Jeff Schwartz: Bio

Jeff’s success as a nonprofit organizational effectiveness coach and consultant is founded on a variety of experiences and achievements as innovator and leader:

Nonprofit CEO: As co-founder and chief spokesperson for  a national child health advocacy nonprofit that helped enact federal laws providing over $3 billion in benefits for children and families;

Foundation Project Officer:  As Director of Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness for a national affordable housing foundation and regional grant maker to a wide variety of nonprofits in the DC-Maryland-Virginia metropolitan region;

Successful Businessman: As co-founder, practice leader, and  member of the management team and board of what became a $10 million multi-disciplinary for-profit consulting firm that sold to a publicly-traded company;

Attorney-Policy Maker: As Environmental Counsel for the US House of Representatives’  Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped pass landmark Clean Air and Safe Drinking Water legislation; and

Coach/Consultant: For the last twelve years as coach, consultant, and President of a network of nonprofit consultants and coaches (Kela Associates), with six years as a Hawaii resident. [As of May 1, 2014, Kela Associates relocated to Potomac, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC, but is also maintaining its Hawaiian practice through a series of video coaching calls, periodic trips to Hawaii with in-person meetings, and new partnerships.]

In these capacities Jeff has co-designed and served as lead coach for the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (DC)’s innovative Beyond the Walls Leadership Fellowship; as co-designer and lead coach for the  Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s  Board Chair-Executive Director Leadership Institute for the last six years (serving over 70 pairs of board chairs and executive directors); as one of the coaches for the first two cohorts of the Omidyar Fellows Program in Hawaii; as coach for four of NeighborWorks America’s affiliate organizations in its Sustainable Home Ownership Project; and as executive coach for the General Counsel and Vice President of Union Pacific Corporation. 

In addition, Jeff has served as a:

* peer coaching trainer for future nonprofits directors for the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington DC;

* facilitator for the Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) 2015 convening on resident engagement strategies, outcomes, and impact assessment;

* co-presenter of a coaching workshop for the national Alliance for Families and Strong Communities at its annual meeting and as designer-facilitator of a four-part virtual training workshop series for the Alliance on “Moving from an Inspiring and Unifying Vision to an Actionable Strategic Plan”;

* facilitator for a coalition of Kaka’ako [Honolulu] businesses and institutions, including Kamehameha Schools;

* business planner for the Hawaii Change Leaders Project/Academy21 under an HLK Castle Foundation grant;

* guest lecturer on nonprofit organizational management at Kapi’olani Community College and UH –Maui College;

* strategic planning and board retreat facilitator for the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA; Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Chattanooga Public Library, and  Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga, TN;

* career transition coach for the President of the National Council of Churches and another major nonprofit leader;

* facilitator of strategic planning board meetings and/or evaluator for Kanu Hawaii, Waiole-Nuhou Corporation (Grove Farm) on Kauai, Aloha Medical Mission, Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (DC), and National Council for La Raza; and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments;

* facilitator of three peer exchange shared learning workshops of large metropolitan regional councils co-sponsored by National Association of Regional Councils and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (including metropolitan area councils/planning organizations from Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City-Wasatch Front, and San Diego);  

  * facilitator of for-profit and nonprofit mergers and acquisitions, including post-merger culture integration;

  * as co-designer and co-facilitator of the Surviving and Thriving series of action-oriented workshops for nonprofits in Honolulu and the Alakai’i series for Aloha United Way;

  * co-designer and facilitator of the focus group process for the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust’s new directions Visioning process. 

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