Alliance Speakers Bureau

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Speakers Bureau can speak on topics including nonprofit excellence and sector trends, specific practices and approaches improving lives and communities, and public policy issues. In addition to speaking at events and meetings, our experts are resources for journalists, columnists, and bloggers who seek to report on issues that affect the health of the nonprofit human services sector, our communities, and our country.

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Alliance speakers offer knowledgeable, experienced perspectives, as well as unique voices, providing background and historical information, context, and informed views on important questions and topics facing our society. Members of our speakers bureau are experienced storytellers and presenters who are ready to engage and enlighten diverse audiences.

Sample topics include:

  • Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations Introduction
    • Dig Deeper: Leading a High-Impact Nonprofit
    • Dig Deeper: Strategic Commitments
    • Dig Deeper: Cultural and Values Commitments
  • Moving from Program Thinking to Systems Leadership
  • Elevating the Strategic Focus of Nonprofit Boards
  • Nonprofit Trends in Policy & Advocacy
  • Human-Serving Sector Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • Successful Systems Change for Better Child Welfare
  • Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities
  • Keeping Kids in Families: Mobilizing to Strengthen Child Welfare Policy
  • Combatting Policies & Perceptions that Threaten the Health of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Raising the Collective Voice of the Human-Serving Sector
  • Tools for Advancing Your Mission through Advocacy

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Alliance Speakers

President and CEO
  • Human-Serving Sector Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • Successful Systems Change for Better Child Welfare

Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of social sector organizations that has a national reach in thousands of communities across America.

She is dedicated to advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so all people can reach their fullest potential. She believes in the power of the social sector to be influencers of larger systemic change through its excellence, distinction, innovation, and influence.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the...

Vice President of the Alliance Center on Leadership
  • Dig Deeper: Leading a High-Impact Nonprofit

Undraye Howard is vice president of the Center on Leadership at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

He also is an adjunct professor at several universities, where he teaches courses on youth, work development, leadership, communication practices and processes, and effectiveness in the human services world.

Howard has a bachelor’s in business and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s in communication with an emphasis in training and development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently pursuing his doctoral...

Director of Child and Family Systems Innovation
  • Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities

Jennifer Jones currently serves in a newly created position at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities with responsibility to lead the Alliance’s efforts to bring to scale what works in promoting the health and well-being of children and families through programs, services, and systems innovation with an emphasis on decreasing the number of people living in poverty, increasing the number of people living safe and healthy lives, and putting more people on the pathway for education and employment success. A key responsibility of the position is managing a three-year grant from the...

Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership, and Innovation
  • Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations Introduction
    • Dig Deeper: Leading a High-Impact Nonprofit
  • Moving from Program Thinking to Systems Leadership
  • Elevating the Strategic Focus of Nonprofit Boards

Polina Makievsky is the senior vice president of knowledge, leadership, and innovationfor the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She joined the Alliance in April 2010 as COO.

Most recently, Makievsky was director of programs at Alliance member La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha, Wis. At La Casa, she managed multiple programs and departments, including services for children, youth, and families; the workforce development and financial stability program; outpatient mental health services and an alcohol...

Director of the Alliance Intergenerational Initiative

Emily Merritt is the director of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Intergenerational initiative. In this role, she works to connect the Alliance membership network with second act talent and change the way communities think about and engage older adults.

Prior to this position, Merritt was the national program manager of Ways to Work, the poverty reduction program operated by the Alliance’s community development financial institution. She provided support to the nationwide network of...

Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Mobilization
  • Keeping Kids in Families: Mobilizing to Strengthen Child Welfare Policy
  • Combatting Policies & Perceptions that Threaten the Health of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Raising the Collective Voice of the Human-Serving Sector
  • Tools for Advancing Your Mission through Advocacy

Marlo Nash has devoted her career to working with, or on behalf of, children, youth, and families. After starting her professional life as an administrator in the U.S. military child care system, she moved into public policy advocacy as the director of central Oklahoma’s child care resource and referral center.

During her near 10 years with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) as the director of Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long-running data tracking and policy change initiative, Nash trained hundreds of child advocacy leaders, produced the annual...

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