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“The Elemental Partners team has a particular talent for helping communities rally together behind a unifying vision and their interpersonal styles enable them to bring opposing viewpoints together in ways that are constructive.”
~ Marcelo Bonta, Founder & Executive Director – Center for Diversity & the Environment

 

Kevin Fong, Founder and President

Kevin is a nationally recognized and respected facilitator, trainer and speaker in leadership and executive development and organizational systems, philosophy and design.  Kevin has extensive experience in working with clients in the public and private sector, especially with diverse, multicultural/multi-lingual groups. He serves as lead faculty in several leadership training programs and fellowships, facilitates board, executive and teambuilding retreats, coaches corporate and nonprofit executive leaders, and plans and facilitates seminars and conferences on governance and leadership.

Prior to creating his consulting practice in 1995, Kevin spent five years in executive management at Macy’s CA, and eight years directing a clinical HIV program and teen clinic at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, CA. In addition, Kevin was awarded a three-year fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. During his assignments in East Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, and throughout the U.S., Kevin paid particular attention to the effects of globalization on families, neighborhoods and villages from the context of community and citizen leadership. He has served on numerous community and national boards, and has played a key role in the development of several social service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A third-generation Asian-Pacific American, Kevin earned his degrees in Physiology and East Asian Studies at the UC Berkeley.

Kevin offers experience and expertise in:

  • Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cultural and Diversity Awareness, Training and Integration
  • Board, Executive and Leadership Development
  • Building Beloved Community

Amro Radwan, Strategic Partner – Information Technology

Amro brings over 15 years of experience in building and supporting technology infrastructures.  His work includes supporting some of the first corporate Windows NT and Unix based systems to consulting on Internet-based systems for large .com companies.  Amro helped start ASK Academy, a volunteer based organization that works to transform the educational, juvenile justice and foster care systems. is a technologist, social entrepreneur and youth mentor. His work for the past 11 years has been centered on his vision of positive social change through the use of technology and economic empowerment.  In his spare time, Amro engages at-risk youth around the San Francisco Bay Area as a grassroots activist, helping them tell their stories through the use of film, music and other forms of media. .

Amro offers experience and expertise in:

  • Technology Assessments, Consultation, Support
  • Salesforce Deployment / Support
  • Managed Services (Remote IT Department)
  • Cloud Computing/Networking
  • Data Security

Puanani Burgess, Strategic Partner – Community Building and Facilitation

Puanani Burgess is a internationally respected community building facilitator, trainer, poet, cultural translator, speaker throughout the U.S. and the Pacific. She was a Weinberg Fellow, the Myles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee and a community scholar in residence in 1995 at the University of Hawai’i’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  She is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.

Puanani offers expertise and experience in:

  • Facilitation
  • Building Beloved Community
  • Leadership Development
  • Community-based Economic Development

 

Sandra Meucci, Ph.D. Strategic Partner – Program Design, Research and Evaluation

Sandra Meucci, Ph.D. is a Sociologist with extensive experience in program design and evaluation. Her particular emphasis is on participatory approaches with people whose voices are rarely heard and in piloting research-based models of services and disseminating the results so that these models are replicated.The social movement to involve children and youth in public health planning is an area of her interest and expertise, as she developed and administered a state-wide Planning Project for the California Wellness Foundation’s Children’s Health Initiative. Sandra studied and published in the area of welfare policy and the role of social movements in both her M.A. and Ph.D. programs.  She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1998 from UC Santa Cruz.

Sandra offers expertise and experience in:

  • Program design:  community health interventions and policy advocacy projects
  • Research:  evidence-based practices; original and primary research
  • Writing:  technical reports (e.g., evaluation, proposals, policy briefs, prospectus for research projects, grants); scholarly journal articles and book-length publications
  • Evaluation Methods:  Survey; focus group; key informant interviews; multiple methods
  • Evaluation Analysis and Interpretation:  qualitative data analysis; normative statistical analysis; formative and summative; outcome measurements

Stan Yogi, Strategic Partner – Fund Development, Writing and Communication

Stan Yogi has over 20 years experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and grantmaking.  For 14 years, he was Director of Planned Giving at the ACLU of Northern California, where he was also responsible for securing foundation grants and raising major annual gifts.  Prior to joining the ACLU staff, he was a Program Officer for the California Council for the Humanities, a statewide organization which awards grants for cultural and educational programs. Stan is the co-author (with Elaine Elinson) of the award-winning book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (Heyday, 2009).  He received a Bachelors degree in English and Political Science from UCLA and a Masters degree in English from UC Berkeley.

Stan offers experience and expertise in:

  • Fundraising assessment and planning
  • Foundation grant strategizing
  • Donor stewardship
  • Writing and strategic communication

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