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The Leap Ambassadors Community

The Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community is a private community of nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners. Ambassadors are experts, leader practitioners, and instigators. They bring depth of knowledge and experience, passion for inspiring others to build great organizations for greater societal impact, an insistence that what we do and fund “works,” an understanding that mission and metrics are inextricably linked, and a commitment to increasing the expectation and adoption of high performance in the field.

The purpose of the community is to: inspire, motivate, and support nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for greater societal impact, and increase the expectation and adoption of high performance as the path toward that end.

The community follows thoughtful and deliberate processes for considering new ambassadors. Potential candidates are suggested by ambassadors, and then a Working Group (WG) assesses whether the candidate substantially meets these criteria; has a strong, even passionate, affinity with the community’s purpose; and is a good fit with the community. The WG, with Ambassadors Steve Butz of the Superstar Foundation and Sam Cobbs of First Place for Youth serving as co-leads, oversees and facilitates these processes, but ultimately all proposed candidates are cleared by the entire community. Building trusted relationships within the community takes time but results in an aligned group working together to inspire and support great organizations for greater societal impact. You can learn more about the identification/selection, invitation/onboarding, and engagement processes here.

Interested in a Leap Ambassador for an upcoming event? We may be able to help. Please complete this form.

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Leap Ambassadors

as of May 2016

  • Ayo Atterberry, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Elisabeth Babcock, President and CEO, Economic Mobility Pathways
  • Cynthia Bailie, Executive Director, Veale Foundation
  • Michael Bailin, former President and CEO, Public/Private Ventures and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Molly Baldwin, Executive Director, Roca, Inc.
  • Jon Baron, Vice President of Evidence-Based Policy, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder and Chief Instigator, TechSoup Global
  • Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC
  • Ken Berger, Managing Director & Chief Educator, Algorhythm
  • Will Berkovitz, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Family Service of Seattle
  • Dominique Bernardo, CFO, Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • Ingvild Bjornvold, former Director of Strategic Initiatives, Social Solutions, Independent
  • Steffen Bohni, Managing Director, Children and Educational Services, Gribskov Municipality
  • David Bonbright, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Keystone Accountability
  • Adrian Bordone, Vice President, Strategic Services, GuideStar
  • Elizabeth Boris, Founding Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
  • Jeff Bradach, Managing Partner, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.
  • Jeff Brenner, Medical Director, Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare; Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Jennifer Brooks, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Phil Buchanan, President and CEO, Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Steve Butz, Chairman, Superstar Foundation
  • Jim Canales, President, Barr Foundation
  • Daniel Cardinali, President, Communities In Schools
  • Paul Carttar, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.
  • Isaac Castillo, Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning, Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Amy Celep, CEO, Community Wealth Partners
  • Sam Cobbs, CEO, First Place for Youth
  • Cheryl Collins, Senior Advisor, Morino Ventures; Leap of Reason Team
  • Tim Delaney, President and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
  • Brian Donley, Chief of Staff, Cleveland Clinic
  • Brad Dudding, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School
  • Chip Edelsberg, Executive Director, Jim Joseph Foundation
  • Nell Edgington, President, Social Velocity
  • Nicolaj Ejler, Senior Director, Public Policy and Planning, Ramboll Management
  • Carol Emig, President, Child Trends
  • Cynthia Figueroa, President, Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • Matthew Forti, Director, One Acre Fund
  • Tom Fox, Vice President, Leadership and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service
  • Patrick Germain, Chief Strategy Officer, Project Renewal
  • Michelle Gilliard, Partner, Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Ann Goggins Gregory, Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Anne Goodman, President and CEO, Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio
  • David Grant, Principal, Grant Associates
  • Tracy Gray, Managing Director, American Institutes for Research
  • Allen Grossman, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University
  • Tiffany Gueye, CEO, BELL
  • Marc Hardy, Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs, University of Notre Dame
  • Jacob Harold, President and CEO, GuideStar
  • Harry Hatry, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Public Management Program, Urban Institute
  • Rem Hoffmann, President and CEO, Exponent Partners
  • Matt Huckabay, Executive Director, The Center for Violence-Free Relationships
  • David Hunter, Founder, Hunter Consulting, LLC
  • Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder, Results for America
  • Beth Kanter, Speaker and Author, Nonprofit Capacity Development and Training
  • Alexia Kelley, President, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA)
  • John Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff, Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder and President, GlobalGiving
  • Bridget Laird, CEO, WINGS for Kids
  • Pat Lawler, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Villages
  • Phil Lee, President, Results Leadership Group
  • Patrick Lester, Principal, Social Innovation Research Center
  • Adam Luecking, CEO, Results Leadership Group
  • Tris Lumley, Director of Development, New Philanthropy Capital
  • Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
  • Emily McCann, President, Citizen Schools
  • Darin McKeever, Chief Program and Strategy Officer, Davidson Foundation
  • Marty Miles, Workforce Development Consultant, Independent
  • Kristin Anderson Moore, Senior Scholar and Senior Program Area Director, Child Trends
  • Amy Morgenstern, President, Main Stream Enterprises
  • Mario Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute; Co-Founder and Founding Chair, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Leap of Reason Team
  • Debra Natenshon, Principal, DBN & Associates
  • Hope Neighbor, Partner, Camber Collective
  • Nancy Osgood, President, The Osgood Group
  • Katie Paris, President, Paris Midwest, LLC; Leap of Reason Team
  • Patricia Patrizi, Principal, Patrizi Associates
  • Brad Phillips, President/CEO, Institute for Evidence-Based Change
  • Hilda Polanco, Founder and CEO, Fiscal Management Associates, LLC
  • Bob Rath, President and CEO, Our Piece of the Pie
  • John Read, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
  • Ananda Roberts, President, nFocus
  • Lissette Rodriguez, Director, PropelNext, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Margot Rogers, Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor, The Parthenon Group
  • Nancy Roob, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Julie Russell, Senior Vice President of Planning and Evaluation, United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • Bill Ryan, Principal, Ryan Consulting Group
  • Lou Salza, Head of School, Lawrence School
  • Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University
  • Steve Seleznow, President and CEO, Arizona Community Foundation
  • Nadya Shmavonian, Independent Consultant, former President, Public/Private Ventures
  • Alice Shobe, Strategic Advisor, Building Changes
  • Paul Shoemaker, Author; Founding President, Social Venture Partners International; & Advisor to UW Medicine and Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
  • Bill Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength
  • Ed Skloot, Consultant, Philanthropic Foundation and Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Sharon Sobol Jordan, Chief of Staff, Cuyahoga County
  • Daniel Stid, Director, The Madison Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Nan Stone, Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.
  • Lester Strong, Vice President of Experience Corps
  • Kelvin Taketa, President and CEO, Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Lynn Taliento, Partner, Philanthropy and Global Public Health, McKinsey & Company
  • Kate Tansey, Director of Development, Independence Center
  • Tiziano Tazzi, President, Fondazione Lang Italia
  • Bob Templin, President Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College; Senior Fellow, The Aspen Institute
  • Carol Thompson Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer, Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Fay Twersky, Director, Effective Philanthropy Group, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Susan Urahn, Executive Vice President, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Victoria Vrana, Senior Program Officer, Charitable Sector Support Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc.
  • Eric Walker, Senior Advisor, InsideNGO
  • Karen Walker, Senior Research Fellow, Child Trends
  • Rick Wartzman, Senior Advisor, Drucker Institute
  • Lowell Weiss, President, Cascade Philanthropy Advisors; Leap of Reason Team
  • Mary Kopczynski Winkler, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Denise San Antonio Zeman, former President and CEO, Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio
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