Deborah F. Ching provides organizational development, management and executive consulting services to not-for-profit organizations. For twenty years, Ms. Ching was affiliated with Chinatown Service Center, the largest community-based Chinese American service organization in Southern California, providing a wide range of community programs that included casework, counseling, workforce training, affordable housing development, small business assistance, youth and elderly services. In 2000, Ms. Ching was appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation, a public foundation whose mission focused on increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls. She has also served as Interim Executive Director for numerous nonprofit organizations in leadership transition.
Patty Oertel is the President of The Oertel Group, which specializes in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, organizational development and board development for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She served as the Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California for seven years and for the previous 10 years as the Center's Associate Director, developing its information, education and consulting services. She has taught on the faculty of UCLA's Anderson School of Management, where she received her MBA. She also served as the Administrative Director of the Nonprofit Management Association (the predecessor organization to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management).
H. Eric Schockman served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He was also the Associate Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Associate Director of the Center on Multiethnic and Transnational Studies at USC and the Executive Director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. He currently serves as a governor's appointee and is Chair of the California Post Secondary Education Commission. Dr. Schockman is the founder and current president of an international nonprofit organization that makes foundational grants to address the immediate and systemic causes of hunger and malnutrition. A public policy expert and authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman served as a consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. He was appointed by former California State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency and economy in state programs.
Charles Watson has more than 38 years of experience in the nonprofit field, with 15 of those years in Executive Leadership. He is the past President and CEO of Interface Children Family Services of Ventura County, a multi-million dollar multi-service organization. For the past 14 years he has also been actively engaged in technical assistance, training and consultation as Senior Vice-President of The Oertel Group. He did his undergraduate work in Community Psychology at the University of Southern Colorado and holds an MBA in Organizational Development from National University. Mr. Watson serves as a Commissioner with First 5 Ventura and the Director of the Community Commission for Ventura County. He also serves on the California Association of Nonprofits Board of Directors, the Tri-Counties Anti-Defamation League Board of Advisors and as the Treasurer for the CAN Insurance Services Board of Directors. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for excellence in Community Service and citizenship and
Kim Williams is a management and governance consultant to nonprofit executives and governing boards. She specializes in building capacity in mission-driven environments to promote disciplined decision-making, ethical leadership and meaningful social change. Client services include governance systems development, strategic planning, interim executive and transition management, training and professional development, and executive onboarding and coaching. Dr. Williams also designs training programs and conducts seminars on nonprofit governance and strategic planning for the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Junior League of Los Angeles Board Fellows Program and the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program. She also teaches courses in nonprofit governance and strategic planning for California State University, Northridge, LMU Extension, and UCLA.