Jeffrey H. Schwartz, President and Founder Kela Associates
Highlights: Before starting Kela Associates in 2005, Mr. Schwartz was a successful management consultant, entrepreneur, marketer, business line manager, strategic planner, recruiter and mentor; served as Director, Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness, for a major national foundation; co-founder, President and chief spokesman for a nonprofit public interest group/tax exempt foundation; congressional committee counsel and legislative draftsman; and attorney. Mr. Schwartz has a proven track record of success in four key areas that are particularly important to the success of Kela Associates.
· IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT: He co-founded, helped build and manage, and sold to a publicly traded company his business: a respected international multi-disciplinary environmental science, policy, and management consulting firm serving Fortune 1000 clients (Jellinek, Schwartz & Connolly, Inc. — JSC). In addition, he served as a member of the Board and management committee, led the firm’s marketing efforts, and had P & L responsibility for the firm’s strategic management and planning consulting practice.
In these capacities, he was involved in every phase of leading and managing the business from Accounting to Web Design: including development of new products and services; finance and capital development; strategic, operations, and business planning and goal setting; performance measurement and reporting; marketing and sales; HR — recruiting, hiring, supervision and performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, and career development; technology and information systems; contracts and legal issues management; acquisitions and mergers; and communications.
During his service at JSC, Mr. Schwartz consulted to a wide variety of companies and trade associations, including the American Petroleum Institute, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, Asarco, Hallmark, L. L. Bean, S. C. Johnson’s Wax, Lockheed Martin, Unocal, and General Mills Corporation. Mr. Schwartz’s consulting practice included providing management and strategic advice, counsel, and advocacy support on a number of subjects, including setting environmental goals; legislative and regulatory issues management; foresight, compliance, and strategic environmental risk management and planning; product support; corporate philanthropy and social responsibility benchmarking and performance assessment; program and project planning and development; and multidisciplinary collaborative problem solving.
- Co-founded and helped grow the business from start-up to $10 million/year in revenues; and
- Provided extraordinary ROI for employee-shareholders upon the sale of the business.
· IN NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: He co-founded, helped build and helped lead to financial self-sufficiency, an effective national non-profit 501 (c)(3) grass-roots organization of parents and doctors dedicated to protecting children’s health through public education and improved vaccine safety. (It was formerly known as Dissatisfied Parents Together [DPT], now known as National Vaccine Information Center). He also served as a member of the Board of the John E. Moss Foundation and Kids on the Hill, an after school arts program for inner city Baltimore youth.
- DPT’s parent organization, education, and advocacy efforts led to enactment of landmark legislation, The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which established a compensation program for children injured by mandated childhood vaccines. This program has paid out over $2.3 billion to more than 2500 families of vaccine-damaged children since its inception.
- Successfully pushed for research, approval, introduction, and use of a lower toxicity, safer and more effective whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine – the acellular vaccine.
- Sensitized parents, pediatricians, clinics, and media to the risks and contra-indications to vaccines and reduced the incidents of vaccine damage resulting from mal-administration of childhood vaccines.
- Following Mr. Schwartz’s active service for DPT/NVIC, the organization has continued for over 20 years to be self-sustaining and has been widely recognized as the leading vaccine safety organization in the country.
· In PHILANTHROPY: For three years, Schwartz served as a program officer, grant maker and Director, Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness, for the Fannie Mae Foundation (FMF). Schwartz also founded and served as President of the Social Venture Capital Foundation.
- While at FMF, with Schwartz’s strategic advice and assistance, FMF reshaped its goals and grant making strategy to (a) emphasize support for higher performing DC area and national affordable housing nonprofits, and (b) help them improve their performance for low- and moderate-income working families through multi-year, general operating support grants with clearer quantitative output, outcome, and impact goals.
- Schwartz promoted the formation and led the Foundation’s first National Advisory Committee on Organizational Effectiveness, assembling a premier panel of outside experts on nonprofit capacity building and performance enhancement and developing recommendations that guided the Foundation’s evolving grant making strategy.
- Led the Foundation’s cross-functional, multi-disciplinary team to define and develop operational criteria for “higher performing organizations” to be supported under the evolving strategy.
- At the Social Venture Capital Foundation, Schwartz has identified emerging leaders, made grants to, and provided coaching and networking assistance and support to a range of start-up or early stage nonprofit organizations. One of these groups, Critical Exposure, has helped get over $400 million additional appropriated for new school rehabilitation and improvement projects as a result of its innovative youth arts, civic engagement and advocacy program.
· IN PUBLIC POLICY: For five years, Schwartz served as Counsel for Environmental Legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee. In this capacity, he drafted legislation and amendments, met with constituents and staff of Committee members, negotiated agreements with Senate counter-parts in conference committees, developed policy papers and options for the Committee consideration, wrote speeches, conducted policy-oriented research, and assisted in coalition building and policy development and analysis.
- As Committee Counsel, Schwartz played a major role in the enactment of such landmark legislation as the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977, as well as other environmental legislation (e.g., TSCA and RCRA).
- He helped initiate the first congressional hearings on the ozone depleting potential of chlorinated fluorocarbons in consumer products.
- As spokesman for Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT), he helped draft and get enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and served as a public member of Health and Human Services Department’s national Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines.
Attorney. For over 30 years, Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Bar in Ohio and District of Columbia. In addition to his service as congressional committee counsel, he was an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and legislative attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He no longer practices law, devoting full time attention instead to organizational effectiveness coaching and consulting.