Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP)
Fostering excellence in leadership to create stronger, more sustainable Bay Area nonprofits.
Fostering excellence in leadership to create stronger, more sustainable Bay Area nonprofits.
The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) is a focused, immersive program with over 30 hours of teaching and coaching from expert faculty and
Earn a Certificate of Completion in Excellence in Leadership!
Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) has two main goals:
The program is designed to guide participants through a logical and expert learning path. At the end of each day we share implementable tools and practical skills to apply immediately. Participants develop executive skills and a much deeper understanding of their executive responsibilities.
Who should apply? This program is designed for nonprofit leaders at the Executive Director and Senior Manager levels. Ideal candidates lead teams or manage individual contributors and are responsible for the overall health of the organization or a major function of the organization.
Register for our FREE information session and save. Participants receive 10% discount on ELP tuition.
CVNL announces new scholarships for BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. Learn more.
Exploring leadership styles and orientations.
Key aspects of organizational culture, how to define it, and how to lead an organization with it.
Communication strategies to positively impact relationships throughout the organization.
Tools to maximize strategic impact and lead through organizational change.
Create an environment of community and a culture of belonging.
Staff structuring for your nonprofit Compensation philosophy & equity Performance management. Employee policies & handbook.
The essentials you need to lead, ask the right questions, evaluate and fiscally manage with confidence.
Strategies for donor prospecting and cultivation, tools for building a successful fundraising practice.
The connection between financial goals, marketing and donor acquisition, retention, and motivation.
Roles and responsibilities of board members, decision-making, board continuity, and best governance practices.
Our faculty members are experienced and working professionals, who combine strong theoretical frameworks and real-life industry knowledge.
Knigi is Founder and Director of Glee Growth Strategies, a consulting firm operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Knigi’s experience extends to supporting sectors in consumer product goods, non-profit, government, and health and fitness industries. She specializes in customer acquisition, activation, retention, and upsell strategies.
Knigi analyzes program data and organizational infrastructures and blends clients’ insights for a deep understanding of user needs, habits and perceptions in developing growth initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Knigi currently lives in Oakland, California. She is a board member of Girls, Inc West Contra Costa County and Call of the Sea. Being that Knigi is an avid sailor, she combined her support for youth development and sailing, creating an opportunity to take a group from Girls, Inc. on a week-long sail from the San Francisco Bay to Point Reyes. Knigi loves to read, hike, and travel the world.
Linda Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer with Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) since 2002. With over 30 years of combined executive and nonprofit management experience, Linda frequently presents on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector and consults with nonprofit leaders on board governance, succession planning, and leadership development..
Melissa Irish, Managing Associate, Partnership Resources Group (PRG)
Melissa Irish is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience raising private sector funds for nonprofits with budgets of $250,000 to $10 million. She spent a decade as a senior fund development staffer in health and human services, workforce development and environmental organizations before completing her MBA.
Following that, she established a consulting practice to serve nonprofits, from strategic planning, campaign counsel and development audits and plans, to feasibility studies for capital campaigns. Melissa specializes in creating effective individual giving programs, excelling in helping organizations build their capacity to raise major gifts. She applies innovative strategies from the for-profit arena to enhance the performance of nonprofit organizations. This perspective enables Melissa to understand the motives and priorities of diverse stakeholders and connect them with the organization’s mission and goals.
She engages all members of the leadership team including boards, senior management, development and program staff, as well as fundraising volunteers. In 2005, after living in Nicaragua, Melissa spent her time there working with impoverished communities and writing grants for school gardening and education projects for those most in need.
An accomplished organizational leader in the environmental and entrepreneurial arenas for the past 20 years, Ceveland Justis is a principal at the Potrero Group. Cleveland has worked and consulted widely throughout numerous companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations. Throughout his career he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs refine their visions and develop successful ventures.
Co-founder & Principal of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. In this role, Jonathan collaborates with nonprofits and social entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them expand and deepen their impact. He specializes in business and strategic planning, metrics development, community and millennial engagement, and impact assessment for a wide array of Third Plateau’s clients.
Tom comes to CVNL with over 20 years of fundraising, senior management, and consulting experience which represents direct engagements with over 100 organizations on an array of capacity-building projects and programming.
He proudly identifies as a cis-gendered gay Asian Pacific Islander, first-generation immigrant, former foster youth, and first in his family to graduate from college. He finds his passion for social and ecological justice in his personal background, cultural identity, mindful practices, and relationships with the community.
Immediately prior to joining CVNL, Tom served as the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Leadership and Management (DLM) consisting of graduate-level degree programs at Saybrook University, and Associate Professor of Human Resources of Bovard College at the University of Southern California (USC). Tom’s professional highlights include leading public policy and advocacy efforts in Washington DC during the Obama administration and serving as the Executive Director for OCA-APA Advocates a national civil rights organization representing the Asian Pacific Islander communities. He is often sought as a diversity, inclusion, and equity speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in diversity readiness assessments, equity-oriented leadership development, and cultural humility programming.
Tom has earned his doctorate and a master’s degree from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems, a master’s in Education from California State University East Bay, and a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University. His past and present professional credentials include Certified Management Consultant through the Institute of Management Consultants, Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation, Certified Master Coach from the Center for Coaching Certification, and Certified Fundraising Executive from CFRE International. He is an active member and contributor of the American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resources Management, the Nonprofit Consultants Network of the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Organizational Development Network.
Elliot Levin, Founder and President, Partnership Resources Group (PRG)
Elliot Levin established PRG in 1990, to assist nonprofits with capital fundraising and financial development. As managing partner, Elliot serves as senior counsel on PRG’s projects and assembles the best team to meet the requirements of each individual project. Elliot draws upon his extensive background in public-private partnerships to assist organizations with growth and the funding necessary to achieve expansion. “ This often involves our getting into the client’s head, seeing things from their perspective and problem solving, before we move ahead,” Elliot says. When measuring financial opportunities, assessment comes first. Elliot adds, “ I enjoy the strategy and planning involved in large capital development, the creation of endowments and funding feasibility assessment.” Prior to founding PRG, Elliot managed nonprofits in Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco. His last position was CEO of one of the Bay Area’s largest, United Jewish Community Centers. Elliot is joined by PRG’s experienced team or professionals lending their energy, passion and expertise to every project. “ We also rely on a network of proven specialists who make themselves available,” says Elliot. “ We know how to get things done.”
Martha Hernandez is a serial entrepreneur. As the founder of madeBOS, Martha is passionate about simplifying complicated Human
Resources practices and turn them into actionable People Operations insights that
inform strategic employee development and improve diversity, inclusion, and
Martha’s strong background in HR infrastructure and strategy and entrepreneurship led her to Co–Found ESO Ventures, an entrepreneurial support organization focused on providing the confidence, competence, and capital for any Black and Brown person to
become an entrepreneur. ESO’s big goal is to establish a business every day for the
next 10 years creating over $3B in revenue and 60,000 new jobs in underinvested
Martha is an Oakland native and Chavinda, Michoacan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Occidental College. She later became a graduate of Mills College Institute for Civic Leadership Program, as well as Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Martha completed an AI Business Strategy certification from MIT and the Senior Certified Certified Professional, SHRM–SCP, certification.
Martha became a best–selling author. Her book “I Have What it Takes” now at Target, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble is a combination of stories and principles aimed at igniting underrepresented and under–resourced talent’s natural leadership.
Principal of the Benemetrics Consulting Group, Tulsky has over thirty years of experience as a financial professional. As a consultant, he has advised clients in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors on financial planning, analysis, information gathering, capital formation, and transactional matters. His current consultancy specializes in providing contract Chief Financial Officer advisory services to medium-sized Bay Area nonprofit agencies.
Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Ines DeLuna has been very involved in community empowerment and education throughout the State of California, and has over 20 years of experienced leadership.
Ines took her first leap into public office in 2003 when she was elected to the Saint Helena School Board and served our students and educators for nearly a decade. In 2011, she continued her service as a community representative at the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Board, and the Mexican-American Vintners Association.
Fast forward to today, she continues her spirit of service as a board member of F.I.E.L.D by Cesar Chavez, President of the Napa County Latinx Democratic Club, and the elected Area 6 Trustee for the Napa Valley College. Ines holds these family values close, and brings them to every activity she is engaged with: courage, hard work, service, unity, and compassion.
Ines has also accumulated decades of public service focused on local businesses, education, and making her community a welcoming place for people of every background.
In her free time she likes to spend time with her two adult sons and her fur baby Churro.
Shannon is a facilitator and speaker with a calling to enliven creativity, confidence, and easeful collaboration in teams of all shapes and sizes.
In her practice, Enlivened Studios, she uses experiential teaching practices to break down cross-team silos and embolden transformational leadership.
With 20+ years of corporate marketing and HR strategy experience, plus a lifetime of proven leadership, performance, and creative devotion, Shannon combines skill + heart into every Enlivened Studios session.
Through this work, she’s on a mission to help people live fully, lead consciously and impact the world with joy and collective aliveness.
If you have any questions about the ELP or other CVNL training opportunities, contact:
Scott Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation policy: If plans change and you are no longer able to attend, we will transfer your enrollment and payment to the next program cycle. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period. We do not offer refunds.