February 24, 2022 – Virtually every industry needs top-drawer chief development officers. CDOs play a key role in planning, coordinating and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping previous funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on,” according to recruiters specializing in the function, is Job 1. Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting recently placed Monica Lee Copeland as chief development officer for Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a non-profit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The appointment of Ms. Copeland follows a thorough recruitment process overseen by Children’s Bureau in partnership with Envision Consulting.
Ms. Copeland brings over 25 years of experience in business management, marketing and fund development, securing over $250 million in philanthropic revenue and billions of dollars for private equity endeavors. Before joining Children’s Bureau, Copeland served as the CDO for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and the Cerritos College Foundation, chief marketing officer of Stone Ally and CEO of MLC & Company where she led fundraising initiatives for KidSave International, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and Agape International, among others.
“As the proud mother of two adopted children, I’m especially delighted to embrace working with one of the oldest and most reputable non-profit providers of adoption, foster care and child well-being services in California,” said Ms. Copeland. “I look forward to building relationships with individuals who want to invest their time, talent and treasure in Children’s Bureau and the children and families we serve.”
A non-profit leader in how to prevent child abuse and reduce its devastating impact, Children’s Bureau serves 39,400 children and their parents each year in Southern California through prevention programs; foster care, adoption and related services; mental health services to children and families; and state-wide training to family-serving organizations. The agency’s advocacy efforts and broader community impact initiatives inspire movement in the child well-being arena on local, state and national levels.
Envision Consulting is a minority-owned firm specializing in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration and executive leadership transitions. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, its partners and consultants are former non-profit executive leaders who now use their collective experience and inspiration to uplift non-profits and the communities they serve. Envision Consulting’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is integrated into its practices, including inclusive surveys and stakeholder interviews, focus groups, structured hiring processes and a focus on anti-biased decision making.
Envision Consulting recently placed Tamika Farr as CEO of Pathways LA, a non-profit organization that works to ensure access to quality, developmentally appropriate and educationally stimulating childcare. Ms. Farr brings more than 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations, most recently serving as executive director of El Centro de Amistad, where she expanded the organization’s service area and programming two new locations.
Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 18 years. He previously served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in non-public schools and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.
Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-founding her own charitable organization. In the non-profit sector, she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, YWCA and Step Up Women’s Network.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media