Irvine New Leadership Network Program Team:
Heather Grant McLeod, Managing Director
Heather McLeod Grant is the co-founder of Open Impact—a social impact advising firm—and a published author, speaker, and consultant with more than 25 years experience in social change. She is coauthor of the bestselling
Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and other publications, including The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Previously she was the founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors, helped lead the nonprofit practice at Monitor Institute for five years, and served as a McKinsey & Company consultant. She has advised many of the leading nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and foundations of our time, and has given hundreds of speeches and workshops all over the world. She has expertise focused on philanthropy, social change networks, leadership and capacity-building, social innovation and entrepreneurship, nonprofit management,and organizational development. Heather began her career as an Echoing Green Fellow in ’93 when she co-founded Who Cares, a national magazine for social entrepreneurs. She has been a Venture Partner with Draper-Richards-Kaplan and served on many local, national, and global nonprofit boards. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB
from Harvard University.
Adene Sacks, Program Director and Co-Facilitator
Adene Sacks is a philanthropic advisor and social impact strategy consultant who spends her days thinking about how networks, design and strategy can amplify efforts at social change. There is usually chocolate involved.
Adene happily wears many hats. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Open Impact and just spent a year with the Organizational Effectiveness team at the Packard Foundation. Previously, she spent three years as a Senior Advisor at DataKind, a year with the Fellows Program at the Stanford d.School and a year running a Network of Network Leaders on behalf of the Hawaii Community Foundation. In a previous life, Adene served as the first senior program officer at Jim Joseph Foundation. It’s there, while stewarding a $40M grants portfolio, that she experienced how powerful networks are in transmittingthe values and ideas necessary to drive social change. In 1999, Adene was the founding director of Israel VentureNetwork, a network of technology leaders from Israel and the US who leverage their resources, financial and otherwise, to reduce social gaps in Israel.
Johnny Manzon-Santos, PCC, Network Coach
Johnny is passionate about surfacing connections. He is co-principal of pearldiving LLC, a coaching and consulting practice
committed to partnering with individuals and organizations in transition. He invites emerging and seasoned leaders
to tell the truth, align head-heart-stomach, and lead from where we are—with fierceness, humor and humanity.
Since 1985 Johnny has been engaged in peace and social justice movements as an activist, organizer, and client advocate.
A strategic thinker with deep experience in the nonprofit sector, he served 15 years as executive director of health/HIV
agencies in New York and San Francisco. He has led through boom and bust economic times and is intimately familiar
with start-up, rapid expansion, downsizing, and merger. Johnny’s earliest community work centered on crisis counseling
and anti-discrimination training with young people in high-risk situations.
His leadership has been recognized by the American Foundation for AIDS Research, New York State Department of Health,
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and KQED as an Asian Pacific American Heritage Bay Area Local Hero. In 2008
he was selected to deliver the inaugural Balgopal Lecture on Asian Americans & Human Rights at the University
of Illinois. Johnny is certified by the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed through the International Coach
Federation, and trains and mentors coaches as a faculty member with Leadership that Works. He is an alumnus of Brown
University and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Mark Nicolson, Co-Facilitator
Mark Nicolson has been consulting and teaching for the last two and a half decades on transformative leadership with
organizations and individuals. His clients include start-ups, partnerships, VCs, and social change visionaries. He
has recently worked with BALLE (designing and facilitating the BALLE Fellowship), IDEO, Credit Karma, and the Ella
Baker Center, as well as with Desmond Tutu and his family foundation.
His year-long Coaching Mastery leadership program begins in the spring each year. He has taught regularly at Stanford,
Harvard and Esalen on various ways to tap into our inner wisdom and power. Early in his career, he worked in investment
banking in the UK and Hong Kong before becoming a partner in Alexander, the UK pioneer in executive coaching inspired
by the Inner Game approach. He took a two year sabbatical in the late 90s to manage the garden/farm at Esalen Institute
and this inspired his life and work philosophy. He has an MBA from Stanford, an MA in Classical Literature from Oxford,
and an MA in Psychology from Meridian University.
Belma González, Network Coach
Belma González has been providing assets-based, culturally aware coaching to nonprofit and social justice activists since
2004. She has worked with 400+ diverse, multi-generational clients throughout the United States on leadership enhancement,
change management, work/life transitions, balance and fulfillment. She has been a member of coaching “pools” for
various leadership development programs including Rockwood Leadership Institute, HealthForce Center at UCSF’s leadership
programs, and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services’ Next Generation Leaders of Color, Strong Field Institute and the Arc
Towards Justice Leadership and Solidary Program.
Belma is on faculty with Leadership that Works, a national coach training organization. LTW is an innovator in the coaching
field and was a lead partner with the Coaching and Philanthropy Project (CAP), created to assess and advance coaching
as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations. As the first faculty member of LTW in the Bay Area,
Belma has been instrumental in recruiting faculty and growing the Leadership that Works programs on the West Coast,
as well as other communities in the country.
Prior to becoming a coach, Belma worked in nonprofits for twenty-six years, including a community-based clinic and a
leadership development program. She holds a Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach
Federation and a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in Social Sciences.
Thomas Both, Design Curriculum Lead
Thomas Both is Director of the Designing for Social Systems program at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
(the d.school!). In this program, he leads a fellowship for accomplished professionals to learn and apply human-centered
design to complex social challenges, and facilitates workshops for social impact leaders to develop a more human
and strategic practice.
At the d.school since 2009, the core of his work has been to design immersive hands-on learning experiences that provoke
students, fellows, and professionals to try on new tools and behaviors, and develop their innovation practice. In
a previous role, he created and facilitated the d.school’s workshops for executives, including the highly praised
Design Thinking Bootcamp Executive workshop. To teach Stanford graduate students, Thomas has designed and led many
iterations of the d.school quarter-long fundamentals course, Design Thinking Studio. He has also codified the methodology
and designs resources, such as the Bootcamp Bootleg and the d.school Design Project Guide, that are offered free
to the public. Thomas holds a Master degree in Design from Stanford, achieved after a prior career as a mechanical engineer.
Kate Trompetter, Local Network Coach: Stanislaus
Kate Trompetter is an Organizational and Systems Coach. In her practice, she helps people and organizations increase
their impact through meaningful, facilitated experiences and coaching. Kate is a native of Stanislaus County. She
obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of California, Davis iand a Masters of Public
Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. She is also certified as a Community Coach through Leadership
The Works. She worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and, in 2018, in an act of foolishness or bravery
(depending on how you look at it), she started her own facilitation and coaching practice in an effort to increase
her impact and experience as much joy as possible.
Caty Perez, Associate Vice President for Development
Caty Perez is the Associate Vice President for Development at California State University, Fresno. She has served Fresno
State across campus in various development roles for almost 18 years where her goal is to create an environment of philanthropy and serve both on campus and in the community. She engages with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations through strategic partnerships and raise private support. She is a thought leader and strategic collaborator across the university and community.
She also serves as the Network Weaver for the James Irvine New Leadership Network in Fresno, CA and was a member of the
first cohort of the NLN.
Caty is a valley native and received a BA in Applied Mathematics from Fresno Pacific University and MA in Education Leadership from California State University, Fresno. She currently serves as Vice President for Fresno Innovative Charter Schools and on the advisory board for the Phillip J. Patino School of Entrepreneurship.
Maria Hernandez, NLN Program Coordinator, New Leadership Network: Stanislaus
Maria Hernandez manages the New Leadership Network for the Stanislaus Community Foundation. She is a native Modestan
who is dedicated to her community. She received her K-12 education from Modesto City Schools and a Bachelor of Arts
Communication degree from CSU Stanislaus. She currently is pursuing an MPA degree from CSU Stanislaus in hopes to
serve her community. Maria has previous work experience at a local non-profit child abuse prevention organization
where she assisted with communication, outreach, and program tasks.
Stanislaus Community Foundation (SCF) is a place-based funder that has served the residents of Stanislaus County since
2002. SCF strongly believes that Stanislaus County is a community of choice where people can live, work, and thrive.
To support this vision, SCF nurtures partnerships and grows charitable resources to advance the common good in Stanislaus
As part of its vision to build leadership in the region, Stanislaus Community Foundation provides local backbone support
for the Irvine New Leadership Network: Stanislaus. The organization is also the lead convener for the Stanislaus READS! grade-level reading initiative and the Stanislaus Futures scholarship campaign. In 2018, SCF will build on
the momentum of both Stanislaus READS! and Stanislaus Futures to launch the Cradle to Career Partnership with multiple
To date, Stanislaus Community Foundation has invested more than $15M in grants and scholarships in Stanislaus County.
To learn more, visit: StanislausCF.org.