Your Partners in Philanthropy

Our highly experienced, multidisciplinary team brings substantive expertise, rich facilitative skills, creative thinking, a commitment to excellence, and a strong passion for using philanthropy to address the world’s social and environmental issues in just and lasting ways. We are original thinkers with deep experience and a diverse set of skills and talents. For each client engagement, we assemble powerful teams with diverse perspectives that harness the best of who we are to help you increase the impact of your philanthropy with bold, thoughtful strategies that take your efforts further. Meet us!



Leslie Pine

Managing Partner

Maggi Alexander

Maggi Alexander

Senior Partner and Director of TPI's Center for Global Philanthropy

Ellie Galer

Ellie Galer

Senior Program Associate

Sophia Hancock

Sophia Hancock

Senior Program Associate

Anna Moceyunas

Anna Moceyunas

Senior Program Associate


Jennifer Montone

Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

Elaines Pena

Elaines Peña

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Jordana Pereira

Jordana Pereira

Philanthropic Advisor


Ellen Remmer

Senior Partner

Lisa Spalding

Lisa Spalding

Senior Partner

Wendy Staggs

Wendy Staggs

Finance Director

John Tyler

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Senior Advisors

Our Senior Advisors are integral to what TPI has embodied since 1989 – collegial practice, learning, and excellence. As outside resources, often with specialized expertise, Senior Advisors serve as TPI ambassadors, provide counsel and advice with respect to client and philanthropy promotion work, and undertake consulting engagements.

Tom Bird

Tom brings over 30 years of general management and investment experience, has served on numerous boards and invested across a wide spectrum. Tom supports operational management with Sonen Capital, and is chair of the governance committee. In addition, Tom is founder and president of the multi-family office FARM Capital Services LLC, where he created the FARM Fund as an early stage direct impact investment donor advised fund. Previously he was chairman and CEO of FARM, Inc., a venture backed Silicon Valley information management firm that provided data storage and retrieval services from 1988 until the company was sold in 1999.

Tom serves on the board of the GlobalGiving Foundation, as an advisor to Sanku, is on the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, and is on the University Council as a former trustee and investment committee member of the American University in Bulgaria.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A from Stanford University, and a Master of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis on ethics from Harvard University.

Amy Zell Ellsworth

Amy Zell Ellsworth served as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at TPI for over ten years where she worked on projects ranging from strategic planning and meeting facilitation for foundations to program research, curriculum development and delivery of donor educational programs. She has worked closely with community foundations on family philanthropy issues through TPI’s initiative Excellence in Family Philanthropy and has authored works on philanthropic planning for TPI and its clients. Additional service to the field includes planning and committee work for the Council on Foundations, Association of Small Foundations and Grantmakers in the Arts.

Amy brings to TPI her experience as the president of a family foundation, along with training in facilitation and workshop development and delivery. She comes from the non-profit field where she founded a school and company in the performing arts. She continues to contribute through board work for arts organizations in Boston.

Cynthia Gibson

Cynthia Gibson has more than 26 years of experience in the nonprofit sector where she has held leadership roles for several national foundations and nonprofits and has become a highly regarded strategist, thought leader, writer, and practitioner on issues ranging from civic engagement and nonprofit management to health care and education. At TPI, Gibson leads client engagements, carries TPI’s voice into the conversations shaping philanthropy and uses her skills as a master connector to bring people together to collaborate and get results.

Prior to TPI, she was principal of Cynthesis Consulting, where she specialized in public policy research and analysis, program development, strategic planning, evaluation, and marketing and communications for clients including: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Kettering Foundation. The Case Foundation where she authored Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement.

Previously, Gibson served as a program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York where she authored From Inspiration to Participation: Strategies for Youth Civic Engagement and The Civic Mission of Schools (co-authored with Peter Levine.) Prior to Carnegie, Gibson was a consultant for numerous organizations and served in senior staff positions at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Partnership for Democracy (formerly The Youth Project).

In addition to speaking and publishing widely, Gibson has taught at the New School University’s Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy; served as a senior fellow at Tufts University; and been a member of numerous advisory committees, selection panels and boards, including,, Nonprofit Quarterly, Public Conversations Project, and,.

Gibson has a B.A. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University (Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude); an M.S.W. from Catholic University of America; and a Ph.D. in social welfare policy and administration from Rutgers University.

Paul Grogan

Paul S. Grogan is former President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. As a leader in the Boston community and beyond, Paul brings holistic philanthropic expertise to his role as a TPI Senior Advisor. Under his leadership from 2001 to 2021, the Boston Foundation’s assets have doubled in size to more than $1.3 billion. Paul also expanded the mission of the Boston Foundation to include a powerful civic leadership role through commissioning and publishing cutting-edge research into urban issues, holding hundreds of public forums, forming task forces and coalitions, and informing and influencing legislative solutions to some of the city’s most intractable problems. Legislation passed through this work has leveraged more than $600 million in public funds for cultural facilities, K-12 public education, community colleges, municipal budgets, and smart growth housing. The model created by Paul has inspired a large number of community foundations nationwide to add civic leadership to their missions.

During Paul’s tenure, the Boston Foundation has also launched a number of high-impact initiatives, such as Success Boston, which has raised college completion rates for Boston Public Schools graduates by 77 percent. Other examples include the youth violence prevention model StreetSafe Boston; Project Catapult, which represents the next generation of workforce development; and the Boston Opportunity Agenda, which is a historic public/private partnership of the Boston Foundation, the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the city’s other leading public charities, and many local foundations. The Foundation also played a pivotal role in informing and passing sweeping criminal justice reform in Massachusetts, which has rolled back the inequitable and ineffective “get tough” criminal justice policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Prior to his work with the Boston Foundation, Paul served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University and as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. During his time at Harvard, he spearheaded efforts that led the university to make unprecedented investments in the community, including $21 million for affordable housing and $5 million for the Harvard After-School Initiative. He also transformed the University’s previously poor relationship with the City of Boston, paving the way for Harvard to double its property holdings in the Allston neighborhood. During this time, Paul also served on TPI’s board of directors.

From 1986 through 1998, Paul served as President and CEO of the nonprofit organization Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. Paul’s passion for cities is rooted in his experiences in Boston where he served Mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn in a variety of positions. He headed Boston’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in the early 1980s, helping to pioneer a series of public/private ventures that have been widely replicated by other cities.

Paul graduated with honors in American History from Williams College in 1972 and holds a Master of Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 1997, Williams College awarded Mr. Grogan the Bicentennial Medal for his leadership in inner-city revitalization efforts. He is also the recipient of five honorary degrees, has been recognized four times by The NonProfit Times through its annual “Power & Influence Top 50” list from 2013 to 2016, and was named one of America’s Top 25 “Disruptive Leaders” by Living Cities in 2016. Paul is a founder and director of The Community Development Trust, the nation’s first real estate investment trust dedicated to affordable housing and has been a trustee of Williams College and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In 2000, Mr. Grogan, and writer and nonprofit consultant Tony Proscio, co-authored the book Comeback Cities, which syndicated columnist Ron Brownstein wrote is “arguably the most important and insightful book on the American city in a generation.”

Stephen Johnson

Advisor, leader, manager, and donor, for almost four decades Steve Johnson has brought his practical idealism to the fields of philanthropy, law, and public policy. He currently serves as a trusted advisor to foundations, nonprofit organizations, wealthy families and individuals, and sits on half a dozen foundation and nonprofit boards. His special interests include foundation start-ups, strategic planning, governance, trustee succession, next generation training, and program design and implementation.

Until October 2016 Steve served as Executive Director of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation (2012-2016), prior to which he spent 13 years with The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), working with families, foundations and corporations worldwide to achieve their philanthropic and social investment objectives. He has guided his own family foundation’s work in the Champlain Basin for nearly 30 years.

A principal author of the Code of Ethics for U.S. philanthropy advisors, in his years with TPI Steve worked to advance the scope and quality of philanthropy in the U.S. and abroad. He led TPI’s work to study and improve the philanthropy-related practice of legal and financial advisors, a subject on which he wrote extensively and spoke regularly both nationally and abroad, as well as training countless relationship managers at some of the nation’s leading financial institutions.

Prior to his work in philanthropy, Steve spent 20 years in public policy, the law, and long-range planning, working in the federal courts, private practice, as counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Committees on the Judiciary and Commerce, in government relations, and leading and advising justice reform commissions around the country. He has taught both undergraduate and law students and has written and spoken extensively on public policy and the future of the justice system and the legal profession.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (JD, 1979) and the University of Pennsylvania (BA, magna cum laude, 1974). He and his wife Paula – an expert on global philanthropy at Harvard – live in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

John Kanki

Dr. Kanki received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan in neurobiology, Princeton University in developmental biology, and the University of Pennsylvania studying diabetes and pancreas organogenesis. He received the Partners in Excellence Award at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he was a Senior Research Scientist supervising cancer research in the areas of myelodysplastic syndromes, leukemia, and neuroblastoma. He is an accomplished research scientist with extensive publication and funding records.

Dr. Kanki entered biomedical grantmaking as the Managing Director of The Medical Foundation at Health Resources in Action, where he created ten new grant programs, conducted over twenty life sciences consulting projects, and supervised sixteen concurrent award programs. As the Director of Research at the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation Dr. Kanki was responsible for developing and achieving the strategic, scientific and operational goals of the foundation’s international research award programs and scientific meetings. He broadened the scope of its award program and significantly improved grantmaking processes while expanding scientific breadth and diversity.

Dr. Kanki has also served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Health Research Alliance, a group of over 115 private funders working together to optimize investment in health research and training, share best practices and has collectively provided over $24.1B to biomedical research.

Julia Kittross

Julia Kittross has over 30 years of experience in philanthropy as a teacher, advisor, organizer, program designer, grantmaker, CEO and entrepreneur. She is currently is the co-founder of Philanthropy Sherpas, a consultancy working with grantmakers with a specialty in family philanthropy. Prior to this, she built from the ground up the Laird Norton Family Foundation, a 7th generation, 400 family member foundation where 65 family volunteers serve on four grantmaking committees in the areas of climate change, arts in K-12 education, watershed protection and clean water and sanitation in developing countries, plus a youth fund for 14-21 year olds.

Julia was the founding partner of The Giving Practice and worked in this philanthropic firm for six years. She served as Philanthropy Northwest’s first CEO from 1990 – 2002 and solidified Philanthropy Northwest’s leadership role in philanthropy in the region and within the Regional Association of Grantmakers movement nationwide.

Julia has worked with hundreds of trustees, donors and staff of private foundations, individual philanthropists, public and community foundations and corporate grantmakers. Her particular interest is in assisting philanthropists and foundation staff to make their philanthropy as rewarding, strategic and efficient as possible. Experience includes strategic planning, retreat design and facilitation, board governance issues, family communication, program development and design, grantmaking oversight, interim executive directorship, executive staff searches, benchmarking, research, training and coaching. She has experience with both start-ups and organizational management over time.

Before Philanthropy Northwest, she was interim executive director of the Municipal League of Seattle/King County. Julia was a principal architect of the Northwest Giving Project, founding president of the Washington Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and a founding Board member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. She is a member of the Visiting Committee at Seattle University’s Executive Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership program. She earned a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Peter Lamb

Peter Lamb is an independent philanthropic advisor providing counsel and philanthropic solutions for family foundations, nonprofit organizations, individuals and their advisors who seek to organize charitable ideas, more strategically approach grantmaking and pursue family legacies.

Peter has served the non-profit field for over thirty-five years. He balances the art of philanthropic planning with the science of achieving effective results that improve community wellbeing while bringing deep meaning to a family’s philanthropic legacy. He is a trustee of several private foundations including his own 65 year old, currently fourth generation family foundation based in the mid-Hudson River Valley outside of New York City. He has served as a board member of numerous environmental, historic, arts and education organizations including the Maine Community Foundation, the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, the bi-country Gulf of Maine Council, and the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation.

Peter served the staff of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation from 1999-2010 where he was the Vice President of Philanthropy and the Foundation’s Senior Philanthropic Advisor. He was a member of the Estate Planning Council and the Council on Foundation’s AdNet Steering Committee, a frequent conference speaker and a founding member of the national “Excellence in Family Philanthropy: Community Foundations Working Group.”

Raised in metropolitan New York with ancient New England roots, Peter received his education in Community Development, Resource Economics and Forestry at the University of New Hampshire. He received that University’s “Profile of Service” and Marine Program Awards.

Peter balances his time learning crafts and folkways that help define the origins of community culture. He is an accomplished woodworker and metal smith and lives with his partner Faith Harrington at their home on Gerrish Island off Kittery Point, Maine.

Laurie Lang

Laurie Lang is the President of BrandCentrics. BrandCentrics is a consulting firm specializing in strategic brand development. Ms. Lang helps clients develop, articulate and implement effective brand strategies. She works with organizations, both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, on brand visioning, positioning and brand integration, new product and program development and marketing communications. Ms. Lang has held corporate executive management positions at The Walt Disney Company including Executive Director of the Disney Learning Partnership. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, she was a Vice President and Account Supervisor at DDB Needham Advertising. Ms. Lang received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Washington University.

Susan Lewis Solomont

Susan Lewis Solomont works with a number of private, family, and corporate foundations. She works closely with Board members on all aspects of the foundation’s work including governance, trustee succession, next generation training, program design, program implementation and evaluation. Susan is also responsible for marketing TPI’s agenda to a broad audience nationwide and works with corporate giving programs and foundations to develop focused, thoughtful, and results oriented approaches to charitable giving and community relations. This includes shaping a philanthropy program and/or designing programs to meet client needs. Susan also has expertise in developing employee volunteer and matching gifts programs, defining corporate giving guidelines and objectives, and assisting companies in identifying appropriate philanthropies.

Prior to joining TPI, Susan worked as an independent consultant, advising a variety of companies on their corporate philanthropy. Before establishing this business, she was Director of National and Local Corporate Development for WGBH TV and Radio (1981-1996).

Susan is active as a trustee and overseer on many boards including the New England Aquarium (past Board Chair), the WGBH Educational Foundation, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, Newton Wellesley Hospital, The Citi Center for the Performing Arts, Temple Beth Elohim, and The Commonwealth Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree from Tufts University.

Neil Maniar

Dr. Neil Maniar is a Professor of Public Health Practice and the Director of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Dr. Maniar’s areas of teaching expertise include Urban Community Health Assessment, Health Education, Program Planning and Program Evaluation. Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Health Systems within the American Cancer Society’s New England Division, overseeing cancer control efforts in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. As the Division’s Health Systems leader, he led a team of 40 staff working within and across health care systems to increase utilization of cancer prevention strategies and cancer screening tests; to reduce barriers to care for cancer patients; to help patients navigate their cancer journey; and to engage health care organizations in fighting cancer through the Society’s advocacy and community initiatives. He also served on the Division’s Senior Leadership Team and on national leadership teams.

Prior to joining the ACS, he was the Director of Health Equity Programs in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Community Health and Health Equity. Dr. Maniar was also the founding director of the Massachusetts Youth Violence Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He created this program through a $200,000 CDC capacity-building grant in 2004 and directed its growth into a program with $3,500,000 in state funding by 2008. He also founded and co-chaired the Massachusetts Coalition for Youth Violence Prevention. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, the Eastern New England Region of the American Cancer Society, and UTEC. He is also a member of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley’s Community Impact Council.

Dr. Maniar received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2005 and his Masters of Public Health (MPH) with distinction from the Yale University School of Public Health in 1998. He also has a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College with a double major in English and Zoology.

Lisa Richter

Lisa Richter is co-founder and principal of GPS Capital Partners, a national consultancy that assists foundations and other institutions to execute impact investing strategy for social and environmental as well as financial return. The firm’s work spans asset classes, return expectations and issue areas, frequently incorporating place-based and sector focus to increase equitable access to opportunities,including health, healthy and sustainable community development and education. Clients range from family foundations to a number of the nation’s largest foundations, banks and other institutional investors.

GPS collaborates with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on an initiative to promote collaboration at the intersection of health and community development, and with The PRI Makers Network, More for Mission, and The Philanthropic Initiative to expand impact investing services for community, health, place-based and other issue-focused foundations and investors.

Lisa authored the Grantmakers In Health Guide to Impact Investing and co-authored Equity Advancing Equity, a guide to impact investing to advance racial and social equity agendas. She serves or has served as advisor to the Center for Community Development Investments of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council, Wall Street Without Walls, the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative, New Frontiers in Philanthropy (a project of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies), vice-chair of the Community Development Financial Institutions Coalition, director of the Social Investment Forum, and steering committee member of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, and holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mark Sidel

Mark Sidel has worked on issues of development, governance and accountability in international and domestic philanthropy for many years, initially as a program officer with the Ford Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s law, governance and nonprofit programs in China, developed and directed Ford’s country program in Vietnam, and developed a regional program to help strengthen philanthropy and the voluntary sector in India and South Asia. He is currently Professor of Law, Faculty Scholar, and Lauridsen Research Fellow at the University of Iowa; President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR); and consultant to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he manages a MacArthur Foundation-supported program to strengthen nonprofit law and policy in China.

Sidel has also advised a number of foundations, international nonprofits, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and others on civil society development, philanthropy and legal reform in Asia and beyond. He is author or editor of seven books, including Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Era of Uncertainty (Routledge, 2009); Philanthropy and Law in South Asia (APPC, 2004, 2007); and More Secure, Less Free? Anti-Terrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11 (University of Michigan Press, 2004, 2007).

Sidel has served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and other institutions. He is a board member at the Community Foundation of Johnson County (Iowa) and the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) and a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), foundations, and other institutions. He won the inaugural ICNL-Cordaid Civil Liberties Prize in 2008 for his work on counter-terrorism and the nonprofit sector.

Nancy Snyder

Nancy Snyder brings over thirty years of experience in designing and implementing creative workforce development strategies to serve adults, youth and businesses. Nancy’s consulting work includes program design, strategic planning, business development, research and facilitation.

Nancy served as the President & CEO of Commonwealth Corporation from 2007 until 2017. At Commonwealth Corporation, she managed an annual budget of $45 million in grantmaking and investments to strengthen the skills of current, unemployed, and emerging workers through innovative partnerships with industry, education, and workforce organizations. During her tenure at Commonwealth Corporation, over 7,000 adults participated in education and training services for in demand careers, over 30,000 teens and young adults participated in work experience and work readiness programs, and 966 businesses received grants to train 67,000 workers. She co-authored studies on closing the skills gap and the underlying causes of the decline in teen employment rates. She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as interim Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development from November 2009 to January 2010.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Corporation, she served as the Deputy Director of the Boston Private Industry Council, launching a competitive model of labor exchange services, welfare to work partnerships, and sector partnerships to train incumbent workers in health care and financial services. She held a number of roles in Boston City government including Director of the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services and the Staff Director of the Mayor’s Office. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business. She serves as Treasurer of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and chairs the Board of the Academy of the Pacific Rim.

Anne Stetson

Anne Stetson is an independent consultant to foundations, non-profits, and for-profit organizations seeking to advance social and environmental change through grant-making or investing (or both). Her wide-ranging sectoral expertise includes environmental issues, global health, financial inclusion, human rights, and spirituality. In this capacity, Anne has served as the founding director of a family foundation, co-founded and served as general counsel and managing director of an impact investment management firm advising foundations, and co-developed the Africa Healthcare Fund in collaboration with Foundation Strategy Group and with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Prior to her consulting work, Anne served as associate general counsel to Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, an investment firm, from 1998 to 2001. Anne provided counsel from 1995 to 1998 to Fidelity Investments, and practiced corporate law in New York at Fox & Horan LLP where she advised foreign and US corporations on their cross-border transactions from and to Latin America.

Anne serves on a variety of family foundation, non-profit and religious, and corporate boards. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published books and articles in the areas of impact investing, emerging markets investing, and human rights. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics relating to philanthropy and impact investing.

Anne received a BA in English literature from Yale University, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, a law degree from Boston University, and a master’s from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Boston and spends as much time as possible outdoors hiking or sailing with her two grown daughters.

John Urban

John possesses extensive public and private sector experience, including work creating philanthropic partnerships with regional, national, and global corporations, as well as work in aligning corporate giving and business strategies for one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment corporations.

In the past, John led Northeastern University’s office of foundation relations and corporate partnerships. In this capacity, John forged strategic philanthropic relationships with numerous financial services, technology, media, and manufacturing corporations. Previously, John served in several roles over a period of ten years for New York-based Cablevision Systems Corporation where he was a regional vice president for public affairs and local programming and corporate vice president for government affairs with responsibility for federal, state, and local government affairs for the company’s cable TV operations. John’s public sector experience includes work as the state cable television commissioner under Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld. In addition, Urban later oversaw the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment. In addition, early in his career, John was a tenure-track assistant professor of Telecommunications at the State University of New York – Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome. John holds a BA from American International College and an MPA in telecommunications from George Washington University.

Elizabeth Walczak

Elizabeth Walczak is an independent philanthropic and non-profit management consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Her practice includes strategic planning, board facilitation and support, philanthropic advising, design and management of grantmaking initiatives, research and synthesis, resource development, and partnerships.

In her work, Liz draws on extensive experience in philanthropy, community-based organizations, and government. Most recently, Liz served as Interim Executive Director of the Boston Opportunity Agenda (BOA), a cradle to career public-private partnership focused on creating a more just and equitable education system in Boston. During her tenure, Liz led BOA’s Board, comprised of representatives of leading education philanthropies and organizations in Boston, through a strategic reflection process to chart its path forward. She maintained and strengthened wide-ranging partnerships, from school district to philanthropic partnerships, growing the budget and positioning BOA to increase capacity in its next chapter. Other recent clients include the Boston Foundation (TBF), EdVestors, Education Strategy Group, and the Latino Equity Fund. Previously, Liz was Donor Services Officer at TBF, where she advised and supported individuals, families, and institutions in their philanthropy. Liz was also Program Officer for Education at TBF, focused on education grant making, strategies, and initiatives, particularly related to post-secondary pathways. Liz also served as Policy Advisor to Mayor Thomas Menino in Boston, where she worked on initiatives in the areas of education, health, and human services.

Liz’s passion for social justice and expanding opportunities for underserved families and communities is the driving force behind her career. Liz received her MPA from New York University and her BA from Hamilton College. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dorchester.

Rachel Weinstein

Rachel Weinstein specializes in supporting multi-stakeholder efforts. Her projects focus on improving outcomes for historically underserved populations. Rachel’s clients have included leaders of the compact between district, charter and Catholic schools in Boston; four public health departments collaborating to share services; numerous philanthropic initiatives; and a cross-sector network focused on strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Prior to consulting, Rachel worked for elected officials, public schools and non-profits in the California Bay Area, helping each better collaborate with and serve their constituents. In her role directing the Senate President’s Oakland office, she led a team that served 846,791 residents across 11 cities and 148 square miles, served as the bridge between the Senator’s policy staff in the Capitol and District staff, and functioned as the Senator’s chief representative in his district. Rachel’s experiences partnering with communities, organizations and public agencies inspire and inform her consulting work. Rachel graduated from Brown University, where she majored in American Civilization with a focus on Urban Education.