Grant Impact Coaches

Grant Impact coaches are exceptionally accomplished communications professionals. They excel in their competence, integrity and empathy. They are committed to helping changemakers harness the power of communications.

Brian Ackerman

Core expertise:

impact analysis

Brian specializes in organizational partnership development, higher education marketing, and advocacy communications. With over 12 years of experience in public policy advocacy, nonprofit communications, and corporate best practice research, Brian has served as International Policy Manager at Advocates for Youth, a Senior Analyst at Education Advisory Board, Director of Advertising at Foreign Policy magazine, and Vice President of Partnerships at PlacePass. Brian is co-founder of Archetypal Media, a boutique media and content agency specializing in institutional partnership development, digital marketing, and creative services for nonprofits and cause campaigns serving clients such as The Steve Fund, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, and The Development Practice.

Catherine J. Brozena

Core expertise:

branding & design

Catherine has been serving the non-profit, public health, environmental, and social science sectors as a communications professional for more than 15 years. She is the founder and creative director for ColorThisWorld Communications, a mission-driven, creative communications consultancy dedicated to serving organizations and initiatives working for social change. Catherine’s work has spanned everything from developing communications strategies that activate audiences on broad public health and environmental campaigns to providing visual design and storytelling communications support through blogs, infographics, websites, videos, social media messages, and more. Her work includes public relations and communications for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente, the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, Health Care Without Harm, the California Health Care Foundation, and numerous other social good efforts and organizations operating both nationally and internationally.

Marc Fest

Core expertise:


Marc specializes in strategic communications planning, key message design and the creative use of communications technology. Marc has more than 25 years of experience in communications, including early stints as a print journalist and as founder of, an Internet startup in the 2000’s. Marc was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a leading foundation for innovation in communications and media. He also served as vice president of communications for the New World Symphony. He created, a messaging toolset used by businesses, government organizations and nonprofits worldwide. Marc is the founder of

 Bridget Gallagher

Core expertise:

high networth individuals
major gifts
fundraising training

Bridget Gallagher provides fundraising strategy, implementation assistance, and counsel to domestic and international clients working on transparency, information access, and civic participation issues in the context of the rapidly changing 21st century media ecosystem. A twenty-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, Bridget first began working with non-profit media projects via the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation’s oldest non-profit newsrooms. Since launching Gallagher Group LLC in 2010, Bridget’s clients have included content producers and broadcasters, media trainers and development organizations, think tanks, and universities, at all stages of development, from startup to established institution. Clients have included the Global Investigative Journalism Network, American University, Internews, The Nation Institute, and PBS, among others. Bridget works closely with her clients to instill simple fundraising discipline within their operations, taking a personal, proactive, and creative approach to donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation, and her programs have resulted in millions of dollars and the growth and development of non-profit media as a philanthropic priority.

Jessica Kizorek

Core expertise:

video production
visual story telling
social media

Jessica has developed a presence for herself, both domestically and abroad, over the past 15 years, as a researcher, entrepreneur and international activist. Working primarily with large nonprofits through her company, Two Parrot Productions (co-founded with her father Bill Kizorek), she has created hundreds of short films and video-centric fundraising campaigns. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she has covered many humanitarian causes as a journalist and documentarian. Jessica has authored 8 books about video marketing, personal branding and digital communication. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, graduate of University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in International Business. Guest lecturer at Florida International University, Princeton, UC-Berkley, University of Michigan, University of Miami and Miami Ad School. She has also appeared as a featured guest on major news outlets such as Fox, NBC, CNN, Weekend Today and the Better Show.

Marika Lynch

Core expertise:

communications planning
message development
paid and organic social strategy

With 20+ years of experience as a strategist and storyteller, Marika’s passion is helping nonprofits and foundations achieve their goals through strategic communications. Marika specializes in communications strategy, planning and campaign design. Stuck and can’t figure out a way forward? Need fresh eyes to help you launch a new offering? Having trouble figuring out how to organize your communications department? Marika would love to work with you. Since founding her company in 2008, Marika has helped some of the country’s largest foundations and the smallest non-profits do good better, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she has advised dozens of grantees on their communications strategy, The Miami Foundation, the Trust Project and Make Room. Previously, Marika was an award-winning writer and editor for the Miami Herald, where she reported across the Americas and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes.

Sarah Pollock

Core expertise:

content strategy
coaching writers

Sarah is masterful at helping you and your team clarify your vision and tell your story. She has extensive experience working with non-profit, educational and journalism groups. She’s been a top-level magazine editor and has years of service on non-profit boards that focus on journalism, first amendment issues, and the advancement and education of women and girls. She directed the journalism program at Mills College for 20 years, was a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and spent her first working decade as a reporter and editor for newspapers on both coasts. She believes in the transformative power of people working for a better world and she loves to help people articulate what they do and why it matters. She offers strategy consultation, developmental editing, one-on-one coaching for writers, and group trainings (which she tailors to your needs).

Marte Siebenhar

Core expertise:

leadership development
audience engagement
institutional branding

Marte specializes in strategic audience engagement and leadership development. At New World Symphony, she oversees audience strategy, engagement, research and innovation. Under her leadership, NWS eclipsed two major benchmarks in its 30-year history: exceeding its historic revenue peak by 15% and attracting a record percentage of new audience members (61.6%) to a single event. Previously, as Executive Director of Bakehouse Art Complex, she increased annual attendance by 228%, and secured the U.S. premiere of a Pablo Picasso solo exhibition from Bank of America’s private art collection. With arts “Turnaround King” Michael Kaiser at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she created strategic plans and training resources used by thousands of organizations worldwide. Through her consulting company, Cultured Innovations, Marte fosters healthy, thriving and connected communities by helping high-impact leaders clarify and translate their visions into reality. Originally trained as an orchestral musician, Marte is an alumna of Manhattan School of Music.

Mario Starks

Core expertise:

technology development
technology integration
digital content

Mario specializes in strategic technology development and integration, and digital content creation. He has more than 10 years of experience as a communications technology consultant and has led projects for the Tribune Company, Washingtonian Magazine, and NYTime’s TBrand Studios. Mario is the founder of Soul Sense Box, an e-commerce product fostering wellness. Additionally, he co-founded, a grant-funded digital storytelling campaign to engage conversation around emotional health and conscious care. Mario advocates personal and professional development blogging and speaking on topics related to wellness and creativity.