Interim Executive Directors and Consultants

To learn more about Interim Executive Directors (IED) and the amazing work they do, visit the National Association of Accredited Interim Executive Directors (NAAIED).

Karen Deshayes

Interim Executive Director
and Interim CFO

Karen Deshayes is a successful Interim Executive Director, and Interim CFO serving clients including The Scully Foundation, Child and Family Services, Alameda and Valley Mountain Regional Center. An active board member, and former banker, Karen offers wide ranging expertise in finance, strategic planning and fundraising to the nonprofit community.

Louise Franklin

Interim Executive Director, Consultant

Louise Franklin, Louise Franklin is a senior nonprofit consultant specializing in leadership transition, organizational assessments and executive coaching. She has provided leadership for organizations ranging from local to international services with budgets of up to $6 million. Louise is deeply committed to the vitality of nonprofit organizations. She excels at working with organizations that have become stressed and vulnerable due to internal strife, leadership transition or financial challenges.

Peter Lee

Interim Executive Director, Leadership Transition Consultant

Peter Lee, Peter Lee has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arena and has served as an Interim Executive Director and Leadership Transition Consultant for community-based organizations in the Bay Area for the past seven years. As an accomplished Chief Executive Officer, Peter has extensive experience with leadership transitions , strategic planning and implementation, mergers and alliances, organizational assessments, executive coaching and Board governance. Peter’s expertise also includes social enterprise initiatives, philanthropic development, educational administration, marketing and public relations.

Deborah Levy

Interim Executive Director and Consultant

Deborah Levy, MSW, Interim Executive Director and Consultant, served as the President and CEO of Lifehouse for 18 years. She has also served as Executive Director of Toolworks, Inc. and the Northern California Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Consulting and interim work includes the Gary Shupin program of JFCS, Cedars of Marin, Adaptive Learning Center, Clausen House, Sweetwater Spectrum, and Las Trampas.

Gemmie Jones

Coach. Consultant. Collaborator.

Gemmie Jones is an inclusive and ethical leader with a commitment to progressive social change. Her nonprofit work as a chief executive includes leadership for The Volunteer Center of San Francisco, Central City Hospitality House, serving homeless youth and adults, and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, providing civic engagement, mediation, and violence prevention in collaboration with 21 cities.

Cindy Myers

Interim Director, Social Sector
Analyst, Planner and Evaluator

Cindy Myers, Ph.D. Interim Director, Social Sector Analyst, Planner and Evaluator with extensive executive experience in non-profit leadership and development. End-to-end strategic planning, execution and evaluation; market, finance and program planning, leadership for operations and culture change. Designs, delivers and evaluates organization effectiveness, capacity building and leadership programs.

Carol Patterson

Carol Patterson brings over 30 years of proven abilities, across both the private and public sectors, in successful project management, team leadership, and client relationship development (internal and external). Her broad background encompasses accounting, finance, operations, and strategic planning. Her experience includes work with nonprofit organization Board of Directors, funders, donors and executive team leadership.