Who We Are

Project Lead

Shiree Teng

Shiree TengShiree Teng has worked in the social sector for 35 years as a social and racial justice champion – as a frontline organizer, network facilitator, capacity builder, grantmaker, and evaluator and learning partner. Shiree brings to her work a lifelong commitment to social change and a belief in the potential of groups of people coming together to create powerful solutions to entrenched social issues. Having spent her life in the social sector, Shiree comes to the work from the perspective of building capacity. Shiree is a member of the national consultant pool for Building Capacity for Organizational Resilience and Renewal (BCORR), RoadMap, and NoVo Foundation Move to End Violence core group of capacity builders, all supported by social justice funders. From 1998 to 2012, she worked as a Program Officer and Consultant to Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program. Since 2010, Shiree has served as a senior advisor to Hewlett Foundation’s OE grantmaking. She is a member of the national consultant pool for Building Capacity for Organizational Resilience and Renewal (BCORR) supported by a collaborative group of social justice funders. In 2008, she received the Alliance of Nonprofit Management Capacity Builder of the Year Award.

Research Partners

Groupaya has over three decades of combined experience helping Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, and grassroots movements solve meaningful, wicked problems collaboratively.  Groupaya’s name embodies its purpose, which is to help groups — be they teams, organizations, networks, or nations — work together more skillfully to create their desired future.

RebeccaGlassesRebecca Petzel works with for-profits, non-profits, networks, and foundations helping groups take collective action for a better world. Since completing her thesis on the potential of collaborative innovation communities to fuel social and environmental change, she has spent the past five years in the Bay Area exploring society’s collaborative capacity, unpacking the small and large ways how we work together effects our health as individuals and as a society. She’s been called a facilitator, a design-thinker, an organizational development consultant, an organizer, a strategist, a collaboration ninja, and a web geek amongst other things. Past clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Code for America, the General Service Foundation, and the Hub Bay Area.

EugeneEugene Eric Kim is the co-founder of Groupaya. He has spent over a decade helping groups with strong social missions collaborate more effectively. As the founder of Blue Oxen Associates in 2002, Eugene developed a reputation for designing and facilitating great collaborative experiences and for catalyzing collaboration in large networks, all while melding the best of digital with face-to-face technologies. He has helped one of the world’s leading global IT departments at a Fortune 500 company better understand how it could collaborate more effectively at a global level; designed and led the Wikimedia open strategic planning process; and led computer pioneer Doug Engelbart’s research project to prototype next generation hypertext interfaces on the web.

Compass Point
CompassPoint intensifies the impact of fellow nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks as they achieve social equity together. CompassPoint believes that nonprofit organizations and leaders need relevant support that builds on their strengths, experiences, and achievements and that those individuals and organizations that invest in increasing their leadership and management capacities are better poised to achieve progress. For over 35 years, CompassPoint has worked to carry out this purpose by guiding nonprofits as they become better managed, more adaptive, and achieve higher impact.


Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is a private family foundation established in 1953 by Evelyn D. Haas and Walter A. Haas, Jr. that has awarded more than $441 million in grants to date. The Fund is located in San Francisco, California. Through its grantmaking, the Fund aspires to serve as a voice of hope and a positive, unifying force for social change. The Fund also seeks to strengthen the bonds of mutual respect among all people to pursue common interests and contribute to the larger community.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation works on the issues its founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

For more than 45 years, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet. The Foundation’s programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Site Architect

Christi Tran

Christi HeadShot colorAn experienced nonprofit leader and consultant, Christi has created strategies, developed and launched new organizations and programs, facilitated workshops and trainings, and conducted research and evaluation for nonprofits and foundations. Most recently, Christi served as a program officer at Blue Shield of California Foundation, and at The Bridgespan Group, she conducted research on health reform, violence prevention, education, youth development, and rural communities. Christi’s prior experience includes community organizing, youth development, and guest professorship at a university in Cape Verde.

Site Designer/Developer

Michael Waters

mwatersMike owns and operates Studio 678, a Web site design and development firm located in Oakland, California specializing in new media to enhance web communication for small businesses and non-profits.