Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker:
Trabian Shorters

Trabian Shorters is a New York Times bestselling author, social entrepreneur, and the leading authority on an award-winning approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Impact called “Asset-Framing.”

His pioneering work in Asset-Framing earned Shorters recognition as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, as well as prestigious Ford Foundation, Ashoka and Aspen Institute fellowships. Among senior leadership teams that utilize asset-framing are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and The Heinz Endowments.

Shorters’ organization, BMe Community, proves the power of asset-framing by operating remarkable leadership fellowships for Black men and women. BMe Community’s 300+ Fellows have earned 67 major national awards and helped over 2 million families secure educational, economic, human rights, health and wellness opportunities. By acknowledging and supporting their incredible strength, leadership, and contributions, BMe has attracted 40,000 subscribers and proven a path to positive community engagement in matters of race, cities and America’s future.

Shorters is a retired tech entrepreneur, former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and doting father to two brilliant, black twin girls who will live in the better world that we are making together for them.

His work has been featured in publications including The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes, Black Enterprise, The Skillman Foundation, and Stanford Innovation Review.

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Tim Kachuriak of NextAfter


NextAfter logo

Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab consultancy, and training institute that works with charities, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.

A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the author of the book Optimize Your Fundraising, lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, Why Should I Give to You? (The Nonprofit Value Proposition Index Study), and The Midlevel Donor Crisis. Kachuriak has trained organizations in fundraising optimization around the world and is a frequent speaker at international nonprofit conferences.

Kachuriak is also the co-founder and board member for the Human Coalition, a member of the board of directors for Open Doors USA, an Advisory Board Member for the SMU Digital Accelerator, and an Advisory Board Member for the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact.

Kachuriak lives in Prosper, TX with his wife Rebecca, and their four children: Max (14), Charlie (13), Gracie (11), and Joe (5).

Read more about Tim's plenary session at RMPI.

Nia Wassink & Brittny Wilson of The Nonprofit Reframe

Nia and Brittny - NP Reframe
Nonprofit Reframe

Between the podcast duo, Brittny and Nia have over 30 years of combined nonprofit experience. They’ve worked on the program side, the business side, fundraising, and even sat on Boards of Directors. Their vast experience, primarily with local and regional organizations, gives them an authentic voice on behalf of the sector.

Brittny and Nia are able to bring forward topics and discussions that are often hidden or not discussed within the sector, all with a sense of humor.

Emily Davis of Emily Davis Consulting

Emily Davis

Emily Davis is the President of Emily Davis Consulting, Fundraising and the Next Generation author; BoardSource Senior Governance Consultant; and 21/64 philanthropic certified advisor. She serves nonprofits and philanthropists on board governance, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit startup, multigenerational topics, and more.

Emily has served as a founder, chief executive, board member, grantmaker, staff, and volunteer for grantmaking and direct-service nonprofits. She has her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and is certified in Real Time Strategic Planning™, Essential Facilitation™, and Technology of Participation Facilitation™. Emily was named one of the 40 Under Forty in Boulder Valley in 2015. Watch for Emily’s new podcast, Behind the Unicorn, coming soon!

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Breakout Session Speakers

Lara Jakubowski of La Piana Consulting

Lara works with nonprofits to address organizational issues and partner with others for sustainable impact. She specializes in working with complex collaboratives working toward shared goals, helping them identify successful strategies and design plans for action. She also works with nonprofits on strategic planning, change management, mergers and restructurings, business planning, and governance. Prior to joining La Piana in 2017, she served as executive director of the Nonprofit Centers Network. She served as Executive Director of the Impact Development Fund from 2000 to 2005. Lara has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Read more about Lara's workshop topic.

Abby Jarvis of Qgiv

Abby Jarvis

In her 7 years at Qgiv, Abby has become passionate about studying industry best practices, learning how they can help nonprofits be more effective, and sharing that information with fundraisers. When she’s not teaching fundraising workshops at Qgiv’s Fundraising Labs or at conferences, she chairs the fundraising committee on a nonprofit board in her hometown of Lakeland, Florida. Qgiv is a company dedicated to building powerful online fundraising tools that empower nonprofits to thrive and grow. Read more about Abby's RMPI workshop topic.

Genevieve Laca of The Denver Foundation

Genevieve Laca

Genevieve has had a decade or more in the nonprofit industry in Denver, including major development and corporate relations roles at Colorado Neurological Institute, Community Shares - and now as a Senior Philanthropic Services Officer for The Denver Foundation. Read more about Genevieve and Tami's workshop topic.

Tami Lack Crawford of University of Colorado, Department of Neurosurgery

Tami Lack

Tami Lack Crawford is a seasoned development professional and has served as executive director, program director, board member and more. She is well known in the Denver Metro area and is the founder of our "AFP Coffee Chat" on Thursday mornings. She is currently the Director of Strategic Planning & Development for the Neurosurgery Department at CU School of Medicine. Read more about Tami and Genevieve's workshop topic.

Celina Maggi, Non-Profit Consultant

Celina Maggi

As a child of a former non-profit Executive Director, Celina Maggi often jokes that fundraising is in her DNA. Professionally, Celina has over ten years of non-profit experience, spearheading fundraising growth, and providing organizational strategy. Originally from Detroit, MI, Celina attended Loyola University Chicago, becoming the first in her family to attend and graduate from a university. Since graduation, she has worked as a fundraising professional in the education sector. In January of 2020, Celina launched her own consulting business, hoping to provide other growing organizations with her knowledge and experience to see them grow. Read more about Celina's workshop topic.

Elvira Ramos of Community Foundation Boulder County

Elvira Ramos

Elvira Ramos brings more than 30 years’ experience in nonprofit management, planning, development, grantmaking and community relations. She recently left from her position as Vice President of Programs and Inclusive Leadership at the Community Foundation Boulder County and “downshifted” to a part-time role running the Foundation’s inclusive leadership programs. She has served on boards of local and national organizations, including the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, and the Komen National Multicultural Council. An experienced trainer and facilitator, she continues to consult with nonprofits in board and leadership development, diversity and inclusivity, and planning. Read more about Elvira and Maegan's workshop topic.

Cole Struhar, PhD, International Psychologist

Cole Struhar

Dr. Cole Struhar has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, a PhD in International Psychology, and a lifelong passion for the human condition. She studied under diverse spiritual teachers globally, and moonlights as a humanist chaplain. She has worked with organizations of all sizes on five continents. Her expertise is bringing people together with honest appreciation for our differences, and integrative leadership resiliency. She works on behalf of individuals and teams who are committed to remaining whole in a complex world (www.circle.coach). Cole currently hangs her hat in Lakewood, CO, with her person, Sally, two sweet tomcats, and their finally-house-trained puppy, Luna. Read more about Cole's workshop topic.

Maegan Vallejo

Maegan Vallejo
Maegan Vallejo has over a decade of professional fundraising experience, for both grantee organizations and a community foundation. She knows how to connect people’s values to a nonprofit and a community in a way that is strategic and transformative, both for the individuals and the public. Maegan’s ability to take the big picture of the philanthropic landscape and shrink it down into actionable items at the organizational or grassroots level, and vice versa, has strengthened her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She has led conversations and developed strategies with nonprofit staff, boards, and donors about grounding fundraising in inclusive practices. Read more about Maegan and Elvira's workshop topic.

Josh Zmroczek with Dumb Friends League

Josh Zmroczek

With over 15 years of fundraising experience, Josh approaches fundraising from both the analytical and human side minding financial goals and professional relationships. Persistence, creativity, and heart are only three of the superpowers he shows up with daily to manage the major and planned giving program at the Dumb Friends League. Read more about Josh's workshop topic.