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 focuses on strengthening the voices of civil society organizations in Canada and countries worldwide. As a facilitator, workshop leader, coach and campaign consultant, she has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. She is driven by a passion for supporting the power, skills and wisdom in social change leaders and organizations.

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, diversity, communication, conflict resolution, organizational development, healing family relationships and mindfulness for over 20 years. She has worked as a midwife since 1970. In addition, Yeshi has developed a relevant and inspiring curriculum for the grandmothers of our time. Yeshi has a Masters degree in History and a Masters degree in Public Health.

Darlene Nipper

Darlene Nipper is deputy executive director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She brings nearly 20 years of management and advocacy experience to the organization. She has held leadership positions in the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors, including the city government of Washington, DC; Black Entertainment Television (BET) Foundation; the National Mental Health Association; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She was formerly the director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Darlene is an ordained interfaith minister and lives in Washington, DC.

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.

Leslie Sholl Jaffe

Leslie has over 24 years experience as a consultant and trainer across a broad spectrum of businesses and non-profit organizations as well as 6 years as an executive director.  Her work creates environments that enable people to transform their lives and achieve results.  Her expertise is in leadership development, curriculum design and facilitation; effective communication; meeting facilitation and coaching for personal and professional development.

Allan Silva

For the past twelve years Allan has been providing organizational development, leadership development and executive coaching to nonprofit, government agencies, and corporations. He holds graduate degrees in clinical psychology and neuroscience, and specializes in narrative and embodied leadership. Allan has worked for everyone from U.S. Army Generals and special forces units to young dating violence batterers to silicon valley social entrepreneurs – to help create a new generation of powerful, empathic leaders.


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.

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.

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.