Gita Gulati-Partee founded and directs OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc., a North Carolina-based national consulting practice that amplifies the work of social justice groups as both units and agents of structural change. OpenSource researches, designs and evaluates racial and social justice efforts, as well as builds capacity of organizations, movements and leaders – all through a racial and social justice lens. Gita brings expertise in structural power and equity, asset-based methods of inquiry and engagement, organization and network development, adaptive leadership and change, organizational and movement strategy, and systems change advocacy. She has published on racial equity, advocacy, philanthropy, nonprofit management and education. She was a 2001-2003 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations, and she is currently a National Fellow on Racial Equity and Healing in the first class of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network.
Victor Kuo, Ph.D., is a researcher, evaluator, and educator who has spent more than a decade helping philanthropic foundations measure their social impact. He has conducted and managed evaluation projects in education, the environment, health, the arts, and civil society. Victor served as an Evaluation Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held a similar role at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He recently completed a term on the board of directors of the American Evaluation Association. Victor is based in Seattle, Washington and works domestically and internationally.
Kevin Laskowski was research and policy associate at NCRP until 2014. He joined NCRP in 2009 as field associate, successfully coordinating membership services and supporting the field department in national partnerships, collaboratives, and other special initiatives. Prior to joining NCRP, Kevin served as a program coordinator for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, where he wrote and edited Family Giving News, the nation’s most widely read e-newsletter for family foundations, and developed and maintained content for the National Center’s award-winning Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center. He provided staff support for innovative projects on family giving in communities of color, and on family foundation assessment, resulting in one of the first random, representative surveys of family foundation practice.
Kevin previously served as a research assistant to University of Chicago professor Amy Kass, researching and compiling essays and short works of fiction on philanthropy, which eventually resulted in the publication of Giving Well, Doing Good: Readings for Thoughtful Philanthropists (IU Press, 2008). Kevin holds a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.
Elizabeth Myrick has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 15 years, beginning with serving as program director for the Maine Community Foundation. As a grantmaker, she worked closely with communities, nonprofits and donors to design and evaluate grantmaking and endowment building programs. From 2000-2008, Elizabeth held senior positions with The Aspen Institute, first with the Community Strategies Group and later, as assistant director of the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. From 2002-2010, she directed the Community Giving Resource/SmartLink, a set of on-line tools and research created especially for donors and foundation trustees giving locally, to neighborhoods and communities.
Since 2008, Elizabeth has worked as an independent consultant assisting nonprofits and foundations in their efforts to learn, build networks and implement policies and practices that achieve lasting impact. As lead program consultant, she designed and helped implement the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Program, a cohort-based learning and leadership program for senior foundation staff representing diverse backgrounds. Current clients include family foundations, community and other public foundations and national nonprofits. A native of northern Maine, Elizabeth has maintained her passion for rural communities and the Red Sox. Elizabeth, her husband, and two children live just outside Washington, DC.
Caitlin is a NCRP project associate who has been conducting research for Philamplify since August 2013. In her role she performs data analysis, develops systems to increase project effectiveness, and refines project methodology. A native of New Jersey, Caitlin has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As an undergraduate, she worked for nonprofit agencies to provide counseling for home energy assistance, English language classes, Spanish translation, camp programs for youth with disabilities, and workshops on child abuse prevention. Her desire to move from direct service to advocacy led her to graduate studies in human rights and social responsibility. As a graduate student, she conducted research in Peru on the social impact of mining, led a service learning trip to an urban housing cooperative in Mexico, studied abroad at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and interned with a progressive peace organization in our nation’s capital.
Caitlin holds a B.A. in Spanish from The College of New Jersey and a M.A. in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University. She is a member of Exponent Philanthropy’s 2015 class of Next Gen Fellows. To ground her social justice work, Caitlin coordinates events and membership for the DC Time Bank and serves on the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund. She is passionate about a plant-based lifestyle, conscientious recycling, and individual action to advance positive social transformation.
Lisa Ranghelli is NCRP’s director of foundation assessment. She developed the assessment tool for Philamplify, oversees the initiative and has conducted Philamplify assessments of Winthrop Rockefeller, William Penn and John S. and James L. Knight foundations. Previously, she directed NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, which sought increased philanthropic resources for strategies that pursue policy solutions to address pressing community issues. She developed a methodology for measuring the impacts of advocacy, organizing and civic engagement and authored or co-authored five of seven reports in the related Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities series. Prior to joining NCRP in 2008, Lisa spent 20 years promoting advocacy and civic engagement, both in the nonprofit and public sectors. As a consultant, she conducted research, evaluation, and program development for social change organizations. Previously, Lisa was deputy director of public policy at the Center for Community Change, where she helped grassroots organizations mobilize successfully in response to federal and state policy issues. Based in Western Massachusetts, Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a master of regional planning degree from Cornell University.