Our mission is to increase the impact of organizations and institutions that create ways for people and the planet to thrive. 

 We bring a unique approach to our services, partnering with organizational leaders to identify, develop and implement specific, strategic changes that alleviate roadblocks and put organizations’ strengths to more effective use.

Our work means organizations and institutions can do more of what they intend to do: supporting more people to thrive, advancing non-violence and reconciliation, changing more communities, achieving more changes in public policy, and demonstrating outcomes that help them secure more support for their work in the world.

The CMP Blog explores emerging ideas and strategies for increasing the impact of mission-driven organizations.    

Lead Partners And Associates

Our lead partners and associates are experienced and committed change-leaders, with a diverse array of skills and backgrounds.  We are committed to contributing to emerging understanding about how to facilitate change in organizations dedicated to social change.

Lead Partners

Lucinda Garthwaite

 Lucinda Garthwaite is an accomplished strategist with deep experience in higher education, non-profits and organizational systems. As a leader, writer, advocate, and consultant, her focus is on liberatory social and organizational change.   Lucinda is currently acting Chief Advancement and Strategy Officer at Goddard College, where served on the board of Trustees from 2011-2017, and previously was Academic Dean, Co-Director of the individualized undergraduate program, and a member of the faculty.  She was  a 2015-2017 Fellow of the Fielding Graduate University Institute for Social Innovation, and is a founding board member of Teachers’ House, a non-profit devoted to supporting teachers as leaders in education for social change.   Lucinda holds a Doctorate in Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University,  a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire, and an MFA in Creative writing from Goddard College. 

Daniel Sewell 

Daniel Sewell brings over twenty five years of experience in leadership in higher education and business to his work with ChangeMakers Partners.  His professional journey has combined scholarship, practice, teaching, and leadership in traditional and non-traditional academic settings as well as management, research and development in business settings.  As a senior leader at several universities, Dan has led the development of significant growth in funding, enrollment and programs. He is co-founder of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE), a global network of social activists and researchers committed to gender equality and improving the status of women, and serves the WASC Senior College and University Commission as a member of the Substantive Change Review Panel.  Dan  holds a doctorate in psychology from Emory University, and a masters in psychology from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette.


Lyn Chamberlin

Lyn Chamberlin is the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the University of New Haven.  In her wide-ranging career, Lyn has drawn from a wide variety of tools and experiences in public relations, communications, and marketing to help institutional brands in support of strategic institutional goals. After starting her career as a television producer at the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., Lyn spent the next 15 years in television in Washington, New York, and Boston, and won an EMMY for her series, Women in the Arts. She was subsequently Director of Communications at Harvard University, Director of Business Development at MIT, Vice President for External Affairs at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Sarah Lawrence College. As as a successful brand and digital marketing consultant for 10 years, Lyn created brand, content, digital, social, integrated media, community building, and audience engagement strategies for nonprofits, startups, and retail. Lyn is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Ann Driscoll 

Ann Driscoll brings twenty-five years of experience working in the areas of organizational development, executive coaching, leadership/management training, education, and group facilitation in the public, private and social sectors. Her areas of expertise include maximizing individual, team, community, and organizational capacities; creating cultures of collaboration; helping groups strategically forge their futures; and co-enacting high impact whole systems change.  Ann currently serves as Academic Dean at Antioch University New England.  She holds a Doctorate in Applied Behavioral Science (with a dual focus in Organizational Development and Social Justice Education) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Science for Teachers from the University of New Hampshire.  She has also completed a graduate certificate in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and has been awarded an Advanced Practitioner designation in the areas of Mediation and Conflict Intervention from the national Association for Conflict Resolution.

Lenneal Henderson

Lenneal Henderson has over 30 years of experience consulting in the corporate, nonprofit, and governmental sectors on housing issues, energy management, environmental policy and public management, including work at the U.S. Department of State, Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency. He is an internationally recognized urban scholar who has published and presented his work across all these areas of expertise. Lenneal received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral work at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Subsequently, Lenneal has served on the faculties of The College of William and Mary, in government; University of San Francisco, in political science;  Howard University, in business;  and Fielding Graduate University, in leadership studies.  He chaired political science at North Carolina Central University and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and was Distinguished Professor of Public and International Affairs and Senior Fellow, William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore.  


Szabi Ishtai-Zee

Szabi Ishtai-Zee offers wide-ranging experience and expertise with organizational development, strategic planning, program evaluation, intercultural communication and diversity management, conflict management, curriculum design, adult education, and qualitative approaches to research. He has provided this expertise to many nonprofit and corporate organizations such as AMTRAK, the School District of Philadelphia, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, Philadelphia County Department of Corrections, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, New Jersey Human Resources Development Institute, and the Delaware State Department of Mental Health. Szabi holds a PhD from Union Institute & University. He is professor of human services at Lincoln University, and teaches in the doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University.   He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Temple University's Multicultural Training and Research Institute, with an appointment as associate faculty in the Temple University School of Social Administration.

Julie Kaija Martin

Julie Martin has led institutional advancement in non-profits and higher education for over thirty years, including as chief advancement officer at Saybrook University, Goddard College, and Shambhala International.   With experience at all levels in resource development, marketing, communications, alumni relations, enrollment management, program development and delivery, she is clear about starting from where we are, and developing broad agreement about future directions and best ways to go there.  Her particular interest is in working with small and mid-sized organizations to creatively maximize their resources as they look to a future that will require new ways of working.  Julie is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and holds a Masters of Education from Castleton State College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Sustainable Business and Communities at Goddard College.


Shelley Vermilya

Shelley Vermilya is a facilitator and educator specializing in compassionate approaches to inclusion and diversity.  Her approach combines good-natured humor and serious consideration of issues, ideas and histories, and results in increased awareness, understanding and empathy. She has developed a particular skill in working with groups challenged by defensiveness and guilt around diversity.  Shelley has worked with teachers, mental health professionals, and nonprofit organizations, developing unique programs designed to address the specific challenges of each organization. She served on the faculty at Goddard College for 23 years, where she directed the Women’s Center, founded the LGBTQ Center, and was part of the leadership of the low-residency undergraduate program.  She currently teaches gender and multi-cultural studies at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College.  Shelley holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont, and Masters in History from Goddard College.

Kathy Tiner

Kathy Tiner began her career in public education teaching children with special needs in elementary, middle, and high school.  After 27 years she moved to higher education as an Associate Dean in the School of Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University. She served on numerous university committees including Chair of the Academic Senate.  Kathy developed curriculum for K-12 education, masters programs and the educational doctoral program.  Her commitment to equity, inclusion, and community motivates her work as is expressed in her recent chapter in Antonio Ellis’s 2016 Edited book, EdD Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership. Kathy holds a PhD in Human and organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University and a Masters in Education from Adams State College, Colorado.

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