Susan Kleinman, Founder and CEO
Susan has over two decades of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant, Susan helps nonprofit clients to strengthen their foundation, corporate, and government fundraising efforts. Before launching her independent consulting practice in 2011, Susan spent five years at Team-Up for Youth (now CoachingCorps), where she served as Senior Program Officer and as Program Director for Evaluation and Policy. Prior to that, Susan spent six years as Coordinator of The San Francisco Foundation's Koshland Civic Unity Program, where she was responsible for grant making as well as providing technical assistance to grantees in fundraising, program development, and strategic planning. Susan received a Master's Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a BA in Women's Studies from Wesleyan University.
Patricia Bentson, Senior Vice President
Pat has worked in fundraising, communications, and print and online media in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. Previously, she was Director of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, an international nonprofit serving the art/science community of educators, artists, scientists, and theorists. At Leonardo, she focused on planning, strategy, fundraising, and community building, as well as editing the organization's peer-reviewed art/science journals and books, published by the MIT Press. Today, Pat works closely with arts, education, youth, and social justice nonprofits to help them maximize their reach and better serve their communities. Pat earned a B.S. in Journalism with a Photojournalism concentration at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she also studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design.
Julia Epstein, Senior Associate
Julia has more than 15 years of experience in media relations and fundraising for national public interest legal services organizations and community-based social justice nonprofits. She served as Director of Development & Communications at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, CA. Prior to her development career, Julia taught at Haverford College, where she was Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Comparative Literature and chaired the joint Haverford–Bryn Mawr Comparative Literature Program. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and a B.A. from Washington University.
Tiffany Major, Senior Associate
Tiffany has worked professionally as a grant writer and consultant in academia and nonprofits since 2009. Her expertise includes interfacing with clients on a wide range of federal, state, corporate, and foundation grants, such as National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Department of Justice. Tiffany earned a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in Microbiology and a B.S. in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University. Through her advanced academic training, which included a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and serving as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, she developed a passion for the art and logic of proposal development.