As a seasoned funder, fundraiser, and community activist I only consult with mission-driven efforts I believe in. Please reach out for references and a free consultation.

  • As Executive Director of the Panta Rhea Foundation, I advise charitable entities and donors on global grantmaking strategies.
  • At the James Irvine Foundation I led grantmaking in voter and civic engagement, workforce development, worker organizing, and social impact bonds.
  • I’ve staffed United Way‘s community giving and volunteer circles.
  • I’ve worked with countless nonprofits and community based campaigns, including at Urban Habitat.
  • As a commissioner I’ve closed multi-million-dollar financing gaps with public appropriations, in-kind and philanthropic support. Now I assist states, counties, cities, and other jurisdictions to adopt independent redistricting approaches.


My dynamic life and career experience ~ starting out as a child adopted across racial and global borders ~ shapes my social change leadership in our complex, evolving world. Please reach out so my voice can amplify yours!

I offer media interviews, conference panels, event keynotes, academic lectures, hands-on workshops and trainings to audiences such as those below. I also contribute to blogs, articles, and books.

American Planning AssociationCal NonprofitsCalifornia Business RoundtableClaremont McKenna CollegeFunders Committee for Civic ParticipationLeague of California Community FoundationsMichigan Council on FoundationsMills CollegeNorthern California GrantmakersSan Diego GrantmakersSan Francisco Federal Reserve BankSan Jose State UniversitySouthern California GrantmakersUniversity of California, BerkeleyWhite House Office of Social Innovation

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