The Center for Nonprofit Management

A full spectrum of service for a diverse community.

We work to develop better leaders, improve the impact and effectiveness of our fellow nonprofit organizations, and act as a much-needed hub for connecting the social sector.

What can we do for you?

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster thriving communities in Southern California by ensuring that nonprofit leaders and organizations have the knowledge, skills, and resources to fulfill their mission.

Our Process

For nearly 40 years, CNM has provided a full spectrum of services including:
  • Training & education
  • E-learning
  • Executive coaching
  • Consulting services
  • Trend Reports
  • Published resources
  • Curated, online library
  • Convenings, such as the lauded 501(c)onference
CNM’s activities offer an integrated and comprehensive set of programs to strengthen the capacity of organizations to achieve their goals. These services combine training, 1:1 coaching, consulting and peer learning opportunities. Our team is committed to support personal and organizational development at every transition and growth stage an organization may experience.
We provide guidance, resources, and networking opportunities to nonprofit professionals, regardless of where they are on their journey. By fostering new relationships and smarter decision-making we believe we can achieve positive and lasting impact in our communities.

Our Services

We’re a nonprofit too, we live within the same structure as you, facing many of the same challenges and opportunities. Offering a wide range of services, we work with thousands of nonprofit professionals each year, which enables us to see what’s happening on the ground in real-time, and often predict big changes long before they come.
C-level Training

Executive leadership, coaching, transition planning, and board development


Training seminars and the new Online University

Knowledge Base

The CNM Nonprofit Helpline, free consultation, and online FAQS

Organizational Consulting

Assessments, strategic planning, evaluation, data-driven initiatives


Management workbooks, and sector-specific surveys, Nonprofit Answerguide

501(c)onference, retreats and additional summits

CNM: Community

Each year, 90% of the nearly 4,000 board members, executives, and staff we serve represent nonprofit organizations operating within LA County.
In FY16, more than 1,020,950 people accessed our combined services in person or online to meet their professional or organizational development needs. The demographics for the CNM adult clients mirror the ethnic richness of Los Angeles County, a diverse community we consider our strength.
African American•19%
Arts and Humanities
Health and Medicine
Human Services

Meet the Staff

It’s the people at CNM that create the true momentum by which the organization thrives. Each inspired member of our team brings unique experience and resolve to a common vision: to provide a nucleus of support for individuals and organizations that drive social change in Southern California. With dedication and know-how, the team at CNM are transforming the capacity building landscape by providing an indispensable resource for the social benefit sector.
What can we do for you?

Arit Barrow

Arit is responsible for CNM’s special events and certificate program logistics, bringing her insights and expertise, and  increasing efficiencies and impact. Prior to joining CNM, Arit managed event logistics for more than 2,000 Senior Corps volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area, increased volunteer participation and developed several system to increases productivity as an intern for L.A. Works. Arit holds a B.A. in Sociology from Pepperdine University and a Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco.

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Regina Birdsell

Regina Birdsell brings to the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management a wide-range of diverse, entrepreneurial experiences and a reputation for leveraging public and private assets to achieve ambitious goals.

For over 25 years, Regina has been collaborating successfully with media, business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit executives, creating strategic partnerships throughout California to address complex problems. She launched her unique career path at Eyewitness News in Los Angeles before serving as press secretary for California’s Attorney General. Regina built the division of public affairs at Children’s Hospital, ran the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership with Mayor Riordan and 100 corporate leaders, and was appointed by the Governor to lead the Office of Ratepayer Advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission.

The LA Business Journal recently named Regina “Most Admired CEO” for her role as advisor to hundreds of leaders across the region.

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Jacqueline Carrillo

Jacqueline brings efficiency to the organization. She coordinates logistics and organizes administrative tasks for the CNM Project Team. Prior to CNM, Jacqueline was actively involved in voter outreach and advocacy as a Field Organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party and the Iowa United Nations Association. She is bilingual in Spanish and holds a B.A. in International Studies, certificate in Latin American Studies, and a minor in Spanish from The University of Iowa.

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David Cohn

With a background in education coming from his years in education as a classroom teacher, tutor and writing coach, David utilizes his passion for learning and communication serving as an administrative assistant for CNM. He provides support for general administration, client services, seminars, custom trainings, certificate programs and special events. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

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Maura J. Harrington

An expert in the field of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, Maura Harrington brings to CNM both consulting and training services to the nonprofit and public sectors. Maura’s extensive background includes serving as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work and Psychology, designing and delivering leadership workshops, and training for leadership development research studies through the Connective Leadership Institute where she serves as an Advisory Board Member. Maura is also an executive coach and a certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource.

She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University.

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Gigi Nang

More than 25 years of experience in organizational administration and project management in the full range of sectors is what makes Gigi a resourceful and reliable administrative professional. At CNM, Gigi directs and supports project management activities for the client services department with consulting projects as well as education programs. She also fields and responds to project requests and supports organizational development and research projects. Gigi is a trained Executive Coach and an Advanced Certified Associate with the Connective Leadership Institute. She is multi-lingual in Tagalog and Hokkien (Chinese Dialect) and holds a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Santa Tomas in the Philippines.

Contact Gigi:

Christine Newkirk

Christine is an applied anthropologist with more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. At CNM, she supports clients in the design and implementation of evaluation and research projects. Her dual background in nonprofit program management and evaluation technical assistance gives her the ability to engage with and understand the goals of a variety of stakeholders. Prior to joining CNM, Christine worked for the Center for Healthy Communities at UC Riverside as a Project and Research Coordinator and she was the director of a high school program for first generation college students at Heart of Los Angeles. Christine holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alabama, an MA in International Affairs from the New School University in New York, and a BA in Anthropology and Biology from Grinnell College in Iowa.

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Linnie Riboli

Linnie Riboli brings to CNM integrity, honesty, and an effective communication style to listen and hear what is being said. For more than 25 years, Linnie has been a dedicated community activist tirelessly working in fund development and administration at numerous nonprofits since graduating from ArtCenter College of Design in 1980.

Her drive to help employees develop their skills and performance defines her passion to help others evolve, adapt, and thrive. But, watch out! Her volunteer involvement also includes teaching Karate, where she recently earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You may also see Linnie roaring by on her motorcycle in Los Angeles, where she has lived for more than 35 years.

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Leslie Robin

Leslie Robin brings to CNM over 30 years of expertise in the nonprofit philanthropic field at the local and national level. At CNM, Leslie utilizes her consulting, training, and executive coaching skills to support the nonprofit industry and its leaders. She is a trailblazer for fostering change and meeting social and community needs through strategic planning, board and leadership planning, and organizational development.

Her all-encompassing nonprofit experience includes organizations in the arts, education, Jewish communal, environmental, public safety, and health agencies. Leslie is a member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from for the school of Public Administration from New York University, a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, and is a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource. Her other involvement includes being a Visiting Lecturer at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.

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Pamela Saelieb

With a deep understanding of organizational capacity needs, Pamela uses her strengths in research-based methodologies and learning strategies to oversee CNM projects and deliver quality education and support to clients. She has spent her career designing programs that inspire, motivate, and achieve social good. Pamela previously managed operations and programs with the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, and served as Senior Manager at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where she led leadership development and civic engagement programs for the Southern California Leadership Network. Pamela holds an MS in Applied Organizational & Consumer Psychology from USC and a BA in International Development Studies from UCLA. She was an IGNITE Fellow at NYU’s Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Heather Tunis

Heather’s career of over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy defines what she brings to CNM as a consultant and executive coach. Her commitment to organizational effectiveness and development, strategic planning, financial and fund development planning and board development illustrates her wide range of professional experience. Heather has held roles as an Executive Director, Director of Development, Grants Program Director, Capacity Building Program Officer, peer reviewer for state, regional, and national arts funding agencies, and consultant to a range of organizations.

With a lifelong commitment to professional development, she is an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation and an Advanced Associate of the Connective Leadership Institute. Her volunteer experience includes serving as board chair for ArtTable Northern California, on the board of the Peralta Colleges Foundation and as co-chair of the Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland Cultural Funding program; she is currently an active volunteer coach/consultant for Jericho Road Pasadena.

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Janna Woods

Janna joins the CNM team with 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to CNM, she served as the Director of Administration and Finance for an Inglewood-based organization were she administered and managed multiple program and foundation budgets, and was responsible for all accounts and expenditures related to its day-to-day operation. Janna has used her years of knowledge to design and administer new systems for contract management, purchasing agreements and overall fiscal management for agencies. Formerly, she was an Executive Director who successfully ran the Family Alliances Improving Today’s Youth, FAITH organization for ten years. Janna earned her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and Bachelor of Arts from Tuskegee University.

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Meet the CNM Board of Directors

The CNM board is comprised of seasoned leaders from a variety of backgrounds and skills. Together they are responsible for making sure CNM is the indispensable resource for strengthening and transforming the nonprofit sector.

David White

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

David is Managing Director and West Region leader for Deloitte’s Human Capital Organization Transformation and Talent practice. He has more than 16 years’ experience helping clients integrate talent strategies with process, information, and technology to drive business impact.

David has advised clients and led many global talent strategy engagements encompassing workforce of the future, learning transformation, organization design, career development, and performance management.  David is recognized for providing business and management advice to senior executives within the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry. David holds an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and completed the Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Trevor Ware

Trevor Ware

COO, FCI Management, Inc.

Trevor Ware is the current Chief Operating Officer of FCI Management Consultants, a $20M comprehensive energy services company operating in Long Beach, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Queens, NY. Trevor provides leadership related to policies and practices governing FCI’s operation. Many of FCI’s legal, operational, and fiscal functions report to him.

Prior to FCI, Trevor spent 5 years as the LA Urban League’s (LAUL) Senior VP and COO. He supervised the operations of LAUL’s 3 publically funded employment centers and its Head Start and State Preschool facilities. He was responsible for all program related contracts and under his leadership, all policies and practices governing LAUL were established and maintained.

Trevor chairs the Finance Committee on the board for CNM and he’s also the former President of The World Stage Performance Gallery Board of Directors.

He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Fred Abdelnour

Director of Community & Government Affairs, Southern California, Enterprise Holdings

A career-long dedication to Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the diverse communities it serves has been a career defining principle of Fred Abdelnour’s 29 year professional career. Fred demonstrates a strong commitment to reaching out to people of all backgrounds. He has worked tirelessly to advance the company’s diversity goals, community relations initiatives, and governmental affairs. As Director of Community & Government Affairs, Fred oversees community relations, public policy, and public relations for nearly 4,000 employees, 400 locations, and 100,000 vehicles in Southern California.

Today, Abdelnour serves as Executive Board Member of the LA Urban League and is a member of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Investment Board, Biz Fed Board member and Long Beach Chamber Board Member. He is also co-founder of LA Community Leaders group focused on increasing corporate social responsibility throughout Southern California.

Fred resides in Long Beach with his wife, Michelle, and two boys, Matthew 18 and Andrew 15.

Ryan Fridborg


Ryan joined Bolton in 2005, following a successful HR career in the public and private sectors. His main responsibilities include consulting with finance and HR professionals to reduce to cost of health insurance, enhance benefits, and improve compliance. For eight of the past nine years, Ryan has been honored as Bolton’s top consultant, an achievement that promoted him to Executive Vice President in 2009.

Ryan often speaks at industry events focusing on health insurance and employee benefits. He volunteers as Immediate Past Chair for the Professionals in Human Resources Association in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Region. In 2007, he was presented with the “Outstanding Volunteer-of-the-year” award.

Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and a B.A. in Communication from Azusa Pacific University. He is recognized as a Senior Professional in HR and a Senior Certified Professional by the Society of HR Management.

Fran Inman

Fran Inman

Founding President, Majestic Realty Foundation

Fran Inman directs all government relations and community affairs activity for Majestic Realty, one of the nation’s largest private real estate companies. Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Fran is the past chair of the board of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce and San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. She also serves on the board of governors for the LA County Economic Development Corporation and as Vice Chair for the California Business Properties Association. She is a founding board member of FuturePorts and a member of Inland Action. A longtime member of the Coalition of America’s Gateway Trade Corridors and So Cal’s Council of Governments, Fran was recently honored as the 2013 Business Leader of the Year.

Fran is passionate about her role in the nonprofit sector. She is the founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation, providing grants to community partners that work the areas of youth, family, health, and violence prevention. Her leadership efforts demonstrate her commitment to active community engagement. She is also recognized as an outspoken leader in the push to improve the nation’s failing transportation infrastructure, with specifics to the Los Angeles region.

She holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, Fullerton and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Woodbury University in 2010.

Bill Murin

Healthcare Executive, Retired

Bill spent twenty-five years of his career in healthcare holding senior executive positions with Southern California Healthcare Systems, Huntington Hospital, St. Joseph Health System, and most recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, University of California, San Diego. Bill also served on several Boards including Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo), Taller San Jose (Santa Ana), Public Health Foundation and Health Research Association (Los Angeles), and American Unity Group (Hamilton, Bermuda).

In addition to the CNM Board, Bill currently serves on the Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Board, and volunteers time with students in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Bill and his wife reside in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.  They are proud parents of four children and four grandchildren.

Carolyn R. Williams

Principal, Southern California Consulting Associates

Carolyn Williams is Principal at Southern California Consulting Associates and a Certified Life Coach.  An active member in the community, Carolyn serves in a variety of boards including CNM.  These organizations include the USC Black Alumni Association, Towne Street Theatre and board member emeritus of the USC Price School of Policy Alumni Association.

Carolyn earned a B.A. in psychology from Louisiana Tech University, an MPA from USC, and completed all coursework for USC’s Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Sciences.  She holds professional certificates from Boston College Carroll School of Management, USC, and the Association for Talent Development.  Carolyn is also a fellow of California Connections, Leadership California, Leadership Southern California, and the Ambassadors Within programs.