The Team

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Leadership Team

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Rob Leighton

Rob Leighton, executive director and founder of the iMission Institute, is a nonprofit stakeholder engagement strategist.  A serial entrepreneur, he brings a long career in advocacy, organizing, marketing and executive management. While much of Rob’s time is devoted to building an online training community for the nonprofit sector, he still loves teaching.

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Mason Rabinowitz

Mason Rabinowitz is a second generation direct response marketing expert, and a first generation crowdfunding evangelist. He teaches a best practice approach to nonprofit landing page design, email marketing and direct mail solicitation. He prides himself on helping his students understand how content not only conveys a nonprofit’s unique mission, but also effectively moves people to take actions, like donating, buying, volunteering and advocating.

Linkedin Profile

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George Vasilopoulos

George Vasilopoulos is no stranger to the progressive world , having spent the last 11 years as the web development, internet marketing specialist and client services manager for the top names in progressive media. George believes using targeted media such as audio and video podcasts, video channels and social engagement is fundamental to the new landscape for business and non-profits.

George is the technology brains behind the iMission Institute’s on-demand learning campus. He brings a long career building and managing integrated online infrastructures having worked with Universal, Sony, Sirius-XM radio and WestWood One. 

George believes in using unique content delivered through on-demand media such as audio and video podcasts to create community and move people from occasional supporters to life long advocates.

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Editorial Council Members

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Catherine Blinder, Advocacy Curriculum Council

Catherine has been advocating for progressive causes and issues for more than 25 years. She has worked to pass legislation addressing family and medical leave, sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace, expansion of rights to displaced homemakers, women in nontraditional jobs, equity in divorce laws, pay equity and reproductive choice. In her position at the Department of Consumer Protection, she works to educate and inform the state’s most vulnerable residents, immigrants and  refugees.  

Linkedin Profile

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Sharon J. Danosky, Governance Curriculum Council

As both a senior executive and consultant, Sharon has worked in the areas of nonprofit development, governance and outreach.  The range of organizations includes major medical facilities, human service organizations, environmental groups, children’s causes, and arts and cultural organizations. Sharon is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and the president of Danosky & Associates.

 Linkedin Profile

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Daniela Giordano, Advocacy Curriculum Council

Daniela is the Public Policy Director for NAMI Connecticut and staff to a statewide mental health advocacy network.  Prior to focusing on policy advocacy, Daniela spent several years in direct services as a case manager at a community mental health agency.

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Kevin Graff, Advocacy Curriculum Council

At state and municipal levels, Kevin brings in-the-trenches expertise legislative, executive, and administrative lobbying. Kevin also worked for five years as the Chief of Staff for the Senate CT Majority Caucus following his service the executive director of a statewide anti-tobacco coalition. He is the founder Graff Public Solutions, a full-service public affairs firm providing a range of customized services.

 Linkedin Profile

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Elaine Mintz, Advocacy Curriculum Council

At the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Elaine serves as Vice President of Operations.   She serves as a key liaison to the nonprofit community and is dedicated to strengthening the region’s nonprofit sector. Elaine is responsible for leading the Community Foundation’s human capital management plan and strategic goal setting process.

Elaine brings a variety of work experiences in the nonprofit and public sector.

Linkedin Profile

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Shelly Saczynski, Governance Curriculum Council

Shelly chairs the board of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), and was a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven where she chaired the development committee. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Connecticut Working Cities Challenge Steering Committee. Shelly had been  Director of Economic and Community Development with responsibility for economic development, community affairs, employee volunteer, foundation and corporate contribution programs

Linkedin Profile

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Jeff Shaw, Advocacy Curriculum Council

As the Director of Public Policy for the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, Jeff oversees government relations and public policy development in the areas of  state budget, bonding, nonprofit trends, economic impact, healthcare and federal legislation.  Jeff  served as Senior Legislative Aide & Team Leader at the Connecticut General Assembly, specializing in health policy and judicial reform. Jeff also serves on Public Policy Committee of the National Council of Nonprofits.

Linkedin Profile

 

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Andrew Shoaff, Development Curriculum Council

Andrew brings two decades helping nonprofits best utilize technology for development, advocacy and community building, working a Convio, Blackbaud and Salsa leading training, consulting and other support initiatives to advance of client success and adoption in the use of technology.

 Linkedin Profile

 

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Bill Yelenak, Advocacy Curriculum Council

As the Providers’ Council Vice President of Public Policy & Development, Bill  is responsible for managing policy initiatives on the local, state and federal levels; crafting the organization’s media strategy; and overseeing membership and development efforts.

 Linkedin Profile

 

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