Program Overview

HBSANC will be sponsoring four promising Bay Area nonprofit CEO/Executive Directors to attend the HBS Executive Education course Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) on a fully paid scholarship during the Summer of 2020. This signature course on the HBS campus will provide outstanding nonprofit leaders with direct access to HBS professors, HBS cases, and a network of global and social changemakers.

Vote for 4 out of the 8 Bay Area nonprofit leaders listed below to obtain the HBS tools and skills to lead transformative change in their organizations. Click on each candidate’s photo to learn why they want to be a 2020 awardee, and submit your vote at the bottom of this page. (Voting is only open to HBS alumni – please spread the word and encourage your classmates to vote!)

Program Benefits

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Broad-scale exposure, building awareness and reach to thousands of Bay Area HBS alumni through our voting platform where alumni select the final award recipients.
  • Acceptance to attend the SPNM program from July 12 – 18, 2020 under full scholarship. (Includes payment of the program’s tuition, books, case materials, accommodations and most meals.  Travel expenses to HBS are also covered with a stipend up to $700.)  This is an intensive week of interactive learning on-site at the HBS campus residential executive facilities. For a full program description, visit the HBS Executive Education website.
  • A pro bono consulting or brainstorming session with Bay Area HBS alumni through HBSANC Community Partners following program attendance.
  • Recognition in HBSANC Community Partners marketing communications and invitations to engagements at HBS alumni events.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be in the role of Executive Director/CEO at a 501(c)(3) by the start date of the SPNM program.
  • Lead a 501(c)(3) organization that has >$1 million annual operating budget and 5+ full-time employees.
  • Not work for a management support organization or consulting firm.

Applicants will be assessed based on how the scholarship would benefit:

  • The leader’s growth potential
  • The nonprofit organization
  • The community

Application Process

Step 1:  Obtain a nomination letter from an HBS alum.

Step 2:  Obtain a letter of recommendation from your Board Chair.

Step 3:  Fill out the HBS SPNM Application.

Step 4:  Submit all three documents to Amy Peterson at by January 31, 2020.  (Do not submit your application directly to HBS in Boston if you wish to apply for the scholarship.)

Selection Process

HBS Alumni will vote for the nonprofit leaders they wish to support with this award in March, and the winners will be notified in April.

Those who do not receive an HBSANC Social Impact Scholarship can still submit the same SPNM application directly to HBS to attend SPNM without a scholarship.

Questions?  Contact Amy Peterson, Program Manager, HBSANC Community Partners at

Past Recipients

2019 Scholarship Recipients

  • Alec Lee
    Aim High

    An accomplished educator, Alec Lee co-founded Aim High in 1986 and serves as full-time Executive Director. Alec has an M.A. in Education from Harvard University, and received a Klingenstein Fellowship from Columbia Teachers College.

  • Nettie Pardue
    Outward Bound CA

    Nettie Pardue’s roots go deep at Outward Bound beginning as an instructor 21 years ago. She currently serves as the Executive Director at Outward Bound California and has over 20 years of global experience working for Outward Bound in 13 countries.

  • Justin Prettyman
    49ers Foundation

    Executive Director of the 49ers Foundation

  • Adrian Tirtanadi

2018 Scholarship Recipients

  • Nicholas Carlisle is the Founder and President of No Bully and the Campaign Director for Power of Zero. Nicholas worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International UK. He practiced in California as a child and family Psychotherapist and founded No Bully as a non-profit to make childhood bully-free.

  • Laura Deaton
    Trust for Conservation Innovation

    Laura nurtures fertile ground.  Whether working in her home garden or mentoring our teams, she’s always sowing seeds and cultivating success. Driven by a passion for helping people, the planet, and the nonprofit sector thrive, she leverages her legal background, teaching experience and three decades of nonprofit leadership to work together with teams to build capacity and generate measurable impact.

  • Jess Ladd
    Project Callisto

    Founder and CEO of Callisto, a tech nonprofit startup that combats sexual assault, supports survivors, and advances justice.

  • Jorge Lopez
    Amethod Schools

    With the utmost respect for excellence in public education for all students, Jorge Lopez works to improve student academics for families in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The AMPS model strives to promote the relevance of an outstanding public school education to students and families in the urban inner city regions.

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Renee Espinoza, San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (Social Services).  San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program serves as a voice for some of the most vulnerable children in San Francisco.

Kristie Fairchild, North Beach Citizens (Social Services). A resource center that homeless and low-income residents could use as a base and a starting point to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their community.

Abigail Karlin-Resnick,  Health Connected (Education). Helps young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health.

Lisa Kaufman, Educare California at Silicon Valley (Education)Innovative early learning center that narrows the opportunity gap for low-income children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Simone Marean, Girls Leadership (Education).  Teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world.

Ashley McCumber, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco (Social Services). Provides seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives–nutritious meals, professional social work, and friendly human contact.

Glenn Motola, The Arc San Francisco (Social Services). Provides support and opportunities in San Francisco for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Jennifer Scarlett, San Francisco SPCA (Animal Welfare)Saves and protects animals, provides care and treatment, advocates for their welfare and enhances the human-animal bond.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Alison Brunner, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (Legal Services). The Law Foundation advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach, serving over 8,000 low-income Silicon Valley residents every year.

Dennis Bartels, Exploratorium (Arts and Culture)The Exploratorium inspires children and adults to think critically and inquisitively about the world, through combining art and science to deliver active, personal explorations of the natural and technological worlds.

Tess Reynolds, New Door Ventures (Social Services). New Door Ventures prepares disconnected 17-24 year old youth for work and life through paid jobs, intensive case management, skill-building workshops and educational supports.  

Vineet Singal, CareMessage (Healthcare). CareMessage is a health technology company that empowers healthcare organizations with mobile techniques to improve health literacy and self-health management.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance (Environmental Protection/Conservation) – Makes the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live by protecting the region’s open space and improving the livability of its cities and towns. Given the region’s anticipated growth by two million people over the next generation, Greenbelt Alliance has an opportunity to implement a vision of an environmentally sustainable region with a thriving economy and high quality of life.

c, The Bread Project(Community/Economic Development) – Empowers individuals with limited resources on their path to self-sufficiency through skills instruction, on-the-job training in our social enterprises and assistance with establishing a career in the food industry. The Bread Project is exploring how to best manage and operate a successful social enterprise in a competitive marketplace with a high quality training program and excellent post-graduation results.

Gerald Richards, 826 National(Education) – Founded by award winning author, Dave Eggers, 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. 826 National has the opportunity to be a leading voice nationally and globally in advocating for the importance of writing and creativity in education.

Sue Anne Shift, SF Botanical Garden (Arts/Culture) – Manages and operates 55 acres in Golden Gate Park showcasing more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world. The organization builds communities of support for the Botanical Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants. SF Botanical Garden is engaged in a multiyear effort to both stabilize and grow it current operations and construct a Center for Sustainable Gardening.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Caleb Zigas, La Cocina (Community/Economic Development). Local food incubator that assists low-income and socio-economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, with a focus on immigrant women, who operate informal food related businesses but who lack sufficient capital, market access, and business experience to expand these endeavors into viable micro-enterprises.

Chris Borg, SF Community Music Center (Arts & Culture). Making music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial status.

Kevin Winge, Project Open Hand (Human & Social Services). Provides nutritious meals to people confronting an array of critical illnesses, as well as serving seniors.

Laura Stachel, We Care Solar (Healthcare). Helps save lives in childbirth by providing health facilities with highly efficient and easy-to-use solar electric systems for lighting, mobile communication and essential medical devices.

Janet Carter, Coaching Corps (Youth Development & Mentoring). Uses the power of volunteer service and sports to improve the health, educational, and social outcomes for children living in low-income neighborhoods.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Jay Xu, The Asian Art Museum. One of the largest museums in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture – holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world.

Michael Marriner, Roadtrip Nation. A program that empowers students to map their interests to future pathways in life. Students explore their communities and speak with local leaders to learn the steps that they took to get to where they are today. Over 160,000 students served in the last 2 years.

Gloria Sandoval, STAND! For Families Free of Violence. The only provider of comprehensive family violence services in Contra Costa County to end domestic violence and child abuse and build safe and strong families and communities.

Stephanie Bray, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Supports fundraising for San Francisco General and promotes research, education and patient care that serves the most vulnerable in our community.

2011 Scholarship Recipients

James Brandt, The Jewish Federation of the East Bay/The Jewish Community Foundation. The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and the Jewish Community Foundation distributes approximately $5 million in funds for philanthropic purposes.

Joshua Brankman, Outward Bound Bay Area. The Outward Bound Bay Area Center connects underserved and diverse Bay Area youth to Outward Bound’s transformational programs in character development, critical thinking capability, and interpersonal skills.

Susan Brusa, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus. Rancho Cielo is a 100-acre ranch near Salinas which prevents gang violence by engaging at-risk youth and first-time offenders in educational, recreational and job-training programs.

Sharon Miller, Renaissance Entrepreneur Center. The Renaissance Entrepreneur Center is a small-business development organization that provides lower income women and men with small business training, resources and networks to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.

Laura Boudreau, TransForm. TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond, through diverse coalitions, public policy, and innovative programs.

Sarah Beth Ward, Humane Society Silicon Valley. Humane Society Silicon Valley, an independent nonprofit animal shelter serving people and pets for more than 80 years, exists to “save and enhance lives”.

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