serves as the principal
for every BPA client and project. When necessary and appropriate, she draws from her affiliated stable of senior-level consultants
to meet the needs of clients.
Prior to establishing BPA, Deborah was the director of Promotion of Philanthropy—A South Florida Collaboration (The POP Project), a special initiative of The Donors Forum of South Florida. The POP Project was one of twenty-six programs around the country designed to facilitate the growth of philanthropic capital through the formation of foundations, corporate giving programs, and other permanently-endowed funds. In this position, Deborah conducted research on Florida's philanthropic sector, which resulted in the publication of Corporate Giving of Hispanic-owned Companies in Miami-Dade County, Charitable Giving by Gay People, South Florida Gives, South Florida Gives II, and Foundations in Uncharted Waters: The Challenges of 2001. As POP Project director, Deborah worked with emerging funders from diverse ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds with a broad range of funding interests.
Before her work with Donors Forum and The POP Project, Deborah developed, implemented and operated a teen center for Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Inc. in Homestead, Florida. The teen center, called ConFunkshun, was located in the area devastated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and as such, became part of the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the post-storm years. It was a model teen pregnancy prevention program that included job training, peer education, and arts programs as well as a family planning clinic. Confunkshun was recognized nationally for its hurricane relief work, its creative approach to teen pregnancy prevention, its innovative use of arts programs in the provision of social services, its social marketing of contraception, and its work with a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse teen population. Deborah also served as the Director of Development for the organization.
Deborah has experience in advertising and public relations. She was an account executive at Ogilvy & Mather in Washington, DC. and she was responsible for marketing and communications plans and programs at the non-profits where she has worked.
She is actively involved in several national philanthropic organizations as well as local community-based organizations. While serving as a board member of Planned Giving Council of Miami-Dade County, Deborah coordinated the Non Profit Governance Project, which sought to build a critical mass of informed and experienced board members and offer a forum for these committed individuals to develop and maintain best practices in governance.
In 2007, Deborah was named Professional Advisor of the Year by Leave A Legacy Miami. She serves on the boards of The Shepard Broad Foundation, a family foundation and The Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Foundation, a supporting organization of Duke Medical School. She is also on the boards of New Israel Fund, a grant making organization that supports the development of democratic institutions and a socially- and economically- just society in Israel, and Ransom-Everglades School, an independent 6th-12th grade school in Miami, Florida. She serves on the advisory committees of Philantroguia, a locally-based effort to grow Hispanic philanthropy. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Caren's firm, Fast Forward, helps start-up and mid-sized organizations to streamline their operations, increase productivity and establish the culture and mechanisms to evaluate their work and make continuous improvements. Fast Forward offers individualized service to clients, tailoring the approach to fit each entrepreneur and/or manager and the field or sector in which they operate. Her extensive planning and management services include re-organization and succession planning, financial modeling and scenario testing, brand positioning, information architecture, customized applications and web site production.
Clients include the Citigroup Art Advisory Service, the Council for Fashion Designers of America, Greater Miami Performing Art Center, ISN Communications, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Oxygen Media and Urbanus.
Prior to establishing Fast Forward, Caren served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Miami Light Project, a not-for-profit cultural organization that produces an annual music, dance and theater series. Caren received a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and both a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve is the principal of Goldin Consulting and established and operated a public charity, Institute for Regional Education (IRE) and its Fund For Change, in Sante Fe, New Mexico for thirty years. Steve managed donor-advised funds at IRE and served as a liaison and research consultant for national funders and foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation and Veatch Foundation that have had funding initiatives in the Southwestern states of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. He has been a mentor to hundreds of organizations and projects including serving as an administrative sponsor to over seventy-five groups. He also has served as a board member for many foundations and other non profit organizations.
Steve's expertise lies in conducting research, strategic thinking and analysis, and facilitating decision making for individual and family clients.
Along with his work in philanthropy, Steve has been a community activist and organizer. Prior to his work in philanthropy, Steve was an investigative journalist, an investigative research trainer for reporters and community activists, and a film producer. His credits include the documentary Qatsi trilogy and Anima Mundi. Steve is a graduate of Yale University.
Sue Egnoto is the principal of Courageous Marketing. She is a marketing consultant and creative strategist with a knack for solving complex problems with new ideas. She has applied her marketing research and strategic planning skills to both the public and non-profit sectors and counts among her diverse cross-section of clients Prezi, Jewish day schools, and Logitech. She has collaborated with Bussel Philanthropy Associates on research projects. Schooling: BS/MS Imaging Science from R.I.T., MBA from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.