Trainers and Coaches


José Acevedo

José is a senior partner at New World Consulting and an expert in facilitating the development of leadership skills and the creation of high-performing organizations. José has spent the last 30 years helping a broad range of groups throughout the world build effective learning teams that function innovatively in pursuit of specific organizational results.

Michael Bell

Michael is the co-founder, president and CEO of InPartnership Consulting Inc., an organizational development and strategic change firm specializing in global diversity and leadership development. Michael is a leader in the fields of organizational development, diversity and strategic planning.

Robert Gass, EdD

Robert is co-designer of the Art of Leadership and lead trainer for Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship. He is a Harvard-trained psychologist, organizational development consultant, leadership coach and workshop leader. Robert has more than 30 years experience consulting at senior levels for nonprofit, private and governmental organizations and agencies.

Suzanne Hawkes

Suzanne Hawkes is a management consultant, leadership trainer and coach with more than 20 years' experience helping non-profit organizations across the US and Canada increase their strategic impact. Her work focuses on the intersections of social justice, racial justice, progressive political engagement, and environmental sustainability. Her vision: a diverse cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across difference to achieve transformational change. Previously, she founded Canada's first not-for-profit campaign and communications training centre dedicated to supporting social change organizations across.

Toby Lynn Herzlich

Toby is a facilitator and trainer with a background in community development, organizational excellence, conflict resolution and participatory strategic planning. Her work focuses on developing leadership within progressive nonprofits, supporting values-based planning in grassroots organizations and cultivating visionary leadership among women. 

Helen S. Kim

Helen has over 24 years of experience working with leaders, organizations and networks advocating for racial, economic and environmental justice. As a consultant and facilitator, her focus is on transforming leadership culture, developing innovative strategies, and building effective partnerships. She is the co-author of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership and is affiliated with the Building Movement Project, RoadMap and the Flexible Leadership Program. She emigrated from Korea when she was twelve years old, studied history and law, and is guided by a passion for justice and generosity of spirit.

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi has been facilitating workshops about women's leadership, white privilege, racism and other social oppressions, communication, conflict resolution, organizational development, healing family relationships and mindfulness for 25 years. She has worked as a midwife since 1970 in hospitals, clinics, and people's homes. Her passion to bring an end to the unconscionable health disparities and to make culturally appropriate respectful health care a basic human right has been central to her work. Yeshi has also developed a relevant and inspiring curriculum for activist grandmothers. She has Masters degrees in History and Public Health.

Darlene Nipper

Darlene Nipper is Rockwood's CEO, and has been part of the training team since 2012. She has over 25 years of leadership and advocacy experience, having previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Executive Director of the BET Foundation, founder of the Multicultural and International Outreach (MIO) Center, Chief Operating Officer at NAMI, and Director of LGBT Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor of D.C. Darlene, a native Washingtonian, is also an ordained interfaith minister, practices mindfulness meditation and yoga, and has practiced both near and far, including in India and the Bahamas. She is located at Rockwood's D.C. office.

John Poore

John is president of Whole Leaders where he specializes in leadership development and coaching to support the work of social change leaders. Over the last 20 years, John has served as a founder, executive director, board member and consultant to a broad range of nonprofit organizations. His work employs a whole-person approach to leadership development and spirals outward to drive desired organizational change. John enjoys being a father, tending honeybees, gardening and hiking.

Maria Ramos-Chertok

Maria is a consultant, trainer, writer and mediator. Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, team building, managing change and cultural competency. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.


In addition to professional coaching provided by our trainers, Rockwood's team includes our affiliate coaches who bring strong expertise in Rockwood's approach to leadership and many years of experience coaching progressive nonprofit leaders. Please contact us for more information on coaching.

Amanda Berger

Amanda Berger brings twenty-five years of social justice experience to her coaching practice. Amanda has an extensive background in progressive philanthropy and transformational leadership development through her work with the Jewish Fund for Justice, the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing, the Women Donors Network and Rockwood Leadership Institute. Amanda believes in the power of coaching to loosen limiting beliefs, to expand a greater sense of possibility and to instill new practices in everyday life. Amanda brings direct communication, compassion and warmth to her coaching sessions. She lives in the Bay Area with her partner, teen daughters and beloved dog, Zuma.

Andrea Briscoe

In over 10 years as a Human Resource Director, Organizational Development Consultant, and Executive Coach, Andrea Briscoe has gained invaluable experience in the ideas and methods that help managers achieve goals and move organizations forward. She is an expert at identifying pathways to success and setting both individuals and organizations on the most expedient route to their short- and long-term aims. Some of her past clients include leaders from Black Enterprise Magazine, Inc., The White House Project, and Baruch College.

Kimberly Freeman Brown

Kimberly Freeman Brown is President of KFBConsulting, LLC, a boutique organizational development consulting firm that supports some of foremost progressive leaders, advocacy groups and political organizations in the nation. Clients utilize her expertise on organizational development, racial and gender equity and inclusion initiatives, leadership development and communications strategy, and as an executive coach and facilitator. Prior to launching her firm in 2012, Kimberly was the executive director of American Rights at Work, a national labor policy organization that merged with Jobs with Justice under her leadership. 

Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo

Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, PCC, is a certified life and leadership coach and an organizational development consultant who was trained through Leadership That Works' Coaches for Transformation program. She has a background in philanthropy, organizing, community health, and the arts. Her passion as a coach is to strengthen her client's authentic voice and support them in unlocking their purpose and passion in life so that they can be effective and fulfilled leaders. 

Andre Carothers

Andre Carothers is Co-Founder of Rockwood Leadership Institute and Senior Partner at Spruce Advisors, a consulting firm for social benefit entities. He has 30 years of experience working in nonprofits, including management, executive coaching, program development, leadership training, evaluation and philanthropy. He specializes in helping CEOs, Executive Directors and senior managers hone their skills in creating powerful teams and effective organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of Rainforest Action Network, the Story of Stuff Project, and the Mother Jones Media Group.

Gloria Chan

A High I.M.P.A.C.T. Leadership Consultant, Gloria provides consulting, speaking, strategic facilitation and coaching services for leaders, social visionaries and their teams. She is a contributing author in the best-selling series, Adventures in Manifesting: Conscious Business. Gloria spent seven years in national politics. She was president and CEO at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, where she facilitated an organizational turnaround, raising $1.5 million to support leadership programs across the nation. Gloria also founded Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI) in New York, which has trained over 1,000 youth through leadership curriculum and service programs, including English language programs for new immigrants. She received coaching certifications from the International Coach Federation and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Pamela Chiang

Pamela Chiang is President of Chiange, Inc. A community organizer in her political roots, she brings that appreciation with clients, and guides them through personal and organizational transformation for societal transformation. Over the the past two decades, she has led organizations and movements for economic and environmental justice and created deep culture and strategic change inside organizations. She is known for a style that aligns people from diverse racial, cultural, gender, generational and geographic experiences towards common purpose. Influenced by a resilient and dynamic Chinese immigrant mother, she expands perceived boundaries of what is possible for she is, among other things, a cowgirl rancher in Montana where she and her husband raise their two young boys. She is also a trained mediator and holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Daphne Eviatar

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer, writer and certified professional coach. With more than 20 years of experience working on social justice issues, Daphne coaches individuals and organizations on how to make their work, their environment, their communication and their advocacy more effective and sustainable. Daphne has a law degree from New York University Law School, a Masters from Columbia Journalism School, and received her coach training through Leadership That Works' Coaching for Transformation program. She is also a graduate of the Rockwood Institute's Art of Leadership and Advanced Art of Leadership programs.

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle has worked with leaders of mission-driven organizations for over 15 years. Her coaching is informed by a BA in social anthropology/religion from Harvard University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management focusing in organizational behavior, and coaching certification from Coaches Training Institute. Anushka also leads mindfulness meditation classes and retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and other venues.

Belma González

Belma has provided culturally aware coaching to leaders and activists since 2004. Certified through the Coaches Training Institute, she works with diverse clients across the United States on leadership enhancement, life purpose, change management and work/life balance.

Farhana Huq

Farhana Huq is an award-winning social entrepreneur, Certified Executive Coach from the Coaches Training Institute, speaker and surfer. She began her journey in nonprofits at the age of 14 as a volunteer. Since then, she has founded several globally conscious ventures including C.E.O. Women, an organization dedicated to supporting immigrant and refugee women entrepreneurs, and Brown Girl Surf TM, a global surf community that connects women and girls from San Francisco to the Gaza Strip. In her coaching practice, she taps into her entrepreneurial and leadership expertise, which she honed over many years while running C.E.O. Women, a venture she started with just $1,000 and grew into an annual budget of almost 1M while supporting over 2,000 aspiring immigrant women entrepreneurs to take leaps in business and in life. She is committed to using her experiences to help her clients make connections and transitions, and to find personal empowerment in their lives and businesses.

Jennifer C. Jackson

Jennifer C. Jackson has over 20 years of experience working in support of organizational and individual transformation. As a coach, she works with individuals, groups and organizations ready to align mind, body and spirit to shift they way they perceive and relate to the world. Jennifer currently serves as Executive Director of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women in Raleigh, NC, and previously was Associate Director of stone circles at The Stone House, which offered spiritual practice, training and retreats in transformational movement building to social justice activists. She is an Ordained Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and is a Certified Life Coach through Coach U and the Ford Institute of Integrative Coaching. She speaks and leads workshops on reflective practice, self-care, servant leadership and other topics related to applied spirituality, transformation and healing.

Masharika Maddison

Masharika Prejean Maddison is a leadership coach and founder of LightWell Coaching + Consulting, which specializes in the capacity building of policymakers, systems change professionals, and organizations committed to social justice and social responsibility. She enjoys long distance running, discussions of current events with friends, and exploring the vastness of the world through the eyes of her two young sons. 

Jack Walsh

For three decades, Jack Walsh has worked in various capacities in the nonprofit sector ranging from support staff to executive leadership. He possesses extensive knowledge about organizational management and effectiveness, program development, strategic and financial planning, and board and human resources development. For 12 years, he was the executive director of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, supporting the work of social change media arts organizations nationwide through leadership development, conferences, and legislative advocacy. In his coaching practice, Jack works with nonprofit leaders and artists helping them to create change and to tackle the obstacles preventing them from attaining their goals. An alumnus of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, where he was an Arts and Culture Fellow, Jack trained as a coach at San Francisco State University's Core Strengths Coaching Program. He is former public television executive producer, who continues making films and recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship in filmmaking.