolution and goal-setting retreat for staff.
  • Facilitated a multi-day mid-year organizational evaluation.
  • Lead a series of strategic planning sessions; and conducted a cultural diversity workshop.

Program Development & Training
World Learning and FOSIM, Macedonia
September 2007 - February 2008

  • Provided strategic advice regarding the design and implementation of Macedonia’s first youth mentoring program.
  • Designed and delivered a specific series of trainings for nominees selected specifically for their expertise, experience, and passion.
  • Introduced the participants to the state-of-the-art in school-based mentoring (SBM) research and practice.
  • Laid the groundwork with this highly-motivated core group to establish a strong foundation of practitioners, advocates, and activists through which the concept of mentoring can root.

Capacity Building Consultant
Institute for Sustainable Communities, Serbia
January 2007 - September 2007

  • Assist in the evaluation of the capacity building needs of selected “Advocacy in Practice” grantees in Serbia.
  • Design and provide high-impact organizational development, fund development, and management training to selected NGOs.
  • Assist in designing specific and tailored capacity building and sustainability strategies to selected NGOs.

Training for Trainers Consultant
European AIDS Treatment Group
December 2006 - October 2007

  • Using Common Ground's proprietary Strategic Design and Facilitation SystemTM, conducted a comprehensive Training of Trainers to EATG’s cadre of HIV/AIDS treatment community trainers.

Organizational Development Consultant
Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund
July 2006 - Present

  • Assessed the overall environment relating to fundraising for FEEA’s key program activities.
  • Provided concrete recommendations for future strategic investments necessary for developing sustainable program models.
  • Worked closely to support a clearer understanding of staff and board roles and responsibilities.
  • Facilitated a conflict-resolution and goal-setting retreat for staff.
  • Lead a series of strategic planning sessions.

Capacity Building Consultant
Institute for Sustainable Communities, Macedonia
December 2005 - Present

  • Assist in the evaluation of the capacity building needs of 12 selected 'Leader NGOs' in Macedonia.
  • Provide Multi-Day Training to "Philanthropy Pilot" Grantees.
  • Design and provide high-impact organizational development, fund development, and management training to selected NGOs.
  • Assist in designing specific and tailored sustainability strategies to selected NGOs.

Technical Assistance Consultant
Department of Education (DOE) Mentoring Resource Center
January 2005 - Present

  • Provide on-site technical assistance to DOE-funded mentoring programs.
  • Serve as a member of the consultant team providing training at all regional conferences .
  • Provide plenary and keynote remarks at selected training conferences.

Curriculum Advisory Board Member & Trainer
National Mentoring Center
June 1999 - Present

  • Assist in creating, reviewing, and testing curriculum for mentoring programs nationwide.
  • Serve as a member of the 9-person "Cadre of Experts" hired to provide training and technical assistance to all Department of Justice JUMP grantees.
  • Serve as a member of the National Mentoring Alliance.

Strategic Planning Consultant
Dutch Youth NGO, CHOICE
October 2005 - Present

  • Provided on-site strategic planning, board-development, and high-impact short-term training, and programmatic assistance.
  • Provide coaching to the organization's executive director and board of directors.

Strategic Planning Consultant
YouAct, A Coalition of European NGOs
October 2005 - Present

  • Provided on-site training and programmatic assistance focusing on youth leadership development and public speaking.

Multi-Year Strategy Consultant
U.S. Embassy in Serbia and Montenegro / Youth of JAZAS
July 2004 - Present

  • Provided on-site capacity and infrastructure building assistance to NGOs in the Balkans.
  • Served as a senior member of the design and training team for the 8th-10th International Summer Schools to Stop AIDS.

Board of Director's Member
Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY)
April 2003 - December 2005

  • Served as an Ambassador for MAY by seeking opportunities to support and promote the organization's visibility and growth.
  • Served as an active member of Board committees with a particular emphasis on organizational development and training.
  • Acted as a legal and fiscal advisor and worked to ensure adequate agency resources.

Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines Task Force
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
February 2003 - December 2005

  • Created clear guidelines for improving court practices within the juvenile justice system.
  • Produced a manual of promising practices for use by every juvenile court in the country.
  • Established model courts and national training and technical assistance mechanisms.

Advisory Board Member
Model Standards Project
April 2003 - July 2005

  • Created a set of guidelines for improving the justice system's response to LGBT youth.

Concept Evaluation Consultant
The Case Foundation
September 2004 - March 2005

  • Examined the efficacy of a potential strategy for targeting the Foundation's giving to affect the ability of a DC-based non-profit to better recognize and respond to the needs of children.
  • Developed a comprehensive assessment and evaluation which included: an analysis of current conditions for at-risk elementary school students in the District of Columbia; the structure and program capacity of the non-profit; existing research and data related to programs serving at-risk youth; and existing/potential revenue sources required for implementing new program elements.

District of Columbia Mayor's Task Force on LGBTQ Issues
June 1999 - June 2005

  • Served as an advisor and source of information on issues affecting the LGBTQ community.
  • Provided critical recommendations to the Mayor regarding programmatic, policy, and budget issues, particularly as they affected LGBTQ youth.

Advisory Board Member
Scenarios USA
February 2002

  • Served as a member of the "jury" charged with reviewing student-developed scripts.
  • Selected finalists to have their scripts developed into Hollywood-produced short films.

National Council on Youth Policy Member
National Network for Youth (NNY)
February 1999 - January 2001

  • Served as an Ambassador for the NNY by seeking opportunities to support and promote the organization's visibility and growth.
  • Developed, identified, and promoted principles of best practice for high-risk youth.
  • Promoted the Community Youth Development (CYD) framework in policy and practice.
  • Represented designated populations in all National Network for Youth meetings.

Board of Director's Member
Washington Council of Agencies
February 1998 - January 2001
Board Vice President
June 1999 - January 2001

  • Served as an Ambassador for WCA by seeking opportunities to support and promote the organization's visibility and growth.
  • Served as an active member of Board Committees with a particular emphasis on organizational development and training.
  • Acted as a legal and fiscal advisor working to ensure adequate organizational resources.
  • Served as Board Chair when necessary.

Program Design Consultant
Center for Environmental Citizenship
April 1999 - December 2001

  • Assisted the leadership of the CEC to clarify their organizational values, mission and vision.
  • Provided management training to senior staff and assisted in developing curriculum for the Summer Training and Journalism Academies.
  • Recommended structural, staffing, and program changes to improve overall quality and ensure viability.

Board of Director's Member
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
1998 - January 2000
Board Treasurer
March 1998 - January 2000

  • Served as an Ambassador for NYAC by seeking opportunities to support and promote the organization's visibility and growth within my professional constituency.
  • Served as an active member of Board Committees with a particular emphasis on organizational development and fundraising.
  • Acted as a legal and fiscal advisor and worked to ensure adequate resources. Proposal Reviewer 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996 Processes Department Of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Reviewed and recommended funding for street outreach programs for runaway and homeless youth.
  • Reviewed and recommended funding for basic center programs for runaway and homeless youth ('96 only).

Proposal Facilitator / Reviewer 1999, 1997, 1995, 1994, and 1993 Processes
Corporation for National Service

  • Reviewed and recommended funding for education award proposals ('97/'99).
  • Facilitated Stage I and Stage II Review for AmeriCorps Direct proposals submitted to the CNS under the guidelines of the National and Community Service Trust Act ('95 only).
  • Reviewed and recommended funding for higher education proposals ('93/'94).

Curriculum Advisory Board Member
AmeriCorps Public Allies DC
September 1997 - December 1999

  • Provided advice and counsel concerning curriculum for the local Public Allies program.

Program Design Consultant
MD Governor's Commission on Service
October 1996 - December 1998

  • Assisted the leadership of the MYSAC program to clarify their values, mission and vision.
  • Provided program development help to create a model Young Consultants' Program.
  • Assisted MYSAC members to clarify their intended program outcomes and develop evaluation strategies.
  • Recommended structural, staffing, and program changes to improve overall quality and ensure viability.
  • Served as the primary training designer and facilitator for all aspects of the Young

Consultants' Program Consultant
Institute for Policy Studies' Leadership Initiative
August 1997 - August 1998

  • Provided comprehensive training facilitation and design skills sessions to grantees of the Kellogg Foundation' Integrated Farming Systems Program throughout the United States.

Editorial Board Member
Who Cares Magazine
February 1993 - July 1998
Board Chair
July 1995 - July 1998

  • Assisted in the development of an entrepreneurial magazine covering youth service.
  • Served as an editorial board member responsible for the content of the magazine.
  • Coordinated communication between editorial board members and served as liaison to the magazine's board of directors.

Program Design Consultant
SF Urban Service Project
June 1995 - October 1996

  • Assisted the leadership of the SFUSP to clarify their values, mission and vision.
  • Provided management training to senior staff and assisted in developing the CorpsMember Education and Development Program (CEAD).
  • Assisted the SFUSP staff to clarify their intended program outcomes and develop evaluation strategies.
  • Recommended structural, staffing, and program changes to improve overall quality and ensure viability.

Advisory Board Member
Break Away
July 1995 - October 1996

  • Served as an Ambassador for Break Away by seeking opportunities to support and promote the organization's visibility and growth within my professional constituency and area of the country.
  • Served as an active member of the Program Committee with an emphasis on training.
  • Acted as a legal and fiscal advisor and worked to ensure adequate resources.

Master Program Advisor
Corporation for National Service
October 1994 - June 1996

  • Assist AmeriCorps grantees to strengthen all aspects of their programs.

Training Consultant
Greater DC Cares, Youth Impact Program
August 1993 - February 1996

  • Assisted in the creation of a Washington D.C.-based initiative designed to provide teams of adults and high school students with opportunities to provide hands-on service to local communities.
  • Assisted in designing and implementing an experiential leadership training curriculum.

Training Consultant
ISM Project, Institute for Public Media Arts
October 1995 - December 1995

  • Assisted in the design, development, and delivery of a comprehensive, experiential national training program for faculty, community facilitators, and students from selected colleges and universities.

Advisory Board Member
Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
June 1992 - June 1995

  • Provided assistance to this national network of college and high school students, educators and other leaders who are working to end hunger and homelessness in the United States and around the world.

Program Design Consultant March 1995
Diversity: To What End? Initiative, COOL

  • Assisted the Leadership of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) to develop a new initiative to assist students begin to use diversity as a means for solving tough community problems.

Writer
Corporation for National Service
December 1994 - February 1995

  • Worked with State Commission Executive Directors and CNS staff to draft a document defining the roles of State Commissions in relation to the Corporation for National Service.

Panelist
Young Bloods, A Weekly Cable Talk Show
September 1994 - January 1995

  • Served as a regular panelist on a political talk show with a national audience of 5+ million.

Curriculum Designer
White House Office of National Service
Commission on National and Community Service, Summer of Service
March 1993 - July 1993

  • As the youngest member of a nationally-selected team of eight, designed a core training program for 1,800 participants.
  • Developed goals and learning objectives and created the first model national service training curriculum.
  • Created a staffing plan and a suggested pre- and post-training curriculum.
  • Designed and implemented a team leader training and a training for trainers for the 50 top young trainers in the United States.
  • Served as Block Leader for diversity and community involvement/development design elements.

Working Group Member
Do Something
March 1993 - August 1993

  • Assisted in creating a new non-profit dedicated to providing support for young social entrepreneurs.

Coordinating Council Member
Empty the Shelters
1993 - 1994 Term

  • Served as an at-large member of the organization's primary decision-making body.
  • Responsible for the organization's long-term fiscal viability and strategic planning.
  • Acted as the point person for the Summers of Social Action Working Group.

Proposal Writer
Public Allies National Office
September 1994

  • Developed two concept papers into full proposals for submission to the Corporation for National Service.

Founding Member
Young People for National Service
November 1992 - November 1993
Interim Coordinator
January - March 1993

  • Developed policy recommendations for the White House Office of National Service and the Commission on National Service.
  • Assisted in the creation of an outreach strategy involving young people in the decisionmaking process for a system of national service.
  • Organization coined the name, "AmeriCorps."

Consultant
Kettering Foundation
May 1992 - January 1993

  • Developed a strategy for releasing a national study describing the role of undergraduates in US politics.
  • Wrote journal and magazine articles, feature stories and press releases for national distribution.

Education
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science and Journalism
Miami University, Oxford, OH, May 1990
Emphasis: Communications and Black World Studies
Participant in University Honors Program

Selected Publications

  • Sustain-Ability, California Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Technical Assistance Prevention Brief, CARS, Inc., TBP March 2006.
  • Strategies for Sustainability: Mentors Inc. and the Role of the Board, Case Study, U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center, TBP February 2006.
  • Changing the Game: Developing a Positive Fundraising Mindset, National Mentoring Center Bulletin, NW Regional Educational Laboratory, August 2005.
  • Individual Giving: Building a Powerful Constituency, Sustainability Planning and Resource Development for Youth Mentoring Programs, National Mentoring Center, June 2005.
  • Involving Your Board in Sustainability Planning, Sustainability Planning and Resource Development for Youth Mentoring Programs, National Mentoring Center, June 2005.
  • Ethical Considerations in Fundraising, Sustainability Planning and Resource Development for Youth Mentoring Programs, National Mentoring Center, June 2005.
  • LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health, NAMI News, February 2004.
  • Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Public Schools, The Public Eye, Guest Commentary, Volume XVII, Issue 2, Political Research Associates, Summer 2003.
  • Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth, The Fourth R, Volume 88, Fall 1999.
  • As If Being a Teenager Isn’t Hard Enough, Centering Journal, Volume XXII, Fall 1998.
  • Social Change Made Me . . . , Who Cares, Volume I, Issue 3, Summer 1994.
  • Training for Trainers: A Nuts and Bolts Approach, Who Cares, Volume III, Issue 3, Summer ‘96.
  • Social Change Made Me . . ., Reforum, Volume II, Issue 2, September 1993.
  • Common Ground on Campus: A Model for the ‘Real World,’ Public Leadership Education, The Kettering Foundation and The Council on Public Policy Education, Volume V, 1992.
  • By the Way, Director’s Column, New Voice, AAUS, Volume VIII, No. 1, 1992.
  • Exploring Campus Diversity Issues, New Voice, AAUS, Volume VII, No. 5, 1990.
  • College Students Get ‘Three for Free,’ New Voice, AAUS, Volume VII, No. 4, 1990.
  • AIDS Crisis Shows No Signs of Slowing, New Voice, AAUS, Volume VII, No. 3, 1990.
  • AIDS Kills: Memories Live On, New Voice, AAUS, Volume VII, No. 3, 1990.
  • AIDS Awareness Week: A Handbook for Action, Program of the Year Winner, National Information Center, NACURH, 1990-Present.

Continuing Education and Training

  • National Executive Directors' Retreat, Invited Participant, Laguna Beach, CA, April 2006, April 2005, April 2004, April, 2003, April 2002.
  • Group Dynamics Experiential Workshop, Washington, DC, September 2004 - Present.
  • Experiential Leadership Workshop, Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2 December 2005.
  • New York City Youth and HIV, "Future Search Conference," New York, NY, 12-13 November 2004.
  • Executive Director Coaching, Vox Omnis Consulting, Washington, DC, October 2004 - February 2005.
  • Fundraising From the Heart, Lynne Twist Consulting, Philadelphia, PA, 14 February 2004 and San Francisco, CA, 2-5 October 2000.
  • Raising More Money: Training and Roundtable, Raising More Money Consulting, Washington, DC, 23 June 2003 and 4-5 April 2002.
  • Wingspread Conference: National Student Summit, "Strengthening the National Student Movement," Racine, WI, September 2002.
  • Global Super Conference for Young Leaders, Monterey, CA, 26-30 August 2002.
  • Non-Profit Budgeting & Accounting, Washington, DC, 26-27 February 2002.
  • Anti-Racism Board Training, Peace Development Fund, Hartford, CT, 26-28 January 2001.
  • Raising More Money: Advanced Fundraising Seminar, Axlerod Consulting, Sundance, UT, 16-20 Aug 2000.
  • Raising More Money: Securing Gifts Over $100,000, Axlerod Consulting, Washington, DC, March - December 1999.
  • Raising More Money: Building a Self-Sustainable Individual Giving Program, Axlerod Consulting and the Support Center, Washington, DC, March - July 1998.
  • 360 Degree Performance Evaluations for Staff, Washington Council of Agencies, Washington, DC, 30 January 1998.
  • Individual Giving, Axlerod Consulting and the Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 05 December 1997.
  • Special Event Planning, Axlerod Consulting and the Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 04 December 1997.
  • Planned Giving, Estes Consulting Group, Philadelphia, PA, 22 April 1997.
  • Financial Management for Executive Directors, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 21 March 1997.
  • Funders’ Forum on Technology Initiatives, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 13 March 1997.
  • Funders’ Forum on Corporate Philanthropy, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 28 February 1997.
  • Major Gifts / Planned Giving, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 04 February 1997.
  • Using Direct Mail Effectively, Washington Council of Agencies, Washington, DC, 29 January 1997.
  • Building Individual Donor Systems, Washington Council of Agencies, Washington, DC, 26 September 1996.
  • Nonprofit Risk Management, Washington Council of Agencies, WDC, 18 September 1996, Tampa, FL, 14-16 August 1996.
  • Funders' Forum on Progressive Foundations, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 07 June 1996.
  • Between the Board and a Hard Place: For Executive Directors Only, National Center for Nonprofit Boards, Washington, DC, 22 April 1996.
  • Funders' Forum on Family Foundations, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 29 March 1996. >Nonprofit Financial Issues Seminar: Nonprofit Liability and Insurance Issues, National Center for Nonprofit Law, Washington, DC, 21 March 1996.
  • Fundraising and the Law, National Center for Nonprofit Law, Washington, DC,19 March 1996.
  • Strategic Planning, Support Center of Washington, Washington, DC, 05 February 1996. >Hiring, Counseling, Disciplining, and Firing, National Center for Nonprofit Law, Washington, DC, 23 January 1996.
  • Cause Related Marketing, Support Centers of America, Washington, DC, 13 July 1995.
  • Strategic Communication for Non-Profits, Center for Strategic Communication and the Benton, CBS, and Meyer Foundations, Washington, DC, 27 April 1995.
  • Wingspread: To What End? Diversity in Service on College Campuses, Wingspread Conference Center, Racine, WI, 3-5 February 1995.
  • Wingspread: Building Cooperative Training Strategies, Wingspread Conference Center, Racine, WI, 7-9 January 1994.
  • Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) Training w/Ernie Cortés, The Kennedy School of Government, Boston, MA, 11 December 1993; Public Allies Apprenticeship Program, Washington, DC, 20 December 1993.
  • Wingspread: Training Pathways for Young Leaders, Wingspread Center, Racine, WI, 7-9 May 1993.
  • New Generation Training Program, Youth Service America, San Francisco, CA, 27-30 August 1992; 10-17 October 1992; 3-6 December, 1992.
  • International Nonviolent Action Workshop, International. Voluntary Service / Service Civil Internationale, Philadelphia, PA, 1-5 August 1992.
  • Summer Public Policy Institute, Kettering Foundation, Miami University, 12-15 July 1992 (Advanced Curriculum); University of California at San Diego, 3-6 August 1990.
  • Community Organizing Workshop, Midwest Academy Curriculum, Philadelphia, PA, 25-26 June 1992
  • Consultation on Cross-Cultural Training, Philadelphia, PA, 1 June 1992.
  • Training Workshop for Community Organizers, New Society Educational Fund / Nonviolence International, Philadelphia, PA, 29-31 May 1992.
  • Prejudice Reduction Training, National Coalition Building Institute, University of Houston, 3 February 1991; University of Pennsylvania, 3 November 1990; Northern Illinois University, 20 October 1989.
  • AIDS Education Intervention for Minority College Students, Ohio Dept. of Health.

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