September 14, 2022 | News Article

Institute for Nonprofit Practice Launches Award-winning Programming in San Francisco Bay Area


Wellington Management Foundation, Tipping Point Community, and Angell Foundation Fund Leadership Development for Social Impact Sector

September 14, 2022, San Francisco Bay Area — The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), which works to transform the social impact sector to be more effective, equitable, diverse, and connected, launched its award-winning programming in the San Francisco Bay Area today, alongside funding partners from Tipping Point Community.

INP is a capacity building organization that offers a suite of resources and programming — including equity-focused management and leadership development, community convenings, an expansive network of leaders, and robust alumni programming — all designed to build upon the knowledge, financial, and social capital of leaders who want to lead transformative work effectively.

INP will begin serving the Bay Area via its Core Certificate Program which equips senior level leaders across the nonprofit and public sectors with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to make strategic, mission-driven decisions that center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to build high performing organizations, effecting lasting change in their communities and beyond. Over time, INP will expand its offerings in the region to include programming for early and mid-career social impact leaders.

16 senior level leaders were selected to participate in the inaugural Bay Area Core Program, a nine month certificate program which is offered at no cost to leaders and organizations thanks to the generosity of Tipping Point Community, Wellington Management Foundation, and the Angell Foundation. The executives, directors, and managers selected are leading on a variety of issues including youth education, healthcare, poverty, and more.

On September 14, the inaugural cohort along with local faculty members, INP staff, and funding partners gathered in Oakland to kick off the program year. Nick Arevalo, Capacity Building Director at Tipping Point Community, addressed the leaders in the room, saying “To combat the sizable racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector, Tipping Point is committed to investing in equitable organizational practices and leadership offerings that support emerging leaders of color across our grantee network. We take a holistic approach that includes funding leadership development opportunities for grantee staff of color across multiple stages of their career paths. We are thrilled that INP has brought their tried and true Core Certificate Program here to the Bay Area and are very excited to be supporting the participation of nine leaders of color from Tipping Point grantees in the inaugural Bay Area cohort.”

Bay Area Core Program participants join INP’s network of over 3,300 alumni across the country as they begin to share, learn, and leverage strategies to realize their leadership potential, building on strengths to elevate their organizational and community impact. Applications are currently open for INP’s next Bay Area cohort, set to launch in January 2023, and interested candidates can apply here.

Read more about the funders who made INP’s launch in the Bay Area possible here. INP invites all who may be interested in learning more about supporting their growth in the Bay Area to contact Stacey Harris, Vice President of National Expansion, at

INP’s inaugural Bay Area Core Certificate Program cohort includes the following faculty members and participants:


Dr. Erika Van Buren Management Seminar Faculty; Principal, Line of Sight Consulting, LLC

Omar Butler Senior Fellow; Chief Executive Officer, New Door Ventures

Rolland Janairo Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Silicon Valley Urban Debate League


Luis Arenas Vice President of Children & Family Services, The Unity Council

Taima Beyah Human Resource Partner, National Center for Youth Law

Roosevelt Callahan Regional Director, Year Up

Annette de la Llana Merilos Associate Director of Academics Multilingual Learners, KIPP Northern California Public Schools

Whitney Flores Senior Site Director, Year Up

Christopher Gonzales Director of Strategic Growth & School Partnerships, 10,000 Degrees

Eric Guico Director of Programs, First Graduate

Holly Hsu Program Manager, Homeless Prenatal Program – Jelani House

Ashlee Jemmott Director of Strategic Partnerships, Pivotal Connections

Yana Kusayeva Director of Evaluation and Impact, JVS

Kevin Ly Associate Director of Program – CA, COOP Careers

Martha Mar Chief of Programs, Larkin Street Youth Services

Tiffany Shumate Former Executive Director, Hack the Hood

LaMont Walker Regional Director of Programs, First Place for Youth

Jyesha Wren Midwife & Program Director, BElovedBIRTH Black Centering

Cassandra Yee Chief People Officer & General Counsel, Juma Ventures

About the Institute for Nonprofit Practice

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice works to ensure that social impact leaders have the skills, knowledge, networks, resources, and confidence to lead effective, innovative, and sustainable organizations, advance justice, and build a more equitable future for all. Through award-winning programs, the Institute trains executives, managers, and emerging leaders across the country. Central to the Institute’s work is a focus on social justice and supporting women and people of color to step into leadership roles of greater influence. For more information, visit or follow @InstituteNP.

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