Alumni Spotlight: Cristina Gutierrez de Piñeres, United Way Colombia
Meet our Alumni
Our signature Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program now has more than 1,750 alumni from the D.C. area and around the world.
- “The program brought together the critical elements of running a nonprofit including board development, financial management, fundraising, philanthropy, hiring and retention. It gave me the opportunity as a nonprofit leader to spend an intensive week thinking through the essential elements that would allow a small nonprofit like CHANGE to continue to produce far-reaching results. I was able to take what I learned from the program and translate that into progressive, actionable steps for CHANGE.”– Serra Sippel (Summer 2019)
- “The program has offered opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth. Through engaging with experienced instructors, fellow participants, and the various learning activities, I have gained a deeper understanding of my own leadership style, strengths, and areas for development. This heightened self-awareness enables me to leverage my strengths effectively, while actively working on areas that need improvement.” – Gerald Moore (Summer 2023)
- “I have already used the resources, concepts, and ideas in my day-to-day work to help drive strategy, support staff and streamline processes. There wasn’t a class that went by where I wasn’t able to apply it to my work in real-time. Additionally, I now have a new network of individuals I can call on, connect with and help support.” – Briana Webster Campbell (Spring 2023)
- “I remember a particular session when we spoke about how communities of color are not really recognized or utilized for their philanthropic work. This was a sentiment I was able to take back to my own organization and develop more progressive paths forward. For example, I advocated for connecting with vendors of color and reconsidering the language we used with our students so that it wasn’t deficit based. I also felt that CPNL’s program gave me access to cutting edge knowledge about how to be an effective nonprofit practitioner and to understand the broader structure of the sector in general.”– Lindsey Barclay (Summer 2019)
- “When I was applying for a job in President Obama’s administration, I sent in my resume, my cover letter, and activated my relationships to see if I could get an interview. I finally got an interview and the one thing the person interviewing me highlighted from my resume was the Certificate Program.”– Max Finberg (Summer 2007)