J McCray / Board Chair
J McCray is committed to getting nonprofit leaders the support they need to be able to improve the lives of those who have been overlooked or forgotten. As chief operating officer at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, he oversees GEO’s strategic planning, financial management, internal learning, talent management and field research. J authors the Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? series, which tracks trends in how grantmakers are supporting resilient, adapatable nonprofit organizations. In previous roles, J managed constituent data for the Title I Dissemination Project and National Prostate Cancer Coalition. J co-chairs the grants committee of the Takoma Foundation and has served on leadership committees for Independent Sector, Bridgespan’s DC area Nonprofit COO Group, the Funder Network Impact Assessment Project, Takoma Park Folk Festival and the City of Hyattsville Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee. He was the founding co-chairman of Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, Inc., a nonprofit organization which promotes the giving of charitable donations during the holidays to social and environmental causes.
Leon Wilson / Vice Chair
Amy Studwell / Board Treasurer
Amy Studwell is a program officer with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Nonprofit Support Program. In her current role, she works with local nonprofits to strengthen their financial management and technology capacity through planning, assessment and grant funding. Amy was instrumental in designing the Foundation’s nationally recognized Building Evaluation Capacity program that was launched in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, Amy served as vice president, finance and administration for The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to prevent youth substance abuse and violence. Amy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and lives in Colchester, CT with her husband and two daughters.
Tierney Smith / Board Secretary
Tierney Smith specializes in helping nonprofits better use technology to achieve their mission. She currently works at GrantBook, helping grantmakers to create their digital strategy, select right-sized technology tools and implement new systems. Previously Tierney worked at TechSoup Canada to provide nonprofits with access to low-cost technology and educational resources. She has a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Steve is founder and principal of Database Designs Associates. Database Designs’ twenty-year consulting practice focuses on software strategy and on-line web and data systems for the nonprofit sector. Steve directs the consulting practice and takes an active part in software selection and architecture. After years of corporate software development experience, Steve started Database Designs with an emphasis on learning from and adapting what’s emerging and most useful in mainstream technology. Steve also brings to engagements a rich, continuing volunteer involvement in grass roots education reform and other social justice issues. Steve has been an active member of the nonprofit technology community, writing and speaking regularly. Along with these things, what most helps Steve stay sane and balanced are his family and years of taichi.
Ellen Bass serves as the Director of the Capacity Institute, which helps small and mid-size nonprofits to build performance management systems, leading to improved measurable participant outcomes. Client Relationship Management databases are one important component of nonprofit performance management systems, helping staff to analyze and learn from outcomes information. Ellen also founded and leads the Nonprofit Performance Management Consultant Network, to improve the effectiveness of human service nonprofits nationally by engaging consultants, nonprofits and funders to invest in performance management practices. Previously for ten years, she managed a diverse team of staff and consultants to deliver more than $10 million in capacity-building grants and services to youth agencies in Boston. Since 1995, Ellen has taught and coached staff from hundreds of youth programs how to use logic models and outcome measurement to strengthen staff, strategy, partnerships, programs, and fundraising. She lives in Boston with her husband, Jeff; they have two grown sons.
Lindsay started Toolkit Consulting in 2007 to help foundations, nonprofits, and corporate citizenship programs design engaging learning, creative communications, and powerful programs. She has helped clients like Idealist, TechSoup Global, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Citizenship, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to expand programs, plan impactful events, and produce effective cause campaigns. Prior to starting Toolkit Consulting, Lindsay managed national programs for NPower, where she earned her wings in #nptech by delivering hundreds of workshops to help nonprofit staff use technology for good. Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a Leadership Tomorrow alumnus. She suffers from a mild addiction to cooking magazines and the great outdoors.
Luis Chabolla is the communications director at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, in California. As part of a two-person team he oversees the Foundation’s online and print communications and helps staff and board better connect with supporters and the people they serve. In addition, he plans and manages over 40 skill-building and networking workshops per year for local nonprofits. Prior to joining the Foundation, Luis held positions as a development officer, executive director and public radio talk show host. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Chris.
Alison Paul is the Executive Director of the Montana Legal Services Association in Helena, Montana. Under Alison’s leadership, MLSA has become well known for its innovative use of technology to provide services to clients, including the use of video conferencing, document assembly, and live chat. Prior to coming to Montana, Alison attended law school at the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduating from law school, Alison went into private practice in Chicago, Illinois, primarily advising tax-exempt organizations on tax and corporate issues. Alison is the current co-chair of the Technology Section of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. In 2005, Alison received the NLADA Innovations in Equal Justice Award for her innovative use of technology to serve MLSA’s low income clients.