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What we offer at joan garry consulting

Executive Coach & Strategic Advisor

Bring a Joan Garry Consultant to your organization as a mentor, a professor, a compassionate truth teller, and your own personal management and leadership advisor.

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Virtual Workshops

Bring in Joan for a 90-minute virtual presentation with your board, customize a workshop for board/staff, or add a workshop to a keynote presentation.

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Keynotes & Live Events

As a distinguished authority on nonprofit leadership, Joan Garry brings wit and humor into the room. Her keynotes are substantive, engaging, and transformative.

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The Nonprofit Leadership Lab

Join a remarkable community where thousands of leaders gain the expertise and support they need with the help of Joan and her team of experts.

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Joan Garry Consulting

Helping THE Helpers

Not enough money
Too many cooks
An abundance of passion

Led by a nationally recognized nonprofit champion, our firm provides executive coaching and strategic counsel to staff and board leaders of nonprofits. We are fierce advocates working to strengthen the leadership of the sector and we recognize that thriving nonprofits are essential to to a truly civil society.

About Joan Garry Consulting

Our firm provides executive coaching and strategic counsel to staff and board leaders of nonprofits.  We are fierce advocates working to strengthen the leadership of the sector as we recognize that thriving nonprofits are essential to a truly civil society.

“I believe the leaders of nonprofits are superheroes. We support them, share our expertise and stand as their champions.

For me and my team, this work is a joy and a privilege.”

Joan Garry

Joan Garry


Joan Garry is the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting. Her team works to build and cultivate leadership at the board and staff level in the service of strengthening the nonprofit sector. She is a consultant, author, blogger, and a highly sought after public speaker and media spokesperson. She is also the founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab.

Glennda Testone

Glennda Testone

Senior Partner

Glennda Testone is a nonprofit leadership expert who spent 14 years as the Executive Director of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Over the course of her tenure at The Center, she tripled the organization’s budget, strengthened its programs, and completed a $9M capital building renovation to transform the LGBTQ community’s home on West 13 Street. Additionally, she partnered with Google to launch the virtual reality experience of Stonewall Forever, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and helped lead a racial equity transformation of the organization.

Testone previously served as Vice President at The Women’s Media Center and Senior Director of Media Programs for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Cindy Campos Alves

Cindy Campos Alves

Business Development

Cindy is the central nervous system of our firm and ensures that every client has a first-rate experience. She manages business development, produces the Nonprofits Are Messy podcast, and leads our efforts to develop new and innovative services. Versatility, energy, and the innate ability to communicate at all levels are Cindy’s hallmarks.

Spanning three busy decades, Cindy’s career has ranged from management consultant to journalist to SAG voice-over actress to writer to full-time mom. Cindy is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and can tell people exactly what they need to do in French. Perhaps more importantly, she brings joy and humor to our work.

Joi Koenig

Joi Koenig

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Administrator, Joi is the calming influence behind the scenes at Joan Garry Consulting. She ensures that our clients receive the utmost care and attention, from the first time they inquire about JGC services, through the contracting process, and all scheduling. She likes to say that managing the JGC calendar is sometimes like a game of Jenga and prides herself on never letting any of the logs fall.

When not in front of her computer, Joi enjoys unplugging by reading (real hardcovers, not the electronic kind!) and being outdoors. In the summertime, you can find her on a dock on a small lake.

Deja Cromartie

Deja Cromartie

Communications Assistant

Deja Cromartie is an award-winning communications professional who is passionate about helping social impact brands tell their stories in the media. She currently is the media assistant for Joan Garry Consulting and the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, where she focuses on increasing visibility of the Lab.

For the past 10 years, she has worked with brands such as the NAACP. Harvard’s Willam Monroe Trotter’s Institute, Black Mental Health Alliance, Lumina Foundation, Ayiti Community Trust, UNCF, Benedict College, and

Joan was instrumental in assisting with managing through a crisis and then providing consultation to the senior leadership on communication and messaging. Her involvement in the organization was invaluable.

Fred Davie, EVP, Union Theological Seminary

Intelligent. Strategic. Joan adds incredible value to our work. She helped us promote effective change with a big sense of confidence and guided us through day-to-day management challenges and systemic change in complex settings. And did I mention that Joan is fun to work with too?

Janet Sabel, SEO, Legal Aid Society

As a founder of a new and rapidly growing organization, having a thought partner was invaluable. Joan helped us make tough decisions starting with the structure of our organization and strengthening our board. Joan is wise but lighthearted – clear and her advice is immediately actionable.

Maria Teresa Kumar, President, Voto Latino

Joan teaches, mentors, instructs, strategizes and diagnoses how I can be the best that I can be. She not only gets it from the CEO’s perspective, but also the Board chair’s side. I’m far clearer about what my strategic priorities are.

Daryl Messinger, Chair, North American Board of Trustees, URJ

She was phenomenal. We set out difficult goals including working with staff and board more efficiently, finding a better work life balance and making me an external voice for the organization.

Nina Meehan, Exec Art Director and Founder, The Bay Area Children’s Theater

I first met Joan when she was the keynote at CASE Summit in New York. I was blown away. She was an amazing speaker: hard hitting, insightful, and very funny. Later, I referred her to keynote a friend’s conference and the standing ovation Joan got sure made me look good!

Susan Ball, Senior Director, The Fordham Fund

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