In service of its vision that all children in LA County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life, First 5 LA’s Best Start effort invests in 14 geographic areas that have faced historic disenfranchisement and oppression. First 5 LA sought a partner to provide capacity-strengthening services for the nonprofits participating within each of its Best Start community partnerships to help them address challenges, build partnerships, and influence policy and systems-level change.
CNM provided technical assistance, training, and coaching to the staff of more than 100 nonprofits participating in the Best Start Networks. By attending CNM’s professional development seminars and skill-building certificate programs, the staff at these nonprofits improved their capacity to effectively achieve their mission-focused goals, influence policy outcomes, and advocate for systemic change.
CNM’s advisors and coaches helped the grantees improve in these areas and more:
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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.