Eleanor A. Smith (Introduction to Nonprofit Sector, Program Development and Program Evaluation)
Eleanor A. Smith is a long-time consultant and former staff and board member to nonprofits and philanthropy. In 1997, she founded Eleanor A. Smith & Associates to provide strategic consulting services to foundations and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program development and program evaluation. She is passionate about helping individuals and groups to envision the change they seek to create in themselves, their organizations and their communities and then create the path to getting there. She earned a Masters in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley (dual focus on regional economics and community development) and a BA in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine. Eleanor is trained and skilled in using a variety of facilitation methods, including Technology of Participation, Theory of Change and Participatory Facilitation from Community at Work. She teaches in the Nonprofit Management Program at Cal State East Bay.
Regina Neu (Boards & Governance)
Regina Neu has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. Her experience includes Executive Director for Young Audiences of the Bay Area and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Francisco and the Peninsula. She has taught nonprofit administration courses--undergraduate and graduate levels--at San Francisco State University and California State University East Bay. An expert in board development (training and facilitation), transition management, leadership coaching, needs assessment and strategic planning, Regina consults with mid-sized nonprofits, helping them increase efficiency, manage change and overcome challenges. She holds a BA from the University of Delaware and a MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marty Low (Finance & Accounting)
Marty Low is on the faculty of the Design Strategy MBA program at California College of the Arts and is a regular guest lecturer and facilitator at other major universities. His focus is the integration of innovation and creativity into quantitative business models. He has taught Accounting, Operations and Strategic Management, as well as multi-day learning journeys on business and digital transformation. A strategist and consultant in the nonproﬁt and private sectors, Marty specializes in working with high-growth organizations. He also owns and operates a small ﬁnancial and accounting services ﬁrm in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of San Francisco, he enjoys time at his West Sonoma County home. Marty holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting, along with certiﬁcates in Global Health Leadership, Coaching and Facilitation.
Casi Jewett (Human Resources)
Casi Jewett, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has 14 years of Human Resources experiences spanning many industries and HR disciplines. Casi received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada and her Master’s in Organization Development from Sonoma State University. She holds two senior level HR certifications through the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management. She has also previously taught the course, “Human Resources in a Non-Profit” in the MPA Program at Sonoma State University.
Deepti Sethi (Legal Issues)
Deepti Sethi's experience includes corporate governance for nonprofit institutions, for-profit businesses and law firms. Her work involves negotiation, policy advocacy, direct client representation, and she is an advisor to several nonprofit boards and grassroots advocates. Deepti has testified before international and national government committees and provided testimony and arguments for citizens appearing before the US Congress. A member of the California State Bar since 2004, she graduated from UC Hastings College of Law and Hampshire College.
Judy Kunofsky (Fundraising Overview & Grantwriting)
Judy Kunofsky, JMJ Consulting, a consultant since 1998, helps Northern California non-profits with proposal writing, prospect research, and coaching for major donor solicitations. She teaches the graduate-level grant writing course (POLS 587) at Sonoma State and has led workshops for the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Association of Fundraising Professionals (Golden Gate, Silicon Valley, and Wine Country Chapters), Solano County Community Foundation, Foundation Center (now Candid)’s San Francisco office (now closed), California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and other groups. Judy has a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C.L.A. and has received leadership awards from six organizations.
Jessica Ayden Li (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)
Co-Founder and Principal of Healing Equity United, Jessica Ayden Li is a social justice activist, certified diversity coach and nonprofit consultant. Healing Equity United works with nonprofits to embrace cultures of race, equity and inclusion. With 15+ years’ experience in the social sector, Jessica specializes in ending gender-based violence and creating long-lasting social impact, particularly in communities of color. She served as the Executive Director of San Francisco SafeHouse--one of the few women nonprofit leaders of color in San Francisco. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, D.C. and worked for the United Nations Mission in Sudan as well as the International Rescue Committee.