CEO & Executive Consultant
A passionate advocate for the non-profit community, M. Gasby Brown delivers tangible results to provide these essential organizations with viability and strength. For her, fundraising is an art and every campaign offers a new canvas to ready for a masterpiece.
Gasby’s past and present client list includes hundreds of organizations including colleges and universities, arts and culture institutions, providers of human services, protectors of the environment, faith-based institutions, and transportation industry advocates. She has helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for them.
A noted wordsmith, she has penned: 7 Fatal Flaws of Non-Profit Boards and How to Fix Them, and The Seven Qualities of Capital Campaign Success. She is also completing The Business of a Spiritual Matter,specifically written for faith-based organizations. Her latest book project, Think Like a Non-Profit; Act Like a Business will be released in 2017.
Gasby has earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she specialized in Communications Management. She has also studied advanced research in New Communications Technology at MIT and participated in the Institute’s renowned Media Lab.
What most people don’t know about Gasby: “I make a mean peach cobbler!”
President & Executive Consultant
With significant connections in more than 50 countries, Dwayne Ashley is renowned internationally for his bold thinking, strategic planning and wise counsel in the world of fundraising. In the course of his 26-year career, he has helped organizations and institutions raise more than $550 million.
A powerhouse of energy, enthusiasm and persuasiveness, Dwayne has managed capital campaigns and spearheaded development for such notable organizations as the Jazz at Lincoln Center, 100 Black Men of America, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, among many others.
Dwayne is a thought-leader in the field and he has shared valuable concepts in numerous articles and in four books. They include Eight Steps to Raising Money: Measuring Your Fundraising Impact, Word for Word Publishing; 8 Winning Steps to Creating a Successful Special Event with Carol Campbell, Director of Events at Prairie View A&M University; I'll Find A Way or Make One: A Tribute to HBCUs with noted journalist Juan Williams and Dream Internships: It's Not Who You Know, But What You Know!
Dwayne enjoys travel: “I have visited more than 60 countries---enjoyed Spain most because of my roots”
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Consultant
Alicia L. Jackson brings more than 20 years of community-mobilization experience to the BPC team. An adaptable and enthusiastic problem solver, she has built a strong reputation of success for leveraging opportunities and using creative marketing strategies to achieve cost efficient management of client initiatives.
Most recently, Alicia served as Senior Vice President for Motivational Educational Entertainment (MEE) Productions in Philadelphia, PA. As a senior executive, she grew revenue, reduced cost and leveraged opportunities in both the public and private sectors.
Alicia has a Master’s degree in Government Administration and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Chester University.
What most people don’t know about Alicia is: “My favorite book is “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran.
Senior Vice President / Executive Consultant
A pioneer and leader in audience development, Donna Williams has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities for individuals from varied communities to experience art and culture in our society. In her most recent role as the Chief Audience Development Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a position she originated, she established collaborations with an array of ethnic, religious, military veterans, and multi-age groups to educate and inspire new supporters. Her original programs and outreach have resulted in book chapters, articles, and mentorships for arts professional in the US and abroad. Donna’s work has touched the African-American, Asian-American, South Asian, Latino, American Muslim, LGBTQ, Native American, veterans, and multi-generational/young professionals communities.
Her proven success in developing programs built on diversity and inclusion, community outreach, business/budget development, and strategic planning has enabled her to reach more than 1.5 million community members. Donna has been a guest lecturer across the US and in countries including Australia, the UK, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, and Russia. She has provided strategic planning guidance to organizations including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and Kape Communications Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia. Donna’s good works have been recognized by the state and city of New York, National Minority Business Council, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in music and education from Marywood University. When she is not finding new ways to expand the horizons of others, Donna continues her practice of piano and is an avid reader.
Senior Vice President / Executive Consultant
Steve Manning, Influencer Practice Director for BPC, understands the power and impact celebrity ambassadorship can have when organizations seek to grow their resources as they strive to do good. Steve has helped to raise millions of dollars for non-profits through his consultation and work with cultural influencers and non-profit leaders. He is an experienced Public Relations Executive that drives incremental fundraising results with his work in servicing non-profit clients.
His continued commitment to the Health Wellness Fair of the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem, NY, and other public service efforts have been recognized with the Children’s Aid Society Community Service Award and the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Award.
Over two decades, Steve created and successfully launched global public relations and marketing campaigns for one of the world’s best-known entertainment families -- The Jacksons. He began his career working with the Jackson 5, remaining the family’s representative and confidante, working with Michael and Janet Jackson. Steve was a part of Michael Jackson’s early success with The Wiz and was with him through hits such as Thriller; he continues to speak on behalf of the family as requested. He founded Steve Manning and Associates, a firm dedicated to creating client value through creative solutions based on leadership and teamwork. His work has elevated the careers of celebrities such as LL Cool J, Jay Z, Patti LaBelle, Bob Marley, and Herbie Hancock. In addition he has served to enhance the public profiles of political and civic leaders such as former US President Bill Clinton and Reverand Al Sharpton respectively.
Fun fact about Steve – he was a featured interviewee and appeared in Spike Lee’s Off the Wall, a 2016 documentary about Michael Jackson’s life as a child start to the release of his industry-changing album in 1979. Off The Wall has aired internationally on HBO, Showtime and other media outlets.
Vice President & Executive Consultant
A former Vice President at Citi Global Markets and Banking and a former Director of Corporate Partnerships and Individual Giving, Crystal Fields-Sam brings experience in both finance and partnership development to the BPC team.
Crystal worked with corporate executives, providing them with business solutions, while helping under-employed young adults get professional experience through job placement assignments. As part of this work, she successfully navigated the cultures of 34 Fortune 100 companies.
A Navy war veteran, Crystal has received numerous awards while serving on active duty.
What most people don’t know about Crystal: “I’m a sci-fi geek who waited in line at midnight for tickets to the opening of “The Matrix.”
Vice President & Executive Consultant
Eunice brings nearly 15 years of experience in Marketing, Development, and Communications to BPC. As Marketing and Development Director at the Seleni Institute, Ms. Liriano managed external communications and oversaw all marketing, branding, and fundraising outreach for the maternal mental health organization.
Prior to her position at Seleni, Ms. Liriano served as Vice President of Resource Development, Marketing and Communications at Dress for Success. She oversaw all brand alliances, strategic partnerships and managed a budget of $20 million. Ms. Liriano also facilitated all in-kind gifts, donor reporting, and relationship management, leading to the development and implementation of innovative corporate partnerships worldwide.
Additionally, Ms. Liriano has held roles in marketing, special events and communications for Frederic Fekkai, Steve Madden, and LeSportsac.
In her spare time, Eunice volunteers in her community as an advocate for breast cancer, public education and women’s economic development. Eunice Liriano is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Media/Communications and currently resides in New York City.
Senior Technology Consultant
Ryan Linehan brings a millennial’s candid and practical perspective along with expertise in next generation technology to the BPC team.
A 2010 graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in film production, Ryan has specific experience in the latest innovative IT platforms and creative social media strategies. He puts these unique talents to work to reach and motivate new donor audiences as well as to increase efficiency and productivity for BPC clients.
A generous spirit with a commitment to community involvement, Ryan’s personal life includes volunteer youth development, football coaching and mentoring in Washington, DC’s inner city.
Ryan is very proud that: “I rescued a dog, Summer, from the Humane Society and opened my first Instagram account just to post pictures of her.”
Latoya A. Henry is a public relations and marketing communications professional with more than 14 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors.
She has worked at noted international public relations firms Cohn & Wolfe and Burson-Marsteller. She has also served as a Public Relations Specialist at Citigroup’s Smith Barney where she provided public relations support for the firm’s financial advisors and products.
Latoya’s non-profit experience includes her role as Director of Marketing at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund where she spearheaded brand management and media relations efforts. As a private consultant, she has provided public relations support for a number of children, education and arts-focused organizations.
What most people don’t know about Latoya: “I’m crafty – I love to make personalized keepsakes out of cigar boxes, picture frames and other items using decoupage.”
Julio Casado is a dedicated non-profit professional who provides fundraising, board development, operations management, and program development support to mission driven organizations. Throughout his diverse career, in addition to his commitment to the formation and growth non-profits, he has also been afforded the opportunity to offer Human Capital Consulting services to Fortune 500 companies.
Born in Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem, New York, Julio currently serves as Chairman on the boards of La Unidad Latina Foundation and LPZ Cinetech. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, received a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University and a Master’s in Management from Harvard University Extension School.
A highly-regarded fundraising and partnership development strategist, Doris McMillon draws on more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism, marketing communications, community outreach, and organization branding.
She has managed effective fundraising campaigns for the Women’s Business Owners of Prince George’s County, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and the Airport Minority Advisory Council, among others.
As a well-known radio and television journalist, Doris has interviewed or moderated international broadcasts featuring guests that ranged from the Vice President of the United States and members of the President’s Cabinet to corporate and non-profit organization leadership. As a sought after speaker and communicator, she offers media interview and speech training.
Doris is most proud that: “I was recently ordained as a Minister of the Gospel.”
Dr. Kearney brings a successful perspective of more than 30 years experience in management consulting, executive and inclusiveness coaching, research, philanthropy and education leadership.
Previously, she was an Executive Director for the Gallup Institute for Global Well-Being, responsible for planning and management of an annual International Positive Psychology Summit, its Programs and Executive Board. As part of a Gallup and Thurgood Marshall College Fund partnership, she served as Chief Academic Officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s board and 47 member universities. Also at Gallup, she was Vice President for Social Audits, leading and publishing national surveys on such topics as: Child Discipline, Inclusiveness, Race Relations, Drug Use in America, Gambling, Mentoring and Have and Have-nots. Upon joining the Gallup, Dr. Kearney was trained and certified as a Human Resources Selection Analyst and Consultant, also a Leadership and Strengths group facilitator and coach. Prior to joining Gallup, she was Director of the Executive Leadership Council-Foundation (an association of African American Corporate Executives) in Alexandria, VA, and before, she was an Education Program and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at The Prudential Foundation.
Kearney received her Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Boston College, and her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.
Michelle Morazán is an accomplished fundraising professional with two decades’ experience in the public sector with a focus on nonprofit management, organizational development, sustainability planning, and community engagement. She has a unique ability to manage nonprofit organizations at all stages of development through excellent project management, research, evaluation and strategic planning skills. Her pointed, deep understanding of the political and fundraising landscape in New York City gives her an unmatched ability to support local organizations with community-initiated solutions.
For nearly a decade, Michelle has provided strategic fundraising consulting services to a variety of nonprofit organizations and social enterprise endeavors, often serving in interim leadership positions. During this period, she developed fundraising analysis and strategies that resulted in data-supported roadmaps for sustainable multi-year diversification, annual giving campaigns, and major gifts programs. A stint as the COO at CLASH, a 501 (c)3 organization sponsored by Alianza Dominicana, allowed Michelle to develop and implement a multi-disciplinary cultural space for Latino art exhibitions and cultural/literary conferences. At CLASH, she served as the Director of Institutional Development and External Affairs and the Director of Special Projects and Community and Governmental Affairs; she managed the organization’s $16 million annual budget and led a $26 million capital campaign for a new community facility.
Michelle is a political science doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the City University of New York Graduate Center, a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in policy analysis from Cornell University.
Over the past 25 years, Elaine Morris Roberts, EdD, has worked to improve communications in diverse fields including magazine and newspaper publishing; non-profits; business development; and academia. She brings substantial experience in writing, editing, public relations, marketing, and brand development and management. Her experiences as a business writer and non-profit director have merged to create a deepened understanding of the vital interactions between those communities.
Before serving as owner of EMR Communications, she worked as an editor and writer at Los Angeles Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, the Cincinnati Post newspaper, the Journal of Business Communication, the Springfield News-Sun, and Springfield B2B Magazine, which she founded. As a small business owner, Elaine works with clients in healthcare, all levels of government, technology, the non-profit sector, academia, banking, manufacturing, business services, and public relations. She regularly partners with businesses and organizations to develop and refine their company’s messaging and marketing strategies.
Elaine holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor of arts in English Literature from Miami University. Her doctoral study focused on literacy and editing and publishing; her dissertation took a qualitative look at individual agency and its intersection with the business of children’s publishing.