I have two guests for this episode:  Luis Vergara and Bob Harrington.

Luis brings over 20 years in program and nonprofit management. He was a Strategic Director at the national research and strategy firm Cheskin. He also served as executive director of Youth Radio, a Senior Policy Associate with Safe Passages, and has worked extensively in youth development and gang prevention. He joined La Piana consulting in 2006 where he is now a partner.

A native of San Francisco, Luis now lives in San Ramon, CA, with his wife and two teen-aged children. When not working you will find him watching or coaching soccer and lacrosse, supporting the Golden State Warriors, or finding the next trendy food spot in the Bay Area.

My second guest is Bob Harrington. Before Bob became a consultant, he worked in the nonprofit social services field for close to 30 years, serving in organizations ranging from small community-based groups to statewide organizations with budgets over $20 million. He has experience as a staff member, administrator, and nonprofit board member.

Also a partner with La Piana consulting, Bob has provided consulting services to the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, drawing on his extensive nonprofit management experience. He has worked with organizations with budgets of $70,000 to those with budgets of over $110 Million.

Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. In his time off, Bob enjoys skiing, hiking, and cycling, and spends as much time as possible in the mountains.

In this episode, Bob, Luis and I explore nonprofit strategic alliances, mergers both hands-on experiences with them and trends related to them.

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You can learn more about Bob and Luis at La Piana Consulting.