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We are an association by and for capacity builders, led by some of the brightest minds in our field.

Our Board, Staff, and Affinity Group Leaders work together to advance quality research and practice—and they want to help you get involved, learn from, and contribute to the Alliance’s efforts.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Anne YurasekAnne Yurasek
Board Chair
Principal, Fio Partners, Connecticut

Carlo CuestaCarlo Cuesta
Board Co-Vice Chair
Membership Committee Chair

Managing Partner, Creation In Common, Minnesota

Keith Timko
Board Treasurer
Chair of the CBO Affinity Group

Executive Director, Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy, New York

Molly Penn
Molly Penn
Board Secretary 
Partner, Penn Flood Consulting, New York




Jeffrey BranchJeffrey Branch
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Organizational Development and Leadership Graduate Program at the Philadelphia College for Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania

Curdina HillCurdina Hill
Consultant and Leadership/Life Coach
Clearways Consulting

Cindy LeonardCindy Leonard
Consulting Team Leader
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University

 Elizabeth Scott
Chief Executive Officer
 Brighter Strategies

 Tamela Spicer
 Program Manager
 Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 

 Cindy McMahon
 Senior Consultant
 WNC Nonprofit Pathways 
 North Carolina

 Max Freund
 LF Leadership


Our Board is comprised of Alliance members, elected yearly by our membership. We are actively seeking additional Board members with diverse backgrounds. Contact us for information on how to join our board and other leadership opportunities with the Alliance.


Marissa Q. PaineMarissa Q. Paine
Managing Director (Board member on hiatus while serving this function)
Principal, Painefree Coaching & Consulting, Missouri

 Elaine Powers
 Membership Engagement Director
 Consultant | Director of Client Results, Painefree Coaching & Consulting, Missouri

 LaKecia Veal
 Administrative Coordinator 
 Associate | Director of Client Experience, Painefree Coaching & Consulting, Missouri

Affinity Group Leaders

Capacity Building Organizations (CBO)

Keith TimkoKeith Timko
Board Treasurer
Executive Director
Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy, New York

Patty OertelPatty Oertel
The Oertel Group

Executive Transition

 Lynne Molnar
 Molnar Consulting
 New Jersey

Catherine BradshawCatherine Bradshaw
Organization Management Consultant, Cadence Consulting, LLC
Transition and Interim Executive Consultant, Third Sector New England


Judy FreiwirthJudy Freiwirth
Nonprofit Solutions Associates

Terry McAdam Book Award Committee

 Vega Subramaniam
 Vega Mala Consulting