Doug works with nonprofit leaders to help them do their good work more effectively. His consulting is informed by diverse experiences with nonprofits and organizations in times of great change. In the 1980s S&L crisis, he supported the first modern interstate banking mergers with financial analysis. He also led an AIDS services organization during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and has been a consultant to nonprofits during the Great Recession and its uneven recovery. Doug thrives on challenges and enjoys partnering with clients on multifaceted projects that draw on his range of skills in communication, analysis, and group facilitation.
“I love the combination of analysis and sense-making connected with complex strategy projects, board development, and merger negotiations.”
Doug is a skilled consultant, teacher, writer, financial analyst, and community-based researcher. He is an expert in large group facilitation and dialog, with a keen sense of how to move participants toward common understanding. He is also certified in the Myers-Briggs type indicator for leadership development and team building. His past clients include Lotusland, the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks, Kids and Families Together, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Surfrider Foundation.
“When I work with organizations, I try to bring understanding, empathy, and insight (because I’ve been there) — and a deep sense of pride in the contributions the sector makes to American society.”
Prior to joining La Piana in 2016, Doug consulted independently to numerous nonprofits on California’s Central Coast and served as director of the Resource Center for Nonprofit Management at the Ventura Community Foundation. He also has executive-level experience in public affairs, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Doug has helped prepare the next generation of leaders as a professor of nonprofit studies at Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University. He has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and a BA in English from the University of North Florida. He co-founded and continues to co-host the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Pepperdine University and is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University.
Doug is available as a speaker on board leadership, organizational change, and advocacy.
Learn more about Doug in this La Piana Consulting staff interview.