Archive for the ‘Current Boot Camp Presenters’ Category

Elyse Napolitano

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, N, Speakers | 0 Comments

Elyse Napolitano is a certified Professional Coach, trained in both individual and organizational coaching, who believes businesses are most effective when they view creativity and inspiration as assets for growth. Through her coaching practice, Elyse works with entrepreneurs to couple their creativity with rigorous planning processes to move them towards (and beyond) their vision. Before opening her practice 9 years ago, Elyse spent 15 years developing innovative marketing campaigns in creative agencies, nonprofits, and startups. Elyse holds a BA from Middlebury College and is certified through the Coaches Training Institute. She has served on the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG), and she co-founded the nonprofit Bay Area Business Advisors Consortium to support budding Bay Area entrepreneurs.
Action Labs

Catherine Houdek

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, H, Speakers | 0 Comments

Catherine Houdek is a certified Meeting Facilitator, Trainer and Professional Coach. In her private coaching practice, Catherine specializes in working with solopreneurs and artists. She brings integrity, accountability and rigorous compassion to all of her clients, while at the same time challenging them to be more than they ever thought was possible. Catherine was born in New Zealand and grew up in the US. Prior to moving back, Catherine worked in IT as a trainer and as a consultant in a PR and Communications agency. Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She served as the Organizer for a MeetUp group for the Institute of Management Consultants and she was on the Board of the Strong Neighborhood Initiative within her neighborhood.
Action Labs

Sam Kaner

Posted by | May 17, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, K, Speakers | 0 Comments

Sam Kaner, PhD, has been named as “one of the world’s leading experts in collaboration” (source: Sandor Schuman, Ph.D., founding editor of the Journal of Group Facilitation and editor of several textbooks on collaboration and group facilitation.) Sam’s classic bestseller, Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making has gone through 19 printings and is now in its 2nd edition. Sam’s social sector clients have included the California Supreme Court, United Nations, March of Dimes, Special Olympics, World Bank, Omidyar Network, Virgin Unite, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and many foundations, community-based organizations, universities, government agencies and multi-stakeholder initiatives.


Sam has been a featured speaker at more than 40 professional conferences, including several years at IAF North America. Since 1987 he has been the executive director of Community At Work, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that specializes in designing and facilitating collaborative approaches to complex system change.

The Art of Building Consensus in Groups

Nicci Noble

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, N, Speakers | 0 Comments

Nicci Noble, CFRE is President of Noble Services LLC, an online fundraising, communications, marketing, and technology consulting company helping nonprofits better leverage technology and the Internet in their communication and fundraising efforts. Noble is best known for her work at The Salvation Army, where she expanded their web presence and pioneered its online communication and fundraising efforts. Additionally, Noble created and implemented the first American online giving programs for Christmas and disaster campaigns, as well as The Salvation Army USA’s Facebook Application to promote the Online Red Kettle. She also frequently presents across the country at fundraising and technology conferences, authored a chapter in the Jossey-Bass book, People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and most recently wrote a chapter in the new Jossey-Bass book Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals.

Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Anna Bloom

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | B, Current Boot Camp Presenters, Speakers | 0 Comments

Anna Bloom has worked as a reporter and researcher for news organizations ranging from local newspapers to national websites. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2010, she worked for YouTube to launch an innovative news project documenting the Bay Area with user-generated video. Prior to that, she regularly contributed to The New York Times Bay Area Blog and co-founded a hyper-local news site for Oakland in 2008.
Cross-Sector Collaboration

Joel Mahoney

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, M, Speakers | 0 Comments

Joel Mahoney has been designing and developing web applications since 1999. He is a Certified Scrum Master and has served as the COO and CTO of multiple start-up companies. Recently, he was the lead architect of Pandoxa, a citizen-engagement platform for the 2010 California Special Election. He holds a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and a MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Matt Lewis

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, L, Speakers | 0 Comments

Matt Lewis has a wide array of experiences in politics, business, and technology. He has worked as a search marketing analyst for a digital ad agency in San Francisco, did political organizing for the Newsom for Progress campaign, and worked as an equity analyst for a boutique financial analysis firm, where he undertook the redesign of the corporate blog He graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE).
Cross-Sector Collaboration

Holly Minch

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, M, Speakers | 0 Comments

Holly has spent her entire career helping do-gooders do better. She offers moxie and know-how to help organizations realize a vision for a better society. Holly launched the LightBox Collaborative in 2010 to harness fresh talent to help jump start strategic thinking, create clarity in real time, and identify actionable approaches to engage communities toward worthy causes. Because she believes it’s easier to draw people into your ideas when you’re having fun, Holly has created game-based tools for facilitation of accelerated strategy dialog; the fun format belies the deep questions she helps teams tackle on a regular basis.


Holly’s work has been honored by the Council on Foundations with a Gold Award for Excellence in Public Policy Communications. She was named by PR News as a “Young PR Star,” recognizing her as a PR leader and creative practitioner in the industry. Her experience includes her work as Vice President of Spitfire Strategies, where she created communications programs for grantees of the nation’s largest foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The Pitchathon: American Idol for Your Cause

Abhi Nemani

Posted by | May 15, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, N, Speakers | 0 Comments

Abhi Nemani recently graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with an honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Abhi has worked closely with technology firms, political organizations, and local governments, focusing on leveraging technology to grow their impact. At the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, he led a 30-person research team to increase transparency and efficiency in governance using technology, and at various political organizations, including the Center for American Progress and Young Democrats of America, he has organized national outreach and mobilization campaigns. At Google, he pioneered an innovative strategy to leverage social media. As a designer, editor, and developer, Abhi has extensive experience creating popular and award-winning websites, magazines, graphics, and publications. Abhi will transition to a full-time role at Google later this year.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

David Kakishiba

Posted by | May 12, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, K, Speakers | 0 Comments

Since 1980, David Kakishiba has served as the Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC), a non-profit community-building organization that serves a racially and ethnically diverse membership of 1,000 children, youth, and families in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood district, a high-poverty community where Southeast Asians are a plurality. David is the author of the Kids First! Initiative, Oakland’s landmark ballot measure requiring the City of Oakland to protect and expand funding for children and youth services, which provides over $10 million each year for children services without raising taxes. David was elected to the Oakland Board of Education in 2002, 2006, and 2010. David served three years as President of the Board of Education and he is currently the chairperson of the Board’s Finance & Human Resources Committee. David has been recognized for his leadership and activism through fellowship awards with Eureka Communities (LeaderSpring); The Charles Bannerman Memorial Fellowship; and the Ford Foundation Leadership For A Changing World.
Creating a Shared Vision for a Community