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.
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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