Christine Schwartz 🇺🇸 ❤️
Christine Schwartz is the Managing Director of Marsh Creek Social Works. Before joining MCSW, Christine was CEO of Service to School, a 501(c)3 that assists military veterans and service members in pursuit of higher education. Christine’s passion for public service drew her to the nonprofit space, and during her time leading Service to School, the nonprofit grew into a nationally recognized program serving over 3,000 veterans each year.
Before her role as CEO of Service to School, Christine served as their Chief Operations Officer and was selected for the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program where she was a scholar in 2018. Christine has spoken extensively about issues confronting veterans and the necessity of improving access to education at engagements including South by Southwest, the American Council on Education national conference, and in testimony before Congress.
Prior to her work in the nonprofit space, Christine managed programs at both a tech startup and tech incubator and began her career as a Logistics Officer in the US Army. Christine holds a B.S. in Business Management from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Certificate in Intel and Analytics from Mercyhurst University.
Christine specializes in organizational and nonprofit strategy, strategic process improvement, and fundraising and partnerships.
Heidi Sumser ❤️
Heidi has over 15 years´ experience at the intersection of international development and climate finance, having worked in micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) banking, green finance and impact investing with mission-driven, private sector companies focused on emerging markets. She is a specialist in sustainability, small-business banking, and developing, managing, and growing new, strategic business initiatives. She is a skilled relationship manager and partnership developer with an extensive international network and the ability to engage stakeholders across sectors.
Heidi worked as Green Lending Officer at responsAbility Investments, a Swiss leader in impact investing, managing a clean energy debt portfolio of financial institutions in Latin America for the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF). Prior, she worked for the German ProCredit Holding based in Bolivia at Banco Los Andes ProCredit where she worked in the business and credit risk departments and then led the creation and implementation of sustainability, including green finance, as a new, strategic area. She also brings experience in development finance consulting and the non-profit sector.
Heidi is currently a mentor to sustainable start-ups at Bethesda Green´s Innovation Lab, a participant in a competitive global learning program for circular economy with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a guest lecturer on circular economy at universities in the United States and Peru. She earned a master´s degree in Development Economics and International Business Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University a bachelor´s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Shayna Keller ❤️
Senior Strategy Advisor
Shayna Keller brings fifteen years of experience in social impact strategy and leadership across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as a director and senior strategist at Arabella Advisors, where she collaborated closely with the leaders of major global corporations, institutional foundations, and individual philanthropists to develop strategies to advance their impact. Her work has spanned a wide range of issues, including health equity, education, food sovereignty, economic justice, and arts and culture.
Shayna has also worked extensively on internal innovation, strategy, and business planning projects across sectors. At Arabella Advisors, she managed innovation initiatives and launched new products to expand the firm’s ability to meet the evolving needs of institutional, corporate, and individual funders. At Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s largest performing arts center, she managed a diverse array of initiatives, including business planning for the center’s global strategy group. In her work with the National Park Service, Shayna led the development of financial, organizational, and operations strategies for the agency’s primary workforce training center. Earlier in her career, she served as Executive Director of the Dance Resource Center, where she built infrastructure, capacity, and visibility for performing artists and choreographers in Los Angeles.
Shayna holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA from Wesleyan University. At Yale, Shayna co-led the Yale Philanthropy Conference and Nonprofit Board Fellows and served on the board of Elmseed Enterprise Fund, a small business advisory and loan fund. Outside of work hours, you can find her exploring the outdoors with family and friends, hosting big dinner parties, and playing with her dog on the California coast.
Sonya Knight ❤️
Director for Accounting
Sonya is an accountant with a deep love for numbers and a passion for growing businesses. She is the lead for Marsh Creek Social Works’ accounting practice and manages corporate real estate offices.
Sonya has worked throughout the accounting field, most recently as the Director of Finance and Operations for Knight & Company, and as a public accountant for several CPA and accounting firms. She has also worked in public and private accounting and performed audits to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Sonya obtained her bachelor’s in Accounting from Norfolk State University while working full-time for a global manufacturing plant. She later received her Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Wesleyan University.
Craig Nazareth 🇺🇸 ❤️
Director for Impact Investing
Craig has over two decades of experience in strategy and program implementation for US government and Department of Defense capability development. Craig is a seasoned advisor for senior executives regarding strategies for strengthening organizational capabilities and collaboration, including working internationally between the United Nations, NATO, and the Korean peninsula.
Craig is a faculty member at the University of Arizona, serving as the Program Director and Professor of Practice for the College of Applied Sciences Intelligence and Information Operations Program.
Craig is a passionate supporter of community and social services, currently volunteering his time and energies towards homeless outreach programs in Sierra Vista and Tucson. He is working with several organizations to meet critical needs in the ongoing struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Craig earned a master’s in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University and resides in Sierra Vista with his wife and two children.
Dr. Eric W. Miller 🇺🇸 ❤️
CEO & Founder
Eric founded Marsh Creek Social Works to pursue happiness for all, by connecting people, organizations, and purpose. Eric is a strategic management expert with over two decades of strategy design, development, and implementation experience in both government and the social sector.
Prior to working with Arabella Advisors as an executive advisor to the CEO/COO, Eric served as the chief strategy architect for the Department of Defense’s efforts to receive US service member remains from North Korea, and as the lead strategic planner for the US intelligence community’s response to both BREXIT and the 2016 presidential nomination briefing process.
Eric is a certified nonprofit consultant (CNC), and both presents and publishes social sector evidence-based research. Eric is currently serving as the board president for a Virginia-based nonprofit and as a communications advisor for a Canadian nonprofit focused on social economy research.
Eric is also an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Business, teaching courses on global business economics. Eric’s doctoral and post-doctoral studies examined scaling social impact within social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Eric earned an MBA, a master’s in strategic intelligence, and a master’s in financial planning.
Bea Masters ❤️
Chief of Staff
Beatrice is a strategy and operations consultant with experience in nonprofit operations, strategy development, and team management. She is passionate about solving strategic, analytical, and operational challenges for mission-driven organizations and bringing people together towards common goals.
Beatrice worked with MCSW and Galvanize Partners to bring to life Project 21, a collaborative effort exploring how businesses that serve the social sector can work together to strengthen their work. She works for Boston-based nonprofit Prison Book Program, where she coordinates a volunteer program that sends books to people who are incarcerated all over the US. Previously, Beatrice worked at Canback Consulting, a division of the Economist Group, for four years, doing pricing strategy, demand forecasting, and market prioritization for global companies.
Beatrice lives in the Boston area, where she organizes with SURJ Boston, the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups organizing white people for racial justice. Beatrice holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Katherine Lorenz ❤️
Senior Advisor for Philanthropy
Katherine Lorenz is President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (www.cgmf.org), a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas. She is the Leader of the Next Gen of the Giving Pledge, and Inside Philanthropy recently named Ms. Lorenz one of the most powerful heirs in philanthropy.
Previously, she served as Senior Advisor for the National Center for Family Philanthropy (www.ncfp.org) and Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy (www.instituteforphilanthropy.org). Prior to that, Ms. Lorenz lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for six years where she co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (www.puentemexico.org), a non-profit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca. She continues to be involved with Puente’s work as an active board member. Before founding Puente, she spent two summers living in rural villages in Latin America with the volunteer program Amigos de las Américas and later served on their Program Committee and as a trustee of the Foundation for Amigos de las Americas.
Additionally, she currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Environmental Defense Fund (Vice-Chair), the Tinker Foundation, and the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and formerly was a Fellow and later Board Chair at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Board Chair of The Philanthropy Workshop, a Board Member of Exponent Philanthropy, Resource Generation, the Amaranth Institute, and a member of the National Academies’ Roundtable of Science and Technology for Sustainability. Ms. Lorenz serves on the Advisory Council of Boldly Go Philanthropy, the Leadership Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and the National Advisory Committee of USC’s Irene Hirano Inouye Philanthropic Leadership Fund, and as a Senior Advisor for Philanthropy for Marsh Creek Social Works. Ms. Lorenz holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.
John Hamilton 🇺🇸 🦅
Senior Advisor for Military & Veterans Services
John has over four decades of leadership experience and expertise in policy and strategy development and implementation, and resource programming within the Department of Defense.
During his time in government service, he led numerous diverse teams and organizations focused on complex, strategic-level transformational issues, including the restructuring of major organizations, rebalancing strategic assets based on national-level policy and strategy shifts, and relocation of large organizations during the Congressionally directedBase Realignments. John also has over 20 years of experience living abroad and working with international partners on defense and humanitarian-related issues.
John has a Masters in Human Resource Management and a Masters in International Studies. He attended the Harvard Senior Fellowship Program in 2015.
Dr. Rozlyn Engel 🦅 ❤️
Senior Advisor for Global Economics
Roz is a Distinguished Professor of Practice at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she teaches courses on economics and foreign policy.
She has held several high-level positions in the U.S. government, including at the U.S. Treasury, the National Intelligence Council, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and raised her own family in Millburn.
Sarah Stremlau ❤️
Senior Advisor for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises
Sarah Stremlau is the Chief Strategy Officer at Orr Group, a full-service philanthropic support firm, in which Sarah leads the development and implementation of a firmwide strategy to support the organization’s continued evolution, expansion, and maturation. In addition, Sarah oversees Orr Group’s strategy practice area, which helps nonprofits develop business plans that are data-driven, actionable, and provide clear pathways for achieving greater impact.
Sarah has more than 20 years of experience helping nonprofit, philanthropic, and government leaders more effectively, efficiently, and strategically scale and achieve greater impact. Across her career in the social sector, Sarah has helped nonprofit and government entities use data, set vision, and identify and establish the resources, systems, and processes needed to achieve growth and change.
Sarah was formerly President of LOCUS Impact Investing, which empowers philanthropists to leverage their assets and use innovative financing tools for community economic development. Previously, Sarah was an Associate Managing Director at Arabella Advisors, developing, incubating, launching, and providing operational infrastructure to hundreds of charitable initiatives.
🇺🇸 = Veteran
🦅 = US Government Service
❤️ = Nonprofit Service
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