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PARTNERS

Michael Washburn
, President, a 30-year veteran of the nonprofit field, has consulted with more than 200 local, national, and international organizations. A former corporate advertising executive and director of two nonprofit international affairs agencies, Mr. Washburn is known for his analytical skills, creative and strategic thinking, and his understanding of organizational culture.

His specialties include board and staff development, major gifts and capital campaigns, strategic planning, and communications.

He is a frequent presenter and teacher at conferences and workshops. He served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New York Chapter for eight years, completing his service as Vice President for Governance, Planning, and Public Policy. He is the president of the American Center of Photography. Other volunteer involvements include Governance Matters, Roulette Intermedium, and the Institute for Urban Design.

He received his BA from Harvard and holds an MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Nancy Carmichael, Vice President, is a leading financial analyst and management strategist, with 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector. Before becoming a consultant in 1991, Ms. Carmichael held senior executive positions at three arts institutions, acquiring a mastery of fundraising, finance, organization building, program audits and implementation.

photo She consults on capital and annual campaigns, major gift programs, and strategic plans. She trains and mentors entry-level development staff for positions as development associates and directors of development.

She currently serves as a board member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New York Chapter and as a volunteer with the Teatown Lake Reservation. Ms. Carmichael received her BMus from the Manhattan School of Music and holds an MFA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

CORE STAFF

Andrea Miskow, Staff Associate/Researcher. Before joining Washburn Carmichael, Ms. Miskow worked at the New York Forum for Child Health at the New York Academy of Medicine coordinating and researching grants and helping prepare Forum publications, including newsletters, policy reports, and journal articles. Prior to the Academy, she worked as a development assistant at the Literacy Assistance Center, researching, tracking and preparing grant proposals and reports, and coordinating special events. She holds a BA in Theatre and Political Science from Temple University.

SENIOR CONSULTANTS

In addition to the partners and core staff, Washburn Carmichael operates with an array of senior consultants, all accomplished veterans in their respective specialties. Here are brief profiles of the exceptional people who make up this uniquely diversified, high-level group.

Emily J. Antoniades has worked in non-profit development for nearly 20 years. She has held key development positions at non-profits in Chicago and New York City, including Lakeview Shelter, Inspiration Cafe, Northwestern University, and New Yorkers for Parks. A consultant since 2005, she provides grant writing, event planning, and other development services to cultural and social service organizations throughout the city.

Robert A. Jud, an internationally recognized authority in the field of management training and development, has taught a series of Washburn Carmichael workshops and advised on organizational restructurings. His expertise includes executive coaching, innovation and entrepreneurship, inter-cultural communications, performance and productivity enhancement, problem solving and risk taking, particularly for organizations in transition or change. For 17 years, he led an organizational development firm serving the Fortune 1000.

Siobhan McDermott is a capital campaign specialist and expert in building volunteer and community leadership. She began her own consulting practice (Strategic Management Consulting) in 2000 after more than 12 years in development staff positions with the New York Shakespeare Festival, City Center Theater, and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and as a consultant with Milano, Ruff & Associates.

Elaine Morales has 20 years' experience in development both on staff and as a consultant. She has provided writing and fundraising services to more than 30 New York area social service and educational organizations, including Northside Center for Child Development and Manhattan Country School with Washburn Carmichael and Asphalt Green, The Legal Aid Society, Fountain House, and Goddard Riverside Community Center. Her writing projects include newsletters, annual reports, foundation proposals and collateral materials, grant reports, and government proposals.

Jane B. O'Connell, for nearly 25 years, has served as Director of Development and Administrative Services and Treasurer at The Convent of the Sacred Heart, an independent girls' school in New York City. She now offers consulting services to nonprofits undertaking capital campaigns, long-range planning, and organization change programs. She is President of the Altman Foundation, a $240 million foundation, and serves on several nonprofit boards.

Yvonne Carroll Presha, a consultant for nearly 15 years, earlier served as Vice President of Planning and Development at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She has managed campaigns and annual fund programs, evaluated several Ford Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation projects, and teaches at New School University including its Institute on Faith-Based Community Building. An African-American, she consults with the Twenty-First Century Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation on African-American philanthropy and has conducted nationally recognized studies on diversity.

Sue Sena is a veteran fund-raising and communications professional with expertise in creating fund-raising systems and plans with a particular focus on the social service sector. She began her own consulting practice in 2008 after 15 years in development staff positions with the Fountain House, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the inaugural AmeriCorps program in Jersey City, NJ. She serves on the boards of several New York City non-profits and is an activist and volunteer for the LGBT community.

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