Introducing, my Board of Advisors

As I continue my journey into nonprofit leadership I wanted to start by giving a very public ‘Thank You’ to some key people. Each of these amazing people has played a big part in my decision to move into nonprofit and my learning journey to date. I couldn’t do what I am doing without their help, support, encouragement, honesty, cheerleading and commitment.

This is my personal board of advisors (also know as Team Tracy).  As with any group, the diversity of experience, outlook, skill sets and strengths is key. I think you’ll see I have a world class team supporting me.

Maureen Warren – Chief Family Services Officer at Lutheran Social Service (LSS), Benilde St Margaret (BSM) alumni and amazing sponsor for me over the last year. Maureen has helped me get on the Childrens Home Society Finance Committee, introduced me to Jodi Harpstead (CEO at LSS) and I’ll be working with her on a new business development project for LSS, we kicked off last week!  (See my causes page for updates on my project work)

Jill Hardy Heath – President and CEO of The Heart of America Foundation, former Targeteer, former nonprofit consultant and good family friend. Jill has given me great insight into the CEO recruitment process and helps me think about how to translate my Target experience into skills the nonprofit world will understand. (otherwise known as deprograming from Target)

Jane Hopkins Gould – Currently starting in a new role and has held every major nonprofit CFO role in the Twin Cities. We serve on the Crisis Nursery Board together and she is my newest recruit to Operation Tracy.

Steve Kowalke – CFO at Sherwood Forest (a nonprofit consulting company) and former Treasurer at Target, plus fellow adoptive parent of amazing kids from South Korea. Steve has given me so much to think about, connections to pursue (Maureen!) and encouragement to follow my passion.  (he was a role model for us when we were adopting our 3 kids)

Tom Murphy – COO of the Murphy Household and life partner. Tom supports me in ALL I do and if the 1st person I go to on a good day, bad day and all the in-between days. Plus he gives great advice and council on whats best for us, as a family. (he also supports all my crazy ideas, like moving to India with 60 days notice and commuting to Toronto for 4 months – he deserves a medal)

Dan Haugen – President Alder Graduate School and former Executive Director of Neighborhood Involvement Program. Dan is husband to my long time friend and co-worker Karrie and has been in this business a long time. Great resource for the context of where nonprofit is today. (he knows everyone and everything that made the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities the amazing hub it is today)

Jim Fellows – My personal brand and digital guru. Jim has been instrumental in this journey in helping me formalize my vision/values, setting up my website, creating the messages I want in the world and being a editor extrodinaire on my blog posts. (he also played guitar in our wedding and is Jimmys godfather)

Karen Kodzik – Karen is my career coach and owner/founder of Cultivating Careers. She is an amazing source of knowledge and advice on sector shifting career moves and really “gets” the sector shift I’m making. She keeps me accountable, on track and puts up with my crazy. (seriously, if you are considering a move, call her)

I think you can see, there is no way I can fail with this team behind me and… I feel a strong commitment to making these folks proud.

Who’s on your board of advisors?