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Denise L. Pease Takes Us Home

Denise L. Pease concludes National Summit 2012 by calling on participants to leave a path for others to follow, wherever their careers lead. Continue reading


Larry Eason

Larry Eason helps causes harness online and mobile technology to achieve their goals.

Drawing on nearly 30 years experience in the non-profit sector, he works with organizational leaders to help expand their sense of what is possible online and to innovate and succeed. He’s passionate about the power of strategic networking to help organizations reach their goals, working with clients to increase their reach, access and influence through intentional networking. Since Linkedin represents a huge opportunity for many nonprofit organizations Eason is collaborating with LinkedIn’s nonprofit team and working with clients to build and leverage their Linkedin networks.  He frequently speaks on power mapping and strategic networking, strategic planning and mobile communications.

Eason serve on the Boards of Healthy Child Healthy World and the Innogive Foundation, and serve as an Ambassador for Children’s Hospital LA. As a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow, I work with students at USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to help them understand political and policy challenges.

Juanita Irizarry

Juanita Irizarry is a bilingual/bicultural, Illinois-born Puerto Rican whose role in philanthropy builds upon 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with an emphasis on housing and community development work in Chicago’s Latino community.  She has expertise in non-profit management and administration, direct service, public policy development, and community organizing.

Ms. Irizarry is Senior Program Officer in Human Services and Community Development at The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago region’s community  foundation.  Her grant-making has focused on housing, homelessness, hunger, disabilities, Latino-serving early childhood education, and capacity-building for small non-profits. Her responsibilities include staffing the Trust’s Persons with Disabilities Fund and the Nuestro Futuro Fund and representing the Trust at the Hispanics in Philanthropy Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities in Chicago. In June 2007,

Ms. Irizarry completed her Master of Public Administration (Methodological Area of Concentration: Leadership) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she studied on a full-tuition scholarship as a Presidential Scholar/Public Service Fellow.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science and Spanish from Greenville College and completed 60 hours of graduate study in urban planning and policy with concentrations in housing and community development as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nancy Jones

Nancy Jones is the Vice President for Development and Communications at The Miami Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s efforts to increase philanthropy in Miami along with the strategies to increase  levels of civic engagement; influence policy on issues of importance to the Foundation and communication strategy.

Nancy is a South Florida native, returning to her hometown six years ago after living in St. Louis, where she attended The University of Central Missouri,  Washington DC and Key West. She has more than ten years executive experience in the field and serves on several boards and committees for organizations including the Council on Foundations, National Urban Fellows and the Knight Foundation.

Nancy speaks frequently on trends in philanthropy, Miami’s civic health and best practices in foundation stewardship and communications.

David K. Mensah

David K. Mensah, M.Div, is currently a Leadership Consultant with National Urban Fellows, and the founder and principal of Wave Training and Consulting, and principal partner of DKBWAVE Training and Consulting providing leadership training and executive coaching to organizations committed to developing and enhancing employee leadership skills. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in Ne York City.

Mr. Mensah’s twenty-one year career has included working as an executive director, as well as an executive coach for new and seasoned boards and leadership staff. He has worked with organizations serving youth, families, people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless citizens & victims of crime & abuse. For over five years Mr. Mensah held the post of executive director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) the country’s oldest and largest child welfare organization dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Mr. Mensah led Hetrick-Martin during its historic six million dollar expansion phase partnering with the New York City Department of Education to found the Harvey Milk High School.

In his previous positions, David served seven years as the executive director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Program providing housing and support services to homeless people with HIV/AIDS. David is a dynamic public speaker and master trainer and speaks at conferences and seminars on issues including “Breakthrough Action Leadership© in a Business Setting.

Brian K. Williams, Esq

Brian K. Williams Esq., serves as the Executive Director of the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN).  The SCLN is one of the nation’s most prestigious leadership development programs.  SCLN’s signature programs, leadership LA, Leadership Southern California, California Connections and the New American Leaders provide leadership enhancement, network engagement and issue based learning experiences for the over 1,600 fellows who have participated in the programs.

Prior to joining the team at SCLN, Williams was most recently the principal owner of the Brian K. Williams Law Group, a firm specializing in civil and criminal litigation.  Williams still operates the firm.  With more than 21 years of legal experience, Williams has handled thousands of criminal and civil matters and has tried more than 100 cases.

Williams has appeared on or been interviewed numerous Los Angeles news outlets including CBS, NBC, KCAL, FOX, ABC, KTLA, USA Today, CNN, as well as other local, regional and national publications. Williams’ civic involvement includes serving as vice chairman of the Community Development Commission and holding memberships on the United Way Board of Directors,  The Boule’, State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Langston Bar Association. Williams is a 2009 graduate of SCLN’s Leadership Southern California program and has participated on the national level with National Urban Fellows.