What Clients Say
Strategic Planning Projects:
"Belinda brings a rare combination of heart, mind and spirit to her work - she is instantly likable and trustworthy, and equally knowledgeable and strategic. Belinda led a team that was hired to help our growing nonprofit move to the next stage of organizational life. She was consistently perceptive, responsive, insightful, patient and able to weed through large amounts of data to figure out which issues were most important and how to address them to maximize positive change. Her keen intellect, deep organizational experience and warm personality are truly a winning combination. I recommend her without hesitation to any non-profit leader needing help with strategic planning, change management, team building, or coaching."
- Ann Shulman, Executive Director (past), U.C. Berkeley Greater Good Science Center
“We were so fortunate to have found Belinda to lead our Strategic Planning process. Having participated in other planning exercises that were cumbersome and tedious, Belinda brought a breath of fresh air, building group collaboration, fostering a sense of joint purpose, expertly facilitating through difficult times, and most importantly, listening; i.e. letting everyone in the room participate, pulling out feedback as necessary, and ensuring that each individual felt like a positive force working towards a common goal. Her calm and respectful demeanor generated a feeling of trust and respect. The resulting document was universally accepted as our three year road map, providing a clear, concise, and inspirational strategy for moving the organization forward.
Without reservation I recommend Belinda, and hope to work with her again. “
- John Petersen, Executive Director, Audubon Canyon Ranch
"The San Francisco Childcare Provider Association board selected Belinda to guide our strategic plan and board retreat— and were glad they did. What were they looking for? Someone who would listen first, be down-to-earth, and have responsive interactions while bringing in her own knowledge and experience guiding a 501(c)(3). Belinda was a great fit, and has worked with us for continued consulting updating our strategic plan, and advising on board manuals, operations, new-member trainings, as well as website and communications consulting."
- Sara Hicks-Kilday, Director, San Francisco Child Care Provider Association
"Belinda was a pleasure to work with. She was thoughtful, asked great probing questions, provided great insights, kept us on track and moved us forward in completing our strategic plan. What was delivered was exactly what we wanted!"
- Jodi Pincus-Cabrera, Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy Center
Leadership Development & Planning Projects:
"I’ve worked with Belinda for years, and continue to return to her as a reliable, valuable, and consistent nonprofit consultant and coach--and a resource in my life. She has supported me, my board, and our leadership team through many of the challenges and opportunities of running a nonprofit, and she does so with grace, compassion, and kindness--and a great deal of wisdom and intelligence. I highly recommend her as a consultant for your all of your nonprofit needs."
- Katherine Katcher, Founder & Executive Director, Root & Rebound: Reentry Advocates
“If you are seeking someone who you can partner with to optimize your organization from both a mission and a financial perspective, and need a person who can talk to all members of your organization, from the board to the front lines, with an engaging personality and flexible attitude, Belinda is the person for you. It was such a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic, collaborative team member and a very disciplined, caring person.”
- Rev. Robert Thomas, President & Executive Director, San Francisco Zen Center
"I found Belinda to be skilled, professional, intuitive and gracious in her work with me. I highly recommend her! I was able to do a much better job of pitching my work to prospective clients after doing this work with Belinda.”
- Diana Marie Lee, Principal & Founder, Sweet Livity
"At every turn, Belinda's insightful guidance has proved critical in helping shape the direction of this project, and her team-building skills have been invaluable in bringing together and focusing our growing collection of board members, advisors, and volunteers."
- Jeff Bell, Founder & President, Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance
Facilitation & Training:
"We hired Lyons-Newman Consulting to work as a facilitator, to oversee a community program for six months. Working with Belinda was a dream! Balancing the personalities and needs of over a dozen of our volunteers and staff members, Belinda was able to successfully navigate our program, facilitate meetings and support our volunteers through coaching, troubleshooting, and research. In the end, the critical phase, Belinda’s facilitation concluded with ten fully developed, eligible project proposals, ready for community voting. We loved our time with Belinda and her team and highly recommend her services!"
- Alyssa Lane, Participatory Budgeting Program Manager, City of Vallejo, City Manager's Office
“We were lucky to secure Belinda as a dynamic speaker at the Dress for Success Affiliate Leadership Conference. She lead an interactive workshop for our global audience on nonprofit board governance best practices. Our affiliate leaders raved about Belinda’s session and came away with tips and tools to bring back to their communities. She was a pleasure to work with and comes highly recommended!”
- Emily Weber, Affiliate Relations, Dress For Success Worldwide
"Belinda was engaging, thoughtful, and a fabulous facilitator."
- Brian Garshelis, Executive Director, New Sector Alliance