CNM Advocacy

Given CNM’s role as a capacity builder for thousands of community-based organizations across the region each year, one part of our mission is to represent our clients and colleagues, the nonprofit sector with a strong voice.

Since nonprofits are the fourth largest employer in California – operating in the fifth largest economy in the world – strengthening organizations’ impact and reach significantly improves the lives of millions of residents.

Equity in LA County Contracting
Changing Policies and Practices

For more than two years, CNM has been leading a complex and labor-intensive effort that impacts the sustainability of the entire local nonprofit sector. Working in partnership with the County Board of Supervisors, CEO’s office, department leadership, and our nonprofit colleagues, we formed a historic Equity in Contracting Action Team. It is comprised of more than 50 nonprofit/philanthropy leaders and 50 County staff who are tasked with meeting regularly to identify challenges and develop workable solutions.

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Need expert advice? We’re only an email or phone call away. Use this form to get in touch or call the Nonprofit Answer Hotline at the number listed below.

You can also schedule a free, 15-minute appointment and we’ll match you with an in-house expert.








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Maura Harrington Ph.D., MBA

Executive Vice President
Center for Nonprofit Management

Maura is known for her expertise in organizational development and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. At CNM, she oversees the client services team and provides consulting, training, and coaching services to a broad range of organizations. Much of her consulting and capacity-building work has been with community-based organizations and public health departments related to effective organizational operations, evaluation practices, and the use of logic models and other assessment tools to support planning, evaluation, and management. A BoardSource Trainer, a certified Advanced Associate, and a Trainer for the Connective Leadership Institute; Maura has completed certification as an executive coach under the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology.