Siobhan Davenport

Areas of Expertise

Strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing/communications

Siobhan Davenport  |  Consultant

Experience

Siobhan has more than 20 years of experience as a leader of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Capacity Partners, Siobhan served in several executive positions. This includes 15 years as Executive Director of The Rocksprings Foundation where she worked with the board of directors to develop the foundation’s vision, strategic direction and increase impact in collaboration with Washington, DC area and national partners. For the past three years, Siobhan served as Chief Executive Officer of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, guiding the organization through the pandemic and record-breaking fundraising each year.

Prior to becoming a nonprofit executive, Siobhan worked in media communications and marketing in the financial services industry.

Education & Certification

Siobhan received her B.S. in Marketing from Boston University and her M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. She is a Professional Certified Impact Coach – International Coaching Federation (ICF) Approved Training, which ICF is the leading global organization for coaches and coaching.

Community Service

Siobhan currently serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. In addition, she serves on the board for Montgomery Women, where she Co-Chairs the Mentor Committee. In the past, Siobhan has served as the Advisory Board Member of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Black Student Fund, The Madeira School for Girls and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the National Park Trust.

Get to know me

Siobhan is a best-selling author. Her books include Shift Happens, Soul Talk, and A Reason to Be – Vol. 4. When not working at Capacity Partners, you’ll find Siobhan walking the beautiful parks and trails of Montgomery County, MD.

Favorite quote

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou


Charlotte Garvey

Areas of Expertise

Communications Strategy, Media Relations, Social Media and Website Content Development

Charlotte Garvey |  Consultant

Experience

Charlotte Garvey is an experienced communications professional with an extensive career in nonprofit, journalistic, and corporate settings as a writer, editor, and content developer. She served as communications manager and director for two major Montgomery County nonprofits, Interfaith Works and Montgomery Housing Partnership. In those roles she has expanded the organizations’ social media presence and helped manage rebrands and website relaunches. Strengths include branding/messaging, communications strategy/planning, social media content development, and media relations. She believes in the power of a simple, declarative sentence to tell a good story.

Education & Certification

George Washington University

BA in Journalism; Political Science Minor

Get to know me

Charlotte is an avid recreational runner. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, kayaking, and exploring the Chesapeake Bay.

Favorite Quote

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky


Kristen ENGEBRETSEN

Areas of Expertise

Grant writing, board development, program design and evaluation, and strategic planning.

Kristen Engebretsen  |  Consultant

Experience

Kristen is a nonprofit leader with experience at all sizes of nonprofits, from startups to established national associations. Her 17 years in the fields of arts and education provide her with solid expertise in growing nonprofit organizations and helping them thrive.

She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Operations at ArtsUP! LA, a small theatre company in Los Angeles. She began with ArtsUP! as a teaching artist in 2003, helped the company incorporate as a nonprofit in 2007, and served on the board of directors until 2021. Her work at ArtsUP! has a laser-like focus on accessibility and inclusion in the arts.

Prior to becoming a full-time staff member of ArtsUP! in 2016, Kristen served as the Arts Education Policy Manager at Americans for the Arts for five years. There she was responsible for promoting public policies that advance arts education throughout the country. She was a prolific blogger, a frequent speaker at national conferences, the author of numerous white papers and e-books, and was the mastermind behind the brand of publications, videos, and toolkits called the Arts Education Field Guide and the Arts Education Navigator.

Before moving to DC, she served at several arts organizations in Los Angeles, including the Music Center and the LA County Arts Commission. She has also been a teaching artist with several education organizations. Her passion lies in transforming schools, communities, and lives through the power of the arts.

Education & Certification

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Master of Education, Arts in Education

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Kinesiology, and Education

Dixie College, Associate of Arts, Music and General Studies

Clients

Arts for the Aging, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy

Get to know me

Kristen works remotely for all of her current clients from her home in Takoma Park, Maryland with her daughter and dog, where she is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts and an avid explorer of the U.S. National Parks.

Favorite Quote

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


Amy Selco

Areas of Expertise

Nonprofit Management, Development Strategy, Board Development, Leadership Coaching, Event Strategy

Amy Selco |  Consultant

Experience

Amy Selco’s career spans 20 years of experience in external affairs, strategic partnership development, and major fundraising initiatives for social change and non-profit organizations in the arts, youth development, public diplomacy, sports diplomacy and higher education. Previously Amy has held executive positions with Venture Philanthropy Partners, Meridian International Center, PeacePlayers International and Round House Theatre.

Education & Certification

Ithaca College, Bachelor of Arts, Media Studies

Harvard University, Masters in Education, Administration, Policy and Planning

Clients

NextStop Theatre, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Laureus Sport for Good NYC

Community Service

Amy is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Round House Theatre, where she also chairs the EDIA committee. She also serves as the representative to the Montgomery County Public Schools Bethesda-Chevy Chase Cluster.

Get to know me

Amy loves spending time with her husband Kevin Keeley and their two sons. Her favorites things include “ah-ha” moments, eating good food, dancing and exploring cities.

Favorite Quote

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Kristen ENGEBRETSEN

Areas of Expertise

Grant writing, board development, program design and evaluation, and strategic planning.

Kristen Engebretsen |  Consultant

Experience

Kristen is a nonprofit leader with experience at all sizes of nonprofits, from startups to established national associations. Her 17 years in the fields of arts and education provide her with solid expertise in growing nonprofit organizations and helping them thrive.

She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Operations at ArtsUP! LA, a small theatre company in Los Angeles. She began with ArtsUP! as a teaching artist in 2003, helped the company incorporate as a nonprofit in 2007, and served on the board of directors until 2021. Her work at ArtsUP! has a laser-like focus on accessibility and inclusion in the arts.

Prior to becoming a full-time staff member of ArtsUP! in 2016, Kristen served as the Arts Education Policy Manager at Americans for the Arts for five years. There she was responsible for promoting public policies that advance arts education throughout the country. She was a prolific blogger, a frequent speaker at national conferences, the author of numerous white papers and e-books, and was the mastermind behind the brand of publications, videos, and toolkits called the Arts Education Field Guide and the Arts Education Navigator.

Before moving to DC, she served at several arts organizations in Los Angeles, including the Music Center and the LA County Arts Commission. She has also been a teaching artist with several education organizations. Her passion lies in transforming schools, communities, and lives through the power of the arts.

Education & Certification

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Master of Education, Arts in Education

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Kinesiology, and Education

Dixie College, Associate of Arts, Music and General Studies

Clients

Arts for the Aging, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy

Get to know me

Kristen works remotely for all of her current clients from her home in Takoma Park, Maryland with her daughter and dog, where she is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts and an avid explorer of the U.S. National Parks.

Favorite Quote

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


Barbara Wille

Areas of Expertise

Capital campaign planning and implementation; Major gifts fundraising; Volunteer recruitment and training; Annual renewable fundraising campaign planning, design and implementation; Prospect identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship; Staff recruitment and training; Writing – proposals, case statements, direct mail

Barbara Wille  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Barbara Wille has over thirty years of fundraising and administrative experience, serving educational, medical, social service, LGBTQ, and animal welfare non-profits, as well as running the executive search division of a national consulting firm and serving as founding head of a Quaker elementary school. Currently, on a part-time basis, Barbara heads fundraising efforts at Greenwell Foundation, a non-profit that designs and implements inclusive, outdoor therapeutic and environmental programming for people with and without disabilities.

Education & Certification

BS – Political Science
BS – Communication
BA – Early Childhood Education
Northwestern University

Clients

Avalon Theater Project, Thornton Friends School, Grace Episcopal Day School, Many Voices, Manna Food Center, Foxie G Foundation

Community Service

Chairperson – Northern Virginia Area Special Olympics Soccer program, serving more than 700 athletes
Side Walker – Lift me Up Therapeutic Riding Program
Fundraising Co-Chair, Campaign for Friends School Haverford, Campaign for Stratford Friends School,
911 Call to the Community – Narberth Community Ambulance
Board Member – Northern Virginia Friends School, Thornton Friends School
Active in local, regional and national political campaigns

Get to know me

Barbara has been immersed in non-profit fundraising since college, where she first interned in the Development Office. She met her husband at Northwestern, and is mother to 3 wonderful, very different young men. Her oldest has developmental disabilities, which fueled her dedication to Special Olympics.  Her middle son is Brooklyn-based, an international consultant like his Dad and her third is currently spending 6-months in a tent in the Idaho wilderness with AmeriCorps. Favorite things to do include hiking with family and dog, working out, reading, yoga, and sailing on the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake. Barbara has always worked in politics, and is committed to social justice for individuals with disabilities, for animals, for young children and for the LGBTQ community. She’s been lucky to have many of her professional experiences overlap with her passions and looks forward to additional opportunities.​

Favorite Quote

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”


Julie Meyer

Areas of Expertise

Julie Meyer  |  Consultant

Experience

Julie Meyer has worked for over 30 years in the non-profit sector as volunteer, staff, management, founder, and board member for small to medium-sized organizations in the areas of social services, international development and policy, health care, and education. She has worked with grassroots and activist organizations, the community service sector and the philanthropic community. In addition to her extensive management experience, Ms. Meyer has helped found numerous organizations and re-structure others to better fulfill their goals. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, DC’s oldest charter school, for thirteen years. TNS is a bilingual GED and ESL program for older “disconnected” youth ages 16-24 with full-time day and part-time evening programs and extensive wraparound services. Ms. Meyer oversaw the school’s rapid growth in size and program offerings, facility acquisition, re-chartering and re-accreditation, and rise to “tier one” rank. She has been a tireless advocate for disconnected youth and immigrants. Ms. Meyer founded the New England Central America Network and represented the New England region for CISPES. She helped found and direct The Lambi Fund of Haiti and Grantmakers Without Borders. She is fluent in Spanish and has worked primarily in the areas of Latin American policy and development, the local, DC Latino community, and education issues.


Liz Mizell

Areas of Expertise

Development, Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorships, Communication (website and social media), Nonprofit Management, Event Planning

Liz Mizell  |  Consultant

Experience

Liz Mizell brings to Capacity Partners nearly a decade of experience working in event planning, operations, and fundraising with a variety of clients in health, education, and social service sectors. Liz served as Director of Corporate Sponsorships for Luke’s Wings and as Corporate Partnership Manager for United Way NCA. As a fundraiser and event coordinator, she worked at Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and Stafford Hospital Foundation; and successfully launched the grand opening of the first Freestanding Emergency and Outpatient Center. Liz went on to manage Doris Buffett’s day-to-day work and event planning for two of Buffett’s Google-sponsored foundations: The Sunshine Lady Foundation and its spin-off, Learning By Giving Foundation. In addition to her work for Capacity Partners she works part-time as Director of Development, Communications and Individual Giving at the Oak Hill Cemetery Historic Preservation Foundation.

Education & Certification

University of Alabama, BS, Family Financial Planning and Counseling
Richmond University, London, UK
Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education from BoardSource

Clients

National Society of Colonial Dames, Washington Yu Ying Charter School

Community Service

Liz currently serves with the Junior League of Washington and National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, Liz has also served on the board of directors for the Tennessee State Society and as a grants panelist for United Way NCA’s Community Impact Grants.

Favorite Quote

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings


Daniel Wacker

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, nonprofit management, board governance, and site development

We have been fortunate to have Dan Wacker providing executive coaching for our Head of School. He has been an excellent sounding board, offering consistently on-point advice drawn from his extensive experience as an executive coach. Finding this type of focus and expertise targeted at the needs of non-profits is challenging; Dan has been a great asset to our school.

— Rob Collins, former Board Chair, Chesapeake Montessori School, Annapolis, MD

Daniel Wacker  |  Partner Consultant

Experience

Daniel Wacker is a management consultant, negotiator and attorney with a backgound in organizational leadership, board governance, and site development. Dan has over thirty years of leadership experience as an officer in the Air Force, both active (1971-1980) and reserve (1980-1998), and as an attorney with the Office of General Counsel of Mobil Oil Corporation (1981-2000). During both his military and Mobil careers, Dan spent much of his time on postings outside the United States in France, Korea, Japan, Germany and England. While in the Air Force, Dan served as a Judge Advocate involved in investigations and litigation in Asia and Europe including a two-year assignment as a circuit prosecutor in countries throughout NATO. While in Mobil, Dan negotiated major development projects throughout the world, conducted due diligence investigations, served on the boards of foreign affiliated companies, and led the legal departments of several affiliates. When Dan retired from Mobil after its merger with Exxon Corporation, he was the Deputy Worldwide Managing Counsel of Mobil’s 230+ lawyer worldwide legal department.

Education & Certification

Cert. de Scolarite, 1970, L’Ecole de l’Air (The French Air Force Academy)
B.S., Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1971
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1974
Visiting Fellow, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, 1981
Member of the bars of Wisconsin and New York

Clients

School for Friends, Chesapeake Montessori School, BoardMatch Montgomery

Community Service

Dan is a former board chairman and capital campaign co-chairman of the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, where he negotiated a 30-year lease with Montgomery County for a school building and oversaw a $7 million renovation of the leased facility. Dan regularly volunteers at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring that serves daily meals to the County’s homeless population and other less fortunate members of the community.

Get to know me

Dan is a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs which meets twice a month to discuss major issues of foreign policy with members of the Washington foreign policy establishment. When not traveling internationally or serving his Capacity Partners clients, he will often be in his woodworking studio designing and building pieces of furniture using Asian techniques of joinery.

Favorite Quote

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”


Stephanie Hanson

Areas of Expertise

Development, Capital Campaigns, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Management

Stephanie Hanson  |  Associate

Experience

Stephanie brings a diverse nonprofit background with experience in strategic planning, fundraising, board leadership, leadership development, program and volunteer management. At Capacity Partners, Stephanie has worked on strategic planning and fundraising projects for clients, including strategic planning for Loudoun Youth and Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls. She managed a year-long individual giving campaign for Arts for the Aging, worked with another Capacity Partners consultant to provide a development plan to NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, VA, and conducted a capital campaign feasibility study for The Puppet Company. Stephanie has a strong interest in leadership and organizational change, and she currently facilitates an online course titled Leading Healthy Teams for National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy.

In previous roles, Stephanie managed a capital campaign and annual fund for a small private school and served as Leadership Development Program Manager for the national arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. In a volunteer capacity, she has co-chaired the DC Emerging Arts Leaders Network, participated as a grants panelist for both the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Alexandria Commission for the Arts, and chaired the board of directors and development committee for Arts on the Horizon, a theatre company that produces interactive and non-verbal performances for children ages 0 – 6 and their families.

Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Miami University of Ohio, and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young children.

Education & Certification

Miami University of Ohio, Bachelors in Music Performance
American University, Masters, Arts Management

Clients

Arts for the Aging, Chevy Chase Recreation Association, The Child Care & Learning Center, Dumbarton House Museum, EveryMind, Loudoun Youth, Loudoun Commission on Women & Girls (LCWAG), Manna Food Center, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), NextStop Theatre, The Puppet Co., Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition

Community Service

Development Committee, Washington Waldorf School

Get to know me

A favorite day for Stephanie includes an early morning hike, spending time with her husband and young children at home or in their hometown of Vienna, VA, and ending the day with yoga and a good book.

Favorite Quote

“Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” – Anonymous