Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

With 25 years in organization effectiveness, Heather Berthoud is a thoughtful and trusted partner to organizational and community leaders. She combines a passion for social justice with a focused practical results-orientation that builds the ability of leaders and organizations to accomplish their goals, learn, and enjoy. Clients and colleagues describe her as insightful, fun, straightforward, challenging and supportive. She identifies the essence of issues along with models and perspectives that clients can apply themselves. She brings lightness and depth to often challenging situations.

Robin Chanay is a nationally known expert on partnership building to improve watershed health. Robin has more than 10 years experience organizing and coordinating efforts to improve watershed health. She is a board member of the Coalition for Restoration of Urban Waters, and has worked with many national groups including the River Network, Adopt-A-Watershed, The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has special interest in combined sewer overflow and urban stream restoration and brings experiences from her work in Atlanta and with the Anacostia River restoration project in Washington.

Eric Eckl is a seasoned public relations and marketing campaign strategist for environmental and other progressive causes. His areas of expertise include campaign planning, message development, online community interaction, advertising, email blasts, web videos, podcasts, community content, and other promotional efforts.

Andrew brings over 20 years of experience in advocacy, fundraising and campaign management. His experience includes serving as the Associate Vice President for Policy and Advocacy for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. In this role he oversaw public and private fundraising in excess of $15 million annually and served as the lead for policy change on issue impacting children in rural America. As the Director for the Campaign for Healthy Kids, Andrew directed thirty-three state level policy change campaigns and a national effort to engage local faith community partners to participate in summer feeding, afterschool supper, and childcare nutrition programs.

Abby Levine serves as Legal Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law.

Terri O'Brien is an experienced financial and operations professional who focuses on the connection between strong infrastructure and organizational mission. In her role as COO at Independent Sector, she provides oversight for the finance, human resources, administrative and facilities functions as well as information technology, membership and network engagement, conferences, and effective programs and practice.   Prior to joining Independent Sector in March 2010, Terri worked six years as the CFO and vice president of finance and administration at BoardSource, where she played a key role in developing and implementing two strategic plans, growing the organization’s earned revenues,  and aligning people, processes, and financial resources.

Walt Sisson currently serves as director of Finance and Administration at the American Geosciences Institute, a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional organizations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other Earth scientists. Prior to joining the Institute, Sisson worked as the vice president of Finance and Administration for Women in Cable Telecommunications, Inc, a nonprofit engaged in providing education and leadership training to women in the cable industry. In this capacity, he oversaw all accounting, financial investment, human resource, information technology and office administration functions.

Jon is the communications director at Philanthropy Northwest, based in Seattle, WA, where he manages communications and digital strategy for a network of over 2,000 philanthropists.

Bill is a partner in Trusted Space Partners, a national training and consulting firm dedicated to helping community institutions develop a new and effective networked approach to resident engagement for 21st Century neighborhood life. In this role, Bill provides technical assistance in resident engagement and community building to community based organizations and foundations across the United States.