Member Affinity Groups: Convene, Grow, Change
Member Affinity Group Leadership
Affinity Groups are Member cohorts that provide opportunities for convening with other capacity builders in your area of specialty on leadership, tool development, and research development.
Capacity Building Organizations
Keith Timko is the Executive Director with the Support Center / Partnership in Philanthropy in New York City. Prior to becoming the Executive Director with the Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy, Keith was the Director & CEO with Build with Purpose, a nonprofit real estate development organization. Keith brings over fifteen years of experience in community development including: involvement in educational reform issues with The Center for Collaborative Education in New York City; experience in leadership development and management programs as the former President of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation); and exposure to policy and community development approaches across the country during his time with Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative. Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.
Dr. Judy Freiwirth is an organization development consultant, trainer, and national speaker with Nonprofit Solutions Associates and chair of the Governance member Affinity group. Her practice includes all major areas of organization development, including governance and board development, cultural competency capacity building, constituent leadership development, and executive transition work. Nationally-known, she is considered one of the leading trainers and consultants in the area of governance and board development and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at many national and regional conferences. She has been an active member of the Alliance for many years and is the Founder and Chair of Governance Membership Affinity Group, focused on developing new models of governance and forwarding the field. She has published numerous articles and publications on governance including The Nonprofit Quarterly and Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review. She holds a doctorate in psychology, specializing in organization development.
Mary Vradelis supports organizations and individuals in transition, both planned and unexpected. In addition to her work as an Interim E.D., she is a skilled facilitator and trainer, and provides management coaching for individuals, Executive Directors, and Boards. She draws on her extensive experience as an Executive Director and Board Member of several Bay Area nonprofits.The core of Mary's work with individuals and organizations is her commitment to effective management, reflective leadership, and positive interpersonal communication. She works closely with clients to identify their strengths and areas of development to help them overcome their challenges and meet their goals. Through these partnerships she is able to bring new resources and ideas to help them develop their capacity.
People of Color
Jose Dominguez is a veteran of the area's non-profit community and has more than 16 years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising and youth program development. His non profit management experience has included leading municipal grant programs for youth, arts & culture at the DC Commission on the Art & Humanities in the Nation's Capital and serving as Executive Director for Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Maryland. Jose currently serves as the Chair of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). GIFT is a national organization committed to training fundraisers of color and strengthening the work of social justice organizations by training them to raise the money that they need to make their work possible. Mr. Dominguez received his BA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Justin Pollack is principal and founder of Orgforward . Working with agencies and capacity builders to develop strategies that encourage meaningful community benefit and organizational sustainability, he focuses on strengthening the connection between vision and the organizational leadership, programming, finance, and infrastructure needed to be effective. Justin has more than 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit fields with an extensive background in the areas of leadership development, organizational management, group process facilitation, curriculum development, team-building, and facilitator/trainer development. Justin's career also includes work in the technology field, classroom education, and experiential, outdoor learning. Justin holds a dual B.A. in Organizational Theory and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College and a M.Ed.in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University.
Terry McAdam Book Award
Victoria Thurlow is the leader of Thurlow/Associates and specializes in mission-driven fund development and organizational development services for nonprofit organizations. Victoria leads a team talented team of associates that provide comprehensive assistance to clients across a broad spectrum of service fields, budgets and life cycles. She regularly trains board members, executive staff and internal development staff to improve performance in a competitive funding environment. She has also conducts development audits and creates comprehensive fund-development plans for a variety of organizations.
With regard to strategic and development planning, Thurlow/Associates has, for example, helped Junior Blind of America, Para Los Niños, University Muslim Medical Association and numerous other clients.
Thurlow/Associates has also provided significant board and staff development services to clients including Southwestern Law School, People In Progress, South Bay Family Health Care, Para Los Niños, and others.
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