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LaRae is responsible for centering community and wellbeing as an integral part of the work that FFI is leading, ensuring that the voices of those with lived experience are included in conversations that are shaping the designs of systems that impact our wellbeing. She uses the learning together approach to ensure that spaces are intentionally inclusive for all partners, with thoughtful actions leading to equitable outcomes while being mindful of those proximate to inequities.
Prior to FFI, LaRae led the Advocate Program for the Domestic Violence Homeless Services Coalition, co-chaired the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority lived experience group, and advanced the work of advocacy and racial equity facilitation within the corporation for Supportive Housing Tenant Knowledge Exchange and Speak Up program. Leading advisory boards and steering committees for systemic transformation has opened doors for advocacy to be recognized, valued, and honored in ways that have mobilized financial outcomes, mindsets for entities that access the knowledge and wisdom of advocates, and created a shift in the culture that better supports the work of leaders with direct experiences and trusted relationships in communities.
She leads operational areas, including administration, human resources, information technology, and physical space and infrastructure. Throughout her career, Erika has operated as a team and organization builder. Erika comes to FFI with 15 years of experience in community organizing and institution-building. In her past work, she has built teams of organizers across the country and created the infrastructure necessary to support citizens to engage in collective action around issues related to educational equity, addiction recovery, homelessness, and bank accountability, to name a few. Erika has also led and supported organizational work on diversity, equity, and inclusion in numerous contexts. She holds a BA in Philosophy and a JD with a concentration in environmental law. Erika is an avid crafter who enjoys crocheting colorful blankets and sweaters for her family. She is also a weightlifter and a sci-fi/fantasy nerd (who owns that label proudly).
Prior to FFI, Zach was the AVP of Innovation at NAF and the VP of Innovation at Health Leads, where he led agile teams to experiment with new ideas and scale up promising products. Zach combines the methods of design thinking, rapid cycle prototyping, community co-design, and user experience research to create technology for good.
Zach joined the FFI team because he believes our country is rigged and broken. He has a long commitment to racial equity and is passionate about creating a world where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing. When he’s not dreaming up a new technology innovation, you can find Zach singing in a community choir, gardening in his backyard, cooking with his kids, enjoying Oregon’s great outdoors, or plotting his next home improvement project.
Whether that was expectant mothers risking job stability to keep prenatal appointments or adolescents leaving school to help support their families, the risks and sacrifices were evident. These experiences drew Sacha to FFI and the organization’s approach to understanding people and transforming systems to focus on wellbeing. Sacha has worked on both the project and finance side of coalitions and non-profits and brings over ten years of experience in project management, administration, and finance to FFI. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and is working towards her Masters of Business Administration. In her free time, Sacha can be found on the New England Hiking Trail or browsing through cookbooks trying to answer the eternal question, “what’s for dinner?”
Madge has demonstrated success in facilitating community and multi-agency initiatives targeting capacity building, training, technical assistance, and strategic planning with partners in child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, the judiciary, education, early childhood education and development, and workforce development. Most recently, Madge served as a consultant in child welfare and family support services. She also helped launch a nonprofit organization focused on trauma-informed training for employers as Director of Programs for Trinity Opportunity Alliance through Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona. Her former positions have included Senior Director–Bay Area at Casey Family Programs, Executive Director of Arizona Partnership for Children, and Bureau Chief of Prevention at Arizona Department of Child Safety. Madge obtained her Master of Social Work Degree with Child Welfare Specialization from Arizona State University and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree and post-graduate studies in Psychology at California State University, Fresno and University of California, Los Angeles. While she enjoys brunches with her book club sisterhood and volunteering as a reader/recorder for Sun Sounds of AZ, Madge loves spending most of her free time nurturing, laughing and connecting with family and friends.
Convinced at a young age that an anthropologist could save the world, he graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Failing to save the world immediately upon graduation, Matthew found a passion for public service and nonprofit work. He served as the executive assistant at a Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority for five years where he managed two public and three nonprofit boards of directors. He graduated with the 2015 class of Leadership Pioneer Valley and serves as the Vice-President of DIAL/SELF Youth and Teen Services. Prior to his work with FFI, he spent a year at the local Community Action agency networking with other area service organizations to improve the impact of their work. Being fascinated by human society, driven by service to others and focused on systems-level work has led him to FFI where he has brushed the dust off that original long-term goal to change the world. Outside of the office, Matthew can be spotted singing shape-note tunes, playing the harp and hiking and running in the hills of western Massachusetts with his husband and labrador retriever.
Both the clinical and the research experiences have enforced this: our systems are set up to only put band-aids on human problems rather than looking at the root cause of problems and understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to helping the impacted individuals. FFI’s wellbeing orientation serves as a new lens to examine our systems and the impact communities.
Nidhi brings an amalgamation of strengths including, strategic planning, scientific research background, project management, and empathy to her role. She is thrilled to work alongside FFI’s changemakers and is excited to push forward the Full Frame Approach to systemic change so that everyone truly has an equal shot at wellbeing. When she’s not thinking about the inequities and the social determinants of health that exist in our communities, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking (and of course, eating!), dancing and being a goofball.
Her experience ranges from a rapidly growing non-profit on the Pine Ridge reservation, to managing operations for a non-profit education organization spanning multiple North and South Dakota Native school systems, to overseeing Family Programs with an Army Stryker Brigade in Hawaii and an elite Special Forces unit in the Pacific Northwest, to tackling HR work in both Hawaii and Alabama. Samantha is originally from Gillette, Wyoming, and after many moves, has found herself back home in the Mountain West, living with her partner, Matt, and son, Malcolm, on a small farm in Oglala Lakota Country. While Samantha has a lot of practice analyzing and improving HR and operations systems from a people prioritizing lens, she has yet to put her degrees in Human Nutrition or Culinary Arts to good use.
Miranda holds an MA in Writing and has spent the past decade helping nonprofits and mission-driven businesses grow their audiences, deepen engagement, and build support through compelling digital content. A common thread throughout her career has been working in partnership with impacted communities to drive change through storytelling. Prior to FFI, she collaborated with young people in foster care to share their stories and policy proposals with state lawmakers in order to improve the child welfare system. As marketing manager for the largest homeless services agency in Oregon, she partnered with people transitioning out of homelessness to amplify stories of hope. It was here that Miranda saw the need for collaboration across systems in supporting the whole person. When she’s not at her desk, Miranda can be found running, biking, hiking, reading, painting, or making a mess on the potter’s wheel.
A hit-and-run of one of the shelter’s guests, uninvestigated by police, combined with the advice and vision of other shelter guests, led her to found Cambridge-based On The Rise, Inc. in 1995. On The Rise was widely recognized for its Full Frame Approach to working with women facing homelessness, trauma and crisis. In 2007, Katya left to work on what would become the Full Frame Initiative. She launched FFI’s systemic collaborations that are bringing a wellbeing orientation to Missouri’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems and the St. Louis County courts, and a multi-system effort in Massachusetts to reframe the government’s approach to the intersection of homelessness, sexual assault and domestic violence. A former Research Affiliate with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab, Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Echoing Green Fellow and Claneil Foundation Emerging Leaders Fellow, Katya speaks, publishes and advocates nationally for addressing poverty, violence, trauma and oppression by removing barriers to wellbeing. Katya is a contributor on the Forbes.com leadership channel where she explores the role of leadership in finding new frameworks for social change. She has an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, and a deep belief in the power of people to do good by and for each other. This, combined with her sense that our country isn’t fully living into that potential, feed her commitment to FFI, bolstered by amazing colleagues and copious coffee consumption. Katya is a terrible gardener and decent cook who lives in Western Massachusetts with her amazing husband and kids, and an unwieldy menagerie of dogs, cats and donkeys.
Supporting communities and partners to drive cross-sector, systems-level change so that every young person has the opportunity and support to achieve adult success has been at the heart of her work for over a decade. She spent 13 years with America’s Promise Alliance, a national organization devoted to helping create the conditions of success for all young people, including the millions being left behind. As the Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, she served as part of the senior leadership team helping set the strategic direction and priorities of the organization. She led the development and implementation of all the programmatic work and engagement of the cross-sector Alliance of over 450 national organizations, over 200 communities, and thousands of individuals dedicated to making youth a priority in this country. Prior to joining America’s Promise, Tanya served at Educational Services, Inc. for six years directing a portfolio of education initiatives that focused on service and service-learning programs, mathematics and science teaching and bridging the digital divide. Tanya also spent nine years at the Association of Science-Technology Centers working on YouthALIVE! (Youth Achievement through Learning, Involvement, Volunteering and Employment), a grants program that supported museum-based enrichment and work-based learning programs for underserved youth. Tanya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from American University and completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Tanya is an avid and fiercely loyal Boston sports fan (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins). When she’s not following sports she loves to spend time with her family, particularly her nephew, Robbie.
NaBeela has long since felt a commitment to leveling the playing field and making the world a more livable and accessible place for all. When she’s not figuring out how to disrupt systems, you can find her propagating plants, cooking southern delicacies, and managing a poetry journal as well as working on a collection of her poems and a future hybrid graphic novel.
Natalie brings over 20 years of activism experience both in the community and from within systems. Her experience includes community mobilization, health, and human services transformation, and organizational effectiveness for community-based healthcare systems, and advancing racial equity and justice. In all of her work Natalie has been relentless in supporting marginalized communities through inclusion, education, innovation, and a data-driven outcome approach. Natalie sees a future that is centered on all people having social and economic empowerment and believes proximate and formal leaders have the power to change the world one day at a time. Natalie is a wife and mother and enjoys reading, dinner parties with friends and family. Most weekends you can find Natalie cheering her children on from the sideline of a soccer or baseball game.
Lotus holds an MPH/MSW from the University of Michigan. While living in Michigan and working for human services in county government, she also was involved with MISSION, a nonprofit organization supporting homeless tent cities. With this organization, she saw the importance of supporting the whole person. When people were having to make significant tradeoffs for shelter that were unsustainable—because they would be giving up friends, community or stability—what worked was helping to reduce those costs with bus tokens, encouraging people to have a voice, being part of a community, and more. It is this experience that most helped Lotus connect with FFI’s approach to understanding people and the importance of shifting systems to focus on wellbeing, not simply on fixing problems. Lotus also comes with teaching experience on the Texas-Mexico border and in Macedonia. When she is not at FFI, she is doing one of a million hobbies, including but not limited to: cooking, knitting, circus, running, hiking, biking, crafting and playing violin.
Sandy currently works with partners to advance the transformation of the civil legal justice system so that policies, practices, and supports remove barriers to opportunity and help all people better protect their families, health, and livelihoods. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute; volunteer navigator with the Michigan Legal Help; board member of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation; and Advisory Board Member for the Self-Represented Litigation Network and LIFT Dane in Wisconsin. Previously, Sandy was a Senior Fellow and Senior Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation, where she developed strategic and layered investments to address critical issues, including access to civil legal support, climate change, and economic mobility, in close partnership with stakeholders. She was named as a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow and participated in the fellowship program to build cross sector leadership skills to address complex social challenges. She has also served as a board member of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and as a member of the Board Steering Committee for the Economic Opportunity Funders. A U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, Sandra developed Kresge’s Green Building Initiative to encourage nonprofits to design environmentally sustainable facilities. Sandra is a graduate of Tufts University, where she focused on Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese. She grew up in Berkshire County, misses the ocean now that she lives in the Detroit area, and loves that her granddaughter has learned to dance before she can walk.
Most recently she worked for the Missouri Division of Youth Services as the director. Phyllis’ focus in Missouri was on strengthening the Missouri Approach, which is well-known for providing a comprehensive, integrated treatment approach focusing on wellbeing and positive outcomes for youth and their families. Phyllis also served as a Deputy Director, and Coordinator of Leadership Development and Quality Improvement for DYS. She brings to the Full Frame Initiative a strong belief that organizations and services should support and empower people’s need to be successful and desire to make positive changes in their lives. In addition to working for DYS, Phyllis worked as a Committee Executive at the Local Investment Commission and a Master Trainer for Communities in Schools. She has been a consultant working with nonprofits and government agencies in results-based accountability, leadership development, the school-based/school-linked services movement, juvenile justice reform, and facilitated planning processes. Phyllis is also a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Phyllis has a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University. Phyllis is also a poet and coordinates a literary reading series in Kansas City. She and her husband Mark are jazz enthusiasts and the humans to two cats.
Most recently, Miki served as a Senior Philanthropic Strategist at Bank of America’s Private Bank. In that role, she provided consultation and support to families, foundations and major nonprofits about their governance, grantmaking and impact strategies. Prior to joining the Bank of America, Miki was Vice President and then Acting President of Philanthropy Massachusetts, the regional association of foundations, corporate givers and other key donors in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She has also served as the first Director of Grants Management for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and as a program officer at the Corporation for National Service/AmeriCorps.
She is actively involved in the philanthropic community nationally and locally. She chairs the board of TSNE MissionWorks and also serves as Clerk of the board of the Full Frame Initiative. Past board experience includes Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, YWCA Boston, the Boston Foundation for Architecture, and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grant Makers. She is a co-founder of the Saffron Circle, the first Asian Giving Circle in Massachusetts.
She holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Stanford University, and lives in Medford, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she bakes, reads, and travels to far flung places whenever she can.
After serving for over 11 years as an agency director, Tim founded Social Innovation Partners to support leaders interested in government, community, non-profit, and private-sector innovation in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and youth development.
His writing appears in various anthologies and journals. His chapbook “This Town Like That” was released by Spartan Press. His second book of poetry “The Life and Times of Jose Calderon” was published by West 39 Press. He has participated in large scale mural programs regionally and internationally. He maintains Carido Studio, a fine arts studio in downtown Kansas City.
Veola and her team turn the dreams of the National Development Plans of African countries into reality, by creating opportunities for partnership with Black American private sector firms to increase enterprise generation and secure economic sovereignty – leaving a legacy of Black wealth that impacts the present and future generations to come.
Veola has been honored as a Global Goodwill Ambassador, recognized for her Humanitarian work abroad. She lends her expertise to various boards including non-profit organizations and political committees. By invitation of the African Union Mission in Washington DC, Veola is a member of the Pan-African Women’s Development Association (PADWA) Legislative and Agriculture committees. She also holds a position on the executive leadership team of Black Emergency Managers Association International (BEMA), supporting the organization’s global partnership development. She is a board member of 211 Maryland and, most recently, accepted board membership at The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), focusing her time on the Equity and Inclusion Committee.
In 2018, she was named the second Harry S. Truman Scholar in her University’s history, receiving $30,000 for her graduate education. She is the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals through events, movements, and hands-on sessions. She started this organization after losing all her hair to Alopecia in the seventh grade and struggling with wigs, bullying, and low self-worth. Now, her non-profit organization hosts projects in 150 schools and 28 countries worldwide. The biggest project hosted by her non-profit is the International Day of Self Love. She has reached over 50,000 students through speaking engagements and raised over $50,000 in fundraising.
Outside of her work with her non-profit, she has been selected as one of thirty We Are Family Foundation’s Global Teen Leaders, The G(irls)20 United States Delegate, an American Association of University Women Student Advisory Council Member, A Born This Way Foundation Channel Kindness Reporter, an America’s Promise Alliance Board of Trustee Member, a Pearson student Advisor, a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Member, a DoSomething and College Board Youth Advisory Council Member, a 2016-2017 Character Counts Person of Character, a Lingua Franca Extraordinary woman, and one of the Her Campus 22 under 22 most inspiring college women. She has worked with national and local organizations such as The Peace Studio, DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, State Farm, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, Teach for America, HelloFlo and others. Internationally, she served as a social and emotional learning educator in Cape Town, South Africa.
In her free time, Sanah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, trying new cuisines, and writing (particularly poetry and personal columns).
Rebecca previously served as the Vera Institute of Justice’s founding Policing Program Director. Prior to that position, she served as Director of Research, Policy, and Planning for the NYPD. Rebecca has also served as Director of Criminal Justice for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Research Associate for the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, Director of Criminal Justice Programs for The Doe Fund, Senior Analyst for the NYC Office of Management and Budget, and Deputy Director of Planning for the Center for Employment Opportunities.
Rebecca holds several appointments, including trustee of Friends of Island Academy, a nonprofit organization that supports and brings opportunity to youth during and after their time in New York City jails; Research Advisory Board member of the Police Executive Research Forum; and Research Advisory Committee member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano Graduate School of the New School University, and a BA in Sociology from Chapman University.
Through community engagement in St. Louis, Dr. Punch carries this mission forward each day, bridging the gap between the resources inside healthcare and the voices of the people. This includes the creation of “The T”, an anti-violence community health center which focuses on harm reduction as primary prevention of public health concerns including bullets, opioids and COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, Dr. Punch has also been working as an intensivist since April of 2020 at Christian Northeast, a community hospital providing care to areas of north St. Louis most deeply impacted by COVID-19.
In 2007, Katya left to work on what would become the Full Frame Initiative. She launched FFI’s systemic collaborations that are bringing a wellbeing orientation to Missouri’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems and the St. Louis County courts, and a multi-system effort in Massachusetts to reframe the government’s approach to the intersection of homelessness, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
A former Research Affiliate with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab, Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Echoing Green Fellow and Claneil Foundation Emerging Leaders Fellow, Katya speaks, publishes and advocates nationally for addressing poverty, violence, trauma, and oppression by removing barriers to wellbeing. She has an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, and a deep belief in the power of people to do good by and for each other. This, combined with her sense that our country isn’t fully living into that potential, feed her commitment to FFI, bolstered by amazing colleagues and copious coffee consumption. Katya is a terrible gardener and decent cook who lives in Western Massachusetts with her amazing husband and kids, and an unwieldy menagerie of dogs, cats and donkeys.
the voices of program participants in Full Frame programs.
and he is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
She was a Research Fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children and served as Deputy Director of the Urban Poverty Program at the Ford Foundation.
She has been a pioneer in creating state and national policy and programs to address domestic violence.
Cheryl has expertise in health care, labor issues, and national policy.
Her research program surrounds questions of community development with a particular emphasis on urban youth and young adults. She is working on a number of projects about access, opportunity and the New York public schools.
She has held leadership roles with several national foundations and nonprofits and is a widely published author and blogger on issues affecting the nonprofit/philanthropic sector.
Lee is a founding member of VETRN, an organization that provides veteran small business owners an opportunity to attend a program in entrepreneurship exclusively designed for veterans to grow their own small business. He has a long-standing commitment to domestic and international work that seeks to empower poor and marginalized communities.
on research and writing about the Full Frame Approach and community-based strategies to addressing violence in the context of poverty.
(alleged perpetrators of violence towards others) as well as those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues facing involuntary civil commitment.
His research and teaching interests also include the use of mass media and technology in promoting democracy and community-building, the education of urban students, the development and use of empathy in community work, civil rights history, peacemaking and conflict resolution.
She has been involved in many of the Boston-area’s most important start-ups and community-based organizations.
She is the author of several highly regarded books on the subject.
Prior to coming to Bridgespan, she was editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review.
She served as FFI’s founding Chief Capacity Officer for nearly nine years and is highly committed to collaborative work that advances social change.
Elimination of the stigma of mental illness and addiction, particularly among American Indians.
how nonprofits achieve greater impact by working in networks.
Julie spent three years at the NY Department of Social Services, where she directed the Office of Program Planning, Analysis, and Development.
Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She has consulted on microfinance and private sector development, as well as strategic consulting at Monitor Group where she focused on branding, market research, and venture philanthropy. In addition to being the CEO of Co-Impact, Olivia also serves as a senior vice president at The Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on bringing collaborative approaches to the Foundation’s initiatives. In 2014 Olivia was recognized by the World Economic Forum with the distinction of being named a Young Global Leader. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.
The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.
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