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About Me

From 2003 to July 2017, I served on the staff of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC—first as director of the foundation's capacity-building programs and then, from 2010 to 2017, as vice president for programs and communications. From 1999 to 2003 I was executive director of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and from 1992 to 1999 I held a series of senior management positions at BoardSource.


I began blogging in 2009 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's website hoping to start new conversations about nonprofit boards. I relaunched as a freestanding blog in 2017 to address an expanded range of issues, including the complicated relationship between nonprofits and their funders.


I currently serve on the boards of BoardSource and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. Opinions expressed are my own, and do not reflect the views of organizations with which I'm affiliated.


Photo by Lisa Helfert

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