Interim Executive Solutions has developed a network of highly accomplished professionals with experience leading both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Our associates bring general expertise in key areas such as assessing organizational needs, determining and acting on priorities, developing the capacity of staff, communicating with stakeholders and collaborating with nonprofit boards on vision, strategy and future leadership needs.
In addition, many of our associates have deeper expertise in particular practice areas such as finance, fund-raising, human capital, systems and operations, technology, public relations and the law, and they are willing share their knowledge in these areas when needed by others.
Here we highlight just a few of the associates in our network:
Art Buckland is a Board Member, entrepreneurial business leader, trusted advisor and growth architect with a distinguished and time-tested record of success revitalizing and transforming operations to advance business mission and enhance stakeholder value. He is a multidimensional and agile business architect who ignited growth and profitability in public and privately held businesses in seven countries, ranging from startups to billion-dollar global enterprises in diverse industries, including capital equipment, clean energy, manufacturing, industrial products, supply chain, water, and solar.
More recently, Art has served as an Interim Executive Director for a Boston-area nonprofit, and also as a Board Member for other local nonprofits. His strong executive presence is instrumental in building relationships with c-suite executives, employees, board members, customers and investors.
Barbara Fields is an innovative and seasoned executive with a successful track record of building and motivating teams to improve organizational performance. She has extensive experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors. Barbara founded and led the Rhode Island office of LISC, a national community development intermediary, for 20 years; responsible for fundraising and investing grants, loans and equity to create affordable housing, mixed-use developments, childcare facilities, and community-police partnerships as well as investing in the growth of nonprofits. She has strong operational, financial and program management expertise and is a creative and entrepreneurial leader who can work with stakeholders, build consensus and get results that increase impact and improve the bottom line.
Barbara served as an Obama-appointed Regional Administrator for HUD; led Rhode Island Housing, the state’s $2 billion housing finance agency; and most recently was CEO at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation where she led the effort to raise over $12 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Barbara has a BA from Tufts University and an MCP from MIT. She is active civic and industry leader and serves on numerous boards.
Jon Firger’s training and experience in social work and business administration have created a powerful and unique perspective and skill set. His work with nonprofit organizations has enabled him to identify and launch business models built upon the passion of mission, core expertise and solid financial planning.
Jon has been a recognized chief executive for the past 25 years, first at Jewish Family Services of the North Shore in Salem and then at Family Access in Newton, Massachusetts. At each organization, he led the Board and management to identify and launch core, revenue-producing social enterprises that support and sustain their mission and finances.
Jon’s experience in the use of business tools, such as strategic, business unit and succession planning, helps organizations stay in front of changes in community needs, economic and political shifts, and leadership or key personnel succession.
Charles McCrea is a Senior Consultant with an extensive background in the areas of leadership development, change management and team building (developing a sense of community). He has worked with non-profit, public sector and educational groups in strengthening leadership, governance, and teamwork such that the individuals and organization can work together to achieve goals that had previously been challenging.
Charles has experience as a supervisor and manager in a manufacturing environment as well as a division operations manager. He also held varied marketing positions (Director Environmental Stewardship, Director Polaroid Education Program, Director Corporate Packaging and Branding). Charles served as the Chief Operation Officer of a national nonprofit, The Environmental Careers Organization.
Charles has successfully delivered many supervisory and management training initiatives including Supervisor Certificate Programs for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, New Hampshire Rehabilitation Commission, and supervisor coaching for Department of Children and Families
Alexandra’s work focuses on nonprofit planning and management. A specialty is developing funding through grants, individual donations, and cooperative agreements, and she has deep experience with foundations, corporations, local, state, and federal government, nonprofits of various constructs, and public-private partnerships. Her niche expertise resides in historic preservation, the arts, and humanities.
She is experienced in leadership facilitation, business and strategic planning, and organizational development. Senior positions in change management and start-up management include the Dietrich American Foundation, the State Justice Institute, the Harvard Astrophysical Observatory, and the Hingham Heritage Museum, along with others. As an Interim Executive Director, Alexandra led the Museum of Arts and Design, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Bates College Museum of Art. At the Corporation for National Service, her excellence in organizational and assessment skills paired with her strong writing and a long history of process, procedure, and policy development, led to a restructuring of the $400m grant awarding office.
During her career, Alexandra has raised and managed millions of dollars and initiated and led multi-year projects for several of the top American art collections in the country.
Steve Schaffer is a senior executive with high level skills in strategic planning, program development, fundraising strategy and Board and community relations. With strong operational, financial and program management expertise he is a team builder, motivator and spokesperson.
As Executive Director, he grew one small local organization into a dominant regional entity with sites in multiple cities with a reputation for innovation and quality care. As Chief Operating Officer of a nationally known research and service organization, he modernized operations, and implemented new services and subsequently, as Interim President, launched the organization on its new strategic direction.
Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell and an MSW from Boston University and now works with his nonprofit clients to strengthen executive – Board and executive – staff relationships, clarify their mission / vision / strategy, and ensure that operational management is aligned with strategy.
Ellen Sturgis has over 30 years of nonprofit experience in finance and administration for small to medium sized organizations in a variety of sectors. She is currently an independent consultant offering interim services as well as expertise in redesigning financial and operational systems. Ellen has worked with organizations with budgets of up to $5 million and in staff from 5 to 125 in the full range of nonprofit sectors from cooperatives to land trusts to the arts and human services. Ellen, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, has an MBA in Finance from Boston College, and holds a BA from Hampshire College, where she now serves as a Trustee. She is Chair of the Selectboard in the town of Stow, and also serves as a Corporator for Middlesex Savings Bank, and a member of the Leadership Council for MassCreative.
From 1995-1997, she served for a worker owned international fair trade company as their first CFO; from 1998-2007, she served as the first COO of a regional land trust, implementing a range of operational systems for a fast growing organization; she also served as Interim Executive Director.
Through the use of communication, collaboration, community engagement, and developing and executing strategic plans, Ilene’s expertise includes transitioning organizations from start-ups to highly regarded agencies. In both roles her work resulted in transitioning start-up organizations into highly regarded and established entities. As the Executive Director at three different and unique organizations, Ilene has worked closely with the Board, created a strong and successful governance structure, developed and expanded programmatic efforts to serve a wide range of stakeholders, created strategic and effective collaborations, advocated on Capitol Hill, and grew assets 10-fold ($2 million).
Ilene’s multi-faceted career includes earning a PhD in biochemistry. Her scientific background and experience provide a strong ability to create meaningful collaborations, develop strategies, uncover and resolve potential obstacles.
Ilene Sussman is the former Executive Director of the VHL Alliance and North American Thrombosis Forum as well as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Day School Advocacy Forum.
Bob Zimmerman cofounded an athletic academy early in his career, serving as its headmaster for 13 years, placing all graduates in competitive colleges and 14 on US national teams. He then stepped into a new career as Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association. Over nearly 30 years under his direction, he expanded the focus of the organization to include scientific research and analysis, ecosystem and land-use planning, land and water regulation reform, and restorative technology development, while winning major battles to restore and protect the Charles River and its parklands. In 2011 CRWA won the $350,000 International River Foundation’s Theiss International Riverprize for exceptional river management. US EPA now calls the Charles the cleanest urban river in America.
He is creative and visionary, with strong skills in assessment, prioritization, and institutional development. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, and did continuing studies in finance, computer applications, and management at the University of Vermont and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He was named a River Network River Hero, received the Gulf of Maine Council’s Visionary Award, and EPA New England’s Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award, all in 2018.