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Feb 10, 2020
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Foraker’s Leadership Transition team is rapidly growing so we can better support your organization through a leadership change. We know that change is inevitable and that a smooth transition from one leader to another will keep your organization focused on mission.

Please join us in welcoming Catherine Bradshaw and Mara Carnahan to Foraker. In addition, Foraker consultant Allison Fong has changed roles and is now a staff member.

Catherine is joining us as the Director of Leadership Transition. She is deeply committed to helping nonprofits develop their leadership capacity and navigate the journey of transitioning to new leadership. She brings over 25 years of experience as a coach and consultant to nonprofit leaders, with a particular focus on succession planning and leadership transition. Before joining Foraker, she was a consultant with TSNE MissionWorks, a Boston-based organization that supports nonprofits in New England. In that position, she supported more than 20 nonprofits in their leadership transition journey. Catherine is passionate about identifying and addressing barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit board and staff teams. She has served as a diversity trainer for Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services and continues to integrate this focus into her work. Catherine holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and a Masters in Organization Systems Renewal from Antioch University in Seattle. She has served on many nonprofit boards and has been an active community volunteer.




As the Leadership Transition Coordinator, Mara will ensure all details are attended to and will keep board, staff, and candidates well-informed each step of the way. Mara is excited to work with staff and volunteers who are passionate about their mission and inspired to do meaningful work. She holds a communications degree from Lewis and Clark College and has been both a staff member and volunteer for several nonprofit organizations.




As a Lead Capacity Builder with a focus on Leadership Transition, Allison helps our clients take a realistic and thoughtful approach to successful leadership change by guiding them through the Prepare, Search, and Thrive Phases of our comprehensive services. She also facilitates strategic plans and annual plans with our Partners. Allison brings a robust and diverse body of experience to the Foraker team. Most recently, she served as the program manager of the Seward Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation. She has 15 years of healthcare experience, serving in administration, strategic planning, and business development roles within large health systems and small rural hospitals. She earned a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. Allison is a graduate and regular coach of the Foraker Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence.