Our Associate Consultants
Crystal Plati is the Executive Director of Progressive Majority. Before joining Progressive Majority, she was the Executive Director of Choice, USA. Crystal served as board chair of the Ballot Initiatives Support Center and Generations Ahead as well as serving on the board of the General Service Foundation.
Delia Allen-O’Brien is the Vice President of Operations and Finance with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Prior to this position she was RCRC’s Director of Information Technology. She has consulted with various nonprofits including Catholics for Choice and the Stewart Mott Foundation. She is originally from the UK where she also worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Alexa Avilés manages the work of the Reproductive Rights & Services Program, as well as co-manages grantmaking in the Social Welfare and Arts areas for the Scherman Foundation. Prior to her arrival at Scherman, she consulted with funders and nonprofit organizations on criminal and juvenile justice issues. Alexa is also a board member of Strategies For Youth, a national organization focused on improving police/youth interactions and ending disparate treatment of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.
Marco A. Davis is a Partner at New Profit, Inc. where he provides strategic insight and advice to New Profit's Focus Funds, field leadership, and portfolio investing practices to identify opportunities for engaging new populations and communities, increasing pipeline diversity and enhancing equity and inclusiveness in the social entrepreneurship space. Prior to joining New Profit, Marco was Deputy Director at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which seeks to increase opportunities and improve outcomes in education for Hispanics of all ages and build partnerships with key stakeholders and communities nationwide to support its goals.
Kent Glenzer is currently Associate Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) with a joint appointment in the business school and the public administration department. He teaches program evaluation, policy advocacy, international organizational behavior and a rotating cluster of courses that focus on the intersection of power, organizations, social change and complexity. Prior to MIIS, Kent spent more than 20 years working with international NGOs (CARE, Oxfam) and local NGOs and public sector agencies, with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His current consulting relationships include the Ford Foundation’s China office, Firelight Foundation and pro bono work with a variety of NGOs and private sector enterprises which partner with Kent and his graduate students.
David Greene is an award-winning, certified strategy process facilitator, leadership development and executive coach. He has more than 20 years of success consulting organizations from different sectors, industries and fields on strategy, leadership development and diversity and inclusion. Select clients include Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School Leadership Development Program, Association of Corporate Counsel, Boardroom Bound, CALIBR Global Leadership Network, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Entergy, Marriott International, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Novo Nordisk, Procter and Gamble, Siemens, The Executive Leadership Council, The United Way, and Toyota. His thought leadership includes pioneering systems like The LeadershipMARC® Talent Development and The Exemplary Leadership Achievement Awards for Corporate Community Involvement (The ELLA Awards). Greene is also the author of “Public Relations as a Branding Tool” published by Asparatore Books and numerous articles for business and trade journals.
Rajiv Khann is the Director of Learning and Evaluation at Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX). He is engaged in strategy development, assisting program staff in linking impact evaluation with ongoing program planning and improvement, and positioning Thousand Currents as a learning resource for grassroots development. He plays a leading role in organizing the IDEX Academy, a training course for philanthropists, and developing learning resources aimed at engaging and educating a new generation of culturally competent international development professionals. He is also building alliances with the Indian Diaspora community, IDEX’s Young Professionals Group, and serves Exponent Philanthropy and the Bay Area Justice Funders Network in various capacities. A native of Bombay, India, and a professionally trained historian of international relations, Rajiv has designed and taught college-level courses at universities across the U.S. and is experienced in leading community-centered oral history projects.
Paul O'Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America where he oversees our research, policy, advocacy, and campaigning work to influence the US government and US corporations. Before joining Oxfam in 2007, he lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked in the office of the President and the Ministry of Finance as an advisor on aid coordination, development planning, and policy reform. Prior to that, he worked for CARE International as their Afghanistan Advocacy Coordinator and Africa Policy Advisor. Previously, Paul was the President of the Echoing Green Foundation and a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya and the founder of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, both of which are thriving organizations today. Paul has juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and has published on humanitarian policy, human rights, and emerging trends in development.
Ashley Shelton is the Louisiana Director for One Voice, where she builds the capacity of local leaders to create a stronger civic engagement and advocacy infrastructure to give voice to the issues facing vulnerable communities throughout the state. Prior to this role, Mrs. Shelton was the Vice President of Programs at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF). Mrs. Shelton managed LDRF’s system of integrated, value-added programs with the goal of creating a better Louisiana for all of its citizens in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to this, Ms. Shelton served as Director of Grantmaking for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Ms. Shelton has received many honors, including selection as a 2005-2006 Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Program at Duke University and the University of Cape Town, and was appointed in 2003 to the Foundation for the Mid South’s Commission to Build Philanthropy. Ms. Shelton attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
Gayle is a leadership coach and facilitator with 40 years experience in philanthropy and nonprofits. Gayle’s passion is nurturing people, organizations and networks to build from core values, learn from experience, adapt to change with resilience and creativity, and honor the human spirit. Gayle served as Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation for almost 20 years, where she led the Foundation board and staff in two ten-year cycles of strategic learning and program development focused on equity and opportunity in the Southeastern US. Before Babcock, she was a Program Director at the Lilly Endowment. She has served on several national and statewide nonprofit boards, including MAG, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, Action for Children NC, and the Center for Courage and Renewal. She is a Courage and Renewal Facilitator, currently co-facilitating the Courage and Renewal Academy for Leaders. She is an instructor with the Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Her academic background includes a B.A. from Meredith College in Raleigh and a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from NC State University