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Venture Leadership is
a partnership.

We’re strategic thinkers and we join you in the trenches. It’s leadership that is invested in your organization, working together to create new models, implement never-before-seen programs, and handle existing workload.  Each Venture Leader is engaged, enthusiastic and experienced. The result is results: together we will make an impact, deliver new skills, and move forward. You are an organization of believers; you know you can perform bigger than your size and bring great things to even more of the people you serve.

A partnership with Venture Leadership means you’re ready to step out, push forward, and venture up!  Let us show you all the ways a Venture Leader can help.

Our Team + Your Team = Success
SEE WHAT WE'RE MADE OF

Each Venture Leader works within your organization to achieve and exceed your goals by venturing with you and providing group coaching and in-person learning forums. We vet each Venture Leader for five characteristics that will compliment your team and enhance your organization’s capabilities.

Venture Leaders Are:

  • Experienced Executives

    Each Venture Leader has years of executive leadership experience in either the non-profit or for-profit field (or both!). These seasoned executives plug in at any leadership level as seamlessly as possible.

  • Goal-oriented

    A Venture Leader is a project manager as well as an executive. Each Venture Leader has a proven track record of setting goals then establishing milestones and checkpoints on the way to achieving them. 

  • Emotionally Intelligent

    Emotional resistance to change is one of the highest barriers to implementing new programs and models within an organization. A Venture Leader has the emotional intelligence to read an organization, understand the macro- and micro-dynamics at play, and develop thoughtful strategies for managing emotional resistance.

  • Data-driven

    A Venture Leader knows how to implement data-driven programming. Donors, stakeholders, and system partners are increasingly demanding quantifiable results backed by concrete data. Each Venture Leader has experience designing and guiding teams through implementing high-quality, data-driven models.

  • Strategic and Immersive

    A Venture Leader knows how to enhance your organization without taking the focus away from your leadership. Leading by example and guiding from behind the scenes, the Venture Leader helps you to let your organization shine its brightest by immersing into your business, to quickly understand and enhance your strengths.

“We have been partnering with Venture Leadership Consulting on implementing our Theory of Change. Their support has added clarity, strategic acumen, and bandwidth to our work."
CITY YEAR SAN JOSE/SILICON VALLEY

SERVICES

Targeted Ventures

Turn “idea” into I did!

Targeted Project leadership is a custom engagement, turning ideas and the conversations around them into system-wide improvements. Engage a Venture Leader to design and implement Targeted Projects such as executive and staff coaching sessions.  Projects include retreats, training periods, and keynote speaking, as well as articulating theory of change and seeing through to implementation, protocols, manuals, RFPs, and more. We focus on action and measurability to meet our simple end-goal: take your mission to the next level!

Targeted Ventures

Integrated Ventures

Transition and growth need direction balanced by independence.

We offer interim leadership—based on clear goals such as building relationships among key funders and stakeholders, supervision, implementation, and expansion—that won’t leave you with a dependency.  Your organization can engage a Venture Leader for short, 6-12 month programs that focus on strategy and on-the-ground support organizations can maintain after the program is completed. We’re not interested in the status quo: through talent development, implementation, and willingness to work beside you to meet the day-to-day, we will see sustainable, measurable growth.

Integrated Ventures

Leadership Development

Your passion, our leadership.

Readiness to achieve true impact in the world can be an uncomfortable space to claim. When faced with critical organizational transitions, the future catalysts, champions, and rainmakers need access to well-tailored expertise and personalized solutions. We provide individual and group coaching, and in-person learning forums through a flexible system of inquiry-based learning and creative strategies that build on strengths and address limitations in service of authentic leadership.

Leadership Development

Leadership Search

We invest in your time

Our leadership search function emerged at the request of clients as a natural extension of our other services. We respect that the search for your next senior leader is the most important item on the Board agenda right now, and we know the catalytic power of the right person in the right role. As experienced Bay Area nonprofit executives, we understand the context of your work, and true to our vision, we get into the trenches alongside you. We aim for our search process to feel like less of an “engagement” and more like a deeply integrated champion is working alongside you during a time of need. We only conduct Bay Area searches, because this is where we have built our networks, honed our craft, and choose to live. We leverage a deep knowledge of local issues, the webs of organizations tackling issues, and the developing leaders already in our midst.

Leadership Search
Are you venture ready?
SEE WHO LEVELED UP WITH US

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director, Santa Clara County

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First Place for Youth

PROJECT TYPES:
Theory of Change Implementation and Interim Executive Director

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City Year

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director

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Communities in Schools

PROJECT TYPE:
San Jose Expansion Feasibility Project

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iMentor.org

PROJECT TYPE:
Government Grant Strategy and Leadership Development

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Fresh Lifelines for Youth

PROJECT TYPE:
Theory of Change

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Boys/Girls Club Penninsula

PROJECT TYPE:
Theory of Change

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Peninsula College Fund

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director
Interim Development Director

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Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

PROJECT TYPE:
Mayor's Gang Prevention Retreat

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City of San Jose

PROJECT TYPE:
Board Retreat

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Rebuilding the Peninsula

PROJECT TYPE:
Risk Reduction Trainer for Corrections Professionals

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The Carey Group

PROJECT TYPE:
Paraeducator Retreat

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Santa Clara County Office of Education

Project Type:
Grantee Site Visits/Assessments for General Operating Support

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The Sobrato Organization

PROJECT TYPE:
Model Codification Support

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Oakland International High School Learning Lab

PROJECT TYPE:
Practitioner Retreat

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Teen Success, Inc

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director

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49ers Foundation

PROJECT TYPE:
Theory of Change Implementation and Executive Coaching

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Homeless Prenatal Program

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim East Bay Director

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New Door Ventures

PROJECT TYPE:
Theory of Change Articulation

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East Bay Agency for Children

PROJECT TYPE:
Database Implementation

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UMOM New Day Centers

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Associate Director

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Dependency Advocacy Center

PROJECT TYPE:
Theory of Change Articulation

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Teen Lifeline

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive: Vice President of National Development & Communications

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BUILD

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director

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Project Re-Connect Inc

PROJECT TYPE:
Organizational Sustainability Support

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The 49er Academy

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive: Development Director

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Breakthrough Silicon Valley

PROJECT TYPE:
Targeted Venture: Model Codification

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Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Bay Area Lead

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New Classrooms

PROJECT TYPE:
Interim Executive Director

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The Imagine Bus Project

Evaluation Plan Development

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“Our work with Venture Leadership Consulting was a pleasure from start to finish. They brought the energy and passion of a full-time staff member and delivered a strategy that completely met our needs and hopes for the engagement."
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TEAM

Aila Malik

Founder + Principal

Founding Venture Leader, Aila Malik has stood with organizations during growth, expansion, and change for nearly two decades.

An experienced leader, she collaborates with venture-ready organizations to re-imagine their places within the education, correction, and community-based organization sectors. She specializes in launches, expansions, process design and implementation, and development coaching for high-performing executives.

Aila has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and educating youth in many contexts including: homeless shelters, mentally disabled homes, juvenile justice system, foster care and mainstream public schools. In that time, Aila has served as a non-profit executive for high performing non-profits, an experienced trainer in the community-based organization, education, and correction sectors, an adjunct lecturer for Juvenile Justice courses at both Santa Clara University School of Law and Lincoln Law School, and recently a children’s author (www.pocketmommy.org).

Aila holds a BS in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara, earned her JD at Santa Clara University, and is a member of the California Bar Association. Among other accolades, she was a recipient of the 2011 ABA Child Advocate of the Year Award and was a Berkeley Law Foundation fellow.

Aila’s greatest motivation for social change is her desire that her three kids grow-up in a world where disparity does not limit people’s access to opportunity; that ALL people have opportunities to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Aila Malik

David Cattivera

Managing Director

David Cattivera brings extensive knowledge and expertise in nonprofit leadership to his role as Managing Director at Venture Leadership Consulting (VLC). With a social sector career spanning nearly two decades, David has worked in organizations in every capacity, from volunteer to executive director, giving him unique insight and experience in managing the day-to- day priorities and strategic objectives of organizations.

Additional experience includes supporting youth and families in the following contexts: housing, mentoring, literacy, service learning, education, and juvenile justice. This coupled with a track record of developing meaningful relationships with school districts, private foundations, government officials, and nonprofit leaders allows him to seamlessly immerse and support organizations addressing critical community needs.

A classically trained pianist, David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business from the University of the Pacific and is a proud AmeriCorps alumnus. In addition to his work with VLC, David is an active community volunteer and dedicated husband and father to two children.

David Cattivera

Andrew Lopez

Managing Director of Arizona

Well-versed in database implementation, program design, and codification, Venture Leader Andrew Lopez excels at creating and leading teams through periods of organizational change.

Andrew specializes in program and systems development, program codification, and performance management.  He brings a strategic, big picture approach to his work, while always maintaining an “on the ground” perspective for what it truly takes to get challenging work done effectively and efficiently.

Andrew comes with extensive database implementation experience, having led data collection and evaluation practices at several nonprofits. With nearly 10 years of experience in development of logic models, program manuals, and staff trainings, Andrew brings a data informed mindset and focus to ensure more efficient workplace practices, and ultimately, continuously improving client services and outcomes. Andrew’s experience includes implementation of both case management software (Efforts to Outcomes) as well as certified Electronic Health Record (Welligent) software.

Additionally, Andrew is a teacher at heart. He loves to connect with others while helping them see why and how improved processes, data, and an eye toward continuous improvement can help make their lives and the lives of their clients that much better.

Andrew Lopez

Vamsey Palagummi

Director of Impact

Vamsey Palagummi is rooted in more than 11 years of public service, brings an integrated approach to youth development, system change, and community transformation. 

Prior to joining Venture Leadership Consulting, Vamsey  merged his keen understanding of programmatic tactics with his knack for strategic thinking, and helped lead Theory of Change implementation, and expansion at a high-performing non-profit organization.  Throughout his career, Vamsey has held key roles in program design and administration, non-profit management, and strategic implementation.

Vamsey earned his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and is a member of the California Bar Association. While in law school, Vamsey provided free legal services to indigent parents facing dependency proceedings, and worked at the Northern California Innocence Project for the wrongfully convicted. His deep commitment to serving underserved populations comes from his experience as a youth, where he spent time in juvenile hall and was placed on probation. Vamsey was born and raised in the Bay Area, and currently lives in Dublin, CA.

Vamsey Palagummi

Natalie Reynolds

Operations Manager

Natalie Reynolds partners with Venture Leaders to support the micro-dynamics at play, making sure that all checkpoints are being met to achieve the established goals.

Natalie has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, initially as a youth practitioner and later, an executive assistant.  With strong communication skills and high responsivity, Natalie partners with Venture Leaders to support our client engagements by reliably executing projects in service of their missions. Natalie prides herself on her ability to manage multiple demands efficiently.

Natalie was raised in San Jose, CA and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from San Jose State University. Currently, Natalie is a mother of two boys and resides in Hollister, CA.

Natalie Reynolds

Cheryl Reiss

Cheryl Reiss has over two decades of expertise in stakeholder outreach, media relations, messaging, public relations, strategic communications and content development.

Cheryl has worked for organizations ranging from governmental agencies and tech companies to non-profits and elected officials at the local, state and national levels.

This background, coupled with her law degree, enables Cheryl to help her clients translate complex subject matter into clear, simple messaging that resonates with a variety of audiences.

She has lived in the Bay Area since 1990. A partial list of past and current clients includes MLSListings, Peninsula Health Care District, National Park Service, Marine Mammal Center, SFO Airport, SF Department of the Environment, Taleo Software, Golden Gate Park and Save the Redwoods.

Cheryl Reiss

Joseph Herrity

Joe is an experienced leader whose practice is rooted in the hard-won credibility of a nearly 15 years of front line service, and leadership through an era of increasing rigor and operational discipline. 

A collective impact disciple, Joe is skilled at navigating multi-stakeholder environments and distilling complex issues down to their essential elements. Joe is an effective internal and external leader, with a strong ability to translate strategy to implementation.

Joe’s approach to the work is uniquely influenced by his upbringing and early adulthood in a small Wisconsin manufacturing town and the last 13 years in the Bay area. In Wisconsin he bore witness to the impact of de-industrialization and the resulting economic stagnation of a once thriving community, and in the Bay Area he has worked closely with communities impacted by an influx of wealth yet trapped by inaccessible opportunity.  As a result, he is focused on pathways to prosperity that connect investments and services along the life-course and across institutions and organizations. Joe balances a healthy respect for inclusive process with a bent toward action. He is a firm believer in the notion of “nothing about us without us,” and is committed to forging holistic responses that authentically and meaningfully include the voices of community-members with the most to gain or lose by the result.

Joe is a proud community college graduate, holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently completing his masters thesis on the impact of personalized guidance and support on diploma attainment for those who left school early. Despite aging knees, Joe is a competitive athlete, and can be found in Tahoe on weekends from December to March. He is married and the father of a beautiful baby girl.

Joseph Herrity

Lauren Brady

Lauren Brady is a Venture Leader who offers over a decade of experience working in social justice, educational reform, and providing legal services to children and youth.

Lauren is the former director of the Statewide Education Rights Project at Public Counsel, a program which united direct legal services, litigation, legislative work, policy advocacy and community partnerships to create a model for education reform across the state of California. Prior to joining Public Counsel, she was a deputy public defender and the director of the Legal Educational Advocacy Project (LEAP) at the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Lauren began her legal career at Legal Services for Children, a non-profit civil legal services organization in San Francisco, where she was a senior staff attorney and director of the Education Project. There, Lauren represented juvenile clients in the areas of child welfare, education, probate guardianship and immigration.

Lauren earned a JD from Stanford Law School in 2006, the same year she was awarded a Skadden Fellowship. She earned a BA in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University. Lauren is currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a charter school in East Oakland. She lives with her family in Berkeley, but part of her heart remains on the East Coast, where she was born and raised.

Lauren Brady

Mecca Billings

Mecca Billings is a Venture Leader with more than twenty years of experience in fundraising strategy and management.

The narrative of her work experience embodies effective leadership and fundraising, and ensuring internal systems, structures and teams are in place to significantly elevate an organization’s fundraising capacity to achieve the highest levels of execution. She has utilized her financial, analytical, entrepreneurial, creative, interpersonal, organizational and motivational skills in every position and client engagement she has held. She began her fundraising career at her alma mater, Harvard, where she worked in the Harvard College Fund during its $2.1 billion university-wide campaign. Within the first two years of joining the Harvard College Fund team, she was promoted from an assistant, to a junior class officer and finally to a specially created position for her to manage a $25 million capital campaign project with a Kresge Foundation challenge grant, and to identify new major donor alumni prospects living on the West Coast. Her extensive work for Harvard on the West Coast, and a Boston winter that ended with a snowstorm in April, inspired her to relocate to the sunnier climate of the West Coast later that year.

In 2011, after 15 years working as an in-house fundraiser, she founded Billings Consulting Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm that has a special focus on capital campaign fundraising. Since its inception, her company has supported 20 nonprofit client organizations in engagements focused on capital campaign and annual fund management, strategic planning and executive searches. Her company has consistently increased the capacity of clients to raise contributed revenue and has also helped some clients secure six-figure and seven-figure gifts from individuals and foundations. To date, her counsel has helped secure more than $15 million for her clients.

Outside of work she enjoys travel, the Spanish art of Flamenco, music, dance, theater, wine, food and film. She is the former board president of Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, founded in 1966 and one of the oldest flamenco-focused dance companies outside of Spain, and she is a board member of the Hawaii-based nonprofit Na Kama Kai, founded by world champion longboard surfer Duane DeSoto that teaches ocean safety and conservation to underserved youth throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Mecca Billings

Maggie Staab

As a dedicated, experienced professional with a passion for philanthropy and events, Maggie is a Venture Leader who prides herself not solely in event operations, but in fundraising and donor relationships to create the most impactful type of event for all. 

While her career started with grassroots fundraising for a small non-profit athletic program which she co-founded in her hometown of Hollister, this stepping stone helped catapult her future in events with an emphasis on sports and community relations with organizations like the San Francisco 49ers, GMR Marketing, the San Jose Sharks and Miller Tanner Associates. Over the past six years, Maggie has managed and/or played a key role in events revolving around Super Bowls 47, 50, 51, and 52, The America’s Cup, Notre Dame College Golf Fundraiser, the 49ers Foundation’s two largest fundraisers where she helped raise over $2 million annually, and nearly 20 annual events during her tenure as Community Relations Manager at the 49ers.

 In her role at the 49ers, she developed experience in creating, planning and executing successful community engagement and fundraising events on all fronts.  Throughout her time with the 49ers Foundation and Community Relations department, the team has been recipients of prestigious awards, such as the 2017 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award, 2015 Beyond Sport Team of the Year Award, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2013 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.

With her years of experience on various sides of event management, Maggie truly has the skillset and insight needed to develop and execute a successful fundraising event while growing the relationships organizations need to continue on a path towards success.

Maggie Staab

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