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The Partnership Team embodies the values of collaboration, respect, learning, empowerment and striving towards excellence with each other and the clients that we serve. Teamwork, innovation and flexibility are key elements of this nimble and dynamic team.


Linda Alexander | 562.888.6530 ext. 101

Linda_Alexander_2Over the course of her career, Linda Alexander has cultivated partnerships and built coalitions with regional and statewide leaders to bring about positive change. She has spent the past 20 years working with and for nonprofits in the fields of vulnerable populations and violence prevention, social justice, early childhood issues, and organizational capacity building.

Linda is committed to build strong relationships and develop strategic partnerships that truly benefit all. She actively works to support the development of collaborative leadership by empowering others to reach their highest potential. Linda has a background in policy and legislation, sitting on numerous boards and commission at the local and state levels. She has an expert coach, facilitator, and consensus builder. Her time in grant making allowed her to see how successful philanthropy and policy making can support positive long-term change for communities.


Michelle Byerly | 562.888.6530 ext. 102

Michelle PhotoMichelle Byerly, Director of Programs for The Nonprofit Partnership, has been working in the non-profit sector for over 14 years. Her experience began as a Social Sciences undergraduate student at UC Irvine, where she started her career with the YMCA of Orange County. She has served in various roles in her career, providing direction and supervision in the areas of social services, education, fundraising and recreation. From these experiences she grew to have a passion for working in collaboration with the nonprofit community. She continued her education at CSUF and received a Master’s in Public Administration. Michelle has joined TNP to use her talents in the nonprofit sector to build the capacity of nonprofits so they can make positive change in their communities.


Esther Mealy | 562.888.6530 ext. 103

Esther Mealy is passionate about technology and smart systems as key for building nonprofit capacity. She is currently studying with the cohort of Annenberg AlchemyTech, and working towards receiving her NTEN Nonprofit Technology Certificate. Her background includes volunteer management and civic engagement at CalPIRG, as well as project coordination, writing and editing for cross-sector regional advocates Breakthrough Communities. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Irvine with a focus in Gender Studies.

Esther’s favorite things about Southern California include: Jacaranda trees, Killdeers, and hiking in San Pedro.


Sarah Ellsworth | 562.888.6530 ext. 105

Sarah’s interest with the nonprofit sector was developed during her attendance at California State University, Channel Islands, where she studied Communication and Social Business. During this time, Sarah interned with a number of nonprofits in Ventura County and worked on projects with local social entrepreneurs. Post-graduation, Sarah moved to Thailand to teach English to 400 first and second graders. Before returning to the United States she spent five months traveling all over South East Asia and Nepal. Sarah is now a proud Long Beach local and is excited to use everything she has learned to help build the capacity of the nonprofit community.

Sarah’s favorite things about Southern California include: the coast, hiking trials, street tacos and oak trees.

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