Julie Meyer

Areas of Expertise

Julie Meyer  |  Consultant

Experience

Julie Meyer has worked for over 30 years in the non-profit sector as volunteer, staff, management, founder, and board member for small to medium-sized organizations in the areas of social services, international development and policy, health care, and education. She has worked with grassroots and activist organizations, the community service sector and the philanthropic community. In addition to her extensive management experience, Ms. Meyer has helped found numerous organizations and re-structure others to better fulfill their goals. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, DC’s oldest charter school, for thirteen years. TNS is a bilingual GED and ESL program for older “disconnected” youth ages 16-24 with full-time day and part-time evening programs and extensive wraparound services. Ms. Meyer oversaw the school’s rapid growth in size and program offerings, facility acquisition, re-chartering and re-accreditation, and rise to “tier one” rank. She has been a tireless advocate for disconnected youth and immigrants. Ms. Meyer founded the New England Central America Network and represented the New England region for CISPES. She helped found and direct The Lambi Fund of Haiti and Grantmakers Without Borders. She is fluent in Spanish and has worked primarily in the areas of Latin American policy and development, the local, DC Latino community, and education issues.


Liz Mizell

Areas of Expertise

Development, Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorships, Communication (website and social media), Nonprofit Management, Event Planning

Liz Mizell  |  Consultant

Experience

Liz Mizell brings to Capacity Partners nearly a decade of experience working in event planning, operations, and fundraising with a variety of clients in health, education, social service sectors. As a fundraiser and event coordinator, she worked at Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and Stafford Hospital Foundation; and successfully launched the grand opening of the first Freestanding Emergency and Outpatient Center. Liz went on to manage Doris Buffet’s day-to-day work and event planning for two of Buffet’s Google-sponsored foundations: The Sunshine Lady Foundation and its spin-off, Learning By Giving Foundation. Previously, Liz served as Director of Corporate Sponsorships for Luke’s Wings and as Corporate Partnerships Manager for United Way NCA. In addition to her work for Capacity Partners she works part-time as Director of Development, Communications and Individual Giving at the Oak Hill Cemetery Historic Preservation Foundation.

Education & Certification

University of Alabama, BS, Family Financial Planning and Counseling
Richmond University, London, UK
Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education from BoardSource

Clients

National Society of Colonial Dames, Washington Yu Ying Charter School

Community Service

Liz currently serves with the Junior League of Washington and National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, Liz has also served on the board of directors for the Tennessee State Society and as a grants panelist for United Way NCA’s Community Impact Grants.

Favorite Quote

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings


Daniel Wacker

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, nonprofit management, board governance, and site development

We have been fortunate to have Dan Wacker providing executive coaching for our Head of School. He has been an excellent sounding board, offering consistently on-point advice drawn from his extensive experience as an executive coach. Finding this type of focus and expertise targeted at the needs of non-profits is challenging; Dan has been a great asset to our school.

— Rob Collins, former Board Chair, Chesapeake Montessori School, Annapolis, MD

Daniel Wacker  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Daniel Wacker is a management consultant, negotiator and attorney with a backgound in organizational leadership, board governance, and site development. Dan has over thirty years of leadership experience as an officer in the Air Force, both active (1971-1980) and reserve (1980-1998), and as an attorney with the Office of General Counsel of Mobil Oil Corporation (1981-2000). During both his military and Mobil careers, Dan spent much of his time on postings outside the United States in France, Korea, Japan, Germany and England. While in the Air Force, Dan served as a Judge Advocate involved in investigations and litigation in Asia and Europe including a two-year assignment as a circuit prosecutor in countries throughout NATO. While in Mobil, Dan negotiated major development projects throughout the world, conducted due diligence investigations, served on the boards of foreign affiliated companies, and led the legal departments of several affiliates. When Dan retired from Mobil after its merger with Exxon Corporation, he was the Deputy Worldwide Managing Counsel of Mobil’s 230+ lawyer worldwide legal department.

Education & Certification

Cert. de Scolarite, 1970, L’Ecole de l’Air (The French Air Force Academy)
B.S., Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1971
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1974
Visiting Fellow, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, 1981
Member of the bars of Wisconsin and New York

Clients

School for Friends, Chesapeake Montessori School, BoardMatch Montgomery

Community Service

Dan is a former board chairman and capital campaign co-chairman of the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, where he negotiated a 30-year lease with Montgomery County for a school building and oversaw a $7 million renovation of the leased facility. Dan regularly volunteers at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring that serves daily meals to the County’s homeless population and other less fortunate members of the community.

Get to know me

Dan is a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs which meets twice a month to discuss major issues of foreign policy with members of the Washington foreign policy establishment. When not traveling internationally or serving his Capacity Partners clients, he will often be in his woodworking studio designing and building pieces of furniture using Asian techniques of joinery.

Favorite Quote

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”


Stephanie Hanson

Areas of Expertise

Development, Capital Campaigns, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Management

Stephanie Hanson  |  Associate

Experience

Stephanie Hanson brings experience in fundraising, program and volunteer management, including managing an annual giving campaign and the capital campaign public phase for Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Alexandria, VA. She has also served as Leadership Development Program Manager for the national arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. In a volunteer capacity, she has co-chaired the DC Emerging Arts Leaders Network, participated as a grants panelist for both the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Alexandria Commission for the Arts, and served on the board of directors for Arts on the Horizon.

Education & Certification

Miami University of Ohio, Bachelors in Music Performance
American University, Masters, Arts Management

Clients

Arts for the Aging, American Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), Chevy Chase Recreation Association, EveryMind, Manna Food Center, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), The Puppet Co.

Community Service

Stephanie served as the Development Committee chair and former board member for the Arts on the Horizon, a theatre company in Alexandria, VA serving children ages 0 – 6.

Get to know me

A favorite day for Stephanie includes an early morning hike, spending time with her husband and young children at home or in their hometown of Vienna, VA, and ending the day with yoga and a good book.

Favorite Quote

“Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” – Anonymous


Steve Longley

Areas of Expertise

Fundraising Strategy and Implementation, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Comprehensive Development

He puts his clients first; he can push when needed, wait when asked, and he can get to “yes” in the most timely and low-key manner. He is a pleasure to work with.

— Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Steve Longley  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Fortunate to have evolved over twenty years in local nonprofit development, Steve is continually shaped and forged by nonprofit clients whose missions are larger than life. At the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington – led by visionary CEOs and tirelessly dedicated boards – Steve has secured corporate partnerships, capital campaigns, board expansions and major gifts through strategic long-term relationship development. His skill set in blending need with opportunity has helped strengthen several companies and organizations in Greater Washington.

Education & Certification

B. Music Theory, University of North Texas
MBA, The George Washington University
Certification, Northwestern University Online Specialization in Social Media Marketing

Community Service

Steve is an energetic and committed community volunteer, having served on the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, as Board Chair of The Barnesville School, member of the St. Andrews Annual Fund Committee, founding Chair of the National String Symphonia and as a member of the Board for the Kentlands Citizens Assembly.

Get to know me

Steve is most proud of his family: wife Lynn, daughters Stephanie, Katie and Perri, and son Kevin, his three grandkids and the family dogs. He is a licensed realtor in Montgomery County and DC. In his free time, Steve composes music, plays classical and jazz guitar, loves reading non-fiction and co-hosts the Kentlands Wine Club.

Favorite Quote

“You always get the investors you deserve” – Warren Buffett


Louise Crawford

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning; Facilitation – Meetings, Retreats, Board Work; Executive Leadership Coaching

Louise Stoner Crawford  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Louise Stoner Crawford comes to executive coaching after more than two decades as a facilitator and strategic planning consultant. She began coaching leaders as a natural outgrowth of her work with organizations as they worked through periods of transition. Louise brings compassion, strategic thinking and personal experience to her coaching clients. Louise has completed the Leadership Coaching Certificate program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is working towards ACC certification.

Louise currently splits her time between The Tunisian American Enterprise Fund where she is a Managing Director of the $100 million fund and Capacity Partners where she is a Partner Consultant, working closely with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement realistic strategic plans, facilitate growth, and develop executive capacity. To both roles, she brings business tools, insight, and experience to enhance organizational capacity and promote success. Louise has her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and her BA in Development Studies from Brown University. Louise and her husband have two young adult children and live with their overgrown mutt, Oscar in the Greater DC area.

Education & Certification

Brown University, BA
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, MBA
Georgetown University, Institute of Transformational Leadership, Executive Leadership Coaching Program
Certified: Leadership Circle Profile 360

Clients

Georgetown Business Improvement District, DC Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, White Flint DAC, Nonprofit Montgomery


Julie Crudele

Areas of Expertise

Campaign strategy, major gifts, and corporate and foundation research

Julie Crudele  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Julie Crudele focuses on campaign strategy, major gifts, and corporate and foundation research for international development organizations. Previously, Julie served as the vice president of development and communications at CEDPA where she raised international funds for programs for women and girls. She has also conducted special foundation projects for Planned Parenthood and served as a consultant with OMP, a direct marketing and communications firm founded by Frank O’Brien. Other positions include executive vice president of the Jane Goodall Institute and vice president of communications and development at University Circle, Cleveland, plus many more. Her wide experience includes two endowment campaigns.

Education & Certification

Two master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University in International Health and Medical Anthropology.

Clients

American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, American Secondary Schools for International Students & Teachers (ASSIST), Armed Services Arts Partnership, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Earthrights International, Friends of the Library Silver Spring, Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, National Society of Colonial Dames of America, National Bonsai Foundation, Open World Leadership Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, Textile Museum.

Community Service

Julie is the President of the Board of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park, a member of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a board member of Annapolis Green, a board member of the National Bonsai Foundation and a member of the Association of Baltimore Grantmakers Giving Circle Connector Committee.

Get to know me

Julie is sailor who loves the water and all things sailing, an avid traveler to far-away places, and is always working on greening the planet.

Favorite Quote

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  –Jane Goodall


Sandi Marra

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning, Board Development, Management Consulting

Sandi was excellent with whom to work. When we explained our expectations and background on our organization, she carefully listened and developed a workshop which addressed our needs. She even changed her personal travel plans to accommodate our time frame. I highly recommend Sandi and Capacity Partners.

– Sue Tempero, former Region II Vice President and Governance Chair for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

Sandi Marra  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Sandi Marra offers expertise in facilitating strategic planning and implementation, as well as board development and creating positive board­ staff interactions. Having led organizations in both executive staff and board chair roles, Sandi understands the importance of respecting cultural norms and traditions while creating the impetus for bringing about needed organiza­tional change. She was the chief operating officer of St. Coletta of Greater Washington, guiding the strategic growth of the organization from $5 million to $20 million in operating budget. In a volunteer role, she is the chair of the board of directors of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a $10 million national member, volunteer-based, organization.

Education & Certification

Sandi has a bachelor’s degree in English from Rowan University and an MS in Human Resource Management from the School of Public Affairs, Kogod School of Business, American University. She holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Processes from the Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University.

Clients

National Society of Colonial Dames of America, C & O Canal Towns Partnership, St. Coletta of Greater Washington, Primary Care Coalition, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Loudoun County Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)

Community Service

Her understanding of nonprofit boards comes from her personal experience serving in that role including her current position as Chair of the Board of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. A Volunteer to the Appalachian Trail for over 25 years, Sandi is currently Chair of the Board of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, an $10 million national nonprofit membership organization.

Get to know me

Sandi has hiked over 1,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail and she and her husband, Chris “Trailboss” Brunton, oversee three miles of the AT in northern Virginia. Sandi and Chris live in the historic town of Harpers Ferry, WV, where they can walk out their back door and be on the Trail in just a few minutes. Their 166-year-old home has graffiti in the attic from when Union soldiers were billeted in the house. Cat Sweetie Pie often chases ghosts through the rooms.

Favorite Quote

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” –– Maya Angelou


Margo Reid

Areas of Expertise

Fundraising, strategic planning, feasibility studies, board development

Margo Reid was the driving force behind a successful fundraising event for the Washington Conservatory of Music.  Her creative ideas, plans for reaching out to the community, attention to the detail and indefatigable spirit, created an elegant, fun evening that not only met our financial goal, but generated enthusiasm and a renewed sense of commitment among our donors and board.

— Kathy Judd, Executive and Artistic Director, Washington Conservatory of Music

Margo Reid  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Margo Reid brings a combination of creative flair and detail-oriented discipline to common challenges facing nonprofit organizations. She honed her management skills, community outreach, and consensus-building consulting on social action campaigns for issue-oriented films including Oscar-nominated documentaries, BULLY and How to Survive a Plague. Margo is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with twenty years’ experience in social and political film works as a producer, director, and writer. She now brings her focus to nonprofit growth and organization.

Education & Certification

Margo graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Literature and an M.A. in Speech Communication.

Clients

Manna Food Center, the Puppet Co., Bethesda Soccer Club

Community Service

After all of the galas, in-home fundraisers, stream cleanup marathons, and mammoth charity yard sales; one of Margo’s most gratifying volunteer commitments is with Community Bridges which serves to empower immigrant girls. She mentors high-school senior Etsube from Ethiopia and sees this as a lifelong relationship.  She chaired boards in the arts and education arenas and continues to support events and fundraising. She also serves on the Montgomery County Executive’s Ball supporting arts and humanities. She graduated Leadership Montgomery, SLM class of 2017, and works with LM moderating panels, planning programs, and screening BoardMatch candidates.

Get to know me

After a day designing nonprofit strategies, Margo works to perfect her Calabrian-chili-charred Napa cabbage and Lebanese sfeeha, or enjoys a mixed doubles tennis challenge.

Favorite Quote

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it difficult to plan the day.”

— E. B. White


Bernard Baskin

Areas of Expertise

Campaigns, Nonprofit Marketing and Digital Strategy, Feasibility Studies & Major Gifts, Strategic Planning, Board Development, Nonprofit Management

Bernie, you are seriously the best, thank you! This is exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks for reading my mind 🙂

–– Kennedy Leavens, Founder of Awamaki

Bernard Baskin  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Bernie Baskin specializes in management consulting, including project management, business strategy, marketing and digital media. His interest in advising clients led him to law school where he focused on international development and corporate law. He practiced in Singapore and Vietnam, advising clients throughout Southeast Asia. He later pivoted into the business world, founding Gatehouse Publishing, a boutique publishing and content development group serving a wide audience including Fortune 500 clients and governments. Bernie has consulted with non-profits since 2014, focusing heavily on earned revenue enhancement, marketing, social impact product development, and fundraising. He recently led a pilot project to generate earned revenue for Arts for the Aging and is currently serving as campaign manager at Manna Food Center.

Education & Certification

Bernie earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his JD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Clients

Manna Food, Arts for the Aging, Awamaki, Argenta Community Theater, ACANSA

Community Service

Bernie regularly works with artisan social-impact organizations across the globe. He recently worked closely with Awamaki on a wide range of management consulting projects, as well as a marketing project that included web development, short video production, and design assistance.

Get to know me

In his free time, Bernie usually can be found reading, woodworking, gardening, or riding a motorcycle through the backwoods of Virginia. He has traveled extensively and lived in Southeast Asia for more 7 years.

Favorite Quote

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  – Antoine De Saint-Exupery