I have almost 30 years experience in senior management positions in non-profit industry in New York City. Drawing on that experience, I now help people identify and achieve their mission and life purpose. My own purpose is to coach people to find and achieve the "right fit" in their lives and work. This involves helping people grow in their careers, find and pursue their passion, develop leadership ability, market themselves effectively, and transform their careers - and usually also their entire lives. Each person comes with their own special circumstances, talents and wishes. I have a set of tools that suit each person individually to enable them to reach their goals. I guide most people to identify a clear vision and mission and an action plan to bring those to reality. For those seeking new employment, I assist them in market themselves to prospective employers. I support people to identify what kind of work and work environment will make them happiest, and act as cheerleader and support during the search process. After 12 years running major NYC non-profits, I also am an expert on non-profit management and culture, leadership development, human resources, marketing and fundraising, planning, and other business management subjects. This makes me an excellent coach for non-profit leaders, especially CEO's and Executive Directors.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2006 - Present


Mission Advancement Consulting
Career transformation coach specializing in career management, for-profit to non-profit career transitions, leadership development, finding your passion, and achieving your goals.
2005 - 2006

Executive Director

New York Restoration Project

Turned around operations and fiscal health of Bette Midler's non-profit devoted to restoring and maintaining parks and community gardens in Upper Manhattan and low-income neighborhoods of New York City.

2005 - 2005


Share Our Strength
1999 - 2005

Board Member

Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest)
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest-the Nation's Food Bank Network) comprised of more than 200 member organizations that provide donated and purchased food to hungry Americans.
1994 - 2005

Executive Director

City Harvest

Led anti-hunger organization to dramatically increase its capacity to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Grew to help feed 265,000 people weekly (from 33,000) by rescuing and delivering 24 million pounds of food, with an annual operating budget of $11 million in privately-raised dollars. Shifted to providing fresh produce and using operations to improve public health.

1990 - 1994

Associate Commissioner

Dept. of Employment, City of New York
Created and led Public/Private Initiatives, linking publicly-funded job training programs with private employers to ensure that unemployed people were prepared for jobs that exist and skills in demand.
1984 - 1994

Board Member

New York AIDS Coalition
Founding Board member of coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS services that successfully advocated for state and federal funding for community-based approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
1984 - 1990

Assistant Director, Community Supports

Community Service Society
Led day-to-day operations of department that supported community organizing efforts in New York City, in the areas of housing, economic development, public health, crime reduction, HIV/AIDS education and services, and non-profit organizational development and fundraising.
1981 - 1984

Program Development/Development Associate

Bronx FRONTIER Development Corporation

Directed and implemented all fundraising, program development, and public relations efforts for community development agency focused on “greening the South Bronx” and providing nutrition education in Hunts Point schools. Doubled annual budget, raising $1.5 million in new dollars from public and government. Co-created award-winning teen pregnancy prevention program.  Secured federal funds to start up for-profit subsidiary selling ZooDoo (Compost from Sophisticated Bronx Zoo Animals).


2006 - 2007


New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury
1980 - 1981

Women's Studies

Graduate work toward MA. Teaching Assistant, Women's Studies.
1976 - 1980


Smith College
Participated in Project on Women and Social Change 1979-1980. Research Assistant to Professor of Government and Professor of Religion 1980. Financial aid work in Smith College Elementary School Library and Student Government office, among others. Member of panel on "Private College, Public Action" for inauguration of College's 10th President in 2002. Selected by students to be keynote speaker at inaugural Leadership Conference in 1997.
1971 - 1976


Leonia HS



Leadership Development

Help people find their leadership path, develop leadership qualities, and demonstrate leadership in their professional and personal lives.


Sensitive, direct editor able to capture essence of intended communication as well as voice of writer, while adhering to space and word requirements.


Fluid, effective writer of wide range of business and personal communications.  Love writing and words, even wordsmithing! Really have fun working with people to find the exact phrasing that works to convey their essential message.


Brand-building, creating awareness and raising visibility for services, causes, and individuals.  Gifted at identifying and conveying core value proposition and key messages to critical distinct markets.


Raising funds for non-profit institutions from individuals and the full range of institution-based funding sources (foundations, corporations, government, investors).  Have raised more than $100 million in career.  Extraordinary results in direct response and face-to-face methods. Knowledgeable about interactive and new media methodologies.


Career coaching with a marketing mindset. Helping people identify what they love to do and then market themselves to do that work.  "Right fit" job search, resume development, cover letters, networking strategy and plans, interview preparation, negotiations, debriefing and restrategizing.