Advisors for Nonprofit Good
The Advisory Board of the Master of Nonprofit Administration (AB-MNA) assists the MNA program in its mission to effectively educate nonprofit leaders for the 21st Century. It represents the diversity and expertise of the sector with accomplished MNA alumni, recognized nonprofit leaders, along with faculty and student repre
Originally founded by Dr. Marco Tavanti, MNA Program Director and Ms. Annabel Lavielle-Green, MNA ’10, the Board continues to work in close collaboration with the MNA Program Director and School of Management Administration to connect the nonprofit community to the university. The AB-MNA build on the successful boards constituted by Dr. Michael O’Neill in support of the MNA alumni engagement and the sector related research provided by the Institute for Nonprofit Organization and Management (INOM).
MNA Advisory Board Purpose
The Advisory Board of the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program (AB-MNA) at University of San Francisco’s School of Management suggests, supports and promotes initiatives to enrich and sustain the quality of instruction, community engagement, and career progression of students, alumni, faculty and other stakeholders of the program.
The AB-MNA works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and current MNA students to create innovative and engaging opportunities to support the mission of the MNA program in developing value-driven, competent, and committed nonprofit leaders for the 21st century.
MNA Advisory Board
After a decade as a business journalist, Louise committed her career to nonprofit work in 2005. She soon became an executive director, and led the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation’s capital campaign. As Executive Director of Tax-Aid, she assisted low income taxpayers secure refunds totaling $16M+. She currently teaches Strategic Governance in the MNA program.
Beatrice (Bea) Cardenas-Duncan, MNA
Bea C. Duncan has an extensive experience advocating for community based organizations and nonprofit institutions in the Bay Area. Bea served as Ambassador and Development Chair, Shape Up San Francisco and served as Co-Chair of the Coalition from 2012-2015. Bea immigrated to the US at the age of fifteen. She has worked with community organizations, nonprofits, and local and state governments for over 30 years. An active retiree, she currently serves as a Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Bea is a passionate and persuasive speaker who is well-respected in the community and known for her passion for promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across organization and institutions. From 1974 through 1981, Bea worked for politician Milton Marks, who represented San Francisco in the California Assembly and California state Senate. Cardenas-Duncan began completed her undergraduate degree and Master of Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco. She served in the University Alumni Board, co-chair of the Latino Alumni Society. She also served as President of the Nonprofit Student Council to help young nonprofit professionals to become system change leaders in the community and for the common good.
Jeanne Bell is the Director of Practice Advancement at Nonprofit Quarterly where she regularly write about nonprofit leadership and strategy. She has been instrumental to have Nonprofit Quarterly building a robust online learning program that supports nonprofit leaders in pushing their management and leadership practices forward in concert with their values and intended impact. Previously, she served as CEO and senior leader at Compass Point a premiere nonprofit leadership development and capacity building organization. Under her leadership the set strategic and financial direction in partnership with the senior staff and board. She is a well. known author in the field of nonprofit and provides extensive consulting, teaching, public speaking on topics of interest to nonprofits and philanthropy. In 2018 she received the Michael O’Neill Nonprofit Leadership and Management Education Award.
Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D.
Dr. Chandra Alexandre is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Marin, the largest nonprofit human services provider in Marin County designated by the County Board of Supervisors as the “official anti-poverty agency” for Marin County. Previously, she served as Vice President of Development for Global Fund for Women an $18M public foundation committed to ensuring that women and girls are strong, safe, powerful and heard. Dr. Chandra Alexandre is an experienced nonprofit leader with a deep commitment to social justice and to the work of strengthening communities through a whole family approach. Professional skills in Management, Fundraising & Philanthropy, Policy Analysis, Business Development, and Organizational Development. She teaches fundraising for the MNA program at University of San Francisco.
Irma E. Velasquez, BA
Irma is Chair of The Board Of Directors of De Colores Arts, a non-profit organization that create inclusive space by show-casing the individual artistic talents of those with a wide range of abilities. Irma is an artist and nonprofit leader who believes in the power of transforming people and communities through the process of creating. In 2001 founded Wings Learning Center to address the academic and social needs of children with autism and communication disorders. She also serves as Board Member of the Bay Area Housing Corporation (BAHC) which provides housing for adults with developmental disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kevin Hickey serves as the Director of High School and Bridge Programs at Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), where he leads college and career readiness programs and public policy advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth, families, and the unemployed. Kevin approaches his work with the belief that nonprofit leaders must strive for impact in both direct service and public policy. Kevin’s leadership has resulted in more than 5,000 jobs for youth, policy victories from the City and County of San Francisco to support children and families, and voter-approved authorization (November 2014) of the Children and Youth Fund, which secures $100+million annually for the next 25 years for local children and youth programs. Kevin holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Kevin is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Nancy is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received her MNA from USF in 1991. Currently the Executive Director of the van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, she has served in consultant and leadership positions at a number of family, corporate and independent foundations. She’s worked to support leaders and emerging leaders of NGOs here and abroad for 25 years, and sits on the boards of the Gagarin Trust which funds human rights in St. Petersburg, Russia, and IGNITE: Political Power in Every Young Woman (www.ignitenational.org). A third generation San Franciscan, Nancy lives in the City with her husband and miniature poodle.
Lorena Gomez-Barris, MNA
Lorena Gomez-Barris is Director, Administration, for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization’s efficient administrative systems. Previously, Lorena worked as the Director of Operations and Finance at Rise Up, a global advocacy organization based at the Public Health Institute. For 10 years, she led the team on global compliance, financial management, administrative systems building, procurement and contracting vendors and grantees. Throughout her career, she has worked at several nonprofit organizations where she has been instrumental in leading teams, innovating and scaling administrative processes, setting and executing organizational strategy and driving both external and internal communications efforts.
Olivier is a lawyer specialized in armed conflicts, refugee issues and international criminal prosecutions and recognized international expert on human rights. He served at Human Rights Watch (HRW) emergencies division and conducted research missions in numerous conflict areas including Eastern Chad, Darfur, Central African Republic, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sri Lanka. He also served as deputy-head of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He has worked for a number of years on the case against Hissein Habré, the international prosecution of former Chad dictator. His research on war crimes, child forced recruitment and crimes against humanity has been utilized for cases of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Olivier practiced law previously in his native France and then worked for the Moscow Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Russian Federation. Olivier holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York as well as a degree in Private Law from the University of Paris. He teaches Human Rights and International Law at University of San Francisco.
Janet completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She currently serves as the director of transparency initiatives for Candid (Foundation Center and GuideStar), working to champion greater foundation transparency. A key part of her role is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Prior to her current role, Janet served as director of Foundation Center’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series.
Steve is Director of LearnUp Centers which offers innovative and effective reading program techniques to struggling young readers. He is also Director of of Good Food for Good Foundation (GFFG), a charitable solution established by Pascal Rigo, Founder of La Boulange, to support the delivery of clean, healthy and delicious food to school children. Steve has a long executive career in startup nonprofits and educational programs including The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI), Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC), Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI), and Thinking Outside. Prior to these leadership positions, he served in various teaching and managing capacities for the San Francisco Unified School District. He has a BA from UC Berkeley and a Master in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University.
Margot Frey, MNA
Margot Frey is a communications leader and nonprofit executive that excels at infusing digital marketing innovations into traditional organizations. She is the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Previously, Margot was Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management and Director of Graduate Admission and Marketing at Notre Dame de Namur University. She completed the MNA Program at USF with a thesis entitled: Female Immigrants and The Media: The Preferred Media Sources of Bay Area ESL Students. Margot received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University and has 15 years of marketing, recruitment, and enrollment experience and an authentic student-centric, servant leadership approach.
Ralph Payton is the CEO of Hunters Point Family, a grass-roots, community-based organization that provides holistic programs supporting education, leadership and workforce development, arts enrichment, and recreation to at-risk youth and young adults living in the Bayview/Hunters Point community of San Francisco. Previously, Ralph Payton served as the Executive Director, Raphael House, the oldest and only privately-funded shelter and services program dedicated to short-term housing, rental assistance, and ongoing supportive services to Bay Area families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Ralph has more than 15 years of experience directing nonprofit human services programs including the Hamilton Family Center. He earned a Master of Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan.
Kay understands the challenges of 21st century philanthropy as well as its opportunities, and brings her experience from working with countless nonprofit organizations to bear on the current issues affecting donor development, fund raising, outreach, message strategy and volunteerism. She is the author of seven books related to philanthropic practices and board engagement and is a frequent speaker for local, national and international gatherings and workshops. As principal of her own organization since 1989, her clients include public media, hospitals, universities, arts and cultural organizations, environment and social justice organizations, churches and education, as well as community-based services. A goal of her consulting is to mentor and strengthen leaders within organizations to grow their success while achieving their immediate goals. Her BA and MA are from Stanford University, where she is a recipient of their highest award for volunteer service, The Gold Spike. In 2013, she was awarded the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is President of the governing board of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco and serves on the Advisory Board of the Czech Fundraising Institute. Read more at http://www.kaygrace.org/
Kia A. Harris Tattegrain, MNA
Kia is the Founder and Executive Director of the humanitarian nonprofit organization, Dare Humanity, that creates and delivers programs for self-sufficiency, community-driven development, wellness, and entrepreneurship in Haiti and California. She is also an alumna of the University of San Francisco Nonprofit Administration program (2018), nonprofit consultant (communications, social media strategy and nonprofit start-ups) and philanthropist.
Patricia Ivancich Dassios, MNA
Patricia Ivancich Dassios is the founder and CEO of La Mienne, an on-demand beauty concierge platform whose artists service clients in their homes, at their offices, in their hospital rooms, at events and more. Besides providing beauty artists a better wage, Dassios has stayed true to her socially responsible roots of doing good by giving back 25 percent of her revenue in the form of in-kind donations. Patricia learned about social justice through the USF education and developed her enterprise during the MNA program that she completed in 2010.
Kevin Slattery, MBA
Kevin Slattery is a strategy communication specialist for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Partnership at United Ways. As a nonprofit executive, board member, volunteer, and advisor, he works daily to advance the mission of social impact organizations. With a background in marketing, communications, journalism, and fundraising, he has an established reputation in the government and nonprofit sectors. Kevin brings a unique perspective on nonprofit partnerships and regularly engages with volunteer advisors, board members, and stakeholders to build organizational capacity that drives nonprofit movements. He has experience driving the mission for public arts, international development, poverty alleviation, and mental health advocacy nonprofit organizations.
MNA Advisory Board-Emeritus Member
Annabel holds a Masters in Humanitarian Action at the Paris XII (2007) and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco (2010). Annabel has held several management positions with NGOs in France and the US. In France, she worked at International Emergency NGO Premiere Urgence Intl Headquarters in charge of building corporate partnerships through finding professional skills and funds for PUIs projects. She is also interested in Children’s rights inspired by her Master’s internship at BICE, a nonprofit advocating child’s rights and serves as an advisor to MAP a US Nonprofit whose mission is to nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential, so that, one day they can contribute and lead within their own communities, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. She served as Executive Director of British Benevolent Society of California. During her capstone project in the MNA program she established the Global Heart Network Foundation a 501(c)3 US nonprofit with the mission to amplify change and increase access to cardiac care across the globe by connecting independent efforts and initiatives with people in need. Annabel has worked for many years helping non-profits strengthen their economies and communities and improve impact and programs. She is passionate about building partnerships in cross-sector collaboration and has been a board member, volunteer, and supporter of many nonprofits and community groups.
Bob is past President and Founder of Robert Glavin, Inc. (Est. 1999). He has 25 years in senior management positions at major institutions—the California Academy of Sciences, the University of San Francisco, Georgetown University Medical Center. He is an instructor in nonprofit management, a popular conference speaker and an inspirational board retreat facilitator. Bob contributed a chapter to the book “Nonprofit Management 101,” which was praised by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams as “an invaluable how-to operator’s manual for the nonprofit sector.” He earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management at USF.
Jonny is Director of Fundraising at Wefunder. Previously, he was Senior Director at Kiva U.S. a well known Microfinance NGO. He began his career in management consulting. After six years at Oliver Wyman, he joined Kiva in 2011 to launch the Kiva Zip pilot program. Kiva Zip aims to reimagine a financial system based on human relationships rather than financial transactions, and has now made $20 million in loans to 4,000 U.S. small business owners, crowd funded by 100,000 lenders from around the world. Jonny studied History at the University of Cambridge, is married to Ali, and lives in San Francisco.
Lisa served as the Executive Director of Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) until its closure of the international office and continuation of the works in Uganda and Bolivia. She has more than 15 years of experience in microfinance and international development specializing in multi-sectoral and sustainable solutions to development challenges such as food security, women’s empowerment, access to affordable and adequate health care, education, and enterprise development. She has provided training, assessment, and capacity-building services to more than 35 international organizations in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. After receiving her MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, she held a number of technical, policy, and leadership positions in microfinance networks including Freedom from Hunger, Opportunity International, and FINCA International.
Aude Anquetil, MBA
Aude Anquetil, is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Magnify Community, an initiative focused on building a community of high-capacity donors committed to local giving in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was the US Managing Director of Epic Foundation, a start-up nonprofit focused on “making giving the norm”, by providing access to a curated portfolio of highly vetted giving opportunities supporting youth globally. Backed by French serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars. Aude is a passionate advisors for unlocking more philanthropic resources of high-capacity individuals and foundations to do good in the world.
Dale Needles, MNA
Dale Needles is a nonprofit financial professional with extensive experience as a senior executive, consultant and trainer. He has held senior executive positions in nonprofits ranging from international human rights to performing arts and educational organizations. From 2002 to 2012, Dale was the Chief Financial Officer for the Global Fund for Women. Dale was also an instructor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco from 2010 to 2014 in their Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program. In 2012, Dale was part of the Spring Strategies team that launched the Financial Resilience Program. As a specialist in Strategic Finance, Dale has co-facilitated training workshops in India, Kenya, and Uganda. He has also provided on-line trainings and consultations on Strategic Finance for NGOs from Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.