The Partnership Team embodies the values of collaboration, respect, learning, empowerment and striving towards excellence with each other and the clients that we serve. Teamwork, innovation and flexibility are key elements of this nimble and dynamic team.
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Michelle Byerly, Executive Director for The Nonprofit Partnership, has been working in the non-profit sector for over 16 years. She has served in various roles in her career, providing direction and supervision in the areas of social services, education, fundraising and youth and family programming. From these experiences she grew to have a passion for working in collaboration with the nonprofit community. Michelle is honored to be a part of TNP, of building the capacity of nonprofits so they can make positive change in their communities. With a particular focus on fostering collaborations to bridge connections in the sector, Michelle is excited about leading TNP as we grow and evolve, bring best practices to the sector.
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
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In the late 1990’s, Carolina Quezada began a career in the nonprofit sector, working for a community-based organization with a strong emphasis on educational and neighborhood services. For the next ten years, her work focused on grant writing, program management, and administration in the nonprofit sector. In 2009, she moved to the Midwest to complete a two-year fellowship in philanthropy. Joining the grant making team at the Iowa West Foundation allowed Carolina to look at organizational challenges and effectiveness from a different perspective. One of the most rewarding experiences for her, however, was managing a small nonprofit organization in Omaha, Nebraska for five-and-a-half years, overseeing a team of nineteen and ensuring the organization’s budget grew steadily year after year. Carolina holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management (MAOM) from Antioch University Los Angeles.
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Ariana Kennedy comes to The Nonprofit Partnership after dedicating over a decade to working for several cities in public administration, contract management, social media campaigns and marketing, community relations, and budgeting. She held 11 certifications from FEMA in Emergency Management and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics from Occidental College as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Her commitment to the nonprofit sector was instilled early on as she hails from a family steeped in service-driven efforts. When not at work, she enjoys playing beach volleyball, traveling, and experimenting with new recipes.
PROGRAM MANAGER – EDUCATION
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Christina Kreachbaum has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Primarily working in the social service field, she served in several areas including: volunteer management, community engagement and outreach, fundraising, resource development, grant writing and evaluation, supervision, and self-care. Logging over 5,000 hours providing trainings and presentations, she now works to shape our education programming. She brings a passion for helping nonprofit organizations build connections with other agencies to collaborate on projects and address the community’s needs with a unified focus. Holding a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education from California State University, Long Beach, she is also a proud graduate of TNP’s Emerging Leaders Program. She feels honored to work here and help make the third sector stronger.
When not working, she is happily writing, reading, and taking road trips.
PROGRAM MANAGER – BEST START
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Christina Hall is the Program Manager for The Nonprofit Partnership focused on First 5 LA’s Best Start Region 4. After working in the corporate realm, she transitioned to the nonprofit sector to provide dynamic leadership in creating sustainable regional changes that value social equity, environmental best practices, and enhance community well-being through multi-agency collaboration. For over the last decade, Christina has been part of multiple place-based, systems-change initiatives with a focus on advocacy, policy, and shifting systemic inequities. Her background has included collaborative solution creation for social justice matters relating to food access, the right to water, and other social determinants of public health. Some of these regional initiatives include the CDC’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH), Kaiser’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), and St. Joseph’s Intersections Initiative. Through these initiatives and others, Christina has worked with community residents to pass policies such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s Restaurant Meals program in Orange County, CA budget allocations for the Market Match program, promotion of CA farms in institutional meal programs, legalization of seed sharing, living wage ordinances, affordable housing protections, and many others.
She has a BS in Biology, an MA in Urban Sustainability and over 20 years of project/program management experience. Christina is adjunct faculty at Chapman University, teaching a global food systems class where she employs her knowledge and experience in systems changes.
SYSTEMS CHANGE MANAGER – BEST START
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Meghan Stanford obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in Gender Studies and Disability Studies and an interest in international human rights work from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University. Meghan came to The Nonprofit Partnership after directly working in harm-reduction efforts. She realized that her passion lies in preventative action, systems change and policy work. Her background includes working with people who have experienced complex trauma, fighting against the criminal injustice system, conducting research on international human rights, and working toward the liberation of marginalized communities. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys traveling to other countries, making art, reading, and spending time with her family and cat.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR – EDUCATION
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With a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Judy envisioned a career that would positively impact the community. Judy’s career began with marketing and development internships for environmental nonprofit organizations focusing on solar power and ocean sustainability. She went on to become a Community Developer for a private solar power firm, where she utilized marketing, event coordination, and public relations to help communities adopt solar renewable energy. She also volunteered as a graphic designer for a nonprofit dedicated to ending youth homelessness. Judy leverages her background in marketing, event coordination, graphic design, and customer service to support The Nonprofit Partnership’s education programs. Through her role at TNP, Judy helps support over a hundred nonprofit organizations and their diverse causes every day. Outside of work, Judy enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her dog and cat.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR – CUSTOM SUPPORT
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With a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Child Studies from Santa Clara University, and as a first-generation college student, Madison has built her career around the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a research fellow, she conducted a social impact study for a social enterprise that focused on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda and Uganda. She then entered the realm of nonprofits with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where she served as a volunteer coordinator at a nonprofit that empowers asylum seekers in Washington, D.C. Madison comes to TNP with a passion to help organizations succeed in making their best impact.
In her free time, Madison loves reading, running, and soaking up the sun.