ESC provides high quality, affordable coaching and consulting services for nonprofits throughout Southern California. Our team of executive-level consultants volunteer their knowledge and experience to support our nonprofit clients as they face their most pressing challenges – and impact the lives of those who depend on their services every day.
ESC’s consultants come from diverse backgrounds with senior management experience in business, nonprofit organizations, academia and government, and receive extensive training from ESC. They are passionate about what they do, providing a consistently high level of service and devoting the necessary time to each client’s needs in order to ensure lasting results.
ESC trains and supports our volunteers in a client-centered approach based on a coaching model that employs active listening, facilitation, patience and guidance — with a deep commitment to client confidentiality.
- Collaboration: Using a partnering approach for mutual development and enrichment
- Integrity: Putting service first, fulfilling commitments and earning trust
- Quality: Striving for excellence in all we do
- Relationships: Forging strong connections throughout our community
- Impact: Making a meaningful difference through dedicated service
- Resourcefulness: Creatively building on diverse experience and expertise, continuous learning and customized approaches
President & CEO
Julia Fischer joined the team in June 2017. As Vice President of Organizational Consulting, she is responsible for leading ESC’s consulting engagements in all our core services. Julia oversees all projects from planning through implementation and impact while deeply involved in managing client and consultant relationships to ensure high-quality service delivery.
Dr. Kristyl JL Smith joined the team in August 2021. As Associate Director of Organizational Consulting, she is responsible for supporting ESC’s consulting engagements and leading special projects. She is a proud Los Angeles native with over 8 years of experience in non-profits and over five years of experience in project management. She holds a […]
Maddy joined ESC in January 2021. As Organizational Consulting Coordinator, Maddy is responsible for supporting efforts to enhance ESC’s ongoing business development effort, assisting and monitoring the relationships with and between ESC clients and consultants, and creating and maintaining knowledge resources through Salesforce data entry and report generation. Maddy recently graduated from Occidental College with […]
Programs & Training
Janet McIntyre joined the ESC staff in 2012 with extensive experience as a certified coach and a consultant to nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for leading the design and execution of ESC’s client training institutes, customized leadership cohort programs and collaborative projects. She also oversees the onboarding and training of our consulting corps and works closely with the entire ESC staff to provide training and management support to our volunteer consultants.
Meghan joined the ESC staff in July 2015. She plays a key role in consultant onboarding and volunteer management, including ESC’s initiative around the strategic diversification of the consultant corps. She is also responsible for managing all logistics for ESC’s client training institutes, customized cohort leadership programs and consultant trainings.
Susan joined the ESC team in July 2017. She is responsible for executing and delivering high-caliber training and continuing education for our consulting corps, ensuring that our volunteer consultants are well-versed in nonprofit best practices and management tools. She also supports the Vice President of Programs and Training in the execution of ESC’s client training institutes and programs. Susan previously served as an ESC consultant.
Di Lam joined ESC in August 2020 and is the Interim Vice President of Administration. In this role, she is responsible for leading ESC’s fundraising, marketing and communications efforts, as well as operations. Her responsibilities include overseeing individual giving, foundation, corporate and government grants, and external communications and marketing. Di started her fundraising career at […]
Carla Juarez joined the team in May 2020. Carla administers ESC’s grants calendar, coordinates the gift acknowledgement process, and executes marketing and communications strategies to support the organization’s fund development plan. They work closely with the Interim Director of Development and Communications to ensure ESC meets the annual fundraising goals. Growing up in Los Angeles in one of the most densely populated areas of the […]
Sandy joined ESC in March 2014. Sandy is responsible for operations and administrative support to all of ESC’s departmental teams, including acting as the primary point of contact for client billing and account receivables. She also plays a key role in event planning and vendor relationships. Prior to her current position, Sandy served as ESC’s Administrative Assistant until July 2019.
Larry joined the ESC staff in July 2019. He is responsible for the day-to-day bookkeeping of ESC’s finances, including processing accounts payable and receivable. He also provides support in maintaining accuracy and compliance with nonprofit accounting policies and audit best practices.
Michael joined ESC in November 2019 having worked as a Data Analyst, Database Administrator, and Database Consultant to nonprofit organizations. His responsibilities as ESC’s Salesforce and IT Administrator include acting as primary administrator for ESC’s customized Salesforce environment and helping all departmental teams in the integration of various technology tools to enhance ESC’s overall efficiency and effectiveness. His duties reflect his eight years of experience, prior to joining ESC, helping mission-based organizations meet their technology needs.
Justin joined the ESC staff in January 2021. As Special Projects Assistant, Justin serves as a liaison between the CEO, Board, and Staff and oversees executive communications where he utilizes his research and writing skills. Justin is originally from the Los Angeles area but is currently working from Washington DC. He has experience working in email communications and has also previously worked as Assistant Curator at the […]
Scott J. Weiner – Chair
Managing Principal (retired)
Payden & Rygel Investment Management
Laura L. Survant – Vice Chair
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Abner D. Goldstine — Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Senior Vice President and Director of Capital Research (retired)
The Capital Group Companies
Kate Ides – Secretary
Senior Litigation CounselDoorDash
William R. Barrett, Jr.
Fiduciary Trust International of California
Barrett Business Services, Inc (BBSI)
Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management
Irwin S. Field
Liberty Vegetable Oil Company
Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor
The Capital Group Companies
Michael J. Goldberg
Bain & Company, Inc.
Irwin J. Jaeger
PresidentNew Phoenix Management Company
Executive Vice President
Skirball Cultural Center
Eric L. Moore
Founder and Executive Director
Gregory T. Morrison
Payden & Rygel Investment Management
Lizbeth G. Nevarez
Managing Director, Non-Profit Services
President and Executive Director
New Ways To Work
Robert F. Scoular
Dentons US LLP
Daryl T. Twerdahl
Executive Director, Development
Meals on Wheels California
David J. Zuercher
Executive Vice President (retired)
Wells Fargo & Company
President and CEO
Executive Service Corps of Southern California
Scott Choate – Chair, ESC Consultants Advisory Council
Senior Vice President (retired)
Capital Group Companies Global