Meet the CNM 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.
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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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