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Allyson Biegeleisen, Vice President of Client Services
Allyson is a member of the founding team at Commongood Careers. As Vice President, Allyson oversees all client engagements and manages the search team. During her tenure, she has led over 120 searches, at all levels of the organization chart, with clients such as Breakthrough Collaborative, DonorsChoose.org, New Profit, iMentor, and the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Drawing upon her expertise in organizational structure and development, Allyson managed multiple engagements with KIPP’s growing network of charter schools, leading searches for KIPP Foundation, KIPP NYC, KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Delta, KIPP Metro Atlanta, KIPP Dallas, and KIPP Tulsa. Allyson’s earlier work experience includes roles at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and Families First, a nonprofit organization that provides parenting education workshops and trainings. Allyson holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont and an MBA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University. She recently served as a National Board Member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the nation’s largest network of emerging nonprofit talent.
Presceia Cooper, Search Consultant
Presceia has played a variety of roles at Commongood Careers and currently serves as a Search Consultant. Previously, she was a member of the recruitment team, where she led diversity recruitment efforts with affinity groups and fellowship programs such as the National Urban League and Associated Grant Makers. Presceia also created candidate pipelines through social media channels which resulted in growing our networks on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to many thousands of members. In addition to her experience at Commongood Careers, Presceia earned a Certificate in Culinary Arts from Boston University and has worked as a professional chef and restaurant manager. Leveraging this training, Presceia created a cooking and nutrition program to teach elementary school students healthy cooking techniques, as well as volunteers with Future Chefs, a nonprofit organization that prepares urban teens for work in the restaurant industry. Presceia holds a BA in Communications from Boston College.
Kevin Flynn, Vice President of Recruitment and Candidate Services
In his current role as Vice President of Recruitment and Candidate Services, Kevin builds talent pipelines and supports the recruitment needs of all of our search engagements. In this capacity, Kevin has dramatically increased the utilization and diversification of Commongood Careers’ networks, resulting in significantly more hires from our networks and higher rates of diversity hiring. Having served as a search consultant, career advisor, and director of recruiting, Kevin brings a deep understanding of recruiting and hiring both from the organizational and candidate perspective. He has presented on the topic of human capital in the nonprofit sector at universities including MIT, Harvard, Yale and Boston University, and at the national conferences of KIPP Schools, Independent Sector and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Kevin joined Commongood Careers in 2006 as a Search Consultant and in that capacity, he has led over 100 searches, including multiple engagements with College Summit, Public Allies, BUILD, and Playworks. Kevin began his career working with high-risk and gang-involved youth in cities throughout the country. He is a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and in 2011 was selected as an Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellow.
Diane Garcia, Search Consultant
After three years on the recruitment team, Diane joins the client services team as a Search Consultant. She has supported a broad range of searches, including recent engagements with NCB Capital Impact, Water.org, Eye to Eye, and Primary Care Development Corporation. Diane is on the board on YNPN Boston, where she develops events and trainings that fosters the growth of the next generation of nonprofit leadership. Additionally, she volunteers regularly with Bottom Line and New Sector Alliance, as well as attends events through YNPN, AmeriCorps Alumni and other Boston nonprofits. Previously, Diane served on the development team at Jumpstart for Young Children, where she was named AmeriCorps Person of the Year. She has also held internships at the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the Immune Disease Institute. Diane holds a BA in Management from Western New England College.
Chrissy Holt, Search Consultant
Chrissy brings a strong background in nonprofit management to her role at Commongood Careers. Previously, Chrissy served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Generations Incorporated, a community-based program that pairs youth with older adult volunteers. As a member of the search team, Chrissy draws upon her experience in operations and financial management, human resources, and grants management to support the search needs of a broad range of clients. For the past four years, Chrissy has served as a Board Member and Treasurer of Zumix, an organization that empowers youth through music. Additionally, she is an adoptive parent through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and a co-leader of her local elementary school’s parent council. A first generation college graduate, Chrissy holds a BA in Management and Human Resources from Abilene Christian University and an MBA from Suffolk University.
Amanda Sonis Glynn, Career Advisor
Amanda is a part-time Lecturer at Tufts University, where she teaches Sociology of Law and a course on philanthropy. Most recently, Amanda was the Director of the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College, where she oversaw multiple public interest fellowship and internship programs and advised students and alumni on pursuing careers in the non-profit sector. She also directed the Public Service Network, supporting hundreds of students engaging in volunteerism. Prior to her work at Harvard, Amanda was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center, providing legal services to pediatric patient families. Amanda serves on the boards of The Volunteer Family and Temple Shir Tikva, where she is the Co-Chair of Social Action. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School.
Kirstin Griffiths, Search Consultant
As a Search Consultant on the client services team, Kirstin supports all aspects of our search engagements, including building strong candidate pools, screening and assessing candidates, and preparing reports. She brings exceptional organizational and analytical skills to this role. Previously, she served as Program Coordinator at Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Boston, where she launched new initiatives for tutor and student engagement, developed an education and career advising strategy, and supported over 250 tutor/student pairs. Kirstin is an active volunteer in the community, as a literacy tutor and a member of a tutor advisory group at Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Boston. Kirstin holds a BA in English from Skidmore College, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Periclean Honor Society.
Dana Hagenbuch, Vice President
A member of the founding team, Dana joined Commongood Careers in 2005. During her tenure, she has developed and managed Commongood Careers’ brand, communications strategies, and marketing programs. In partnership with our CEO, Dana has spearheaded thought leadership initiatives, including a national survey on diversity entitled “The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace” and an event series for nonprofit leaders culminating in the report “Making Smart Investments in Human Capital.” In addition to her marketing responsibilities, Dana has led a number of C-level and senior management searches for organizations such as Share Our Strength, iMentor, Partners in School Innovation, and the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Previously, Dana served as marketing manager for TechSoup Global, an information resource and technology philanthropy program for nonprofits worldwide. She began her career in recruiting, first at CCUSA, where she placed over 1,000 young adults in seasonal jobs annually, and then at A.T. Kearney, where she recruited talent from top business schools. Dana holds a BA in Psychology from Stanford University. She is co-founder of the Yud, a young sisterhood movement within the local Jewish community, as well as a volunteer at her children’s schools.
Kasey Nupp, Director of Business Operations
Kasey plays a dynamic role at Commongood Careers, managing business operations including finance and technology as well as projects related to business development and marketing. Kasey is a key player in all of our events and led the execution of “Uncommon Conversations,” a convening of over 200 nonprofit leaders hosted by Commongood Careers. With a strong background in systems development, Kasey is responsible for the design and maintenance of a number of our internal systems, including our SalesForce database and our applicant tracking system. Prior to joining Commongood Careers, Kasey taught English in Spain and held an internship with Organization for New Equality. Kasey holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Merrimack College.
Michael Omenazu, Recruitment Manager
As a member of the recruitment team, Michael is responsible for sourcing candidates and generating talent pipelines for our search engagements. Prior to joining the team, Michael was a recruiter at Boston Teacher Residency, a nationally-recognized and innovative teacher training program. In this role, Michael spearheaded recruitment efforts that increased the diversity of the talent pool, as well as implemented systems that improved candidate communications. With a passion for youth development and mentoring, Michael previously recruited mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts and Mass Mentoring Partnership, as well as led statewide service projects to ensure quality mentoring programs and best practices. Currently, he serves on the board of a nonprofit that is addressing homelessness with women and youth populations, as well as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, Michael is a two-time Illinois College Press Association award winner and an avid intramural athlete.
Lindsey Pittas, Search Consultant
Lindsey started her career as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught high school English at Gateway Institute of Technology. She then joined the recruitment team at Teach For America, where she doubled the amount of accepted applicants on her assigned campus, as well as led the design and implementation of regional and national prospect cultivation events. In her most recent role as Director of Talent at KIPP Philadelphia, Lindsey completed a record number of hires across five campuses while greatly increasing the diversity of applicants. She brings significant experience in recruitment and selection, candidate cultivation, and hiring for educational nonprofits to her role at Commongood Careers. She earned her BA in Professional Writing from Purdue University and a MA of Education from the University of Missouri.
Cassie Scarano, CEO and Co-Founder
Cassie provides strategic vision and daily management for the entire organization. As CEO and Co-Founder, Cassie led the development of our search model and continues to ensure the quality of our service delivery today. With deep experience in nonprofit management and hiring, Cassie has personally managed over 80 searches for clients such as Jumpstart, Nonprofit Finance Fund, New Profit, Year Up, and Peer Health Exchange. Cassie has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has served as the Dean of Admissions at The Steppingstone Foundation, where she increased the efficiently and effectiveness of the student admissions process. Her earlier experience includes serving as the Director of Operations at The New Teacher Project’s Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers (MINT), and Director of Summerbridge Cambridge, where she led the organization during expansion to a new site which allowed the organization to serve 40% more students. Cassie is a former Board member of Breakthrough Cambridge, where she served as co-chair of the governance committee and member of the expansion committee, and an alum of LeadBoston. She holds a BA in Sociology from Northwestern University, an MA in Education from Boston University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Boston University.
Rita Tran, Recruitment Manager
Rita brings five years in recruitment and boundless energy to her role at Commongood Careers. She previously served as the U.S. Recruiting and University Relations Manager for Teach For China, where she recruited and selected over 70 fellows annually, as well as helped lead the expansion of the program to the Bay Area and Texas. Rita’s prior work experience includes roles at the Posse Foundation, Accepted College Preparatory Program, and the admissions department of Hamilton College’s China study abroad program. She currently serves as the scholarship co-chair for ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence) and is a member of Hamilton College’s Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee. Rita holds a BA from Hamilton College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Sigma Iota, and was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation and Fulbright-Hays grant.
Loc Truong, Senior Career Advisor
Loc Truong has more than 15 years of experience working in a variety of educational settings, including K-12 public schools, nonprofit, and higher education. Loc is currently the Assistant Director of the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University working to promote diversity and race relations at Harvard. In his previous position as Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Loc worked to connect employers with Harvard students. He also worked closely with graduate students and alumni, guiding them in their job searches. He has been a career advisor for over seven years, including three years with Commongood Careers. He is currently on the Board of Directors for a community development corporation called Viet-AID. Hailing from California, Loc received his M.S. degree in school counseling at University of La Verne and his B.S. degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
James Weinberg, Founder
In 2005, James had a vision to create a search firm to address the unique recruiting needs of high-impact nonprofits across the nation. Over the next eight years in the role of CEO, James provided strategic leadership as Commongood Careers grew into one of the largest and most influential search firms serving the nonprofit sector. Throughout this time, James’ thought leadership and movement-building efforts extended Commongood’s impact to truly redefine what it means for nonprofits to engage the right talent in the right roles. In addition to serving in board-level roles for organizations such as Coro National, Reimagining Service, and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, James helped to convene the first White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership. In 2013, James transitioned out of his role as CEO in order to serve as Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at AchieveMission, a nonprofit management consulting firm that he helped establish in 2009 and that is dedicated to developing nonprofits’ capacity for strategic management and leadership development.