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Michael McAfee, Ed.D.                                   Darian Rodriguez Heyman
 Karen AlexanderJames F. AndersonCharles Bruder 
Steven M. CrimandoLinda M. CzipoLori Heninger
 Louis HoffmanJade LienIrene Maslowski 
 Maxine NeuhauserKrishna MurthyJesse Park 
Philip SalernoWendy SchwambJon Shure
 Mike SlusarzMarge SmithJames Sonneborn 
 Nina StackKeith TimkoDavid L. Thompson 
 Valerie B. TraoreAllison TrimarcoMarc Uys 



Dr. Michael McAfeeMichael McAfee, Ed.D.
President, PolicyLink;
Keynote: Leadership on the Line: Summoning the Courage to Claim Our Future
Breakout Session: And Now, for Our Next Act… the New Political Landscape

Dr. Michael McAfee, President, leads PolicyLink executive and program teams in strategic planning, policy development, policy campaign strategy, capacity building, and programmatic design and implementation at the local, state, and national levels. He came to PolicyLink in 2011 as the inaugural director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. Under his leadership, PolicyLink has emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems to ensure that children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. His partnership with local leaders in more than 60 communities contributed to significant improvements in the educational and developmental outcomes for children and helped attract public and private investments that exceed $1 billion. Through the 2015 authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Promise Neighborhoods program is now a permanent federal program.

Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While at HUD, he managed a $450 million housing, community, and economic development portfolio where he partnered with local leaders to create more than 3,000 units of affordable housing and 5,000 jobs and ensure access to social services for more than 200,000 families. He also served as the lead instructor with HUD’s Leadership Development Program. He is most proud of personally ensuring the successful matriculation of more than 168 senior executives through the Leadership Development Program and providing fundraising, leadership, management, and organizational development technical assistance to more than 1,000 persons and 800 grassroots faith- and community-based organizations. His partnership with the White House and HUD’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has resulted in nonprofit organizations accessing more than $1 billion in federal resources.

Michael believes that every American deserves access to opportunities that give them a fair shot at succeeding in life. He is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow, Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and Leap of Reason Ambassador. He served in the United States army, completed Harvard University’s Executive Program in Public Management, and earned his doctor of education in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University. He is an avid off-road hiker and practitioner of Bikram yoga.


Darian Rodriguez HeymanDarian Rodriguez Heyman
Executive Director, Numi Foundation; Author, Nonprofit Fundraising 101
Keynote: The Future of Fundraising & Philanthropy: The Times, They are a Changing
Breakout Session: Solutions Salon

Darian is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, after which he edited the best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101 (Wiley & Sons). More recently, he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101, the first truly comprehensive yet practical guide to all aspects of fundraising for your cause, and stepped into the Executive Director role at Numi Foundation, where he oversees their clean water and curriculum development programs. Heyman also co-founded the only global conference series dedicated to social media for social good, Social Media for Nonprofits, as well as Sparrow: Mobile for All. Heyman is an in-demand fundraising executive coach and consultant, as well as a board retreat facilitator and a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.

Karen AlexanderKaren Alexander, Managing Director, NJ TIP @ Rutgers University
Breakout Session: What You Can’t Order from Amazon: What Mobility Delivers 

Karen Alexander is a Senior Research Program Manager at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University with 20+ years of experience planning, developing and implementing  human service and accessible  transportation programs; creating and directing mobility management and travel instruction services for targeted populations including people with disabilities, older adults, and low income workers; and designing, launching and sustaining  community-based aging in place programs throughout northern New Jersey.  Ms. Alexander’s career initially focused on paratransit planning and ADA compliance in New York City and New Jersey, with positions at NYCDOT, Urbitran, NYCT and NJ TRANSIT Accessible Services.  More recent work has focused on accessible public transit, human service transportation, travel instruction and senior mobility in communities across New Jersey.  Connecting older adults, people with disabilities and low income persons to opportunities for personal and economic development through transportation is a core motivation of much of her work.  Ms. Alexander is committed and involved both personally and professionally; as a 2014 member of Metuchen’s Traffic and Transportation Committee she initiated a downtown Senior Walkability study; she currently serves on the Metuchen’s Planning Board and the local YMCA Advisory Board.  In addition, she serves on several boards and committees engaged in helping persons with disability and older adults, including the New Jersey Council on Access and Mobility, NJ TRANSIT ADA Task Force, and the New Jersey Council of Special Transportation.  Ms. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 

James Anderson headshotJames F. Anderson, CPA, President, Anderson & Company, PC
Breakout Session: Current Issues Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations

James founded Anderson & Company, PC in 1985 after a long successful career with the international accounting firm of Ernst and Young. During his tenure, he obtained valuable experience working with not-for-profit organizations with a concentration in education and health care. Over the last 30 years, James built Anderson & Company PC into a major player in the New Jersey not-for-profit arena. James is noted state-wide for his work with New Jersey Private Schools for Students with Disabilities. He also is frequently called upon for his extensive knowledge of indirect costs and not-for-profit governance.

James is a graduate of Farleigh Dickenson University in Madison, NJ with a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting. He is a licensed certified public accountant and school accountant in the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves as a trustee on several not-for-profit boards. James is married with three children and resides in Hampton, New Jersey.

Charles BruderCharles A. Bruder, Esq., Member, Norris McLaughlin
Breakout Session: Current Issues Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations

Charles A. Bruder, a Member of McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., focuses his practice in the areas of ERISA, Executive Compensation and Taxation. Drawing upon his years of experience in counseling both institutional and individual clients, Charles is co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group.

Possessing a wealth of experience in all aspects of employee benefits arrangements, Charles frequently provides counsel to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities regarding numerous employee benefit and retirement benefit arrangements. He is regularly involved with issues involving defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans, Code Section 403(b) plans, multiemployer pension plans, ESOPs, and other equity-based and incentive compensation arrangements.

As many of his clients maintain both tax-qualified and non-qualified arrangements, Charles is often called upon to provide compliance and drafting guidance for deferred compensation arrangements, Code Section 457(b) and 457(f) plans and similar executive compensation vehicles. Recognizing that education is a key to maintaining successful employee benefit plans, Charles regularly advises his clients with respect to their group health insurance arrangements, including the ever-changing aspects of compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. His compliance expertise extends to ERISA fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction and controlled group analyses, and government sponsored correction programs, such as the Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Correction Program (DFVCP), and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP).

 Steven M. Crimando, Training Director, NJ DMH – Disaster & Terrorism Branch
Breakout Session: Continuity Planning – Preparedness for Disasters 

Steven M. Crimando, MA, BCETS, CTS, CHS-V, is an internationally known consultant and educator specialized in the application of the behavioral sciences in homeland and private security, violence prevention, crisis management, and disaster response.  He is the Director of Training for the Disaster & Terrorism Branch in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Steve is a Diplomat of the National Center for Crisis Management, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security where he serves as an officer on the Board of Directors. He is a Certified Trauma Specialists (CTS) and holds Level 5 Certification in Homeland Security (CHS-V). He is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, an expert in threat assessment and is frequently called upon by law enforcement agencies, the media and the courts to provide insight on workplace, school and community crisis prevention and response.

Steve served as a Disaster Field Operations Supervisor for the mental health response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and coordinated onsite psychological operations at New Jersey’s Anthrax Screening Center.  He helped coordinate in psychological support services at such incidents as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Floyd, and TWA Flight 800 crash. Steve has assisted at over a dozen major air crashes and has counseled many victims of violence, including those who were targets of the Unabomber, international kidnapping and other acts of terrorism. Steve is a certified law enforcement instructor, the behavioral health specialist with several police trauma teams. He is a trained hostage negotiator and a member of several specialty law enforcement units dedicated to the behavioral response to disaster and terrorism.

Steve is a recognized expert in behavioral response to both conventional and unconventional violence and has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-Lessons Learned Information Shared (LLIS) Working Group on Psychological Management of Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Incidents. He is also recognized as an expert in the management of interpersonal and collective violence/civil unrest and provides training and consulting to many law enforcement and homeland security agencies on those topics.

Steve is the author of many published articles and book chapters. He has developed human factors-oriented crisis management programs for government agencies, international NGO’s and multinational corporations.

Linda Czipo headshotLinda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits
Breakout Session: Issues 2017

Linda Czipo is President & CEO of the Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s statewide umbrella association that strengthens the state’s charitable community through advocacy, public education, management and compliance assistance, and membership services. Her non-profit sector experience spans nearly 30 years, and includes expertise in public policy, compliance and management issues. She speaks frequently to the media, non-profit, philanthropic and business leaders, and government officials regarding the size, strength, economic and social contributions of New Jersey’s non-profit sector and current and emerging trends facing the non-profit community; and has successfully mobilized broad-based coalitions of non-profits around numerous advocacy issues.

Linda was recognized in 2016 by Lead New Jersey as one of its 30 Leaders for 30 Years; as a Nonprofit Organization Advocate of the Year by the Nonprofit Development Center of Southern New Jersey; and by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) for Leadership in Nonprofit Regulatory and Legal Issues. She was recently listed by NJBIZ as one of the “state’s most powerful women, according to the state’s most powerful women,” and was named to the 2016 “Power 50” by South Jersey Biz. She was named one of the 2014 Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ. Linda is a current public policy committee member and former board treasurer of the National Council of Nonprofits; and also serves on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service; the advisory board of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the Leadership and Policy Committee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She holds a degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Lori HeningerLori Heninger, Owner & CEO, LRH Advisory Group
Breakout Session: Managing As Mission: Getting to the World We Want Through Organizational Change 

Lori Heninger, PhD, is the CEO of LRH Advisory Group which focuses on non-profit organizational and management consulting. Dr. Heninger has decades-long experience working in and leading nonprofits in the US and internationally, and is passionate about the creation of a better world through excellence in organizational structure, planning and managing. She has created the LRH Advisory Group to share her ideas of Managing As Mission, including interactive, contextualized processes and tools, with nonprofits both in the US and internationally.

Dr. Heninger has directed organizations focused on service delivery, policy and advocacy, and has consulted with both organizations and networks on board development, strategic planning, structure and managing. Her work has taken her to many countries in Africa, Asia and South America, for partnerships with youth groups, assessments in refugee situations, capacity development on education in emergencies and research on children in armed groups. In the US, she has worked on issues of homelessness and youth sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Heninger received her BA in Education from Kean University, her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and her PhD in Social Welfare from New York’s City University Graduate Center. Her dissertation, titled Conducting Qualitative Research in Countries at War, Implementation and Impact Factors in a Study of Girls in Armed Groups, focused on the ethics of research with unaccompanied children in conflict settings.  She is currently completing a book on nonprofit management.

She is happily married, has one child (of whom she is very proud), two dogs and two cats. She lives in New Jersey.

Louis HoffmanLouis Hoffman, Training Coordinator, NJ TIP @ Rutgers University
Breakout Session: What You Can’t Order from Amazon: What Mobility Delivers

Louis Hoffman is a program manager at the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, and a travel instructor with NJTIP since 2008.  Mr. Hoffman coordinates travel instruction efforts throughout Central and Southern New Jersey.  During his tenure, he created targeted local guides to public transportation for Union County, Passaic County, Caldwell, Verona, West Orange, South Orange and Montclair; worked with VTC researchers to develop a Connect to Transit curriculum for human service professionals which has been used throughout New Jersey, and developed a Safe Routes to Transit mobile application to facilitate Environmental Barrier Analysis and Route Assessment.  Mr. Hoffman also supported the development of a Transportation Skills Assessment Tool for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Mr. Hoffman graduated with an MSW from the Rutgers University School of Social Work where he completed an aging fellowship and he received his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.  Mr. Hoffman served on the national board of the Association for Travel Instruction from 2010 to 2015.

Jade LienJade Lien, Marketing Communications Manager, Action Graphics
Breakout Session: A Brand New Narrative: How to Find and Share Your Story

Jade Lien is one of Action Graphics’ content and marketing strategists, working primarily with nonprofits to help the way they communicate their great importance. Having spent 7 years in the nonprofit sector prior to joining Action, Jade has experienced the many facets of nonprofit administration from program development, special event coordination, grant administration and fundraising. She spends her days writing, designing, and distributing print and digital content and her nights writing music alongside her black cat Ned. Jade obtained a bachelor’s degree in art history and arts administration from Drew University and was a participant in the New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leaders Boot Camp from 2014-2015.

Irene MaslowskiIrene Maslowski, President, Maslowski & Associates Public Relations
Breakout Session: Managing and Planning Crisis Communications in a 24/7 World 

Irene Maslowski is the President of Maslowski & Associates, a public relations consultancy in Roseland, N.J. founded in 1988, serving clients in the corporate, non-profit, government, and business-to-business sectors.

During her career, Irene has developed strategic communications programs for both non-profit and corporate organizations. She has worked with major media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and CBS’s Health Watch, and NBC Nightly News.

Irene has been a four-time recipient of the Pyramid Award from the Public Relations Society of America-New Jersey Chapter and a recipient of the Aster Award from the Healthcare Marketing Association. She is a past president of both the New York City and New Jersey chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is accredited in public relations (APR), and in 2011 she was elected to PRSA’s College of Fellows. She frequently lectures and facilitates training workshops for organizations and universities on various topics related to public relations, and has served as a trainer in crisis communications for Duke University’s Corporate Education Program,  The National League of Cities’ Annual Conference in Washington D.C., the New Jersey Association of Licensed Nursing Home Directors and  the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

Irene also serves as an adjunct professor in New Jersey City University’s School of Business-MBA Program teaching courses in Executive Communications.

Krishna Murthy, Executive Director, Meadowlink  
Breakout Session: What You Can’t Order from Amazon: What Mobility Delivers

Krishna Murthy is the Executive Director of Meadowlink, a non-profit organization that provides transportation services like carpools, vanpools and shuttles for commuters, bike and pedestrian programs for kids, and transportation services for seniors and riders with special needs. Krishna has over thirty years of transportation experience and a background in planning, engineering and business. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School, City University of New York and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. 

Maxine NeuhauserMaxine Neuhauser, Member, Epstein, Becker, & Green, P.C.
Breakout Session: Don’t Get Burned: Employment Law Hot Topics 

Maxine Neuhauser is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the Newark office of Epstein Becker Green. Her practice focuses on litigation and providing strategic advice and counsel to regional, national, and international corporations, in multiple areas of law, including labor and employment, intellectual property and non-competes, and health law matters. Ms. Neuhauser has represented clients in numerous, diverse industries, including financial services, aviation, managed care, life sciences, and retail. She also represents social service agencies and other nonprofit organizations.

In addition, Ms. Neuhauser serves as a mediator and arbitrator in employment and business disputes. She is a New Jersey Court Rule 1:40 approved mediator and an American Health Lawyers Association Certified mediator and arbitrator.

Jesse ParkJesse Park, Director of Client Services and Strategic Marketing, Action Graphics
Breakout Session: A Brand New Narrative: How to Find and Share Your Story

Jesse Park at heart is a marketer and strategist who cares about helping move organizations forward.  Jesse currently oversees all client services including marketing strategy and execution at Action Graphics – a leading print and marketing solutions company for non-profit organizations and educational institutions.  Jesse enjoys working with their clients, helping provide strategy and insight into helping increase the value of their client’s communications.  Since joining Action Graphics in 2005, Jesse has helped numerous clients increase the value of their campaigns as well as having spearheaded an overhaul in Action’s marketing strategy; all of which has garnered national industry marketing awards and helped contribute to some of the best years in the company’s history.  Jesse is a member of the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) and past Vice President of the Business Marketing Association of New Jersey.  He stays looking young by chasing his 4 kids and dog around their yard in northwest New Jersey.

Philip Salerno III , President and Chief Development Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital 
Breakout Session: How Donor Advised Funds are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

Since 2001, Mr. Salerno has served as President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. In this capacity, Mr. Salerno is responsible for the leadership and management of a comprehensive development program that consists of community engagement, fundraising, and marketing all designed to meet the resource development needs of the country’s pre-eminent pediatric rehabilitation hospital.

During his tenure, Mr. Salerno has successfully guided the Foundation through several major campaigns including, “The Building Begins with Children” initiative that resulted in creating PSE&G’s Children’s Specialized Hospital. Since joining the Foundation in 1987, Mr. Salerno has led the effort to meet the hospital’s current philanthropic needs and has stewarded the Foundation’s assets from roughly $8 million in 1987 to over $72 million in 2015.

Mr. Salerno is a graduate of Montclair State University, and has a Master’s degree from Springfield College.

Wendy SchwambWendy Schwamb, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic
Breakout Session: Corporate Relations Programs That Rock

As a Development Professional with 20 years of experience, Wendy Schwamb has worked with numerous organizations to create, maintain and improve Development Plans including donor relations, grant management, special events and corporate partnerships.  Her core philosophy of Development continues to be relationship building, both internally and externally, in order create a continuum of resources to assist organizations in meeting their mission.  As Chief Development & Marketing Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, Ms. Schwamb works with Community Partners throughout New Jersey creating opportunities for students to achieve their academic goals.  She recently received the Silver Award for Comprehensive Marketing Strategy from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has presented at non-profit events on building Community Partnerships to support organizational mission.

Jon Shure, Senior Director, Taft Communications
Breakout Session: And Now, for Our Next Act… the New Political Landscape

Jon has spent his career communicating about policy and public affairs as a journalist, in state government and in the nonprofit arena. He was a reporter for The Record newspaper of Bergen County, and was Communications Director for Gov. Jim Florio before founding and for 12 years running New Jersey Policy Perspective, a state research organization based in Trenton.

He spent seven years in Washington, D.C. with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a national think tank, where he developed messaging and providing media-related assistance for the State Priorities Partnership, a network of 42 state research and advocacy organizations.

Jon has provided media training and strategic communications guidance to numerous public officials and policy professionals.

He is a former board member of the Center for Non-Profits and was board chair of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor relations from Cornell University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and in the political science department at Rutgers taught New Jersey Politics and Mass media & US Democracy.

Michael SlusarzMike Slusarz, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Cape Regional Medical Center
Breakout Session: Change Communication: Using Strategic Communications to Inform and Engage your Employees and Community During a Whirlwind of Transformation 

Mike Slusarz is an award-winning marketing, communications, and branding professional with over 28 years of experience in brand management, advertising, strategic marketing, and corporate communications in the non-profit sector.

A capable leader and motivational speaker, Mike has a proven track record of creating innovative advertising strategies, “best in class” communication initiatives, brand platforms and marketing plans in the highly competitive fields of healthcare, higher education, legal services, entertainment and consumer products.

Mike is a frequent national speaker and moderator presenting on a variety of topics including: brand management, change communications, core messaging, successful merger strategies, optimizing customer decisions, driving better outcomes through marketing analytics, real world strategies in social media, harnessing the power of digital media and building brand engagement with storytelling and discovery.

He is currently the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Cape Regional Medical Center and has held senior leadership positions with Barnabas Health, New Jerseys largest health care delivery system and The Marathon Group an award winning advertising and branding firm. He began his career in marketing communications with General Electric.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in political science, magna cum laude from Siena College in Albany, New York, and participated in Syracuse University’s graduate program in business management.

Marge SmithMarge SmithNonprofit Consultant; Chair, Community Works
Breakout Session: Creating a Positive and Collaborative Culture in a Fluctuating Work Environment 

Marge Smith brings many years of expertise to Nonprofit Management and has experienced Boards from many perspectives, as an Executive Director, Board President, and as a volunteer. Currently, she teaches Nonprofit Management at Mercer County Community College. She also organizes Community Works, a conference held at Princeton University that brings together over 400 nonprofits to network, gain skills, and learn about community resources and serves as a nonprofit consultant to Boards, helping with strategic planning. Contact Marge at 609-8652 or 

James SonnebornJames Sonneborn, CFP, CFA, CDFA, MBA, Wealth Advisor, RegentAtlantic
Breakout Sessions: How Donor Advised Funds are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

Jim has nearly 30 years of experience managing investment portfolios and providing financial advice to individuals, families and charitable organizations in the New York metropolitan region. He is a member of RegentAtlantic’s Investment Committee, helping shape the Firm’s investing strategy. As a Wealth Advisor and Chair of the Firm’s Neighborhood Nonprofits Group, Jim works with a breadth of clients and has a particular expertise working with nonprofits and individuals affected by divorce. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a past President for the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey. Jim currently serves on the Investment Committee and was a former board member of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, and has provided pro bono financial counseling at area women’s agencies. He served as a board member of the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, as a past President of the Board of Trustees at The Red Oaks School, and was a former Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Preschool Advantage where he continues to serve on the Finance Committee. Previously, Jim was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with the US Trust Company of New York (Florham Park), and held similar positions at Wachovia Bank, Chase Manhattan, SLH Asset Management and Mellon Bank.

Jim holds a BA in Business from Western State College of Colorado and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University, as well as the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst certifications.

Nina Stack , President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Breakout Session: Trends in Philanthropy

 A senior administrator and external affairs professional with over 25 year experience in the private, government and nonprofit sectors Nina was named President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) January 2005. 

CNJG strives to strengthen and promote effective philanthropy in New Jersey through networking, advocacy and programming.  The Council creates opportunities for critical dialogue between the private, public and non-profit sectors on issues that are important to the quality of life in New Jersey.  In her role as CEO, Nina has shepherded several leadership initiatives of the Council including the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, the Newark Philanthropic Liaison, and Facing Our Future, a landmark effort looking at the systemic, long term fiscal challenges facing all levels of government in New Jersey.   When Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey on October 29, 2012 the Council immediately put in motion a number of strategies to assist the philanthropic community both in state and nationally. Those efforts led to Nina spearheading the creation of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, an interactive website resource helping funders and communities across the world after a disaster strikes.

Prior to joining the Council, Nina spent ten years as Director of External Affairs for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has held marketing, communications, and leadership positions within several nonprofit organizations. In the course of her career Nina has conceived and implemented multifaceted programs and initiatives serving a diverse constituency, managed strategic planning activities, intergovernmental collaborations, and major media events as well as highly regarded educational gatherings.  She has a proven track record of building effective partnerships as well as envisioning and implementing dynamic enterprises.

In 2016, Nina was named one of NJ Biz Magazine’s Best 50 Women in Business and one of Lead New Jersey’s 30 Leaders for 30 Years award recipients. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Robert Sydney Needham Foundation and the Bucks County Playhouse.  Nina was appointed to Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Immigrant Policy in 2007 and is a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey.  Nina served two terms as Chair of the Board of the Regional Association of Grantmakers, the largest network serving philanthropy in America. In the course of her career and life, Nina served on numerous non-profit boards.  Nina is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Leadership New Jersey.

David ThompsonDavid L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits
Breakout Sessions: And Now, for Our Next Act… the New Political Landscape & Issues 2017

David L. Thompson is Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations. Active at the local, state, and federal levels through its member State Associations and nonprofit allies, the National Council amplifies the voices of America’s local community-based nonprofit organizations, helping them engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, and achieve greater impact in their communities. Prior to joining the National Council in February 2010, Thompson served as Director of Government Affairs at Independent Sector. He served in the public sector from 2001 to 2007 as a Senior Counsel and as Policy Director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, notably as Counsel to the Pension Protection Act conference committee. Before working on Capitol Hill, Thompson directed federal policy for a consulting firm and practiced law for 17 years specializing in labor relations, employment law, government contracting, as well as government relations at the federal and state levels. David Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.

Keith TimkoKeith Timko, Executive Director/CEO, Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy
Breakout Session: Connecting New Jersey Non-Profits and the Impact Economy 

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 and is currently serving as a board member of the Center for Non-Profits.

Val TraoreValerie B. Traore, President & CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey
Breakout Session: Get the Right People on the Bus: 3 ½ Tips for Creating a High Performance Work Environment 

Visionary leader with extensive experience and success in transforming organization from good to great. Highly skilled in creating and executing strategically competitive growth plans, developing high performance senior and executive leadership teams, leading strategic fundraising campaigns, and building prosperous relationships with various segments of the community at large.

Val’s background in the nonprofit sector is extensive. She has more than 20 years nonprofit leadership experience working at hunger-relief organizations in Baltimore, Chicago and New York. In her current role as CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey, she has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations of the $13M nonprofit organization based in New Jersey. She leads the communication of the vision and program objectives to internal and external constituencies and works collaboratively with the Board of Trustees in formulating policies, developing strategies, raising funds, and achieving performance. Since her arrival in 2006, Val has increased the organization’s fundraising base by 500%, tripled its offering of programs and other services, raised its efficiency rating to the highest level of 4 stars (Charity Navigator) and has uniquely position the organization for its next stage of growth.

Her other work has been with City Harvest based in New York City in which she oversaw a network of 850 emergency feeding programs and developed the phenomenal Mobile Market. Mobile Market now in its 10th year of operation was designed to bring fresh and affordable produce to economically disadvantaged communities in NYC. She also worked for Feeding America: The Nation’s Food Bank Network based in Chicago, IL. In her role there, Val traveled extensively throughout the country advising food banks and food rescue organizations in areas of strategic development, organizational management, board development, financial management and facilities management. 

Val’s work in the anti-hunger movement has been profiled in leading print, television and radio broadcast such as Black Enterprise, Philadelphia Business Journal, Courier Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC and NBC TV to name a few. She’s received several awards for her work that includes Minority Business Leader of the Year 2011, Heroine of the Year 2011, Brava Woman of the Year 2012, 2012 South Jersey Super Women: 40 Women Making a Difference, 2012 Camden County Woman of the Month, 2014 SJBusinessJournal: Person of the Month and 2014 Mutual of America Hometown Hero.

She holds an executive certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Stanford University and a B.S. in Management from Coppin State University.  Val is a trustee of Coppin State University Foundation board, member of Rotary International and a volunteer for several causes that includes adult literacy, women self- sufficiency and empowerment, youth mentoring, social enterprising and anti-hunger.

Val is a persuasive public speaker with the ability to use passion and mission as the driver for higher brand awareness, increased contributions and higher volunteer engagement. Technically savvy coupled with an insatiable thirst for innovation and “out of the box” thinking.

Allison TrimarcoAllison Trimarco, Founder, Creative Capacity, LLC
Breakout Session: Keep Calm and Use Adaptive Planning: Making Strategic Decisions During Uncertain Times 

Allison Trimarco is the founder of Creative Capacity, LLC (formerly Consulting for Nonprofits), which works with nonprofit organizations of all types to increase their management capacity. The firm will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2017, and has worked with clients as varied as the National Park Service, the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, The Food Trust, The State Theatre of New Jersey, Project USE, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, among many other arts, culture, and social service groups. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Allison worked for a wide range of nonprofit organizations. She served as the Managing Director for Scrap Mettle SOUL Performance in Chicago, and managed programs and public relations for one of the largest suburban public libraries in Illinois. She has also worked for regional nonprofit theatres and public television stations. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor in both Drexel University’s graduate program in arts administration and La Salle University’s new graduate program in Nonprofit Leadership. Allison earned her Master’s degree in Arts Management with highest distinction at Carnegie Mellon University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre cum laude at Smith College. While her practice is nationwide, most of her clients are based in New York-Philadelphia corridor, particularly in her home state of New Jersey.

Marc UysMarc Uys, Executive Director, Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Breakout Session: Keep Calm and Use Adaptive Planning: Making Strategic Decisions During Uncertain Times

Marc Uys joined the staff of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in August 2014 as Manager of Artistic Operations. As Executive Director since July 2015, he has implemented innovative new educational programming and forged new relationships with community partners, increasing access to the core artistic offerings of the PSO.  He has enjoyed a busy career as a violinist, performing – as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician – in major venues throughout Europe, South Africa and the US. He most recently held the positions of Concertmaster of the Arcos Orchestra in NYC (2012 – 2015) and Assistant Concertmaster of Sarasota Opera in Sarasota, FL (2013-14). From 2002 – 06, he was first violinist and manager of the Sontonga Quartet in South Africa. During this time, the quartet operated a highly successful education program in schools throughout South Africa.

Mr. Uys has followed his passion for teaching and introducing young people to music, travelling to places as far afield as Kabul, Afghanistan and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  In 2013-14 he was an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University and has served as production assistant and manager for a number of international tours, including William Kentridge’s ‘9 Drawings for Projection’. Mr. Uys holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cape Town.