Consultants' Advisory Council

The 2018 CAC members are:

  • Chair Al Lavery
  • Susan Leonard
  • Michael Marshall
  • Howard Parmet
  • Jake Rohrer
  • Mary Trigg
  • Lauree Weaver
  • Immediate Past Chair Leslie Horowitz

What is the role of the CAC?

The role of the CAC is to:

  • serve as a sounding board and advisory resource to ESC staff and Board on ESC policies, programs, and services;
  • assist staff with coordination of activities and initiatives focused internally within the ESC consultant community;
  • assist staff with efforts to broadly engage consultants in support of ESC;
  • serve as a resource to assist staff in client development and relationships;
  • enhance the consultants’ experience and client service delivery;
  • serve as a link between consultants and staff (and consultants and Board) regarding recommendations and issues impacting the ESC consultant community; and,
  • provide input to strategic and annual operating plans.

How is the CAC structured?

Seven members are identified for two-year, rotating terms and appointed by ESC’s President/CEO. In addition, the Immediate Past President of the CAC serves as an ex officio member the CAC. ESC’s President/CEO appoints the CAC President from among the CAC members for a two-year term. The CAC President serves as an ex officio, voting member of the ESC Board of Directors. The CAC typically meets quarterly. The Chair of any standing consultant committee that serves a staff-like function (e.g., Consultant Recruitment) also serves on the CAC in this capacity.

How are CAC members selected?

ESC staff identifies and extends an invitation to serve to individuals who:

  • have not previously served on the CAC, or not within the past five years;
  • have a breadth of knowledge of ESC services;
  • represent the diversity of the consultant pool;
  • show initiative as well as active and enthusiastic involvement in serving on client projects; and,
  • exhibit sound judgment and a willingness to actively and positively participate in ESC’s continuous drive for excellence.

What are some examples of the CAC’s accomplishments and impact?

In recent years the CAC has provided guidance to staff and assisted in:

  • the design and implementation of new prospective consultant application process;
  • the design and implementation of the ESC Emeritus Consultant designation;
  • the design and implementation of ESC Project Evaluation Initiative;
  • the revision and upgrade of training topics, policies, and practices;
  • the design and enhancement of ESC service areas and materials;
  • efforts to encourage increased financial support for ESC from consultants; and,
  • selection of recipients for the Megan Cooper Award for outstanding client Executive Directors.
Prospective Consultant Interview Assessment

Prospective Consultant Interview Assessment

Interviewers of prospective consultants can access the Prospective Consultant Interview Assessment Survey here. (Link goes to external SurveyMonkey site).

Megan G. Cooper Award Information and Nomination Form

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a consultant with ESC is having the chance to work with outstanding nonprofit leaders throughout the year. Now is your chance to nominate the most exemplary CEO/Executive Director(s) you’ve worked with during the past two years for the Megan G. Cooper Leadership Award, to be presented at our annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Friday, November 4, 2016.

This award recognizes an outstanding CEO or Executive Director for exceptional leadership, effort, skills and commitment to the cause of their nonprofit organization.

In response to feedback we’ve received from you, the Consultants Advisory Council has greatly streamlined and simplified the nomination form so that it’s easier than ever to nominate an outstanding leader for this honor!

Last year the 2015 Megan G. Cooper Leadership Award was presented to Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts. Previous recipients include Jonathan Zeichner (A Place Called Home, 2014) and Joan Maltese (Child Development Institute, 2013).

The Megan G. Cooper Leadership Award recipient receives a $1,000 contribution to their organization and ESC will publicize the awardee—and all those honored at our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon—through traditional and social media to raise community awareness of the achievements of our clients and consultants.

Download Nomination Form Here.

Please nominate your exemplary client(s) using the nomination form and send your nominations to RaChelle Williams at [email protected] by Friday, August 26, 2016.

Consultant Roles and Definitions

We developed an ESC Consultant Roles Definitions guide based on the need for role clarity in consulting engagements. You may download the document here.

If you have any questions, contact Vicky Foxworth at [email protected] or (213)613-9103 x13.

ESC PowerPoint Template

ESC PowerPoint Template

Download ESC’s PowerPoint template for use in your consulting engagements.

ESC Consultant IT Primer

ESC Consultant IT Primer

Download ESC’s Consultant IT Primer to guide you through common technology tools and resources.

Consultants may not distribute these internal documents unless specifically given permission to do so (or unless the document states that it can be shared with clients). These documents may also not be used outside of ESC.

Most documents available for download are PDFs or Word documents. To read PDFs, download the free Adobe Adobe Acrobat Reader.