In January, SEA was honored to be invited by the American Express to nominate several member organizations for participation in the American Express Leadership Academy. We are beyond thrilled that 9 of our nominees were selected as participants!
The Academy is designed to equip high potential emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector to become successful executives. This robust and comprehensive program focuses on both the people skills and the business skills required for successful leadership. The participants will spend 5 days in New York with a group of 48 emerging leaders from across the country.
Congratulations to Luanda (Catalyst Kitchens), Adrianne (Juma Ventures), LaMecia (REDF), Maria (Catholic Charities USA), Jonathan (AspenPointe), Anastasiya (RSF Social Finance), Mary (Humanim), Mario (Benetech), and Madeline (Social Enterprise Alliance)!
And a great thank you to American Express for its support of the next generation of social enterprise leaders!
Luanda Arai is the Network Advancement Manager at Catalyst Kitchens – a collaborative network of organizations with a shared vision to empower lives through job training, self-generate revenue through social enterprise, and nourish bodies and minds through quality foodservice.
Luanda is currently transitioning to a role at Building Changes' as a manager on the grant making team. She will provide support to grantees and potential grantees – facilitating investment in innovative solutions to family homelessness. She will also evaluate programs and documents learning to further Building Changes' collaborative approach to addresses the complexity of homelessness.
Adriane Gamble Armstrong is the Chief Program Officer at Juma Ventures. Her role includes oversight of Juma’s workforce development, financial capability and college success programs in seven cities: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, New Orleans and New York City.
At Juma, Adriane's accomplishments include the launch of CollegeSet, a $2m initiative to provide low-income youth with financial capability training and savings accounts; and the launch of Aspire, an AT&T-funded initiative to reduce high school drop-out rates by engaging middle school students in literacy, math, financial capability and career exposure. During her tenure, Juma has experienced a 100% high school graduation rate and 98% of students have matriculated to post-secondary education.
LaMecia Butler is the Portfolio Manager at Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a nonprofit intermediary that provides funding and technical assistance to the employment social enterprises which hire individuals with barriers to employment. Her work includes acting as a business mentor and providing hands-on strategic technical assistance to REDF’s portfolio of social enterprises in Northern and Southern California.
She supports REDF’s portfolio management efforts, conducts due diligence, and contributes to REDF’s overall strategic development. In addition, LaMecia works on REDF’s field building and knowledge development by developing and executing the strategy for the national employment social enterprise group, SE4Jobs.
Maria Gonzales is the Director of Social Policy and External Affairs Projects at Catholic Charities USA. Her work includes both internal and external communications, development, and social policy initiatives regarding poverty reduction.
Maria’s current focus is on social innovation and social enterprise within the Catholic Charities network. She is the lead on the creation of Catholic Charities USA’s own social enterprise, which focuses on language translation and interpretation services, and the Social Venture Boot Camp offered annually in partnership with the University of Notre Dame. She frequently presents on social enterprise and digital media at Catholic Charities trainings across the country.
Madeline Graham currently serves as Chapter Services Leader at Social Enterprise Alliance. She is responsible for facilitating engaged communications and ensuring strategic coherence between SEA's national office and the 15 SEA chapters nationwide. Along with the rest of the SEA team, she also plans and executes SEA's annual national Summits.
Madeline’s current focus is on project managing a major membership and strategic shift which will include a new technology platform, a new membership structure, and a reimagined relationship with chapters at SEA. She is also working hard to execute SEA’s Summit 14 in Nashville.
Jonathan Liebert is the Vice President of AspenPointe Enterprises, a Social Enterprise dedicated to solving prevalent social issues to improve the lives of disenfranchised Coloradans by providing Employment, Training and Education services. Mr. Liebert has been with AspenPointe for over 12 years and has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center.
Mr. Liebert is published in Behavioral Healthcare for the ACCESS Model, an innovative approach to improve an individuals’ psychological health through employment. Mr. Liebert is one of the co-creators of the Peer Navigator Model, which navigates military service members and their families through complex systems of care and helps them gain employment.
Anastasiya Litvinova is the Credit & Portfolio Manager of Social Enterprise Lending at RSF Social Finance. RSF is a non-profit organization providing catalytic capital to mission-aligned enterprises focused on creating deep social, economic and environmental impact. Her work includes managing the due diligence, underwriting and structuring of social enterprise loans, as well as portfolio risk monitoring and analysis.
As RSF positions itself to compete better against for-profit peers and offer a uniquely valuable partnership to its clients, Anastasiya’s current focus is on implementing process improvements on the Lending Team and leading strategic initiatives.
Mary Manzoni is the Vice President of Workforce Development Services at Humanim Inc. Mary has over 25 years experience in working with individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment.
Mary oversees all of the workforce development services provided by Humanim in the central Maryland region. Her focus throughout her career has been on workforce development and investing in human capital and providing people with the necessary tools and supports needed to obtain and maintain employment.
Mario Oliveros is the Senior Marketing Manager for Global Literacy Initiatives at Benetech. His work helps drive the adoption of innovative technologies that address unmet social needs, particularly in the field of education.
Mario’s focus is on developing and executing strategies to scale adoption of accessible eBooks and reading tools that currently help over 275,000 students with print disabilities to read and study. He also helps in creating systemic change by promoting accessibility standards to influence the educational technology and publishing fields.