Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight
Melinda is Fund for Shared Insight’s managing director, guiding and facilitating the collaborative’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melinda promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her unique combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.
Program Manager, Fund for Shared Insight
Michelle is the program manager for Fund for Shared Insight. In this capacity, she supports a broad range of operational and programmatic activities. Michelle is an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations specializing in financial analysis, operations, and evaluation. Previously, she worked for 10 years as a community development practitioner for the Washington, DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC LISC). During her 10 years at LISC, she provided strategic grants, loans, and resource brokering to community based organizations in Washington, DC. While at LISC, she also helped publish the book “Becoming What We Can Be, Stories of Community Development in Washington DC”, a 30 year retrospective of community development in the nation’s capital.
Communications Director, Fund for Shared Insight
As Communications Director, Rick is responsible for developing and executing communications strategies to support Fund for Shared Insight’s goals, which include expanding the number of nonprofits and funders who use beneficiary feedback to inform and improve their work and building a stronger feedback field nationally. After serving as vice president for programs and communications at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation from 2010 to 2017, Rick launched an independent consulting practice focused on philanthropy. Before joining Meyer in 2003, Rick was executive director of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations and held senior management positions at BoardSource. Rick co-authored the Daring to Lead 2006 and 2011 national studies of nonprofit executive leadership, and is a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
LINDSAY AUSTIN LOUIE
Project Director, Listen for Good / Program Officer, Philanthropy Grantmaking at Hewlett Foundation
Lindsay is the program officer for Philanthropy Grantmaking at Hewlett. In that capacity, she leads two grantmaking strategies focused on increasing philanthropic effectiveness: (1) Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, and (2) the Hewlett Foundation’s participation in Fund for Shared Insight. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2013, Lindsay served as executive director of the Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SV2), and ran business development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.
Project Lead, Listen for Good/Fund for Shared Insight
Valerie is the project lead for the Listen for Good initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance measurement design for nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Valerie served as founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) YouthTruth Project, scaling the project from an idea to a nationally recognized survey and data analysis organization capturing youth perspectives. More than 85 percent of participating educators report using the student feedback gathered through YouthTruth to inform their programmatic and policy decisions. Prior to joining CEP, Valerie was part of the core business team that built a successful start-up biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (publicly traded, $750MM at peak).
Project Consultant, Listen for Good/Fund for Shared Insight
Meredyth is a project consultant for the Listen for Good initiative of Fund for Shared Insight. She is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance evaluation for nonprofit organizations. Previously, Meredyth was a management consultant providing strategic planning and data analysis for financial institutions.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Fay is director of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group. In that capacity, she oversees five functions, including cross-foundation strategy support; evaluation and organization learning; and grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Prior to joining Hewlett in 2011, Fay advised Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation), served as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation —designing and developing its Impact Planning & Improvement division — and was a founding principal of BTW Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.
Kathy serves at the Ford Foundation as director of BUILD, a new initiative to strengthen key institutions fighting inequality worldwide. Previously, she was at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she served in various roles including director of Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy, program officer for preschool grantmaking, and policy analyst/editor for The Future of Children journal. Prior to joining Packard, Kathy was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California.