Marcia Avner is a consultant whose practice includes advocacy strategy, issue campaign design, organizing, lobbying, and media training, curriculum development, and facilitation. She works with nonprofits, foundations, and academic centers on initiatives to advance advocacy. Ms. Avner has authored The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations: Shaping Public Policy at the State and Local Level (2002), and The Board Member’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy (2004) published by Fieldstone Alliance.
Anne Bartley has been involved with civil rights, civic engagement, and human rights as an activist and funder, both as an individual and on foundation boards. She has participated in founding several organizations, including but not limited to: the Threshold Foundation, the Funders Committee for Citizen Participation, the Forum Institute for Voter Participation, Vote Now '92 and '94, America Coming Together (ACT), Democracy Alliance, America Votes, and Committee on States. She is currently on the following boards: the Bauman Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, America Votes, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Advisory Councils for Project New West and an overseer for TAI SOPHIA. She is married to Larry McNeil, a former IAF organizer and former director of the Institute for Change at SEIU. They have five children and two grandchildren.