Faculty

Leslie JaffeLeslie Sholl Jaffe has worked in the arena of transformational development for over 27 years. Her experience in consulting and training has traversed for-profit businesses as well as the nonprofit world of social justice work. Her expertise is in managing whole system change; leadership development; training design and facilitation; effective communication; expert meeting facilitation; and coaching for personal and professional development. Leslie has direct experience as an executive director, serving earlier in her career as the executive director of two very different nonprofits: the Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center, and Women Business Owners of New York. Leslie’s current consulting practice work includes The Rockwood Leadership Institute, The Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Bend the Arc, as well as senior level executive coaching.

Nathaniel JamesNathaniel James leads Exponent Philanthropy’s Next Gen Fellows Program and Master Juggler Executive Institute, and manages our resources on the family philanthropy, effectiveness skills, and transition points. Nathaniel has worked almost exclusively with social sector executives for nearly a decade, serving as facilitator, strategy advisor, and coach. Previously Nathaniel served as a strategic consultant to Black Girls CODE, The Kapor Center for Social Innovation, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Vision Maker Media, and The Mozilla Foundation. His transition to philanthropy began when he founded the Seattle chapter of the Awesome Foundation. Nathaniel earned his bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College, then hopped the pond to complete a master’s degree at the London School of Economics.

“Leadership development is key to creating long-term sustainable systems within our organizations… at the heart of these systems are the executive directors.” —Leslie Sholl Jaffe