team members

About us

Meet our team

We bring a passion for progress and deep expertise in social change.

Monitor Institute by Deloitte's multidisciplinary team brings a diverse blend of cross-sector experience, and a balance of analytic capability with sensitivity to the workings of human systems.

Dana O’Donovan

Managing Director

Dana is the Managing Director of Monitor Institute by Deloitte.

Drawing on her twenty-five years as a social impact adviser, consultant, and nonprofit executive, she partners with the CEOs and leadership teams of national foundations, non-profits, and corporations to drive performance and maximize impact. Her work on issues of social impact strategy and implementation has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Fast Company.

Prior to becoming Monitor Institute’s Chief Operating Officer in 2010, she led human assets strategy at Teach For America and started her career as a consultant at Monitor Group.

Dana has served on many nonprofit, foundation and government boards. Currently, she serves on the North Carolina Council for Women, the North Carolina Aquarium Society Board, ADAP Capital Guidance Council, The University of North Carolina’s Kenan Institute Board of Mentors and the Board of DREAMS of Wilmington. Dana graduated from The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

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Joanna Burleson

Managing Director

Joanna works closely with social innovators and their organizations to scale their impact on some of society’s most complex social challenges. She is a leader in Monitor Institute by Deloitte's Adaptive Strategy practice. She has deep expertise in education and workforce development and her work spans across all dimensions of social sector strategy, from visioning and growth planning to developing operating and economic models.

Joanna’s work builds on over a decade of strategic consulting experience across the corporate and social sectors, both in the US and abroad. She began her consulting career with Monitor Group and brings this experience to Monitor Institute by Deloitte, where she helps to tackle some of the most meaningful and important strategic problems facing the social sector today. Prior to her time with Monitor, Joanna worked at Charles River Associates, conducting complex economic and statistical analysis for antitrust litigation. She obtained her B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and her MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles. She lives in Boston with her husband and three children.

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Kerri Folmer

Managing Director

Kerri advises organizations in the public, private, and social sectors as they strive to find innovative solutions to today's complex social and environmental challenges.

She has over 20 years of experience leading organizations through transformational change, defining and adapting strategy, and developing new business models. Prior to joining Deloitte, Kerri was the chief of staff and strategy at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which gives her a deep understanding of the unique leadership and operational challenges of foundations and nonprofit organizations. Starting with a degree in psychology (State Diego State University) and graduate degree in business (Santa Clara University), Kerri has long been fascinated by the human will to create change, and its inherent complexities.

Kerri and her two daughters, Toni and Shelby, live in the Bay Area and spend time together cultivating a large family garden, riding horses, and working out together at their favorite boxing gym.

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Gabriel Kasper

Managing Director

Gabriel has spent nearly two decades helping leading funders and nonprofits understand the changing context for their work and make sense of what those shifts will mean for both what they do and how they do it. He tracks emerging trends inside and outside the field and translates cutting-edge commercial innovation methods into new approaches for addressing pressing philanthropic and social-sector challenges.

His work with funders at Monitor Institute by Deloitte is grounded in first-hand experience, both as the program officer for philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where he was responsible for directing how the foundation used its resources to increase the effectiveness of philanthropy as a field, and as a manager of neighborhood programs at a local affiliate of the East Bay Community Foundation. He has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant, providing applied research, program design, and strategic advising services to foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and international agencies. 

He is a prolific writer and thinker about the future of philanthropy and new opportunity spaces in the social sector, having co-authored the Monitor Institute by Deloitte publications What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World, On the Brink of New Promise: the Future of U.S. Community Foundations, Intentional Innovation, and Working Wikily: Social Change with a Network Mindset. He has also published and spoken widely on topics including social media tools, diversity and identity-based philanthropy, social investing, and foundation collaboration. He is the designer and creator of several innovative tools for improving philanthropic practice, including the Strategy Landscape™ tool for visualizing foundation funding flows and the Foundation Sidecar Funds platform for helping individual donors piggyback on the grantmaking choices of established foundations. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a master's in city planning from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was captain of the men's ultimate frisbee team.

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Allan Ludgate

Managing Director

Allan has dedicated his career to helping business, non-profit, and government leaders tackle their toughest problems and create impact in a dynamic world. This unifying theme in his work links together a highly diverse client portfolio, spanning grocery retailers, education non-profits, and beer companies. Allan finds his wide-ranging experience a plus, with the most powerful insights often coming from recognizing patterns and solutions that can travel from one domain to another. Within Monitor Institute by Deloitte, Allan leads our "Education Posse," a group of practitioners working to address one of our most vexing challenges–closing the education attainment gap for low-income youth.

Allan's path began with jazz, when he picked up a B.S. in Jazz Studies (magna cum laude) and an M.B.A. in management (1st in class), both from New York University. He is a Wholistic Fitness master student, a lover of Boston sports teams, and the lucky husband of Maria and papa of Lucas and Isaac.

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Tony Siesfeld, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Dr. Tony Siesfeld works with organizations to grow value in dynamic environments and build the capability to deliver sustained impact. He has about 30 years of experience delivering for-profit and for-impact advisory work. Currently, he focuses on social action strategy, measurement and evaluation, and bringing leading practices developed in business to the social sector. His work has been noted in Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, SSIR and the Wall Street Journal. He has contributed to publications of organizations such as Sloan Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Tony holds a B.S. (summa cum laude) from the University of Vermont and, from Stanford University, an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Over the course of his career, Tony has worked as a farm hand, a special ed teacher, and in a garment factory. He comes from a family of teachers and activists.

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Core Team

Jess Ausinheiler

Jess is driven by our collective potential to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our society, including the very power structures that keep them in place.

Jess spent the first dozen years of her life living in occupation, and this planted in her a commitment toward not only serving others but also working to create more equitable societies and future economies. Over the last decade, she has focused her efforts on civil society, working with visionary leaders as they wrestled with pressing strategic questions and implications for how they should interface with nonprofit, public, and private leaders and communities across their ecosystems. In addition to client work, Jess has delivered dozens of keynote and plenary speeches and workshops related to aligned action and community philanthropy, and has co-authored several publications including “Challenging the Orthodoxies of Philanthropy” (SSIR, June 2015) and “To Stay Relevant, Community Funds Must Adapt...” (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 2014).

Jess previously worked with youth-based NGO networks operating in the West Bank. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, daughter, five chickens, and thousands of bees. She enjoys challenging bike tours and long through-hikes.
Sarah Brayton, Manager

Sarah is passionate about harnessing the power of stakeholders across the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors to solve complex social issues–particularly within workforce development and education. Sarah’s background in consulting blends experience with clients across the private sector, higher education, foundations, and nonprofits on engagements relating to business model innovation, organic growth, and operating model design. She has also helped design, launch, and scale Deloitte initiatives including Courageous Principals, a three-day leadership training for public school principals, and Pathfinder, a workforce development program launched in collaboration with Salesforce.

Sarah graduated with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where she was the Student Association President and graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC with a BA in Economics. Sarah lives in San Francisco and can often be found hiking, backpacking, and skiing in the surrounding area.
Bridget Brennan

Bridget has over 10 years of experience helping clients navigate complex projects and problems. She began her career working with clients on their globalization efforts through translation and localization; as a management consultant, Bridget has worked across Life Sciences, Insurance, and Technology, before eventually focusing on social impact topics. Bridget is passionate about the role and responsibilities of business, big and small, in society. She has worked with social entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad and with multi-national corporations on their social impact efforts. She led Deloitte’s collaboration with the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, focusing on how the private sector can help address mounting humanitarian crises. She has also worked with a number of non-profits in the areas of health and human services and education.

Bridget has an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise and a certificate in International Development from The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Rhonda Evans

As the co-lead of Monitor Institute by Deloitte's impact measurement program, Rhonda works with clients to design measurement and learning systems that help organizations grow their social impact. Rhonda has more than fifteen years of experience using data, research, and measurement to promote l well-being. Previously, Rhonda served as the Director of Research of the for-benefit start-up GoodGuide, a business that enabled consumers to make more informed buying choices. Rhonda was the co-founder of an applied research consultancy focused on health, environmental and working conditions issues whose work has been published in law and policy journals; mentioned in newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Guardian (U.K.); and, recognized on the floor of the United States Senate. Rhonda holds a social science Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and was also a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Institute for Labor and Employment.
Rajib Guha

Rajib is committed to helping innovative thinkers and leaders in the social sector articulate clear visions for change, build effective organizations, mobilize resources and stakeholders, and realize their potential for meaningful impact. 

Rajib joined the Monitor Institute by Deloitte from Deloitte's strategy consulting practice, Monitor Deloitte. Passionate about opening doors for underserved youth, Rajib began his career as a leadership trainer and counselor at Prep for Prep and subsequently launched a high school transitions initiative at Breakthrough Collaborative and a college access and success program at The Opportunity Network. He holds a B.A. in the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia, an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard, and an MBA in Social Enterprise from Columbia Business School.

A native of Southern California, Rajib is an avid traveler who has visited over sixty countries.
Jarasa Kanok

Jarasa has always thought in terms of bridges and intersections. She believes that social impact involves bridging from big ambitious ideas to practical approaches for implementation and finding the connection points between “why” an organization has chosen the activities it pursues, and, “how” its people can be supported and encouraged to behave in ways that align with those choices.

Jarasa brings two decades years of experience as a strategist and implementer. As a practitioner at strategy consultancy Monitor Group, she served corporate clients on a range of strategy and implementation issues, from marketing and growth strategy to organizational design and leadership development. She concurrently held a number of internal management roles at Monitor, with a focus on organizational development.

Although she grew up in California, Jarasa now makes her home outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an AB in English and pre-medical studies and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Justin Marcoux

Justin works with committed leaders to develop solutions that address pressing social issues. Since joining Monitor Institute by Deloitte, he has helped nonprofits as well as private, corporate, and community foundations challenge old assumptions and creatively imagine new possibilities.

Justin also writes and speaks regularly about social innovation. He has co-authored articles including “The Re-emerging Art of Funding Innovation,” which explores how foundations can better fund breakthrough social change, and “What’s Next for Community Philanthropy,” a look at the future of community foundations and other place-based funders. His work has appeared in publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Alliance Magazine.

Prior to joining Monitor Institute by Deloitte, Justin worked at Cambridge Associates advising foundations, nonprofits, and universities on investing their endowments. Justin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned the Public Management and Social Innovation Certificate. He received his BA from Boston College with Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude distinctions. Justin lives with his wife in San Francisco.
Anna Muoio

Anna Muoio has worked at the intersection of business, innovation and social change for the past 20 years. She has led Aligned Action efforts for organizations such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Profit, Global Impact Investing Network and Venture Philanthropy Partners—designing network strategies and launching large-scale coalitions that work to drive new solutions to old problems. Anna’s work draws on a range of professional experiences—from a Senior Writer at Fast Company magazine, leading Learning Journeys for leaders of global corporations, and launching the Social Innovation practice at Continuum. Anna speaks regularly at conferences on the power of aligned action to drive social change. Her work has appeared in SSIR, Chronicle of Philanthropy; and she is the author of field-shaping pieces such as Engage: How Funders Can Support and Leverage Networks for Social Impact; and most recently, Participate: The Power of Involving Business in Social Impact Networks.”
Lisa Newman-Wise

Lisa Newman-Wise thrives on connecting unlikely partners and unusual ideas to tackle seemingly impossible challenges.

Lisa spent her first fifteen years living abroad which left her with both a love for constant learning and a deep desire to help rectify the economic, education, and environmental disparities she witnessed as a global nomad. Over the past decade, she has worked on equity issues in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and has developed a flexible approach to leadership, coaching, facilitation, and execution to most effectively serve the circumstances. From the National Outdoor Leadership School to the U.S. Air Force, to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and now at Monitor Institute by Deloitte, she has built a strong commitment to making good ideas better and seeing them through to execution.

When taking a break from figuring out how to make the world more equitable, Lisa can usually be found exploring her new hometown of Washington DC with her family, practicing yoga (and patience), or searching for ways to consume less and share more.
Tracie Neuhaus

Tracie relishes working with passionate and driven leaders to help them develop innovative solutions and blaze new paths for tackling some of society's biggest problems. She draws upon over 15 years of experience working across the for-profit and non-profit sectors, both domestically and abroad. With the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, she advises leaders of foundations and nonprofits on issues related to strategy, growth, and operational effectiveness, with particular experience in the fields of workforce development, youth development, and education.

Tracie has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Monitor Institute by Deloitte in 2011, Tracie spent several years as part of Monitor Group's commercial practice in Europe, consulting clients in the life sciences and consumer goods sectors. She started her career as a financial analyst, contributing to her interest in organizations operating at the intersection of the business and social sectors. Based in San Francisco, Tracie can be found most often in the mountains—either skiing or hiking—or off discovering a new country, culture, or cuisine.
Amanda Olsen

Amanda believes in the power of collaboration to solve the world's most complex social problems. She has consulted for numerous nonprofits and foundations, with experiences ranging across strategy, operations, and organizational transformation. Amanda has a deep passion for education and has a love for travel and has gone on numerous volunteer trips to consult social entrepreneurs across the globe. Her prior work at Deloitte focused on helping executives at the world's largest retailers and consumer product companies find their greatest collective wisdom through joint strategic planning efforts.

Amanda graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing and earned an MBA and a certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At Stanford, Amanda was professionally trained as an executive coach and also took numerous classes at the design school, where she found that her biggest "ah-has" often come when putting herself directly in the shoes of the person she is trying to help.
Amy Silverstein

Amy's work with corporate clients supports them in rationalizing their CSR strategies and employee engagement efforts and draws on her 15 years of experience in consulting and Corporate Responsibility. Through this work, Amy helped establish Deloitte as a leading corporate citizen by spearheading a series of innovative initiatives including the development of Deloitte’s groundbreaking National Pro Bono Program. The program resulted in a six-year $100M commitment, White House recognition, multiple client inquiries, and significant public accolades. This experience has also proven valuable in advising social sector organizations looking to work closely with companies on a shared social impact agenda. She has an MPP from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jen Smith, Senior Consultant

Jen is passionate about building bridges between education and meaningful employment. She is particularly interested in how to work across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to support children and families. Jen believes workforce development and social entrepreneurship have a big role to play in improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our society.

Prior to joining the Monitor Institute, Jen worked in Deloitte’s Strategy and Analytics practice, focusing on market growth and the social determinants of health. Jen began her career at Teach for America as an eighth grade English teacher, where she also taught English as a Second Language and Special Education. During her time with TFA, she worked as the Director for Teacher Leadership Development, where she coached teachers on instructional best practice, leadership, and intersectional identity development. She is proud to have led TFA’s expansion to rural Oklahoma, where she grew up.
Avon Swofford

Avon manages the day-to-day business of Monitor Institute by Deloitte. Her skills include project design & management, financial management, grants management, and systems design, development and implementation. Avon has more than thirty years of experience in the social sector, where she has played both programmatic and financial management roles in national and international foundations and nonprofits. She served as an associate program officer at the Packard Foundation and was a program officer for the Skoll Foundation, where she helped develop and launch the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Avon was raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, graduated from Duke University with a B.A in English, and is an experienced writer and editor.
Kaitlin Terry Canver

Kaitlin is a strategist with experience across the private and social sectors; she thrives when helping leaders understand how ideas, people, organizations, and systems can impact one another for the better. At Monitor Institute by Deloitte, she has worked extensively with networks for social impact, primarily focused on early childhood and K-12 education. An early contributor to the Aligned Action practice, she is the co-author of Engage: How Funders Can Support and Leverage Networks for Social Impact and “Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage With a Network.”

Kaitlin grew up acting and singing, and this background continues to fuel her interest in storytelling, the arts, and their impact on culture, questions she has explored while working at Disney Theatrical Group and the Children’s Arts Guild.

Kaitlin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in History and Literature and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Born in Georgia and raised in Texas, she now lives in New York with her husband.
Jen Tutak

Jen's focus is on the ways that business, government, and education can intersect to enable all individuals-especially underrepresented populations and members of the military-to be set up for success. Having previously worked in education, including as a teacher in France and as an admissions director at the University of Hawai'i, Jen's current work is primarily with clients in higher education on issues related to education access and completion.

Jen holds graduate degrees in public administration, business, and education from the Harvard Kennedy School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where she was elected president of her senior class. Jen resides in Cambridge, which has been an ideal home to pursue her passion for education, leadership development, and community building, all three of which she sees as ideal means for bringing together the world's innovative change agents to achieve the interdisciplinary problem-solving that our society needs.
Heena Khoja

Hailing from a diverse Chicago neighborhood, Heena is passionate about improving outcomes for underserved populations and bridging race and gender divides. At Monitor Institute by Deloitte, she has focused on leveraging networks for social impact and developing solutions to improve graduation rates for low-income college students. Prior to joining the Monitor Institute team, Heena worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Analytics practice for three years on growth strategy, customer experience, and performance improvement efforts, primarily across the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.

Heena graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics, concentrating on management, marketing, and social impact, and a minor in Hispanic studies. She currently resides in Boston and spends her free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, traveling, binging on television, and eating desserts.

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