She brings a strong belief in the power of collaboration and participation to bring out the best results. Her education and experience have a foundation in community organizing, non-profit management and governance, and know-how in training and capacity-building.
Her passion and experience in facilitation find focus in supporting strategic thinking and planning efforts, multi-stakeholder community change projects, leadership learning communities and staff and board off-sites.
She brings broad knowledge of different facilitation approaches and methodologies including open space, appreciative inquiry, learning organization,Theory U and visual thinking. She has also developed a range of custom trainings focused on facilitation, image shift, leadership skills, board development and fund raising.
Marti is a constant learner in the art of the right question and finding new ways to understand the human brain and its power to help us see new possibilities. She believes self-knowledge and self- awareness are cornerstone tools for making social change. She brings these interests to her work and strives to help individuals groups think fresher and more creatively.
Marti is a highly experienced grant writer and producer of marketing materials. Her work has enabled youth development, health and other safety-net organizations to raise over $30 million dollars to implement program and organization plans.
Marti is a Mentor Trainer in the Institute of Cultural Affair’s ToP Methods and a Certified ToP Facilitator. She has an MSW from the University of Michigan that honed her community organizing skills. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Credential in 1985.
Ms. Smith has a proven history as both facilitator in strategic planning and seasoned statewide leadership in Head Start, early learning, youth development, and after school fields. As a national certified facilitator and trainer of the Technology of Participation (ToP) methods, she effectively uses an assortment of ToP facilitation methods “Strategic Planning; Consensus Workshops; Action Planning; Data Analysis to evoke the creativity of the group to produce effective, authentic results.
In addition to Ms. Smith’s facilitation and strategic planning expertise, she is well versed in youth development, early learning and after school field and stakeholders. For 15 years, she was the executive director for the California School-Age Consortium, a statewide professional association of after school providers and allies. Additionally, she has served as interim executive director for direct service and intermediary youth development, early childhood education, and parent education non-profits.
Robert Quintana Hopkins is an organizational development consultant and Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator (CTF) who uses highly participatory and collaborative processes to promote learning, team building, team performance and positive change in organizations and communities. He has served as both an internal and external consultant and draws on over 20 years of leadership and management experience. Robert is an Associate with the Center for Strategic Facilitation.
Stephanie Hochman, LCSW, has been working with individuals and groups to improve their lives and affect change in their communities for over 25 years. She finds joy as facilitation clarifies the path forward from the swirl of possibilities; divergent opinions and perspectives coalesce into common ground.
Stephanie is currently the regional director of Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), where she creates and manages school and community-based programs, including mental health, youth leadership, community schools and early childhood in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In addition, she has extensive experience in providing individual and group mental health therapy, community organizing, training, and education. Stephanie is a Certified ToP Facilitator, an Associate with the Center for Strategic Facilitation and an Apprentice Trainer in the ToP methods. She facilitates strategic planning and collaborative processes both within BACR and with external clients.
Kathleen Paulo is a Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator, specializing in work in health and government sectors. For over twenty years, Kathleen has provided a wide range of facilitation services, including process improvement and organizational development. She especially enjoys working with groups who are pursing dynamic change efforts. She brings experience as both an internal and external consultant. Kathleen values and employs facilitation and consultation approaches that enhance the participation of the broadest range of team members and stakeholders.
Kathleen has experience working in health care, non-profit, business and government. She has a MSW, where she focused her studies on administrative skills development. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Organizational Psychology and has extensive training and application experience in a variety of facilitation and team building techniques. Kathleen works in a management position in Alameda County. She is currently a CSF Associate and a member of the Center for Strategic Facilitation’s training team.
Charlene has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has over eight year’s facilitation experience, the majority within the health and social sectors. Charlene also has over eight years of expertise in program management, collaborative coordination, and Collective Impact. She has was trained in Boundary Spanning Leadership by the Center for Creative Leadership and serves two collaboratives as coalition coach and facilitator. She has an extensive tools repository for assisting diverse groups in truly reaching across boundaries and working as one unit rather than siloed, independent programs or organizations. Charlene has been trained to think and act strategically, develop plans and scopes of work, and write evaluations, reports and budgets. Charlene has subject matter expertise in public health particularly Social Determinants of Health, community organizing, asset-based community development, and health equity.