Our Associate Consultants
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.
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.
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 is engaged in strategy development and effective execution of all activities related to cultivating a just, equitable, and inclusive philanthropic & impact investing sector that centers local solutions, forms learning partnerships with grassroots groups, and reimagines wealth, well-being, and giving. He provides overall leadership of the Philanthropic Partnerships Program at Thousand Currents, overseeing individual donor engagement and fundraising, institutional fundraising, the Thousand Currents Academy, and the Buen Vivir Fund. As part of the Senior Management Team, he also informs and guides Thousand Currents’ overall strategy and planning, ensuring collaboration and interconnectedness across all Thousand Currents’ programs. In addition, he is on the Stewardship Circle of Thrive East Bay, a purpose-driven community of people committed to creating a flourishing world for all. A recovering academic, Rajiv is professionally trained as a historian of international relations with expertise in Modern Europe, South Asia, and the Cold War and has designed and taught college-level courses at universities across the U.S. He has also led the Indian Diaspora Oral History Project, a community-centered project focused on South Asian immigrants in Silicon Valley, as part of the Silicon Valley Immigration Center at San Jose State University. Rajiv has a Bachelor’s in English and History from Newman University in Wichita, KS, and a Master’s in history from The Ohio State University. A native of Bombay, he is a published poet and writer, enjoys cooking, the outdoors, the ocean, reading, traveling, and is a cricket fanatic.
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.
Zulayka is the Founder and Creative Director of Libélula Consulting. In that role she provides inspiration, instigation, and support for projects focused on equity, social justice, and authentic community engagement. Zulayka is deeply invested in the emergence of non-hierarchical, liberation-oriented organizational models within the nonprofit sector (and beyond). Her commitment is to center love and wholeness to recalibrate power.
Zulayka obtained a Master of Public Administration Degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her undergraduate degree is in Pan-African Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. In 2017, Zulayka was selected as an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity through Atlantic Philanthropies. She was also part of the 06-08 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. Zulayka is a founding member of Earthseed Land Collective in Durham, NC.
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.
Trish Tchume is the Leadership Program Director for Community Change and comes with almost two decades of experience helping everyday people see their role in the gorgeous project of building a more just and equitable society. Trish has spent most of her career in network development and leadership development most recently as a Network Organizer for Within Our Lifetime: A Network to End Racism and as the Executive Director of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Prior to that Trish served as the Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project and the Director of Training for Idealist.org. She has a Masters in Education and has been published in the Huffington Post, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Nonprofit Quarterly, along with many other publications. She is also the co-author of Making Social Change.
Marissa Tirona is a program officer on the BUILD team at the Ford Foundation, working to advance the foundation’s efforts to support and develop stronger, sustainable, and more effective social justice organizations and networks across the globe.
Marissa has deep experience in organizational and movement capacity building and speaks on and writes about issues related to design thinking, systems change, movement and field building, network and adaptive leadership, and strategy. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Oakland Kids First, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. She holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law, is a member of the California State Bar, and has a BA in English literature with a concentration in women’s studies from Swarthmore College.
Ananda Valenzuela is the Managing Director of Rainier Valley Corps. Ananda grew up in Puerto Rico and has slowly made their way across the continental United States, finally landing in Seattle to pursue his passion of doing capacity-building and leadership development with social impact organizations. Before Rainier Valley Corps, Ananda worked at Third Sector New England, a nonprofit capacity-building firm, where she managed a consulting program and developed a fellowship program. Ananda has also held a variety of consultant, governance and activist roles within the nonprofit sector. Ananda has a B.A. in organizational development and institutional ethnography from Hampshire College.
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