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THE TEAM

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.

ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michelle Byerly

mbyerly@tnpsocal.org | 562.888.6530

Michelle PhotoMichelle Byerly, Acting Executive for The Nonprofit Partnership, has been working in the non-profit sector for over 16 years. Her career began with the YMCA of Orange County where she grew as a division leader in her 11 years with the organization. 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.  Michelle is honored to be a part of TNP, and use her talents and experience in the nonprofit sector to build the capacity of nonprofits so they can make positive change in their communities.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Carolina Quezada

cquezada@tnpsocal.org | 562.888.6530 ext. 104

In the late 1990’s, Carolina Quezada began a career in the nonprofit sector, working for a community-based organization with a strong emphasis on educational and neighborhood services. For the next ten years, her work focused on grant writing, program management, and administration in the nonprofit sector. In 2009, she moved to the Midwest to complete a two-year fellowship in philanthropy. Joining the grant making team at the Iowa West Foundation allowed Carolina to look at organizational challenges and effectiveness from a different perspective. One of the most rewarding experiences for her, however, was managing a small nonprofit organization in Omaha, Nebraska for five-and-a-half years, overseeing a team of nineteen and ensuring the organization’s budget grew steadily year after year. Carolina holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management (MAOM) from Antioch University Los Angeles.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Esther Mealy

emealy@lbnp.org | 562.888.6530 ext. 103

Esther Mealy is passionate about technology and smart systems as key for building nonprofit capacity. She is a graduate of Annenberg AlchemyTech, and working towards receiving her NTEN Nonprofit Technology Certificate. Her background includes project management, interviewing, writing, and editing for cross-sector regional advocates Breakthrough Communities, as well as volunteer management and civic engagement at CalPIRG. 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, black-necked stilts, and hiking in San Pedro.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Sarah Ellsworth

sellsworth@tnpsocal.org | 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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