• 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

    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.

    Executive Transition

    Mary Vradelis

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Member Affinity Groups

    Member Affinity Groups are an integral part of the Alliance’s commitment to igniting and accelerating the effectiveness and efficiency of individuals and organizations helping nonprofits achieve positive social change. Member Affinity Groups self-organize around a specified interest or identity with the primary purpose of innovating ideas, practices, models, research and/or publications. They also provide a space for Alliance members with similar interests to network with each other, exchange ideas, and develop their skills. To learn more click here:


    The Governance affinity group provides a forum within the Alliance community to forward creative thinking in the field of board governance and development, including the generation of new approaches and models for community–based organizations. Through sharing of new approaches, practices, and research among a diverse group of consultants, MSO's and researchers, this affinity group hopes to not only further the field, but also to increase the knowledge base, generative thinking, and consulting skills of its members. To learn more about this Member Affinity Group, please contact Judy Freiwirth.

    People of Color

    Formed in 2001, the POC group offers a forum for capacity builders of color to share experiences and work to expand the presence of people of color in the Alliance and in the field, as well as catalyzing change in the field, the nonprofit sector, and ultimately the larger society. The POC group is currently in the process of defining and advancing "cultural competency" in nonprofit capacity building— this effort has resulted in a book entitled Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Capacity Builders, professional development activities, and peer exchanges. The POC accelerates peer learning, challenges business-as-usual, and generates ways and means to honor the journey of these groups in the Americas through capacity building practice. To learn more about this Member Affinity Group, please contact Jessica Solomon or Jose Dominguez.

    Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity

    The Executive Transition & Leadership Continuity Affinity Group, with more than 100 members, is a professional community of capacity-builders who focus on strengthening nonprofits by creating human resource solutions and developing human capital to lead the sector. Members include: executive search/transition consultants, interim executives, nonprofit turnaround consultants, executive coaches, researchers, succession planning specialists, talent pipeline and leadership development consultants, human resource professionals and others who specialize in the nonprofit sector and see value in the network.

    This Affinity Group sees its work as a pioneering and trail-blazing effort to develop methodologies, reinforce good practices and identify research needs that promote leadership continuity within nonprofit organizations by planning for positive leadership transitions, attracting and retaining outstanding professionals for the sector, developing future generations of leaders within the sector, and advocating for and teaching succession planning as fundamental to an organization’s capacity to benefit society. To Learn more about the ETL Member Affinity Group, please contact Mary Vradelis or Marissa Paine.

    Coaching Affinity Group

    The Coaching Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management brings together experienced practitioners and capacity builders who provide executive, leadership, or organizational coaching to nonprofits in order to strengthen organizational and leadership capacity. The Coaching Affinity Group was proposed because of a desire to create a community of experienced practitioners who can delve deeply into coaching best practices and advance our collective knowledge to support the needs of nonprofit leadership development and organizational effectiveness. The Coaching Affinity group (or learning cluster) is designed as an intact group, intentionally kept to a small number in order to create a climate of safety and authenticity, where participants can share their learning edge with each other and feel comfortable in a non-judging environment. To that end, members are called upon to occupy the role of both learner and contributor in this group. To learn more about this Member Affinity Group, please contact Justin Pollack.

    Terry McAdam Book Award

    Terry W. McAdam devoted his professional life to improving the nonprofit management field and urged those of us in the capacity building field to write about our experiences because he considered our voices insightful and important to improving the sector. Terry died in 1986 at the age of 44. The first Terry McAdam Book Award was given in 1989 to Michael Seltzer for his book Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies. At that time he was the executive vice president and program director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles. Before joining the foundation in 1983, Terry was vice president of the New York Community Trust where he helped to develop a variety of innovative grant programs for the trust. He was also an author himself –Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (1986). With Judith Scherer, he wrote Technical Assistance in New York City: a Preliminary Examination of the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Process in New York City in 1977.


    To Learn more about this Member Affinity Group, please contact Victoria Thurlow.

    Capacity Building Organizations

    The purpose of the Capacity Building Organization Member Affinity Group is to advance the knowledge and practices of capacity building among those nonprofit organizations whose missions aim to build the strength of the nonprofit sector. We work to identify strategies and business models that are sustainable and have impact. We exchange best and next practices that advance the effectiveness of our work. We advocate for capacity building and related funding with philanthropy and government. And, we share breakthroughs in research or practice that advance the field. Our target membership is organizations that identify themselves as contributing to the capacity of the nonprofit sector. This includes national organizations that have capacity building funding for their association or federations, stand-alone nonprofits now known as management support organizations, intermediary organizations and foundations and United Ways with capacity building programs for community nonprofits. The group meets three times per year via conference call and meets during the annual Alliance conference. To learn more about the CBO Member Affinity Group, please contact Keith Timko.   

  • Membership: Join the Alliance!

    The Alliance is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building. We improve the effectiveness of the individuals, groups, and organizations who are helping nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change. Learn new techniques and strategies to strengthen your practice as a capacity builder. Build your knowledge base and skill set with access to the latest research based methods, resources, and thought leaders. Connect with fellow consultants, coaches, capacity building funders, academics, executives, and others equally committed to impacting positive social change. Participate in webinars, conferences, regional gatherings, and research that advances the practice of capacity building. Lead the sector to new understanding and increased impact by taking your place among those capacity builders dev the Alliance’s growing roster of activities and programs.