2015 Conference Session Speaker Information

This year's Annual Leadership Conference attracted a wealth of talent and wisdom. Want to learn more about our session speakers? They are listed alphabetically below. 

Michelle Akin, PCC - Life Coach

Session: The Self-Expression Revolution Workshop

Michelle has been a full time coach for over three years, and believes that your career need not be in opposition to your creative passions. Pursuing a career in music along with her coaching practice, Michelle has created a wide-reaching online audience through Youtube and blogging who are ready and willing to spread her message and inspired to change their own lives. She is a Leader in Training with Accomplishment Coaching and committed to creating more coaches and better leaders in the world. Her 1-on-1 clients are people who want to be fully self-expressed and to leave their mark. Michelle lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs, traveling to Washington DC on a monthly basis to train coaches and leaders. She absolutely adores her career and the freedom it affords her to pursue her passions, and thrives off of supporting others to feel the same way about their own lives. Find her here: michelleakin.nyc

Arielle Baker, Trainer, Elevate

Session: INPUTS, OUTCOMES, AND OUTPUTS, OH MY!: Your Road to Logic Model Success

As the Training and Outreach Manager at Elevate, Arielle created, planned, and managed Elevate's signature 14-hour grant writing training course for 20 nonprofit professionals.  She led outreach, correspondence and marketing plans for all trainings. She also co-created and managed details for two workshops for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Atlas Corps as well as a three-part customized training for Rights and Resources Initiative. She is a member of the Young Women's Leadership Council Board Member at the YWCA NCA and previously served as a Network Co-Chair  for the Nonprofit Network of WIN.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Gender Studies from Calvin College in 2012.

Alayna Buckner, CEO, Elevate

Session: INPUTS, OUTCOMES, AND OUTPUTS, OH MY!: Your Road to Logic Model Success

Alayna Buckner is an experienced development consultant who specializes in development strategy and grant writing for growing nonprofits in the Washington, DC area. She has a deep knowledge of the region’s private funding community, as well as a proven record in securing national and federal funding.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Grant Writers Association. Alayna has also served as a grant reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2013, she founded Elevate to make the highest-level development expertise accessible to small and medium nonprofit organizations. Alayna graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Philosophy and Public Policy and Honors in Ethics in Society in 2006. In 2009, she was elected to serve a one-year term as the Chair of the Women’s Information Network (WIN). She was sworn in as a Commissioner for Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, in 2013.

Mae Cooper, Learning and Development Specialist, The George Washington University

Session: Facilitation Skills for Collaborative Meetings

Mae Cooper is a Learning and Development Specialist at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In this role, she manages training programs, team building, and professional development opportunities for the division of Development and Alumni Relations. She has also volunteered as a trainer and project coordinator for over 10 years with CISV, an international organization that educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. She earned a Masters of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University and has a passion for bringing collaborative, interactive, and strategic interventions to help nonprofits address organizational challenges.

Ann K. Emery, Independent Consultant: Data Visualization and Evaluation

Session: Hands-On Data Visualization Workshop in Microsoft Excel

Through her workshops, webinars, and consulting services, Ann K. Emery equips organizations to visualize data more effectively. She leads 30 to 50 workshops each year about Excel, Tableau, dashboard design, and spreadsheet skills for nonprofits, foundations, and professional societies, both domestically and abroad. Prior to launching her own consulting firm, Emery evaluated advocacy initiatives at Innovation Network; managed an internal performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center; and assessed educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International. She is the Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting interest group and Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. Connect with Emery through her blog.

Erin Gamble, Online Communications Officer, World Bank

Session: Mapping Your Digital Audiences: Using Social Network Analysis to Take Your Communications Strategy to the Next Level

Erin Gamble is a digital strategist with 10 years of broad-based global development communications experience. She is the Online Communications Officer at the World Bank, working on digital governance. She most recently served as Online Media Director for an international NGO, ACDI/VOCA, leading the digital outreach of an organization working in 30 developing countries around the world. Erin is passionate about digital strategy, social good, and social network analysis. She earned her M.A. through Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology program with a special focus on network analysis application and theory. She is the co-founder and -leader of the learning group Communicators for Global Development (Comm4Dev). She also loves to cook, run half marathons, travel, and immerse herself in art museums.

Blair Greenbaum, Associate Director, Orr Associates, Inc.

Session: Finding the "Right" Fundraising Mix

Blair Greenbaum joined the OAI team in March 2013. As an Associate Director, she helps her clients and internal teams in development management, nonprofit management, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining OAI, Blair lived in London, where she served as Major Giving Executive for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Prior to London, Blair spent four years in Washington, DC working for a variety of nonprofits and consultancies, including USA for UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. At USA for UNHCR she supported fundraising and public awareness efforts in the United States to advance the mission and profile of the UN Refugee Agency. At GQR she conducted qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of nonprofit and political campaign clients, providing strategy and communications counsel based on her research analyses.

Katherine Haugh, Research Assistant, Innovation Network

Session: Data Visualization is Taking the World by Storm!

Ms. Haugh contributes her expertise to a wide range of evaluation projects including the coalition evaluation project with the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, the evaluation of the Center for Community Change’s economic justice initiative, the evaluation of ten years of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ immigration reform funding, and others. She has extensive program and policy analysis experience and brings data collection skills, a cultural competence lens, and graphic recording skills to this work. Ms. Haugh received her B.A. in Political Science, International Studies, and Chinese Professional Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elizabeth Hubley, Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Siena Wellness

Session: 'Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.': Self-care Essentials for Successful Nonprofit Professionals

Elizabeth is a Certified Holistic Wellness Practitioner who spent years working for nonprofit organizations before starting her own wellness company. Her experience in large and small nonprofits introduced her to the struggles of young professionals in the field and inspired her to focus her coaching practice supporting men and women to build successful lives that positively impact the world we share. Her experience teaching yoga, growing organic fruit and vegetables in her backyard, and leading trips around the world allow her support diverse clients and help them to become their best selves.

Kristine Jensen, Volunteer & In-Kind Manager, Bread for the City

Session: Volunteer Engagement 101

Kristine Jensen is a volunteerism enthusiast and is currently serving as the Volunteer & In-Kind Manager at Bread for the City. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing a robust volunteer program that engages over 1,500 unique volunteers each year.

Kristine has over five years of experience in the field of volunteer administration and is particularly interested in the role of volunteer in programs in helping nonprofits achieve their missions. Prior to serving at Bread for the City, Kristine developed an expertise in volunteer management by serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at several well-respected nonprofit organizations both in the Twin Cities and DC.

Steve Jones, Business and Digital Strategist, Sapient

Session: Leading Digital Transformation within your Organization

Steve Jones is a Business and Digital Strategist with Sapient, where he works with nonprofits, financial services and education institutions. In this role, Steve helps organizations define strategies to expand and optimize their use of digital solutions. He is passionate about innovation in digital technologies, and is a strong advocate for creating the best user and constituent experiences. Steve enjoys going to local concerts, improv shows and new restaurants in the DC area.

Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO, ProInspire

Session: Managing Up – Building a Stronger Relationship with Your Boss

Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to develop leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges. The ProInspire Fellowship recruits early career business professionals to work full-time in the social sector, and Managing for Success prepares new nonprofit managers with management tools and peer support. She previously spent a decade working for leading organizations including Capital One, ACCION International, CARE, and Arthur Andersen. Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was recipient of the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha has been recognized as a HBS Leadership Fellow, American Express NGen Fellow, and National Urban Fellows America's Leaders of Change. Outside of work, she enjoys art projects with her young son and daughter, finding easy slow cooker recipes, and walking to work whenever she can.

Charrosé King, Online Media Coordinator, ACDI/VOCA

Session: Mapping Your Digital Audiences: Using Social Network Analysis to Take Your Communications Strategy to the Next Level

Charrosé King is the Online Media Coordinator at ACDI/VOCA, where she manages the digital media strategy. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication design from Parsons the New School of Design and a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.

Johanna Morariu, Director, Innovation Network

Session: Make Your Data Count: New, Visual Approaches to Evaluation Reporting

Ms. Morariu is a Director of Innovation Network, Inc., and also leads the organization’s consulting and research projects, working with organizations such as The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Center for Community Change, and others. She has a wide range of evaluation expertise, including advocacy evaluation and data visualization. She directs the organization’s research agenda, including the ongoing State of Evaluation project

Derek John Rogers, Associate, Orr Associates, Inc.

Session: Finding the "Right" Fundraising Mix

Derek John Rogers joined the OAI team in August 2012. As an Associate, Derek serves clients in fundraising, development, strategy, and event marketing and revenue roles.

Prior to joining the OAI team, Derek served as Junior Associate at Social Driver, a digital agency where he worked on various client accounts consulting on digital strategy. Before Social Driver, Derek was a Marketing and Development Intern at OAI supporting client projects.

Originally from Massachusetts, Derek enjoys serving on YNPNdc’s Member Engagement committee where he has developed and implemented two program series including a mentoring program and another called the Inner Circle, training for two running races in 2015, and spending time in New England with family.

Tucker Wannamaker , Director of Communications and Outreach at Character.org

Session: Focus: the Choice for the Option Generation

Tucker Wannamaker is Director of Communication and Outreach for Character.org in Washington, DC where he oversees all branding, media relations, communications and marketing efforts.

He joined the Character.org staff after working for the nonprofit for two years as a consultant from a company that he co-founded, Magneti, which is a full-service marketing firm based in Colorado.

Tucker has experience leading award-winning branding, communications and fundraising campaigns for many non-profits including a very successful fundraising campaign, Wild Fire Tees, which sold over $1 million worth of T-shirts in 2012/13 for wildfire relief efforts in Colorado.

Tucker loves to inspire people through great story telling. He is the proud father of four children and enjoys spending his free time riding his mountain bike, exploring museums and the outdoors of DC with his wife of 10 years and his 4 children.


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