We have partnered with thought leaders to help shape and guide Alchemy and be a resource to you. Our nationally respected facilitators address issues critical to nonprofit success and provide cutting edge strategy sessions in effective fundraising, board governance, public involvement, and accountability. They share a strong commitment to social change and equity for all communities in Los Angeles. More information can be found below.
Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource
Based in Washington, DC, Susan Decker serves as a senior governance consultant with BoardSource. She is also the Master of Leadership Development Director at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, working with nonprofit and organizational professionals in their educational journey to develop and expand their leadership skills. With more than 20 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience, she is currently working with organizations on exceptional governance practices, fundraising, board development to increase engagement, and strategic planning. For over 10 years Susan worked with two of the most recognized public charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. At St. Jude, she served as Executive Director of Field Operations with fundraising responsibility and oversight of $150 million and a staff of over 200. In her role at Komen, she served as the National Director of the Affiliate Network and Race for the Cure, where she was responsible for the governance training and compliance for more than 100 local governing boards and oversight of the world’s largest 5K run/walk series. She has worked with client organizations that have a diversity of mission, size and geographic scope, collaborating with the board and staff to facilitate growth opportunities. Susan currently serves as the Hamilton Center Foundation’s Governance Committee Chair and board Vice-Chair.
Senior Associate, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Shruti Garg is a Senior Associate in Advisory Services with Nonprofit Finance Fund. Based in Los Angeles, she informs organizational strategies to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits through tailored, relevant and actionable analysis. Shruti’s efforts are rooted in her ability to navigate uncertainty, create a journey out of chaos, and observe individual needs and organizational demands. Previously, she was Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Membership Engagement Director, where she oversaw national and regional programmatic efforts directed at increasing investments to underserved AAPI communities. She has also consulted for major foundations and nonprofits and worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she focused on immigrant rights, racial justice and low-wage worker rights portfolios. Shruti graduated from Smith College and received her Master of Public Policy degree from USC.
Director, The Goodman Center
Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications professionals and social changemakers how to reach more people with more impact. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field of public interest communications.
Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications, and has been invited to speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, as well as at many national nonprofit conferences.
He is currently developing curriculum for the College for Social Innovation and recently designed a course on storytelling and presenting skills for the African Leadership University. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy serves on the board of directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit working to end family homelessness in Los Angeles. For more information about his work, please visit www.thegoodmancenter.com.
Founding Partner, Social Sector Partners
David Greco is a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant who specializes in creating a more financially sustainable and effective social sector. He brings more than 25 years of experience in driving the growth and impact of social sector organizations. In 2013, David founded Social Sector Partners to provide funders and nonprofit organizations with training and development for understanding what it really costs to achieve great outcomes, improving an organization’s financial sustainability, and strategically repositioning organizations for greater impact. David has spoken at national conferences such as BoardSource, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Independent Sector, Social Enterprise Alliance, Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals and Exponent Philanthropy, as well as numerous local and regional conferences. He has provided training for staff and grantees of dozens of foundations including the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Flora & William Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. David serves on the boards of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles and the Southern California Advisory Board for Opportunity Fund. He is the author of “Nonprofit Financial Management,” featured in Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, edited by Darian Heyman. David served for 10 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves and earned his M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and a B.S. in History & Politics from Drexel University.
David Andrés Kietzman
Managing Partner, Momentum Solutions
David’s passion is helping organizations tell their story of impact. Over the past 20 years he has helped both businesses and nonprofits bring in more funding, resources and clients. His management, leadership and fundraising experience are strengthened by his formal background in design, communications, marketing and executive coaching. Founder of the San Fernando Valley-based nonprofit Youth Speak Collective, David has created strategic partnerships with hundreds of nonprofits, businesses, elected officials, philanthropists and schools. As the Managing Partner of Momentum Solutions he leads a team of marketing experts to help give nonprofits, foundations and social-impact businesses communication-focused resources to create stronger communities. As a Los Angeles native, David believes in the power of community and coaches organizations through succession planning and leadership transitions. He has been an Interim Executive Director at the Unusual Suspects Theater Company, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Additionally, David is often a guest lecturer and trainer at USC, CSUN, CSULA, UCLA, EPIP, YNPN, Nonprofit Learning Lab, Community Partners, City of Los Angeles, Executive Service Corps and the Center for Nonprofit Management. David holds his B.A. in Fine Arts & Marketing with secondary teaching credentials from Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned his M.A. in Public Administration from CSULA.
Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Based in the Los Angeles office of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), Claire Knowlton is a Director in Advisory Services. Claire oversees NFF’s work in Los Angeles and Southern California with nonprofits, funders and other partners to build the financial health of the region’s social sector. Prior to joining NFF, she was Executive Director of a community-based art center in Los Angeles for eight years, where she brought the organization from financial distress to a model of excellence in programming and organizational management. Claire also worked as an independent auditor for nonprofit organizations. She is co-founder and board president of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit committed to ending extreme poverty by directing philanthropic dollars to the most effective solutions.
VP of Programs and Training,
Janet McIntyre works with nonprofit organizations’ staff and board members in areas of organizational and leadership development. She is a certified professional coach, facilitator and trainer with over 20 years of professional experience in the non-profit sector. In addition to coaching and organizational consulting, she facilitates board and/or staff retreats, and designs and delivers trainings on such topics as coaching for managers, team building, creating a culture of fundraising and board development. Currently at the Executive Service Corps of Southern California, Janet oversees two leadership institutes: Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute and the Developing Development Program, for which she also serves as the lead instructor. Upon graduating from Occidental College with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Asian Studies, she worked in arts and cultural organizations for over 15 years. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the Hollywood Arts Council. Prior to that she was the Director of Development at Classical KUSC Public Radio and worked in various development roles at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl. After earning an Executive Master of Leadership degree (with an emphasis in nonprofit management) from the Price School of Public Policy at USC, she earned her certification in coaching at the Coaches Training Institute.
Principal, Message Matters
A few years out of Harvard, Terrence McNally left teaching for entertainment, in order to reach larger audiences. After 20 years as an actor, director and screenwriter known for such films as Earth Girls Are Easy, starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey), he knew he wasn’t fulfilling his vision. Now a strategic communications consultant, speaker, writer and coach for foundations, nonprofits, public agencies and progressive businesses, Terrence brings all that he learned in those roles to help clients develop more engaging narratives and tell more compelling stories. Clients include the Cities of San Jose and Berkeley, CDC/Centers for Disease Control, NASA, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Friends of the Earth, US Climate Action Network, Urban Library Council, League of California Cities, Volunteers of America, Herman Miller, Interface Flooring and Intel Corporation. McNally hosts a radio interview program on the TuneIn app’s Progressive Voices Network, envisioning “a world that just might work.” Guests include Michael Lewis, Temple Grandin, Nicholas Kristof, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Craig Venter, Arianna Huffington, Gregory Boyle and Robert Wright. He also hosts and produces the podcast Disruptive for Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. His interviews often appear in print on AlterNet.
Evelin E. Montes
Partner & Executive Coach, Momentum Solutions
Evelin E. Montes is a partner with Momentum Solutions, an L.A.-based communications firm where she oversees coaching and thought partnership services. Prior to this role, Evelin was a staff member with the Liberty Hill Foundation for six years, where she served as Senior Advisor on Capacity-Building Initiatives (2015-2016), Director of Grantmaking & Capacity-Building Initiatives (2013-2015), and Deputy Director of Training (2010-2013). During her tenure, Evelin provided strategic direction for the program department’s competitive grantmaking and capacity-building initiatives. Evelin strengthened the community organizing, communications and financial management skills of social justice organizations through the Wally Marks Leadership Institute, Liberty Hill’s innovative leadership development program for grantees. A Los Angeles native and proud daughter of Salvadoran immigrant parents, Evelin grounds her coaching in the belief that we are all worthy individuals capable of great things. She serves as a vessel for individuals as they explore, dig deep and identify personal strengths and fresh perspectives to tackle challenges. Evelin is passionate about racial, gender and LGBTQIA justice. Her leadership experience stems from organizing in the community where she was born and raised, MacArthur Park/Westlake. Evelin’s extensive resume includes supporting institutions such as The California Endowment, California Community Foundation, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, the California Latino Leadership Institute and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Evelin holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.
Leadership Coach and Strategist,
Latonya Slack is principal and founder of Slack Global Consulting, which specializes in facilitating, visioning and assisting individuals and organizations with planning and navigating critical decisions. For seven years she served as Senior Program Officer for California Democracy, supporting civic engagement, community organizing, voter engagement and capacity building for the James Irvine Foundation. While at the foundation she served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of Southern California Grantmakers’ board of directors. Prior to working in philanthropy, she was Executive Director of the California Black Women’s Health Project, where she created a comprehensive policy advocacy program, a mental health initiative and the Advocate Training Program, which trains lay community members as health policy advocates. She has also worked for the Service Employees International Union as a community political organizer engaging community, religious, labor and health organizations on health care justice issues. After graduating from UCLA School of Law, she worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles as a Consumer Law Advocate. Through AmeriCorps Legal Corps she worked for the Youth Empowerment Project, helping community groups in South Los Angeles create nonprofit organizations. Latonya is a graduate of Brown University with a concentration in Biomedical Ethics. She is a 2006 German Marshall Fund American Marshall Memorial Fellow and is currently a board member of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the California Association of Nonprofits and CalNonprofits Insurance Services.
Julie Ha Truong, M.P.P.
principal, envision Consulting
Julie Ha Truong is an experienced management professional dedicated to transforming big ideas into reality. In the last 17 years she has spearheaded a number of successful and award winning community initiatives. Previously, Ms. Truong led a public school district’s implementation of Community-Schools, resulting in improved academic and health outcomes for youth and families. The 100 public-private partnerships included the establishment of a community clinic, child care center, and youth recreation center. More recently, Julie was the Director of Education at the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), strengthening organizations through professional development and technical assistance. She holds a Masters of Public Policy in Management and Leadership and is a CNM Certified Coach.