Laura Pierce Consulting began as the independent consulting practice of Laura Pierce. Currently, Laura takes the lead on the majority of projects, but also works collaboratively with associates as needed to meet clients’ goals. We are pleased to be able to offer diverse skills and perspectives, as well as get projects done in the most affordable way. This page profiles Laura and several key associates. Please contact us so we can assist in matching you with the right person for your project.
Laura Pierce is the owner and principal consultant of Laura Pierce Consulting. Laura has worked in and with nonprofit organizations since 1989, including fund development, community organizing, and executive management positions. Since 1998, she has consulted with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, assisting with strategic planning, board development, organizational assessment and capacity building. She has also served as interim executive director for eight Seattle area nonprofits.
Laura received a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Washington with a concentration in nonprofit management. In addition to consulting, Laura teaches board roles and responsibilities, board development, philanthropy, strategic leadership and other nonprofit management topics at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, UW Extension’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Nonprofit Assistance Center, and United Way of King County.
Aaliyah Gupta is deeply committed to social change work and utilizes her skills to assist nonprofit organizations and foundations implement their visions and achieve their goals. Aaliyah has a broad base of experience derived from both nonprofit and corporate sectors. She was the founding Executive Director of Chaya, a community-based nonprofit working on domestic violence issues in the South Asian community. She led Chaya through the transition from a small, volunteer-run effort to an organization with multiple programs and a strong organizational structure and presence in King County. Chaya was the recipient of the Seattle Human Services Coalition Outstanding Organization/Program Award in 2003. She currently serves on the boards of Hate Free Zone and Chaya and volunteers in her community.
Aaliyah is also an artist and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has lived, worked and exhibited in India, Denmark and the USA and traveled extensively throughout the world. Her work can be viewed on her website www.aaliyahgupta.net.
Janna Rolland, MPA has over twenty years of experience in building the capacity of the nonprofit sector, as an executive director, organizational development consultant, and facilitator. Janna has worked with a wide range of local and national environmental nonprofits and grantmakers, on planning, board and leadership development, executive and transition management, organizational assessment, and evaluation. She authored A White Paper on Building Executive Leadership Capacity for the Brainerd Foundation and was a co-creator and “lead architect” of the inaugural Pacific Northwest Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute through the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the University of Washington. Janna holds a mid-career Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, with an emphasis on leadership and management, and a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College.
Janna started her consulting practice in 2003; previously she served as the first executive director of the national grantmaker, Community Toolbox for Children’s Environmental Health and director of the New Mexico Physicians for Social Responsibility, after starting her career working on the intersection between environment, health and public policy in Washington, DC. Janna recently stepped down as Board Chair of the national Institute for Children’s Environmental Health; she currently serves as Board President of the Washington Toxics Coalition.
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Cory Sbarbaro is a senior associate with Laura Pierce Consulting. Cory brings more than a decade of leadership and management experience to his work as a consultant with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology; a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in management, budgeting, and organizational development.
Cory’s primary goal as a consultant is to improve societal conditions by working with organizations to maximize their impact in our communities. His areas of focus include organizational assessment, strategic planning, facilitation, organizational capacity building and program replication, performance measurement, and interim management.
Cory is actively involved in the Seattle community, having served as board chair at Solid Ground and currently serving on the board of New Beginnings. Though a native of Northern California, he considers the Pacific Northwest his home.
I do this work because I love it. I am truly inspired by the individuals and organizations that I work with, and believe in the value of nonprofit, voluntary action in making the world a better place. The following are some of the guiding principles that inform our work.
Nonprofits work best when they are truly based in their community. Strong communications, transparency, diverse leadership and diverse opportunities for engagement all support strong community connections.
Board service should be fun, inspiring and engaging. Thoughtful recruitment, proper training and orientation, strong leadership, active committees, and alternative meeting formats that allow dialogue and creativity are hallmarks of effective and enjoyable boards.
Organizational health is critical to organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Strategic investments in technology, staff development, financial management systems and other types of infrastructure lead to greater capacity and effectiveness. Diverse revenues are critical to ensuring long-term survival.
Strategic planning motivates people and helps them work together. Nonprofits benefit from participating in comprehensive planning processes that develop or validate a common vision and goals, a thoughtful, flexible strategic plan as a framework for action, and well-defined outcomes to evaluate success. A clearly articulated mission and goals will attract people and resources to an organization.