Who We Are
Darci Smith, MPA helps organizations to move beyond stability to possibility. For the past 20 years, Darci Smith has provided executive leadership for local, regional and statewide nonprofits. As an established interim and permanent Executive Director, she brings a creative skillset of combining best practices, strategic planning and group facilitation, and tapping into a vast network of community leaders, allies and experts. Read More
Darci offers a unique, facilitative approach to her interim executive director assignments with the end result of building the capacity of the organization’s stakeholders—Board, staff and volunteers—during its executive transition. She weaves strategic planning, short-term project planning, data analysis, and guided group discussion and decision-making throughout the nonprofit transition process. She draws out the stakeholder voices, passions and disparate views, effectively resulting in group agreement, preparation and sustainable readiness for the new, permanent Executive Director.
Her Interim Executive Director assignments have included California Head Start Association, Partnership for Children & Youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Congregation Beth Sholom and Hand in Hand Parenting. Prior to her interim Executive Director consulting, Darci served as Executive Director of California School-Age Consortium for 15 years.
Darci holds a Master in Public Administration, an Associate with Center for Strategic Facilitation, and Technology of Participation® (ToP) Certified Facilitator and Trainer.
Beth L. Schecter, MPH, MBA is a nonprofit consultant specializing in Executive Staff Transitions, executive coaching, program development, and board governance and leadership.
She has over 20 years of executive management experience. As a problem-solver and change agent, Beth provides calmness and clarity to many difficult situations. Read More
Beth has served in an interim CEO or Deputy Director position for seven organizations in the last four years. While in this role she tackled many staffing, fundraising and board issues while preparing the organization for new leadership.
Before she began consulting in 2010, she served as the Executive Director of four nonprofits: Jewish Family and Children’s Services-Peninsula Region (social services for children and adults), Center for Human Development, New Connections (chemical dependency and mental health), and Community Violence Solutions (sexual assault victim advocacy and child abuse forensics and treatment).
She has extensive fundraising experience and is well versed in negotiating and collaborating with foundations and government entities. She has served as Director of Business Development for WestEd, a national education research and development firm, and Director of Business Development for United Behavioral Health, a managed health care company.
Beth holds a Masters in Public Health and an MBA in organizational leadership. She has specialized training in board governance through Harvard Kennedy School and BoardSource.
Louise Franklin is a senior nonprofit consultant specializing in leadership transition, development, strategic planning, and marketing and communications. She has provided leadership for organizations ranging in scope from local to international services and with budgets of up to $5 million. Read More
Louise is deeply committed to the vitality of nonprofit organizations. She excels at working with organizations that have become stressed and vulnerable due to internal strife, leadership transition or financial challenges. With more than 20 years of experience, Louise emphasizes a values-based, collaborative style that allows her to quickly identify and address key areas of focus.
This includes organizational assessments, improving or developing fundraising plans, financial management, program development, strategic planning, team building, marketing, communications or bringing resolution to personnel issues.
She has served as Interim Director for Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Lindsay Wildlife Center, The Gorilla Foundation, In Defense of Animals and The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center. Her consulting clients include Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Services, UCSF School of Dentistry, Bay Area Women Against Rape, Zen Hospice, and Consumer Resource Solutions. Prior to her consulting practice, Louise served as Executive Director, head of training design, and previously Development Director for the International Center for Attitudinal Healing for 15 years. She holds a BA in Sociology. Her previous career in advertising provides a strong skill set in communications, marketing and fund raising.
David F. Hartman, MNA is a seasoned leader in the social sector, skilled in management and in consulting, and specializing in interim executive management, along with strategic planning and financial development.
David provides strategic direction and transition management to nonprofit organizations and institutions to help to help attain their goals, increase their impact, and achieve their highest potential. Read More
He works collaboratively with clients to help them act strategically and effect meaningful change, balancing attention to process with the business acumen required to navigate a dynamic environment and achieve lasting results.
He has guided organizations through a comprehensive process of strategic restructuring designed to accelerate impact and deliver more effective programs that advance their missions—from collaborations to fully integrated mergers. While serving as interim executive director, David led board and staff through an internal assessment, identification of opportunities, strategy, negotiations and implementation.
David’s distinguished approach to a donor-centered development practice, guides organizations through all aspects of annual, capital and major gift fundraising campaigns engaging staff and board and helping organizations increase their capacity to attract resources.
David has recently served in numerous interim executive positions with diverse nonprofit organizations. He previously served as President of the National MS Society, Northern California Chapter, and held two executive positions with the American Red Cross.
David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco, and studied at the University of London, School of Economics.