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?

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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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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Belinda Madrid Teitel

Belinda Madrid Teitel taps into a range of experience in service to CNM clients. As an executive coach, capacity building consultant, and trainer, Belinda has experience in fundraising, effective boards, leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning. Over the past 15 years, Belinda has worked with hundreds of organizations of all types and sizes.

Prior to her consulting work, she served as Regional Director for Earth Share California, a nonprofit federation of 90 premier environmental organizations. Belinda launched her career in banking and finance and has extensive ties with the nonprofit and business sectors. She is a certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and she serves on the boards of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Girls on the Run, Los Angeles.

Contact Belinda:

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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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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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.

Contact Linnie:

Cong Guo

Bio coming soon.

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Gigi Nang

More than 20 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 provides support for the consulting department and to the COO. She also fields and responds to project requests and supports organizational development and research projects.

Prior to joining CNM, she was an office manager for an international technology corporation. Gigi is a trained executive coach and an Advanced Certified Associate with the Connective Leadership Institute. She is multi-lingual in Tagalog and Fukienese (Chinese Dialect) and holds a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Santa Tomas in the Philippines. Gigi believes in lifelong learning and continues to grow through participation in professional leadership development.

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Tracee Morrison

Gifted in event, project, and financial management, Tracee brings a range of experience and skills to the CNM team.  She worked with the American Cancer Society as a Special Events Account Manager and with Live Arts Group as a workshop facilitator and curriculum developer.  Tracee serves on the Board of Trustees of a local faith-based nonprofit and was an organizer for their annual community day where over 500 underserved youth received free school supplies each year.  Prior to joining CNM, she received her M.F.A. in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California and worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years as a freelance Film Editor. She holds a B.S. in Business from Babson College in Massachusetts.

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Rachel Fox

Rachel is highly involved with the logistics and administration for all of CNM’s educational trainings and events. Prior to CNM, Rachel was an LA County Arts Commission Intern and Social Media Consultant for the Grand Vision Foundation, a South Bay arts nonprofit that produces live concerts and educational events at the historic Warner Grand Theatre. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from Chapman University.

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Patricia Navarro

Ten years of experience within the nonprofit community is what Patricia brings to the CNM table. As a volunteer coordinator, she has managed trainings and events bilingually for volunteers and clients. Prior to joining CNM, she worked as a LVN Training Coordinator coaching DHS employees in becoming adult students to help them balance work, family, and school responsibilities.

Patricia provides CNM with an asset as she loves seeing the empowerment that learning different skills provides to people. She holds a B.S. from ITESM, a prestigious university in Mexico.

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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

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.

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

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.

Blanche Callahan

Account Manager, Large Group Kaiser Permanente

Blanche Callahan is a results oriented manager with over 15 years of experience in account management with an emphasis on managed care and employee benefits. Currently, Blanche is responsible for establishing and managing strategic relationships to generate business opportunities with Kaiser Permanente. She is also responsible for analyzing quantitative data to see emerging trends to ensure the company plan is performing as expected. Her experience in the implementation of project management and creating sales & marketing presentations makes her a highly accomplished leader with demonstrated skills to problem solve, build a team, and control expense.

Angela Weimer

National Director of Human Resources and Administration, NALEO Educational Fund

For the past two decades, Angela has been with the NALEO Educational Fund, a national nonprofit with a mission to facilitate full Latino participation in the American political process. Presently, she serves as the National Director of Human Resources and Administration and oversees legal compliance, benefits, coaching/remedial processes, work-force planning, and management of employee growth and engagement. As a Development professional as well, she previously supervised all special events for NALEO, including the largest gathering of Latino elected and appointed officials in the country.

In 2008, she concurrently served for a couple of years as the Executive Director of East L.A. Classic Theatre (ECT). ECT partners with schools in underserved communities to develop literacy skills in English Language Learners. Angela has also served as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for The National Conference of Christians and Jews in L.A. and as the Director of Special Events for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Angela has been active in the community for more than 30 years. She has served as a Commissioner with the Housing and Community Development Committee for the City of Alhambra, Vice President of the LA County Commission for Women, and a member on the Boards of Directors for the ACLU Southern California, The Latino Fund, Weingart/East Los Angeles YMCA, Cornerstone Theater Company, and many other nonprofits.

She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and is a proud parent of two daughters, Sonia and Paloma. Together with her husband Nick, Angela is an avid Salsa dancer. They share their home with two loveable Chihuahuas and a Tabby cat in the San Gabriel Valley.

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.

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.