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 Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant

Steve Patty, Ph.D.

Steve has consulted in leadership development and impact evaluation for national organizations such as the YMCA of the USA and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, international organizations like MEND Central and Josiah Venture, and regional organizations like the nonprofit sector Labor Management Partnership of British Columbia.

He has designed and delivered regional leadership development programs for senior executives in nonprofit leadership (such as the Fellowship in Developmental leadership in Portland OR and Vancouver BC), leadership training for management teams (such as the City of Surrey), and leadership courses for young executives (University Club of Portland), among others.

Steve served as professor and department chair at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon where he taught courses in Leadership, Management, Educational Psychology, Research, Curriculum Development, and Human Development, among others.  He then served as adjunct professor in research for the Ph.D. program in Business at the International University of Monaco.

He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has been trained at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  His expertise lies in design of education and training, strategy and program development, and impact evaluation and measurement.  He is a published author and frequent public speaker. 

 Associate Consultant  Project Impact   

Associate Consultant

Project Impact


Jessamyn Luiz

Jessamyn is passionate about creating high-impact organizations where people can thrive. She believes that strong organizations are essential to strong individuals, families and communities. 

Her career has focused on designing and managing programs to meet critical community needs in both the nonprofit and public sector. Since 1998, Jessamyn has been a leader in national service and educational organizations serving children and families of all backgrounds. She spent 7 years leading efforts to build systems to support growth with quality for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., a national AmeriCorps program focused on early childhood education and led the turnaround of defunded Head Start programs with Acelero Learning. She also served as the Director of Education for the Pueblo of Tesuque tribal government in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Most recently, Jessamyn served as the Oregon AmeriCorps Program Officer with Oregon Volunteers, the state commission for volunteerism and service. In this role, she guided organizations in designing and refining AmeriCorps programs to serve Oregon communities in disaster preparedness, education, health and human services and environmental stewardship. In 2013, she partnered with Dialogues in Action LLC to bring the Seeing Impact Project to Oregon AmeriCorps grantees to help them build the evidence base for their programs and demonstrate and deepen their impact on communities. 

Jessamyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Environmental Analysis and Policy and studied in the Master of Science in Organization Development program at Pepperdine University.

 Associate Consultant  Leadership and Evaulation

Associate Consultant

Leadership and Evaulation

Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard has expertise in coaching and developing staff, program innovation, program management and evaluation, risk management, fundraising and community development, membership and customer service, volunteer development, qualitative assessment, strategic planning, goal setting, diversity and inclusion practices, time management, and leading organizational change teams.

Since 1996, she has worked and volunteered for several Bay Area and national non-profit organizations with emphasis in staff development and training.  Kate’s work focuses on helping non-profit organizations develop leadership, evaluate and articulate impact, and synchronize their actions and ideologies.  

For the past fourteen years, Kate has worked for the YMCA of San Francisco.  In her current role in the Staff Development Department, she develops leaders, facilitates cultural change, evaluates impact, and affects meaningful growth. 

As a Senior Associate for Dialogues in Action, Kate has lead multiple evaluation projects, leadership development programs, and strategic planning processes for human service organizations worldwide.  She is currently finishing her master's degree in Human Development through Pacific Oaks University.


 Research Associate

Research Associate

Jennifer Manning

Jennifer Manning is trained as a qualitative researcher and has experience facilitating research projects primarily for the not-for-profit sector in Vancouver, British Columbia and throughout Canada. 

Since emigrating to Canada from her native California in 1998, she has worked and volunteered consistently with multiple not-for-profit, charitable organizations - most notably, for the past 15 years, with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the YMCA World Urban Network.  In addition to qualitative research, she has expertise within the domains of:  Communications, Human Resources, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Training, Operations, Community Engagement, and International Relations. 

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1996. Her education, training, and early experience as a Social Worker – with a humanist approach and focus on the growth, development, and potential of individuals, organizations, and communities – have dovetailed well with the work of Dialogues in Action and our belief in the value of developing people and our developmental approach to leadership, evaluation, and strategy. 

Jennifer is proud to count herself among the graduates of the very first Project Impact cohort from 2007 and she has been thrilled by the success of Project Impact and other Dialogues in Action courses to build the capacity of those who lead and to deepen the impact of their organizations.