Kathy Postel Kretman, Ph.D.
Kathy Postel Kretman, Ph.D., is the Director at Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. She is also a Research Professor for the McCourt School of Public Policy, where she teaches public leadership, and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service. She currently serves on the board of directors of the local Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and on the advisory board of the Foundation Center of Washington, D.C. Dr. Kretman previously served on the affiliate faculty of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Leadership Institute, providing executive training to AmeriCorps and VISTA directors around the country. She has devoted much of her career to public service and the development of emerging leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Public Administration from The George Washington University.
Gary Bass, Ph.D.
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Bauman Foundation in Washington, D.C., and is an affiliated professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. He founded and for 28 years directed OMB Watch (now called the Center for Effective Government), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that promotes greater government accountability and transparency and increased citizen participation in public policy decisions. An expert on federal budgetary, program management, regulatory and information policy issues, he has published extensively, testified before Congress, appeared on national television and presented to groups across the country. In his role at OMB Watch, Dr. Bass is credited with leading numerous campaigns to stop federal regulatory attacks, silence the advocacy voice of nonprofits, and unfairly cut government spending to those in need. He is also known for efforts to utilize information technologies to strengthen government transparency and increase nonprofit advocacy. He has received numerous awards, served on various boards of nonprofit organizations, and participated in federal government committees. Prior to OMB Watch, Dr. Bass worked for the Human Services Information Center and the U.S. Council for the International Year of Disabled Persons. Dr. Bass earned his doctorate from The University of Michigan.
Bea Boccalandro is president of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm that helps companies with their corporate community involvement strategy, programming and social impact measurement. She has taught courses and seminars on corporate-nonprofit partnerships, employee volunteering and other community involvement topics for the German Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCCD), the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Points of Light Institute and is a frequent keynote speaker on the role of business in the social sector and on social sector impact measurement. Boccalandro also conducts research, including leading the project that developed the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's Drivers of Effectiveness for Employee Giving and Volunteering Programs and writing “Stop the Charity and Start the Impact: How IBM and Others have Reinvented Corporate Giving to Better Serve Society and Business,” “The End of Employee Volunteering: A Necessary Step to Substantive Employee Engagement in the Community” and “A Helping Hand or a Hijacking? How Nonprofits Can Respond to Ever-Increasing Corporate Involvement in the Community.” Boccalandro has helped Aetna, Allstate, Bank of America, FedEx, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co., The Walt Disney Company and many other companies with their community involvement.
Luisa Boyarski, Ph.D.
Luisa Boyarski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, where she has worked since 2005. She is involved in developing and executing the Center’s many executive education and customized programs, coordinating its various speaker series, and representing the Center at Georgetown University and in the broader community. Boyarski frequently conducts workshops and gives keynote addresses on NGO Management and High Impact NGOs to international delegations, including trainings in Panama, Colombia, China and Mongolia. She has also co-taught an undergraduate course on Philanthropy and Social Change. Prior to working at CPNL, she was the Executive Director of a D.C. based nonprofit working on global warming prevention with Arctic indigenous people. As Executive Director she helped the nonprofit gain its 501(c)3 status, set up its management and fundraising systems, and developed media trainings for its colleagues in the Arctic. Boyarski received her Ph.D. in Comparative Government from Georgetown University, with a research focus on the role of nonprofit coalitions in public policy advocacy.
Cheryl Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit organization housed at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress that preserves and collects video recorded oral histories of extraordinary African American elders to create professional development for K-12 teachers and curriculum support materials. Prior to joining NVLP in 2008, Clarke worked at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) for 25 years serving in several senior management positions, including senior director of the Freddie Mac Foundation Investments and Community Programs, director of communications in Community Relations, director of Diversity, and director of Human Resources and Business Support Services in the Atlanta, Dallas and Northeast operations. In these roles she strengthened organizational capacity, led high-performing teams, developed and conducted competency and skills-based training for staff and management, created and directed the corporate diversity office and directed the human resource, facilities and financial and administration operations in the regional and headquarters operations. Clarke provides management consulting and training to nonprofits including AARP, INROADS, SMYAL, Family Matters of Greater Washington, and the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Clarke is a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC with a BA in Psychology.
Michael Gellman, CPA
A. Michael Gellman, CPA, CGMA of Rubino & Company CPA’s and consultants has more than 30 years experience in nonprofit accounting working as a financial and management consultant where he focuses on specialized management and advisory services for trade and professional associations, public charities, and endowment based foundations. Gellman works predominately with comprehensive budget and projection based systems environment in support of senior management and organizational leadership. Currently, Gellman is the Shareholder responsible for the firm's Not-For-Profit Specialty Practice Consulting Services Group. Gellman has been designing, installing, interpreting and teaching budget and projection based systems for over 20 years. He has conducted numerous seminars and has written articles on budgeting, reserve and investment policies, financial management for nonprofit organizations, financial communications, strategic financial planning, and financial board development. Gellman holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland and is a Past President for the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s.
Erica Greeley is Vice President of Networks and Member Engagement at Independent Sector (IS), the national leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs. She leads IS’s efforts to expand and engage its diverse network and is investigating how people, organizations, and networks can best work together in today’s dynamic environment. Greeley joined IS in 2007 as Director, Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, she monitored emerging trends that affect nonprofits and foundations and led IS’s strategic planning efforts. Prior to IS, she served as Deputy Director at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). NCNA is the network of state nonprofit associations serving over 22,000 members in 45 states. Greeley has also conducted research at The Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University on nonprofit leadership, collaborations, and advocacy. In addition, she has served on local grants-making committees, run after-school programs for at risk youth, and conducted field research in Africa and Asia. Greeley holds an MPP from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic is Inclusive Security’s Vice Chair and has been with the organization since its inception in 1999. He directed the programming in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and previously managed country programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Iraq and Liberia. He was the primary author of Inclusive Security’s groundbreaking curriculum, based on several decades of experience in the field. Mr. Jacevic has been at the forefront of Inclusive Security’s efforts to design and implement high-impact national action plans (NAPs) across the globe. He worked closely with the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in designing their NAP, launched in summer 2015. He is currently assisting the governments of Serbia, Nigeria, Jordan, and Finland in their design or implementation efforts. In addition to these country engagements, Mr. Jacevic assists in shaping the NAP program’s strategic vision and guides development of the NAP team’s curricula. Originally from Sarajevo, Mr. Jacevic assisted efforts to stop the bloodshed and promote post-war reconciliation in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Before joining Inclusive Security, he directed the Emerging Leaders Project at the State of the World Forum and managed global reintegration efforts for child soldiers at Search for Common Ground.
Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. Prior to launching ProInspire, she was a Senior Business Manager for Capital One Financial Corporation. Previously, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow with ACCION International, a pioneer in the commercial approach to microfinance. Kapila has worked with a number of leading nonprofit organizations throughout her career, including CARE, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Clinton Foundation. Kapila has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Huffington Post, Next Billion, and other publications. She serves as a Board Member for Achieve Mission, a nonprofit human capital advisory organization. She is also an Advisor to Independent Sector’s NGen program and the Talent Philanthropy Project. Kapila has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BBA from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
Valeria Lassiter, CEO of Lassiter & Associates, LLC, has extensive experience in fundraising, board development and event fundraising design and management for corporate, non-profit and faith-based organizations. Lassiter has trained more 1,000 executives in development and fundraising. Before forming Lassiter & Associates in 2003, she served as Vice President of Development for the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation and Project Director at the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bridges from school to work program in the Washington metropolitan area. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Roundtable at East Carolina University. Lassiter is also an active board member of Leadership Montgomery where she serves as Vice Chair of the Membership Committee. Lassiter received her bachelor’s degree in communications from East Carolina University and a master’s of divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
Douglas M. McCabe, Ph.D.
Douglas M. McCabe, Ph.D., Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, is the author of more than 200 articles, monographs, papers, and presentations delivered at scholarly and professional meetings in the area of employee relations. He has appeared more than 200 times on international, national and local television, and radio programs as the major networks have sought his views on critical issues. His television credits include being interviewed on "ABC World News Tonight," "NBC Nightly News," and "CBS Evening News." His current research focuses on organizational due process, grievance procedures and systems, and ethical and international issues in employee rights. Dr. McCabe has a Ph.D. in human resource management from Cornell University, and is the Recipient of three major teaching awards: The Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence of Georgetown University, the Graduate Liberal Studies Degree Program of Georgetown University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Excellence of Teaching Award from the national Labor and Employment Relations Association. He has served as an active human resource consultant to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Lastly, Dr. McCabe has conducted over 300 management development seminars in the areas of human resource management and employee relations.
Michela M. Perrone, Ph.D.
Michela M. Perrone, Ph.D., is President of MMP Associates, a consulting firm established in 1993 to support the successful development and increased effectiveness of organizations, boards and CEOs in the United States and Europe. She is a Senior Associate for Board Source, and an instructor for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Previously, Dr. Perrone was the President and CEO of the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute. She consults with hundreds of organizations in the U.S. and abroad in nonprofit governance, board and leadership development, and strategic planning. She is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a B.A. degree at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University.
Peter Reilly, J.D., LL.M
Peter Reilly, J.D., LL.M., is Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. His past scholarship has focused on servant leadership, emotional intelligence, and theories of influence and persuasion within the context of negotiation. From 2002-2005, Reilly was a Hewlett Fellow in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University Law Center, during which time he also began teaching within the University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to the fellowship, Reilly worked for seven years as Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., an independent, bipartisan fact-finding agency of the executive branch. Before law school, Reilly worked on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Les AuCoin of Oregon, handling human rights, veterans’ affairs, and telecommunications issues. Reilly received his B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his LL.M. (in Advocacy) from Georgetown University Law Center.
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. With over 1 million members, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Since 2005, ColorOfChange has been a leading force in holding government and corporations accountable to Black people and advancing visionary solutions for building a just society for everyone. In 2015, Fast Company named ColorOfChange the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world, "for creating a civil rights group for the 21st century.” A thought leader in civil rights, social change, and technology-driven activism, Robinson has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, and political discussions in media outlets such as ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, OWN, the New York Times, Fast Company and NPR. He was selected as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 honorees for 2015. Prior to his work at ColorOfChange, Robinson served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD, where he led the organization’s programmatic and advocacy work to transform the representation of LGBT people in news and entertainment media.
John D. Trybus, APR is a social impact strategist, researcher, teacher, consultant and trend curator who works to uncover, create and refine the most effective ways in which nonprofits and socially responsible businesses can use marketing and communications to drive action on behalf of important social issues. He currently leads and manages Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), a research and action center dedicated to increasing social impact through the power of communicators and marketers. He has also served as the communications strategy lead at the British Embassy, as a member of Waggener Edstrom’s social innovation practice where he advised clients like Women for Women International, CARE, L’Oreal Paris, Tiffany & Co., Coca-Cola, Safeway, and Microsoft, and as the personal advisor to world-famous environmental icon Dr. Jane Goodall, for whom he strategically planned and implemented her 300-day-per-year non-stop global advocacy tour. Trybus holds a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.
David Williamson is Managing Director of in the consulting firm of Bernuth & Williamson, serving nonprofit clients in the areas of strategy, marketing, and communications. He previously served for 13 years in senior management positions at The Nature Conservancy, the nation’s 10th largest nonprofit, including six years as Director of Communications (1997-2002) and terms as Vice President for Marketing and Director of Conservation Marketing. He is an adjunct professor of business administration at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and has lectured on nonprofit management at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, among others. Williamson, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, serves in leadership positions on three nonprofit boards in addition to his work with clients.