The Network Within
Netcentric Campaigns has had great success assessing, and planning and building action focused networks. From our roots of providing media tools and media databases for environment, foreign policy and women’s health networks to organizing large networks focused on public health and childhood obesity, we bring a unique mix of nonprofit organizing and technology experience to our work with networks.
Board of Directors
With more than 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 improves leaders’ and organizations’ ability to accomplish their goals, learn, and enjoy. Clients and colleagues describe her as insightful, fun, straightforward, challenging and supportive.
Her clients include Advocates for Youth, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Interfaith Alliance, National Employment Law Project, Queens University of Charlotte, and the Sierra Club. In addition to her consulting practice, she is faculty for the American University Masters in Organization Development. She has led development programs including Leading Nonprofit Organizations for the Gestalt International Study Center, the Practitioners Program with the Center for Human Systems, and numerous workshops on planning, diversity, and leadership.
She has authored several publications on diversity, planning, training and consulting. A recent publication is “OD is Diversity: Differences are at the Heart of the Field”, in the Fall 2015 edition of OD Practitioner, the Journal of the Organization Development Network (Volume 47 No. 4). She is a member of NTL Institute, Organization Development Network, and the Gestalt International Study Center. In addition, she completed global leadership and organizational studies through the Gestalt iGOLD certification program. Her work is informed by nearly 20 years as a student and instructor of martial arts and 12 years studying yoga.
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.
Her work focuses on partnership building amongst diverse interests to achieve watershed protection and restoration, bringing together grassroots groups, community leaders, governments, schools, underserved communities and other stakeholders in the process. Robin believes success can only be achieved when all the community is involved, when the community is informed and when everyone works in partnership.
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.
For 15 years, Terri held a variety of roles at World Wildlife Fund, the most recent of which was the director of financial operations where she led smart business practices for the home office and 16 field offices and integrated multi-year program strategies and plans with budgeting. Terri also held positions at Miles & Stockbridge and the consulting firm of Yaffe & Offutt, both in Baltimore. She has volunteered on a number of school financial and strategic planning committees and currently serves as a trustee for Thomas Benjamin Combs Trust.
Terri graduated from Towson University, where she majored in communications with a concentration in journalism. She passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 1995.
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. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.
Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance.
Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, OH. Abby holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. from American University.
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. In addition to work in advocacy, Andrew has served in policy positions for the Connecticut and Wisconsin legislatures and worked for Maine’s Congressman Tom Allen. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll College. In 2003, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University School of Law.
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.
Eric's company, Water Words That Work, serves clients such as the National Park Service, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the Biodiversity Project, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and government and private nature protection and pollution control organizations.
Prior to launching his own business, Eric led advocacy campaigns, managed media relations and oversaw web and print publishing activities for a variety of nonprofit, government and for-profit organizations. He has appeared in countless news stories and is a frequent speaker at national and regional marketing and environmental conferences.
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. Prior to joining Philanthropy Northwest in 2013, he spent 15 years as a founding staffer at Groundwire, which provided strategy and technology consulting to environmental advocacy groups.
Jon holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and B.S. in Political Science from Williams College. Jon is the board chair of Netcentric Campaigns.
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.
Walt also served as vice president for Finance and Administration at American Rivers, Inc for 11 years. He previously worked in the recycling and environmental services fields, where he assisted several large municipal entities in establishing residential and commercial recycling programs.
Walt also served as an appointee to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Solid Waste and Recycling in Fairfax County, Virginia. He earned a B.A. in accounting from Old Dominion University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech.
In his spare time, Walt enjoys running, cycling, soccer and spending time with his son hiking in the Shenandoah and rafting the rivers of the east coast.
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.
Bill also serves as a strategic adviser to Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc., (LCW) where he worked as executive director from 1999 to 2011. LCW is an initiative working to rebuild the struggling city of Lawrence, Mass., which is also his hometown. During his tenure with LCW, Bill led the organization’s transformation from a staff of two (and a financial deficit) to a staff of 45, an operating budget of more than $2.3 million, a membership of more than 5,000 residents and more than $60 million in new redevelopment and community building efforts in the city.
Bill has more than 30 years of experience in community development and community organizing in urban areas throughout the United States. He began his professional life in 1979 as a community organizer for Mass Fair Share. He then served as the first executive director of the Coalition for A Better Ace (CBA Inc.) in Lowell, Mass., where he led a $20 million redevelopment effort and various community organizing efforts throughout the 1980s.
From 1991 to 1999, Bill founded and served as the president of Neighborhood Partners and the Neighborhood Partners Fund, which assisted more than 200 community development efforts nationwide with technical assistance and leadership development grants. In 1998, Bill was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and during that time developed the strategy, initial resources and the team to launch Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.
Bill received a master’s degree in management from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1983. He also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and later served as adjunct faculty in the school’s sociology department. Bill received the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts in 1996.
Bill serves as a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous articles and handbooks on community development, community organizing and leadership. Bill splits his time between the Boston area and the nation’s capital.
Marty pioneered integration of network-centric principles into civic organizing and social change work. He drives the strategy, vision and the development of Netcentric Campaigns, working with advocacy leaders from nonprofits and foundations to further their understanding of the powerful role networks of people can play in all elements of their work.
Marty leads Netcentric’s product design, project oversight, evaluation, development of advocacy network theory and strategic business planning. One of Netcentric’s founders, Marty has been with the organization for nearly 18 years and works with staff on all advocacy networks supported by Netcentric. These networks have played a vital role in moving change forward in a wide range of movements, including to achieve progressive victories in Maryland, support leaders in the public health space, reduce pollution in Pennsylvania and reverse childhood obesity nationwide.
In addition, Marty oversaw Green Media Toolshed, which for 12 years offered communications tools for the environmental movement that allowed advocates to spread their message more effectively and efficiently. GMT offered a professional suite of tools, strategic advice, trainings and services to more than 300 organizations and more than 1,000 communication staff, helping them connect with media and save millions of dollars in the process.
Along with his direct advocacy work, Marty has developed mass online volunteer projects, engaging tens of thousands of volunteers in distributed online research into reporter contact data. For example, he was the founder and catalyst behind MobileActive.org, a first-of-its-kind international conference of people using cell phones for civic engagement. Marty also created the Georgia River Network, served as a grants coordinator at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and has worked on local, state and national political campaigns. He began his career as a Jesuit International Volunteer in Kingston, Jamaica.
A dynamic speaker, Marty is often found at communications, technology and organizing strategy venues supporting progressive civic engagement. He also has authored chapters in Mobilize2.0 and Rebooting America and has been published in Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Personal Democracy Forum. Marty taught a graduate course at Temple University Fox School of Business focused on lessons and innovations’ from the front of Cyberwar for leaders in business and organizing. He has a bachelor’s degree LeMoyne College and a master’s degree from Yale University.
A dishwasher, dog walker, frisbee fan and a terrible but committed mountain biker, Marty and his wife Maryann are raising three awesome children in Rockville, Md.
Network Team - Senior Strategy Advisor
Ms. Krishna K. Roy is a conservationist and social activist. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for three decades as a grant maker, consultant and in senior management positions specializing in capacity building, strategic planning, development, marketing, event planning, and public relations. Most recently she was the Chief of Global Programs for the Division of International Conservation at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Formerly, she was Vice President of Communications and Development at Island Press, Senior Conservation Advisor to the Zoological Society of San Diego, Environmental Law Institute, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and other nonprofits. She also was the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for the Wolf Trap Foundation, and the Center for Marine Conservation's Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Other assignments include The Nature Conservancy, New York University, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
From 2010-2015, Ms. Roy was the U.S. Government representative to the Ramsar Wetlands of Importance Convention. She was instrumental in the adoption of a migratory bird conservation plan at the Convention of Migratory Species Conference of Parties in Ecuador. In 2006 Ms. Roy chaired and organized a conference at Georgetown University entitled Nonviolence in the Age of Terrorism to commemorate the 100th anniversary of M.K. Gandhi's first nonviolent action in South Africa. She also hosted an interfaith prayer at Lincoln Memorial on the 11th of September 2006 to call for a Day of Peace and Reconciliation. In 2007, she created a "Peace Week" initiative that included a visit to India by US lawmakers and peace activists. In addition to raising more than $80 million for various causes, she has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking environmental media and marketing campaigns involving public-private partnerships with Discovery Communications, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Telemundo, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Exxon, Arm and Hammer, Chevrolet, Detroit Tigers, and BBDO among others.
Her experience includes directing communications activities for large institutions, including program design, media relations, publications, placements, and branding. In 1984, Ms. Roy worked on the film The Garden of Eden, a 28-minute documentary on the importance of saving biodiversity that was nominated for an Oscar and won numerous other film awards. She won a Telly in 2000 for co-producing a documentary entitled "Killing our Oceans." In 1995, Ms. Roy was a principal in designing and launching "Save the Tiger Fund," an international grantmaking and public awareness campaign, created with a $5 million initial gift from the Exxon Corporation to protect tigers in the wild. To this date this is the largest conservation fund dedicated to a single species.
Ms. Roy has a B.A. (Honors) in Political Science from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India and an M.A in Comparative History and Television Production and Direction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She serves on many nonprofit boards including DC Witness, Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, National Architectural Trust, Gull Rock Lightkeepers, Oceangate Foundation, and was chairman of the board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, founded by Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi. She co-chairs the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative.
Network Team - Halt the Harm Network
Ryan Clover is a co-founder of Shaleshock Action Alliance – a grassroots effort in Central NY from 2008-2013. He participated in the listening project, coordinated the outreach committee, and helped organize direct action trainings throughout the region.
In 2016 Ryan joined Halt the Harm Network start interviewing members of the network for a local radio program – which eventually turned into Halt the Harm Podcast.
Ryan's passions are trainings, facilitation, and helping grassroots campaigns with their messaging strategy.
Network Team - Operations and Finance
Donna provides the operations and financial capacity to Netcentric Campaigns. Donna's career is dedicated to providing the finance and operations strengths needed to advance good work. Donna has held various responsibilities for the work at Netcentric Campaigns. she joined the work for Green Media Toolshed, in October 2011 after twenty-one years of working for the environmental justice movement as the Director of Administration and Finance at the Environmental Support Center. She has lived in and traveled to over twenty countries around the world and this love of culture and travel has translated in an ability to work well with people from all backgrounds and belief systems. An alumnus of Georgetown University, class of 1984, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA and is looking forward to growing with Green Media Toolshed. She is the mother of two and loves cook and relax at the beach with a pile of good books.