GuideStar Speakers Bureau

GuideStar staff members are experts on a variety of nonprofit practice issues ranging from revolutionizing philanthropy to advancing sector transparency to enabling smarter charitable giving to funneling donations to high-performing nonprofits.

Tap into this expertise by arranging an interview with a GuideStar expert or having a GuideStar representative speak at your next event.

Request a GuideStar Expert

To request a GuideStar expert for an interview, meeting, or conference, please contact:

Jackie Enterline
Jackie.Enterline@guidestar.org
(202) 637-7606

Please include your name, organization, contact information, area of interest, and (if applicable) the name, date, and location of your upcoming meeting.

Our Experts

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Jacob Harold
President & CEO
@jacobcharold

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Role of information in guiding philanthropic decisions
  • Role of technology in 21st-century philanthropy
  • Evaluating nonprofit performance/measuring impact
  • Overhead Myth

Betty Baffer
Senior Director, Business Operations

Areas of Expertise

  • GuideStar products and services
  • Nonprofit business operations
  • Nonprofit sustainability through sales

Tom Barr
Senior Director of Technology, Application Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Creating nonprofit database systems
  • Data cleansing
  • Distributing databases
  • Refactoring existing database systems
  • Building effective development teams
  • Warehousing data

Adrian Bordone
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
@adrianbordone

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Role of information in guiding philanthropic decisions
  • Role of technology in 21st-century philanthropy
  • Evaluating nonprofit performance/measuring impact
  • Overhead Myth

Jim Dobrzeniecki
Vice President, Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • Agile/SCRUM development methodologies
  • Search engines
  • Existing/new nonprofit technology
  • Trends in the nonprofit industry
  • Data transfer between organizations
  • BRIDGE Project—unique organization identifiers

Mizmun Kusairi
Vice President, Strategy and Finance

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit management
  • Strategic planning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

Jasmine Marrow
Director, Nonprofit Strategy

Areas of Expertise

  • Philanthropedia research
  • Custom research
  • Performance indicators

Chuck McLean
Senior Research Fellow
@chazemclean

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit sector trends
  • Nonprofit regulation
  • Executive compensation
  • 990 data evaluation

Evan Paul
Vice President, Products
@evanthomaspaul

Areas of Expertise

  • Participatory stakeholder engagement
  • Decision support technology
  • Lean principles and Agile process
  • GuideStar products and services

Bunkie Righter
Senior Director, National Sales
@brighter

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Overhead Myth/watchdog services
  • GuideStar products & services
  • IRS Form 990: its importance as a marketing tool
  • 990 data evaluation

Tony Rodriguez
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
@TRodriguez3000

Area of Expertise

  • GuideStar products & services

Debra Snider
Vice President, Operations

Areas of Expertise

  • Overhead Myth
  • Leveraging GuideStar to increase nonprofit mission awareness
  • GuideStar's role in the nonprofit sector
  • Simplify—a new approach to applying for grants
  • Organizational cultur

Elizabeth Suarez
Director of Philanthropic Relations
@EESSuarez

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit fundraising: best practices
  • Nonprofit fundraising trends

Shane T. Ward
Senior Director of Technology, Data and Architecture

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit data
  • Warehousing data

Meet Our Experts

Jacob Harold
President & CEO
@jacobcharold
Jacob Harold
Jacob Harold speaking at FPN's 2014 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Role of information in guiding philanthropic decisions
  • Role of technology in 21st-century philanthropy
  • Evaluating nonprofit performance/measuring impact
  • Overhead Myth

Jacob Harold is a social change strategist, grantmaker, and author. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving.

At the beginning of his career, Jacob worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works. He also worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India.

Jacob was named to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50 lists, and currently serves as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Bright Funds Foundation, and Docusign IMPACT. He is a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Jacob has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. Harold has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing, Bain in business strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in complex systems science, and the School for International Training in Tibetan studies. Jacob was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.

Betty Baffer
Senior Director, Business Operations

Areas of Expertise

  • GuideStar products & services
  • Nonprofit business operations
  • Nonprofit Sustainability through Sales

Betty leads GuideStar's business development and business operations teams. Betty has been with GuideStar since 2002, when she joined the newly formed business team as the director of business operations. She has been a driving force behind the growth of GuideStar product sales, helping increase revenue from $30k to more than $8 million in a 10-year period. Prior to joining GuideStar, Betty worked more than 10 years in the telecommunications industry in regulatory and operations roles, where she focused primarily on how to advance competition among local exchange carriers. Betty earned her BA in English from the College of William and Mary and her MBA from Virginia Tech. Betty and her husband raise their five children in Williamsburg, VA, where she works closely with several local nonprofits.

Tom Barr
Senior Director of Technology, Application Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Creating nonprofit database systems
  • Data cleansing
  • Distributing databases
  • Refactoring existing database systems
  • Building effective development teams
  • Warehousing data

Tom's career has always focused on the availability, security, and reliability of data. As head of GuideStar's Data Operations, he is responsible for obtaining, improving, storing, and provisioning the data GuideStar uses to provide the scaffolding of the nonprofit sector. He has over 25 years of experience in creating systems to efficiently accept, secure, store, and distribute data including, but not limited to: distributed databases, asymmetric encryption tokens, accepting data from legacy sources, data cleansing, transparent runtime encryption/decryption, and refactoring existing systems to promote both improved speed of development and performance. Before joining GuideStar, Tom served as the vice president of technical services for both 3-G International, Inc., a start-up specializing in data systems secured via smart card technology, and the Intelligent Technologies Division of MAXIMUS, where he focused on the federal smart card market. He takes particular joy in building effective development teams. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Computer Science, both from the College of William and Mary.

Adrian Bordone
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
@adrianbordone
Adrian Bordone

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Role of information in guiding philanthropic decisions
  • Role of technology in 21st-century philanthropy
  • Evaluating nonprofit performance/measuring impact
  • Overhead Myth

Adrian leads GuideStar’s strategic partnership and business development team. Before joining GuideStar, Adrian co-founded Social Solutions, establishing the sector as a marketplace committed to using data to generate intelligence that improved results for individuals, families, and communities. More than 15,000 nonprofit organizations use Social Solutions’ software across the United States and internationally. He also brings keen insights into the practical needs of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, as well as the businesses that are built to serve them, having worked with thousands of nonprofits during his tenure at Social Solutions. Before co-founding Social Solutions, Adrian taught suspended and expelled middle school students and led adult literacy and workforce development organizations in Baltimore. He attended the Naval Academy and holds a BA from University of Baltimore and an MLA from St. John’s College in Annapolis.

Jim Dobrzeniecki
Vice President, Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • Agile/SCRUM development methodologies
  • Search engines
  • Existing/new nonprofit technology
  • Trends in the nonprofit industry
  • Data transfer between organizations
  • BRIDGE Project—unique organization identifiers

Jim is the heart and soul of the technology behind GuideStar's solutions and manages the organization's Information Technology Department. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, technical systems management, and applications development. Before joining GuideStar, Jim served as the vice president of Technical Operations for DS3 Data Vaulting, a start-up company specializing in off-site, online network backup; as chief information officer for McGuire Woods LLP, an international law firm based in Richmond, Virginia; and as the Southeast regional vice president of operations for Systems and Computer Technology in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Management Science and an MBA, both from Kent State University.

Mizmun Kusairi
Vice President, Strategy and Finance

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit management
  • Strategic planning
  • Monitoring and evaluation systems

Miz brings 15 years of international cross-sector management experience across the philanthropic, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. She leads GuideStar's strategic planning, special projects, and monitoring and evaluation systems. Before joining GuideStar, she served as vice president of operations, strategy, and talent at Global Citizen Year, a fast-growing and acclaimed nonprofit social enterprise in youth leadership development. Miz also managed nearly $1 billion in investments and led philanthropic initiatives in the chairman's office at Usaha Tegas, a $10 billion business conglomerate in Malaysia, and spent time at the Fannie Mae Foundation, Citigroup, and social investing firm Acumen Fund. She holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Jasmine Marrow
Director, Nonprofit Strategy

Areas of Expertise

  • Philanthropedia research
  • Custom research
  • Performance indicators

Jasmine is the manager of Philanthropedia Research at GuideStar. She is charged with leading Philanthropedia's research efforts, including developing international expansion, rerunning old causes, and expediting strategy for continued growth into new causes. She is also responsible for recruiting and managing interns helping with this effort. Prior to her work at Philanthropedia, Jasmine spent time as communications and operations coordinator at Great Oakland Public Schools, an education advocacy nonprofit. At the San Francisco Parks Trust, an urban greening nonprofit, she recruited volunteers, developed membership strategies, and connected with community members building community gardens. Jasmine has her Master's of Public Policy from Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she also earned her Bachelor's degree.

Chuck McLean
Senior Research Fellow
@chazemclean

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit sector trends
  • Nonprofit regulation
  • Executive compensation
  • 990 data evaluation

Chuck McLean, a founding employee of GuideStar, is responsible for conducting research for GuideStar and for customers interested in nonprofit sector data. He also works to identify new data sources and ways to present data effectively to GuideStar users. Chuck produces the annual GuideStar Compensation Report, which analyzes the salary and benefits of thousands of nonprofits throughout the country. He has 15 years of experience as a teacher and researcher at various institutions of higher education. Chuck has been a member of numerous sector-wide committees and study groups, including the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, and currently serves on the Research Council of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Aspen Institute Nonprofit Research Data group. A graduate of Christopher Newport University, Chuck also received an MS degree in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary.

Evan Paul
Vice President, Products
@evanthomaspaul

Areas of Expertise

  • Participatory stakeholder engagement
  • Decision support technology
  • Lean principles and Agile process

For his entire career, Evan's work has focused on engaging diverse stakeholders using cutting-edge technologies to enable large-scale decision making and collective action. Evan is responsible for GuideStar's product design and development as well as marketing and communications and e-commerce. Before joining GuideStar, Evan co-founded the first software as a service Web application in the University of California system, called SeaSketch, which is used by agencies around the world for collaborative planning of ocean resources. He has written multi-stakeholder negotiation simulations published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and worked with leading stakeholder engagement firms such as AmericaSpeaks, the Consensus Building Institute, Kearns & West, and Concur. His work has enabled diverse interests to reach agreement on issues including climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and health care. At the beginning of his career, Evan worked as a campaigner for ForestEthics and field organizer for the Public Interest Network. He has a master's in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

Bunkie Righter
Senior Director, National Sales
@brighter

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Overhead Myth/watchdog services
  • GuideStar products & services
  • IRS Form 990: its importance as a marketing tool
  • 990 data evaluation

Bunkie has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and revenue generation. During the last 13 years with GuideStar, she has worked in a variety of roles; for the last 11 years she has focused on developing partner relationships and delivering comprehensive data solutions from the GuideStar database for partners and clients. Today she leads the East Coast team in these efforts. Beyond the distribution of GuideStar's extensive database through licensing partnerships, she travels throughout the country talking with nonprofit professionals about GuideStar's role in the nonprofit sector. Bunkie attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and has a certificate in NonProfit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves on the stewardship committee and sings in her church choir and is also a founding member of SpiritWorks Foundation, a Center for Addiction Recovery located in Williamsburg, VA.

Tony Rodriguez
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
@TRodriguez3000
Tony Rodriguez

  Area of Expertise

  • GuideStar products & services

Tony is responsible for earned revenue, licensing, partnerships and alliances for the West Coast. Early in his tenure at GuideStar he was instrumental in informing new products and performing account management functions for large customers. He regularly gets to work with the Bay Area's most innovative companies and organizations in formulating products and services for social impact. His professional background has included director positions in hospitality design and consulting firms and technology start-ups focused on leveraging Web-based software in design and construction management. His service in the nonprofit sector includes a leadership role as vice president of the board of directors for Youth Speaks, Inc. based in San Francisco. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards of several nonprofits and is often invited to participation in early stage planning sessions by nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. Tony earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. When he's not at the office, you can find Tony enjoying his extracurricular activities such as trail running, attending poetry slams, backpacking, mountaineering and photography.

Debra Snider
Vice President, Operations
Debra Snider
Debra Snider moderating panel at America's Charities symposium

Areas of Expertise

  • Overhead Myth
  • Leveraging GuideStar to increase nonprofit mission awareness
  • GuideStar's role in the nonprofit sector
  • Simplify—a new approach to applying for grants
  • Organizational culture

Debra is at the heart of GuideStar's operations. Joining the organization as PR manager in 1999, her exceptional communication, writing, and management skills and her business savvy quickly moved her up the ladder to get her to where she is today—managing GuideStar's DC and Williamsburg facilities, along with all administrative activities, human resources, sales, internal communications, and business operations at GuideStar. As a result of her long career with GuideStar and her involvement in every facet of the organization, Debra has deep insight into its inner workings and cultural values. Debra has 35 years' experience in the communications and sales management fields, having worked for Gannett, Inc. and a number of catalog companies and public relations firms. Before joining GuideStar, she was a communications consultant, served as an elected school board member in upstate New York, and was a board member of Camp Chin Gu, a camp for Korean adoptees. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.

Elizabeth Suarez
Director of Philanthropic Relations
@EESSuarez
Elizabeth Suarez

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit fundraising: best practices
  • Nonprofit fundraising trends

Beth Suarez is GuideStar's director of philanthropic relations, responsible for securing general operating and strategic gifts in support of GuideStar's mission. Beth joined GuideStar with 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development, including positions with PBS, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Catholic Charities USA. Throughout her career, Beth has directly solicited, or empowered, trained, and counseled staff and teams in raising, in aggregate, more than $1 billion in contributions. She is active in the local nonprofit community and serves on various boards, including Montgomery Community Media and the DC chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Beth received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University.

Shane T. Ward
Senior Director of Technology, Data and Architecture
Shane T. Ward

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit data
  • Warehousing data

Shane's career in technology has always been centered on data storage, design, and architecture. As GuideStar's data architect, he is focused on the design and implementation of GuideStar's next generation of data architecture, which will allow for greater flexibility by blending together traditional SQL tools with NoSQL as well other emerging technologies. Shane has been working in the nonprofit sector for 9 years, the last 6 at GuideStar. Before joining GuideStar, Shane worked for ServiceSource, a nonprofit specializing in helping persons with disabilities find gainful employment. He also served in the US Army as part of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Shane has a Bachelor's Degree from Capella University, Industry Certifications, and Airborne wings.