Our consultants are experienced in nonprofit and public sector issues and activities. We assemble a team with the knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of the client and project.
Warren Riley, President
In his three decades with NPOS, Warren has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country to build their capacity and to advance their mission. His work and passion centers on improving community access to mental and behavioral health, as well as improving youth development services. In another life, Warren directed a national sales team for a Fortune 100 consumer products company and led KPMG Peat Marwick’s nonprofit practice, where he provided consulting services to a variety of social service agencies, arts and advocacy organizations, associations, schools, and universities. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University, and holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Areas of Focus: strategic planning, strategic restructuring, board development, and fund development.
Betsy Uhrman, Senior Consultant
At NPO Solutions, Betsy has worked extensively with nonprofit organizations on all aspects of organizational planning and development. At Open Society Foundations and Tides Foundation, she conducted field research and implemented grantmaking programs in areas such as public education, youth development, media and economic justice. In these capacities, she has had many opportunities to consider how to cultivate partnerships and to effectively support large-scale programs and projects. Her work and passion centers on bringing together social sector partners for shared aims and collective impact in the service of equity. She received her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Areas of Focus: strategic planning, strategic restructuring, and network building
Michael Butler, Senior Consultant
Ned Lederer, Consultant
Ned’s work at NPO Solutions has centered on adaptive leadership coaching and strategy development across many different nonprofits and public agencies. Ned brings a wide variety of nonprofit experience in the areas of public health, public education, and youth development. Prior to NPOS, Ned fulfilled a three-year term in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, and consulted with organizations in Brazil and Vietnam. He is a skilled facilitator and trainer in project design, implementation, and evaluation. His work and passion centers around helping leaders with conceptual frameworks and practical guidance for making systemic change. Ned received his Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University, and holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Areas of Focus: strategic restructuring and capacity building, with an emphasis on leadership planning and development.
Nicole Smith, Associate Consultant
Nicole has worked with many youth development and educational organizations on strategy and evaluation at NPO Solutions. Previously, Nicole co-founded a nonprofit organization that provides early college and career exposure and other opportunities to students in South Los Angeles. Her prior experiences include positions at Community Coalition and the Children’s Defense Fund. She has been recognized by the Association for the Research of Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for her commitment to the nonprofit sector. Her work and passion centers around educational access and equitable exposure to opportunities for underserved youth in the Los Angeles area. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a BA in public policy and law.
Areas of Focus: strategic planning and evaluation, including data collection and analysis.
Michael has directed hundreds of program evaluation, organizational development, and technical assistance projects in a wide array of areas including: K-12 public education, college readiness and access, community health and wellness services, and workforce development. Michael also provides professional development and coaching focused on data-driven approaches to program delivery and assessment. His work and passion centers around accelerating equity with data informed approaches. He received his MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds an undergraduate degree from Occidental College. Michael was also a Research Fellow at the RAND Corporation and a graduate of USC’s Executive program in Social Innovation through the Price School of Public Policy.
Areas of Focus: capacity building (network building, professional learning) and evaluation