Executive Leadership for Nonprofits

Recommendations

1. “Marcia created a solid foundation for Stepping Stones Growth Center to be prepared for the merger with the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro.  To build an organizational foundation for this type of transition takes longer than one might expect. Marcia was diligent and intentional at guiding the Board and senior staff to make the necessary changes while she was their Interim Executive Director. It was a pleasure to work with her every step of the way!”

Rose Padilla Johnson, CEO, Davis Street Family Resource Center & Stepping Stones Growth Center

 
2.“Marcia has given us very wise counsel for the past couple of years as we made some key strategic changes in our organization. Her recommendations have proven to be right on track, and we appreciate her skills and professionalism.”

Maureen Dixon, Board Chair, WriterCoach Connection

 

3. “Marcia was fantastic to work with and expertly met the Board’s expectations of continuing to progress important matters for the agency during our Executive Director’s absence.”

Kourtney McGrew, A Safe Place Board Member

 

4.  “Marcia proved to be an excellent choice as Interim CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.  The agency needed someone who could restore staff morale, analyze the organization’s strengths and challenges, and create a short-term plan to address the most immediate issues while the board was conducting its CEO search.  Marcia stepped in, gained the trust of board and staff, and calmly managed a difficult time of transition.”

Tisha Frank, Former Agency Development Director, West Region
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

 

5.  “Marcia is a highly experienced, calm leader who can be trusted to do what needs to be done in an interim executive role. Her superb collaborative approach is often exactly what is needed while focusing on short-term results during executive changes. I urge you to hire her!”

Cindy Mesko, Former Senior Vice President, Agency & Program Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

 

6. “As a consultant working in executive transition I have a deep appreciation for the role of an interim executive.  Marcia Hodges has the skill sets, mindset and capacity to bring stability, alignment and leadership to a situation in transition.  She is one of the most thoughtful, effective leaders I have seen in the sector.  Her ability to connect people to the mission and find solutions to the most challenging problems is unmatched by anyone.”

William J. Coy, MFT, Former Partner 
La Piana Consulting

 

7.  “I actively recruited Marcia to be the Interim Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area based on my knowledge of her extensive experience and commitment bettering the community in which she lives.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Marcia to an organization that was looking for talented interim leadership.”

Glen Hentges, Former Chief Financial Officer
The Permanente Federation, LLC

 

8.  “I thoroughly enjoy working with Marcia in our strategic and operational planning processes.  Her thoughtful leadership as Chair of Balanced Rock Foundation really helps the Board and staff draw on their strengths, and at the same time, she holds true to the vision for accomplishing our mission. She truly makes a difference.  Any organization would be very lucky to have the opportunity to work with her!”

Monte Meyers, Principal
Shining Star Consulting, LLC

 

9.  “Marcia’s skillful leadership and hands-on management of our strategic planning process resulted in a clear vision for growth and well defined intentionality goals. This was instrumental for our fund development team, enabling us to focus on targeted initiatives and increase fundraising results.”

Joanne Gold, Former Chief Development Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

 

10.  “Marcia knows how to elicit the individual strengths of project team members to achieve great results.  She gives just the right amount of information and guidance to individuals to enable them to fulfill their role on the team and have a high sense of satisfaction in a job well done. Focused, organized, disciplined.”

Cathy Clagett, Former Director of Organizational Development
The Energy Foundation

 

11. “Marcia was awesome in helping us construct our strategic plan. She is very knowledgeable about the various challenges that nonprofits face today and highly skilled in working at the staff, executive or board level. She guided us every step of the way in creating the kind of outcomes that will guide our steps for the next 3 years.”

Harold Pearson, Executive Director, SPAAT
 

12.  “The joy of working with Marcia was her intuitive understanding of the distinct roles between the Board and senior staff.  As the Board Chair, it was a true pleasure to partner with her in leading Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Jim Falaschi, Chief Executive Officer
Bay Area Regional Center  

 

13.  “As a Board member I had complete confidence in Marcia’s expertise in, and knowledge of, the nonprofit sector.  She did an excellent job of leveraging the strengths of each Board member to draw upon their business acumen and corporate connections.”

Kym Luqman, Executive Director
, Bananas, Inc.

 

14. “Marcia is excellent at evaluating strengths and weaknesses of an agency and communicating that to the Board. She’s great at facilitating change within an agency while balancing the needs and concerns of the Board and staff, all the while raising the bar of professionalism. She has really helped Stepping Stones Growth Center with setting the stage for a permanent executive director, including helping the Board become a fundraising Board. All of these steps have been established so the new ED can then take the agency into the next evolutionary phase from a much stronger foundation.”

Matthew Millspaugh, Former Board President, Stepping Stones Growth Center

 

15. “Marcia was a godsend. Her calm demeanor along with her straight forward approach helped us bridge a gap I thought was an impassable obstacle. She kept the organization moving forward with no discernable hiccups allowing
us to seamlessly integrate a new Executive Director. I cannot recommend her services high enough.”

Rachel Matthews, Program Director, Rebuilding Together Oakland

 

16. “Marcia has been a tremendous asset to our organization as we transitioned from an Executive Director that had been in place for seven years. As the Interim Executive Director, she learned very quickly the needs of our organization and provided the flexibility to accommodate us. Our staff was equally impressed and happy to work with her. Her care and professionalism towards our organization is much appreciated.”

Richard Tong, Board Chair, Rebuilding Together Oakland

 

17. “Marcia has a unique ability to assess an organization’s challenges while simultaneously making everyone impacted feel valued and respected. She can look at situations globally and also understand the details. Her understanding of how program and administration work best as a team rather than separate entities brings stability, sustainability, and strength to every organization fortunate enough to have her.”

Jennie Brick, Senior Nonprofit Finance Consultant, Pacific Training and Resources

 

18. “Marcia is one of the most talented Interim Executive Directors I have ever had the pleasure to know. With decades of executive nonprofit experience, she is extremely professional and quickly assesses the needs of an organization and what she can bring during transition. Marcia also brings a wonderful warmth and sense of humor to tackle whatever challenges she faces.”

David Styers, Manager of Program & Business Development, Presidio Institute

 

19. “In Marcia Hodges long-term Interim Executive Director assignment with Stepping Stones, I have observed her:
– establish an organizational accountability system where each staff manager is involved in creating departmental goals and budgets, and is held accountable for individual, departmental and organizational achievement;
– empower staff through grant writing trainings and encouraging staff to aspire beyond current job responsibilities;
– engage the Board in strategic planning, and explored long-term solutions such as merger & alternative funding to ensure Stepping Stones sustainability.”

Porter Sexton, Grant Writing Consultant