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Board of Directors 2019

Heather Berthoud

Board of Directors

With more than 25 years in organization effectiveness, Heather Berthoud is a thoughtful and trusted partner to organizational and community leaders. She combines a passion for social justice with a focused practical results-orientation that improves leaders’ and organizations’ ability to accomplish their goals, learn, and enjoy. Clients and colleagues describe her as insightful, fun, straightforward, challenging and supportive.

Her clients include Advocates for Youth, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Interfaith Alliance, National Employment Law Project, Queens University of Charlotte, and the Sierra Club. In addition to her consulting practice, she is faculty for the American University Masters in Organization Development. She has led development programs including Leading Nonprofit Organizations for the Gestalt International Study Center, the Practitioners Program with the Center for Human Systems, and numerous workshops on planning, diversity, and leadership.

She has authored several publications on diversity, planning, training and consulting. A recent publication is “OD is Diversity: Differences are at the Heart of the Field”, in the Fall 2015 edition of OD Practitioner, the Journal of the Organization Development Network (Volume 47 No. 4). She is a member of NTL Institute, Organization Development Network, and the Gestalt International Study Center. In addition, she completed global leadership and organizational studies through the Gestalt iGOLD certification program. Her work is informed by nearly 20 years as a student and instructor of martial arts and 12 years studying yoga.

Robin Chanay

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Robin Chanay, a nationally-known expert in partnership building to improve watershed health. Robin Chanay has over ten years experience in organizing and coordinating efforts to improve watershed health. She is a board member of CRUW, the Coalition for Restoration of Urban Waters. She has worked with many national groups including includes River Network, Adopt-A-Watershed, The Nature Conservancy and EPA. She has special interest in combined sewer overflow (CSO) and urban stream restoration and brings experiences from her work in Atlanta and with the Anacostia River restoration project in Washington.

Her work focuses on partnership building amongst diverse interests to achieve watershed protection and restoration, bringing together grassroots groups, community leaders, governments, schools, underserved communities and other stakeholders in the process. Ms. Chanay believes success can only be achieved when all the community is involved; when the community is informed; and when everyone works in partnership.

Eric Eckl

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Eric Eckl is a seasoned public relations and marketing campaign strategist for environmental and other progressive causes. His areas of expertise include campaign planning, message development, online community interaction, advertising, email blasts, web videos, podcasts, community content, and other promotional efforts.

Eric's company, Water Words That Work, serves clients such as the National Park Service, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the Biodiversity Project, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and government and private nature protection and pollution control organizations.

Prior to launching his own business, Eric led advocacy campaigns, managed media relations and oversaw web and print publishing activities for a variety of nonprofit, government and for-profit organizations. He has appeared in countless news stories and is a frequent speaker at national and regional marketing and environmental conferences.

Jon Stahl

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Jon is Senior Director, Product Management for Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud. He's been at Salesforce since 2016, and prior to that has over twenty years of experience delivering innovative tools and strategies at the intersection of nonprofits, philanthropy and technology. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington and a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College.

Bill Traynor

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Bill is a partner in Trusted Space Partners, a national training and consulting firm dedicated to helping community institutions develop a new and effective networked approach to resident engagement for 21st Century neighborhood life. In this role, Bill provides technical assistance in resident engagement and community building to community-based organizations and foundations across the United States.

Bill also serves as a strategic adviser to Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc., (LCW) where he worked as executive director from 1999 to 2011. LCW is an initiative working to rebuild the struggling city of Lawrence, Mass., which is also his hometown. During his tenure with LCW, Bill led the organization’s transformation from a staff of two (and a financial deficit) to a staff of 45, an operating budget of more than $2.3 million, a membership of more than 5,000 residents and more than $60 million in new redevelopment and community building efforts in the city.

Bill has more than 30 years of experience in community development and community organizing in urban areas throughout the United States. He began his professional life in 1979 as a community organizer for Mass Fair Share. He then served as the first executive director of the Coalition for A Better Ace (CBA Inc.) in Lowell, Mass., where he led a $20 million redevelopment effort and various community organizing efforts throughout the 1980s.

From 1991 to 1999, Bill founded and served as the president of Neighborhood Partners and the Neighborhood Partners Fund, which assisted more than 200 community development efforts nationwide with technical assistance and leadership development grants. In 1998, Bill was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and during that time developed the strategy, initial resources and the team to launch Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.

Bill received a master’s degree in management from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1983. He also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and later served as adjunct faculty in the school’s sociology department. Bill received the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts in 1996.

 

Amy Dawson Taggart

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Amy is Vice President of Human Capital for Council for a Strong America, as well as the National Director of Mission: Readiness. During her more than 20-year tenure, she has played an integral role in shaping the organization.

In 1995, Amy helped launch Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, alongside former Attorney General Elliott Richardson. Under her leadership, what started out as just a handful of police chiefs turned into a national organization that currently represents more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorney generals, and victims of violence advocating for policies that are proven to cut crime and recidivism rates. Then, in 2008, Amy co-founded Mission: Readiness, in which she united retired generals, admirals, and former cabinet officials to advocate for policies and practices that will prepare young Americans to uphold national security and economic prosperity. Amy graduated with honors from the University of California at Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science.