Shana Katz Ross has been working in and studying nonprofit organizations for almost 20 years.  Now a professional consultant and leadership guru, this blog is her soapbox – a chance to share advice and opinions, and lessons that have emerged from her engagements with clients that beg to be shared.

One of the recurring themes in her work with nonprofit professionals and boards is addressing fears and personal foibles that are standing in the way of smart, accomplished people – a challenge that is at the root of virtually all her engagements, one way or another.  More than one of her clients have referred to her as their “development shrink,” and thus a blog name was born.  Here is a safe and anonymous place to ask your dumb questions (they aren’t dumb…but I can imagine plenty of reasons why you fear asking people who know you), your embarrassing questions, your complicated questions, and anything else on your mind.

Answering your questions is the founder and principal of Vili and Ve Solutions, a strategy consulting firm for nonprofits and leadership development practice.  Since 2010 Shana has led workshops, coached, and consulted to a variety of clients and projects.  If you are interested in hiring her for your organization, she would be delighted to hear from you.

Before founding Vili and Ve Solutions, Shana accumulated more than ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, for a wide variety of organizations. She served as Director of Development for Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, the first Director of Communications for Neighborhood Music School, one of the ten largest not-for-profit community music schools in the US, and got her foundation in every aspect of institutional fundraising from a variety of jobs in the Yale University Office of Development.

Her consulting work has let her contribute to an amazing diversity of missions, including: the fight for gender justice in the media, promoting diversity on staff and faculty in higher education, providing national psychosocial support for cancer patients and their families, rethinking grant processes from the perspective of a family run foundation, the arts, the arts as a source of income and job training for a transitional women’s shelter; a fortune 400 company seeking to improve their diversity program; international development through agribusiness; support for families who have lost a pregnancy or infant.

Shana holds two degrees from Yale University: a BA in theater studies with a concentration in playwriting and an MBA from the School of Management.  She lives in New Haven with her husband and son, and if she had time, the challenges and delights of navigating work-life balance as a modern woman could be another blog all by itself (instead of fodder for a few posts here.)  She sits on the Executive Board of the Yale Alumni Fund and the Board of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, and serves as pro bono advisor to the civic project of one of her inspirations, unstoppable entrepreneur and personal trainer, Mubarakah Ibrahim.