Miki C. Akimoto
Miki C. Akimoto is the Acting President of Associated Grant Makers, the regional association of grant makers for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where she leads the staff work around designing, implementing and evaluating Member programs, supporting the Nonprofit Partners Program and overseeing special initiatives including the Summer Fund and Diversity Fellowship. She manages the board-AGM relationship, and has lead on AGM’s public policy work. Miki also manages a range of external partnerships with other regional associations nationally, and many local nonprofits and key philanthropic organizations.
Prior to AGM, Miki was at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where, as the Director of Grants Management she implemented the Foundation’s first formal grants management system – responsible for processing approximately 2,500 grant agreements and contracts worth approximately $185 million each year. At the Foundation, she managed the annual budget development process, served on Management Committee, and participated on internal workgroups focusing on equity issues, implementing results-based grantmaking, and strengthening internal accountability and governance.
Other work experiences include a stint at the Corporation for National Service, where as an AmeriCorps*National program officer, she oversaw a portfolio of 12-20 national nonprofits with multi-state AmeriCorps programs. In addition, as a member of a consulting firm, Miki worked on projects that included assessing protocols for busting and cleaning up methamphetamine labs; developing protocols for coordinating police, child protective services and correction systems when single caretakers of young children are arrested; assessing a national HIV/AIDS prevention and education project; and developing culturally-based drug abuse prevention programs for Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
Miki helped co-found the Saffron Circle, the first Asian Giving Circle in Massachusetts, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the YWCA Boston, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and the Forum of the Regional Associations of Grantmakers. She is also the former co-chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of AAPIP. Miki grew up in Germany, and holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.
Summer Fund Manager
Director of Diversity Fellows Program
Tammy Dowley-Blackman serves as the Director of the Diversity Fellowship Program at AGM, as well as she is the Principal of the consulting firm--tdb group. The firm specializes in project design/management, organizational development (including board development and diversification), technical assistance, facilitation, research and strategic/business planning.
Tammy has also developed partnership programs for higher education and served as executive director and chief development officer for affiliates of two national nonprofits. Tammy is a graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Quentin Lucas is the Administrative Assistant at AGM. He supports both the Nonprofit Partners Program and Grantmakers workshops and events. Quentin graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Business Management. Prior to college he served two years in the United States Army. Quentin enjoys writing and is a self-published novelist.
Nate Marsh accepted the position of Information Technology Manager (IT) at AGM in 2006. He works on the IT strategy for AGM and handles the day-to-day workings of our technology services. Nate graduated from Oberlin College in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Philosophy. Prior to working at AGM, Nate worked at Community Servings for 3 years in their development office, focused on individual giving. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Boston University, expecting to graduate in 2011.
During Nate’s time off he enjoys photography & freelance web design.
Director of the Resource Center for Philanthropy
Martha Moore is the Director of the Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP) at AGM and is also responsible for Information Technology Department (IT). Martha has been at AGM for five years. Previously, she held the position of Director of Database & Content Integration at Fidelity Investments and Digital Library Network Content Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation for more than 22 years. She manages her own consulting company, Independent Information Consulting, which focuses on information architecture and business process reengineering. Martha recently started a nonprofit called the Bulfinch Fund to preserve a 19th century building architected by Charles Bulfinch. She also serves on other nonprofit Boards and committees. She was the chair of the New England American Information Science Association for a number of years as well a member of the Special Libraries Association and the New England Archivists Association. Martha has a MSLIS degree from Simmons and a BS in Education and Information Science from Worcester State College.
Director of Communications
For the past seven years, Gail has been responsible for the communications and branding of AGM in her position as the Director of Communications. Before entering the nonprofit field, Gail had over 10 years of experience in the corporate sector as Director of B2B Marketing at experience.com; Hill, Holliday Exhibition Services as Director of Marketing for conferences for Primary Medicine Today, American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors; and with Deltek Systems as Director of Strategic Marketing.
Gail serves on the committee of Boston Women Communicators, a professional association of marketing and communication professionals and the Board of teh Christopher Catanese Children's Foundation and the New England Patients' Right Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Carol Lavoie Schuster
Carol Lavoie Schuster is the Program Manager of the Nonprofit Partners Program, an 800+ membership group of nonprofit organizations at AGM. In this role, she oversees membership management, program development as well as course facilitation. In addition, she works of a variety of Grantmaking Member programs and collaborative events.
Prior to working at AGM, Carol spent much of her career working and volunteering for arts and cultural organizations. For seven years, she was the director of both not-for-profit and for profit art galleries in Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard. Most recently, Carol was the Director of Development for the Commonwealth Museum, the Museum of Massachusetts History. Carol is active and passionate about her work with many nonprofit and philanthropic organizations through board participation as well as general volunteerism. She serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and the Steering Committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Carol is graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Georganna has been with AGM for four years as the Associate Librarian at AGM Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP). For over 20 years, Georganna has worked and volunteered at a variety of Massachusetts nonprofit organizations – Earthworm, Inc., Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Brookline Access Television, and Mass Audubon Trailside Museum. She has done tasks as varied as cleaning animal cages, driving a truck, cataloging historic photographs, papermaking classes for children, and proposal writing. In 2005 Georganna gained a graduate degree in Library and Information Sciences at Simmons College. As an Associate Librarian at AGM, she combines her enthusiasm for the nonprofit world and interest in helping people find quality information about all aspects of the philanthropic sector.
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