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Office of the CEO & Leadership

Henry BermanHenry L. Berman

Chief Executive Officer
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Henry leads Exponent Philanthropy using his wealth of experience managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He was instrumental in helping the Association of Small Foundations (ASF) evolve into Exponent Philanthropy. Read more >>

Jeanne MetzgerJeanne Metzger

Chief Development and Marketing Officer
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Contact Jeanne about ways to support our activities and mission.

Jeanne focuses on growing our financial resources and expanding our reach within the philanthropic community. She joined Exponent Philanthropy in 2013 to lead our development and marketing teams, and she spearheads initiatives that support the organization’s growth.
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Cynthia SchaalCynthia Schaal

Chief Program Officer
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Cynthia Schaal leads the development of programs and services that guide and connect member philanthropists and champion the impact of their work in the philanthropic community. She brings to the role extensive past experience in generating best practice insights and resources for nonprofit hospital and health system leaders.  

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Kim Adkinson

Kim Adkinson

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
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Contact Kim with questions about Essentials and our blog.

Kim is our word wizard and provides input on a variety of external communications. She is the managing editor for Essentials and our blog, and she provides editorial support across the organization to ensure our materials are clear, effective, and an accurate representation of our brand.
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Stephen Alexander

Stephen Alexander

Program Manager
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Contact Stephen with questions about your organization’s administration.  

Stephen connects members to the tools and resources they need to conduct their philanthropy. He develops resources and programs on philanthropic giving and organizational administration, manages our library of tear sheets, and serves as a liaison for the Next Gen Fellows community.
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Alesha BurkeAlesha Burk

Development Associate
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Alesha joined Exponent Philanthropy in 2016 to support the development department and manage our Directory of Foundation and Philanthropy Advisors. Learn more >>

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Senior Program Director
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Contact Andy about philanthropic leadership, grantmaking strategies, and our Discussion Lists.

Andy develops resources and programs on grantmaking, leadership, and trends in small-staffed philanthropy. One of Andy’s goals and passions is to empower more foundations and donors to take advantage of their unique freedom, assets, and powers to provide leadership on important issues they feel passionate about. 
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Andrea Clay

Andrea Clay

Director of Corporate Partnerships
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Contact Andrea about partnership opportunities

Andrea works to help our corporate partners achieve their business goals while providing value to our members. She joined the Exponent Philanthropy team in September 2015 and loves the challenge of finding the value proposition on both sides of a partnership. Much of Andrea’s career has been in the patient advocacy space, with a special focus on colon cancer.
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Na'Denna Colbert

Na’Denna Colbert

Director of Membership
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Na’Denna Colbert was named Director of Membership in December 2015. Na’Denna works to clearly define the value of Exponent Philanthropy membership, engage current members, and grow membership through personal outreach and comprehensive engagement efforts. Her career is rooted in member outreach, educational programming, and volunteer services.
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Marice Fernando

Marice Fernando

Membership Associate
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Contact Marice about membership renewal and joining our community.

Marice joined Exponent Philanthropy in January 2016 and coordinates the membership renewal and new member application processes. In addition, she is responsible for maintaining accurate database records, membership invoices, and ensuring all Exponent Philanthropy members’ inquiries and needs are met in a timely manner.
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Nikki Hilgert

Nikki Hilgert

Program Manager, Volunteer Engagement
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Contact Nikki with questions about Local Engagement Groups and volunteer opportunities.

Nikki creates avenues for members to engage with our staff, one another, and peers in the field of philanthropy. A member of our Educational Programs Team, she also manages our Local Programs.

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Nathaniel JamesNathaniel James 

Program Director
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Nathaniel leads our Next Gen Fellows Program and Master Juggler Executive Institute, and manages our resources on the family philanthropy, effectiveness skills, and transition points. He takes lifelong learning seriously and is thrilled to provide educational experiences for those who want to make the most of their philanthropy.
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Lauren Kotkin

Lauren Kotkin

Director, Educational Programs
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Contact Lauren about our National Conference.

Lauren blends creativity and detail to deliver Exponent Philanthropy's educational programs. She is the leader of the Educational Programs Team and plans our biennial National Conference. She contributes to our collection of daylong seminars.
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Ruth Masterson

Ruth Masterson

Senior Program Director
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Contact Ruth about board self-assessment and our data and research.

Ruth is project manager for Exponent Philanthropy’s Practical Board Self-Assessment, resource lead for governance and administration topics and co-lead on tax and legal topics. She works closely with members, creating written materials and training curricula and answering member questions on wide-ranging topics.
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Laura McHugh

Laura McHugh

Digital Marketing Manager
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Contact Laura about social media and user experience on our website. 

Laura joined Exponent Philanthropy in 2015 as part of the Marketing & Communications Team. She’s interested in increasing the effectiveness of our online communications and creating a better user experience on our website.
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Kristina

Kristina Nygaard

Program Associate
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Kristina joined Exponent Philanthropy in 2016 and provides broad support to our Programs and Services Team, manages registrations, and offers direct assistance to members. Originally from Norway, Kristina received her master’s degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), specializing in development studies and organizational science.
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Peter Tajat

Peter Tajat

Director of Finance and Operations
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Contact Peter about invoices, payments for services, office and conference space, or building operations.

Peter keeps our building and our systems running smoothly—and he is the first person we turn to for everything from questions about equipment to questions about program budgets. He has a range of key responsibilities, from technology to accounting to managing our front line staff, making him a top all-around contributor and a proficient multitasker.
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