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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.


Michelle Byerly | 562.888.6530

Michelle Byerly, Executive Director for The Nonprofit Partnership, has been working in the non-profit sector for over 16 years. She has served in various roles in her career, providing direction and supervision in the areas of social services, education, fundraising and youth and family programming. 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, of building the capacity of nonprofits so they can make positive change in their communities. With a particular focus on fostering collaborations to bridge connections in the sector, Michelle is excited about leading TNP as we grow and evolve, bring best practices to the sector.


Carolina Quezada | 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.


Ariana Kennedy | 562.888.6530 ext. 103

Ariana Kennedy comes to The Nonprofit Partnership after dedicating over a decade to working for several cities in public administration, contract management, social media campaigns and marketing, community relations, and budgeting. She held 11 certifications from FEMA in Emergency Management and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics from Occidental College as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.   Her commitment to the nonprofit sector was instilled early on as she hails from a family steeped in service-driven efforts.  When not at work, she enjoys playing beach volleyball, travelling, and experimenting with new recipes.


Christina Kreachbaum | 562.888.6530 ext. 102
Christina Kreachbaum has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years.  Primarily working in the social service field, she served in several areas including: volunteer management, community engagement and outreach, fundraising, resource development, grant writing and evaluation, supervision, and self-care.  Logging over 5,000 hours providing trainings and presentations, she now works to shape our education programming.  She brings a passion for helping nonprofit organizations build connections with other agencies to collaborate on projects and address the community’s needs with a unified focus.  Holding a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education from California State University, Long Beach, she is also a proud graduate of TNP’s Emerging Leaders Program.  She feels honored to work here and help make the third sector stronger.

When not working, she is happily writing, reading, and taking road trips.


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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