Driving Force Group

ABOUT

Meet Our Team

 
 

CEO

Jenny Goldstock Wright

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Jenny is the Founder and CEO of Driving Force Group.  Jenny works with clients on how to most effectively and efficiently donate their charitable dollars through partnerships with existing entities, the creation of a Donor Advised Fund or Sponsored Project, or when necessary and appropriate, creating a new public charity or private foundation. While Jenny works with corporations, foundations, and wealthy individuals, a significant portion of her work is done with professional athletes and professional sports leagues. The backbone of that work is educating both new and existing philanthropists, and those surrounding the philanthropists, on the P.E.E.R.S (Participatory, Efficient, Effective, Replicable and Sustainable) model of philanthropy she identified.  This includes ensuring the philanthropists understand the nuance of IRS governance and industry best practices. Coupled with educating clients and creating a philanthropic plan, Jenny acts as the liaison between the donors and recipients; identifying nonprofit organizations and strong leaders, dissecting programs, leadership, success rates and replication possibilities.

As a direct Program Consultant, Jenny also performs crisis management within leadership, strategic planning for organizational growth, and creates opportunities for organizations and leaders to work in collaboration with one another and ready the organization for corporate and foundation dollars.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Ed.M, 1996

SKIDMORE COLLEGE
B.A., 1993


 

Comptroller

Yvette Chong-Coontz

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Yvette Chong-Coontz is an accounting and finance professional who has been working for 20+ years as Chief Financial Officer managing accounting, financial operations and upgrading accounting and data systems for social services agencies, health and human services providers, public education improvement organizations and a variety of for-profit small business organizations. Yvette began operating as an independent consultant in 2015. Yvette earned her BS in Finance at California State University Los Angeles and is certified in Non-Profit Accounting. Yvette and her husband Bob live in Burbank, California with their daughter Kylie.

Human Resources Director

Chanda Phillips

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Chanda Lupunga-Phillips is a highly qualified management professional with over 15 years of Human Resources management experience. Chanda’s professional knowledge was developed while serving the not-for-profit sectors, both nationally and globally. As a Human Resources leader, Chanda has expertise in collaborating with staff at all levels; developing Human Resources strategies; conducting employee relations; creating solutions to improve processes; and implementing effective performance management practices and tools to streamline employee productivity. Chanda holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Master’s in International Management from the University of Maryland.

Executive Assistant

Anton Pugeda

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As Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Anton serves as an extension of the Driving Force Group's CEO. His primary goal is to help her facilitate and execute strategic thinking and thought-leadership across the portfolio of her work. Anton is deeply embedded in the daily priorities of the company and of the Chief Executive Officer.

Anton attended Virginia International University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Stephanie Sandler

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Stephanie has nearly two decades of nonprofit management and consulting experience, specializing in working with emerging donors and nonprofit organizations in transition. Throughout her career, Stephanie has worked with dozens of influencers to help guide their philanthropic interests and unique resources into effective and impactful charitable initiatives.

Stephanie's wide-ranging nonprofit expertise includes operations management, evidence-based program development, strategic business planning, governance, grantmaking, fiscal sponsorship, corporate sponsorship solicitation and activation, and corporate and strategic alliance development.

Stephanie graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Professional Writing and a focus in poetry.

Fund Development

Akoshia Yoba

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Akoshia Yoba serves Driving Force Group in numerous vital facets including fund development, grant writing and story-telling around Driving Force Group’s programming. Yoba has decades of experience as a leader of educators, an expert in fund development and a facilitator of seminars that informs her work.

In her current role as Career Academy Director for Maya Angelou PCS, she has led a team of dedicated educators to significantly move the needle of student achievement in the areas of academics, attendance and behavior.  Yoba has been providing management consulting services for a wide range of organizations for over fifteen years, in support of strategic fund development and professional/personal growth.

Yoba is the co-author of Please Return My Phone Call! Preventing the Demise of Personal and Professional Relationships, a handbook on communications etiquette she wrote with her brother, actor and educator Malik Yoba. Using the principles of their book they have consulted with corporate and educational organizations nationwide, to design and implement professional development seminars and corporate trainings geared to enhance employee skill sets, work habits and business acumen to increase company profitability. This book leaves readers “switched on” and conscious of their habits that either enhance or sabotage their business and life.   Since February 2006, she has worked with clients including Citrix, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Delano and Shore Club hotels in Miami FL, and Automated Healthcare Solutions (AHCS) among others.  

Yoba graduated cum laude from the City College of New York in 2002 with a degree in English and a concentration in Education and earned an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in 2017.

D’Andre Phillips

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D’Andre Phillips currently serves as Principle at Phillips Consulting, LLC, a fundraising management firm. Over the course of his sixteen -year career, D’Andre has become known as a trusted partner among institutions looking to dramatically increase fundraising revenue, innovate through technology, and build on donor engagement best practices. As a co-founder of CASE HQ Multicultural Advancement Professionals Network he aims to move Philanthropy Forward. Pervious to launching Phillips Consulting, LLC, D’Andre worked at various colleges, universities, and non-profit organization. Phillips Consulting, LLC is excited to be a part of the Driving Force Group family.

Afreyea Tolbert

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Afreyea is a Fund Development Associate largely focused on research and writing grants for the expansion of Driving Force Group and its sponsored projects. Prior to joining DFG, Afreyea worked at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) focusing on strategic planning, grant writing, research and program development. In addition, Afreyea has also developed and executed varied educational workshops at New York University, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, and John Jay College.

Afreyea graduated from the College of Charleston where she also played on the women's basketball team.


Yetunde Price Resource Center

Center director

Kellee Kemp

 

Kellee Kemp is a Los Angeles native, dedicated to empowering communities of color. She is a double alum of Loyola Marymount University where she obtained her BA in Urban Studies and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy. As a first generation American, she has always felt it was her duty to support the work being done by communities of color. Kellee is dedicated to social justice and passionate about empowering marginalized communities from within.

This desire has taken her internationally to support various humanitarian projects in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and India. Locally, she has worked closely with organizations addressing literacy, poverty, and mental health disparities in Watts, Compton, Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Long Beach.

Kellee is excited about the work being done by YPRC in the community. Kellee’s specialization in trauma and trauma-informed care will continue to support the mission of the organization. She brings culturally attuned and relevant programming to the center that addresses mental health, wellness, financial, physical and spiritual well-being. 

Outreach Coordinator and Office Manager

Juan Trenado-Sandoval

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Juan Trenado-Sandoval is the Outreach Coordinator/Office Manager at the Yetunde Price Resource Center. He attended the University of California, San Diego where he majored in Global Health. Before the Yetunde Price Resource Center, he worked as a research assistant for the Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Clinic in Tijuana, Baja California.   


Huddle Up, Kansas City

Site Director, Kansas City

Pam Harris

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Pam considers herself a change agent and is passionate about changing the lives of those she touches. Pam brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the HU work and has background in social services, public education, post-secondary education, community engagement and parent and family engagement. She lives and breathes the "golden rule", do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Angela Turrentine

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Angela has been a part of the Kansas City urban school district for 18 years. She believes that in order to equip Parents and Families, you must possess love, patience and a caring attitude about those you serve. Showing empathy, kindness, compassion and empowering others, are things that can be given at no cost. She has held two positions in the district, one as an Early Childhood Teacher and the second as a Parent & Community Liaison. She loves touching the lives of students, parents, families and the community. 

Rhonda Wright

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Throughout my years of working with children, families and the community, I have realized that my talents are teaching and motivating others. My goal in this work is to help others fulfill their potential and at the same time, fulfill their hopes and dreams. I want to leave an impact on the lives of those that I come in contact with.


Evaluation Team

Korwin Consulting

Lisa Korwin

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Korwin Consulting is an evaluation and planning firm that advances social justice solutions by identifying community strengths, building organizational capacity, and evaluating impact. They partner with organizations working at local, state, and national levels that are committed to community-led change.

Korwin Consulting was established with the values of racial and gender equity at their core. Their team encompasses diversity in race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They have built an internal culture of continuous learning about topics and strategies related to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They bring personalized attention, creative pragmatism, and a fundamental belief on the inherent wisdom of each client.

Korwin Consulting specializes in supporting capacity building and leadership development work led by and with communities of color, women, LGBTQ communities, and current and former foster youth. Led by the firm’s Principal, Lisa Korwin, Korwin Consulting has over 17 years of experience working with philanthropic foundations, community-based organizations, and collaborative initiatives. They help their clients use evaluation to build grassroots power to advance social justice goals.

Huddle UP, Kansas City Evaluator

Ana Estrada Daniels

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Ana Estrada Daniels has over fifteen years of experience working with individuals, teams, organizations and communities to develop their capacity to lead and influence at all levels. Ana accomplishes this by building relationships with clients to gain an understanding of their challenges, opportunities and desired impact while looking across their evolving landscape. The drive behind her work is a desire to create equitable environments where all people have the opportunity to thrive. As a junior associate for Korwin Consulting, Ana focuses on qualitative evaluation with philanthropy, non-profits and public sector organizations to equip them with information they can use to leverage their influence and create systemic changes. Throughout her career, Ana has designed and delivered educational programs and capacity building support for non-profits, foundations and public agencies. She specializes in program evaluation, leadership and career development, building networks, community outreach, and strategic frameworks.

Huddle Up, Memphis Evaluator

Nina Sabarre

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Nina Sabarre has nearly eight years of experience in evaluation and mixed-methods research in over 25 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central America and North America. She consults on a wide variety of projects for clients ranging from USAID to the United Nations, World Bank, Facebook, the Los Angeles Police Department and academic institutions. Her work focuses on program evaluation, survey research, public-private partnerships and data visualization. As an Evaluation Associate, Nina works with clients from design to data collection and delivery. She collaborates with clients to refine their evaluation questions, design sophisticated and tailored methodology, gather actionable evidence, and use findings for purposes such a decision-making, improvement and overall social betterment. Nina is driven by helping clients do good and do it well. She is passionate about helping organizations understand the value of evaluation as a catalyst for relevant and lasting social change.


Board of Directors

President

George Nemphos

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George J. Nemphos is a founding member of Nemphos Braue LLC representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and mature companies, as well as venture capital and private equity funds. Mr. Nemphos has extensive experience in representing and assisting clients in entity choice and formation, mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, complex joint ventures, structural and day-to-day issues, as well as corporate governance and securities law compliance. Mr. Nemphos is known for his practical and business oriented solutions to legal issues. Prior to NB Law, Mr. Nemphos was a global chair of a corporate practice group for an AmLaw 100 international law firm, traveling throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Having spent a majority if his career with big international law firms, and now as an entrepreneur himself, Mr. Nemphos brings a unique perspective to client issues and works closely with firm clients to achieve practical, business oriented solutions.

Mr. Nemphos was a winner of SmartCEO’s 2015 Baltimore Power Players Award. For six consecutive years Mr. Nemphos was recognized in Best Lawyers in America as one of the area’s Best Lawyers in Leverage Boyouts and Private Equity. In 2013 he was named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year, Leverage Boyouts and Private Equity Law” in Baltimore. Mr. Nemphos was named one of the “40 Under 40” business leaders in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2001. In 2006, Mr. Nemphos completed the GBC Leadership program, a program that hand-picks Baltimore area leaders from business, nonprofits and the government to become strategists for the future of the region.

Admitted to practice in Maryland, Mr. Nemphos holds a L.L.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Nemphos also received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston Univeristy.

Treasurer

James Anderson

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James Anderson is a ten-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL). While breaking records on the field, James was steadfast in his dedication to making an impact in the communities in which he both worked and lived. James partnered with a philanthropic advisory firm, Driving Force Group, to ensure the work he did through The James Anderson Foundation was effective, efficient, replicable, and sustainable and with strong partners. James also partnered with Donors Choose to fund all the requests made by teachers in Chesapeake, VA. James has committed himself to the craft of philanthropy just as he did to football. He has attended conferences for philanthropists and studied best practices. This hard work landed him a board seat on Driving Force Group, where he has been instrumental in overseeing the firms work with all clients and donors. James received both his Bachelors of Arts and his Masters of Science from Virginia Tech.

Secretary

Josh Shaw

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Josh has extensive experience in all facets of operating and growing small to mid-cap companies in the consumer goods and omni-channel retail sectors, ranging from pre-revenue to $100M+ in revenue. Prior to joining Topsin, Josh was Founder and CEO of Oceanus Advisors Inc., an investment and advisory firm that specializes in working with private equity-owned companies on Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Operations, HR and M&A. Prior to that role, Josh was Founder and CEO of mission Product Holdings, Inc., a leading private equity-backed consumer brand in the health and wellness sector focused on sports accessories. Preceding that role, Josh was Co-Founder and President of GoSMiLE Inc., a leading innovative private equity-backed consumer brand in the beauty industry. Josh began his career as Co-Founder and EVP of Student Advantage, Inc., a publicly-help consumer brand in the youth marketing and media industry. Over the last 20 years, Josh has invested in, and served on the Board of Directors of several consumer companies. Josh received his BS in Marketing and Finance from the University of Albany in 1997. He has received numerous industry awards and been recognized and featured on CNBC, Fox Business, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, E&Y and more.

Board Member

Stasia Washington

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Stasia Washington is a financial advisor and fiduciary assisting individuals and families to achieve their goals and objectives. She also helps family foundations and public charities to realize their long-term financial objectives through strategic planning, cash and investment management. Ms. Washington has extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of investment management, trust services, loans, deposits and philanthropic services.

Ms. Washington’s honors include the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, 2018 Los Angeles Business Journal Most Influential Wealth Manager List, the National STEM Top Woman in Finance Award, The American Cancer Society Award of Merit, and The NAACP Los Angeles Chapter Outstanding Leader of the Year Award. The Mexican-American Business Coalition and the Asian Business Association honored her as an Outstanding Business Leader.

Stasia currently serves her community as a member of the Corporate Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. and as Treasurer for Women in Film's Board of Directors. Previously Stasia served on the Board of Directors of KCET Public Broadcasting Television, MusiCares Foundation for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program’s Leadership Board and the Greater Los Angeles YWCA.

Ms. Washington is a graduate of Pepperdine University, George Graziadio Business School of Business and Management with a Master of Business Administration degree and University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Business School's Leadership Institute.