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Janna Rolland

Strategy & Planning | Succession Planning | Organizational Development | Leadership | Peer Learning | Governance & Board Development | Workshops, Trainings & Retreats

Janna Rolland, MPA, has over thirty years of experience in building the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, as a facilitator, organizational development consultant, and executive director.  Janna has worked with a wide range of local and national nonprofits and grantmakers, on planning, board and leadership development, executive and transition management, organizational assessment, and evaluation.  
While Janna’s consultation extends across the nonprofit sector, she has an emphasis on environment and public health.  As part of her practice, Janna serves as director and facilitator of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship to advance environmental philanthropy, as well as Learning Consultant to the Sustainable Communities Funders, a collaboration of local foundations that are working to fund at the intersection of environment, equity and the economy.  Her work with nonprofits has a strong grounding in board governance and executive leadership.

Janna is known for creating inclusive, participatory processes with her clients that lead to positive outcomes and enhanced working relationships. She is recognized for helping boards, staff, and coalitions improve their effectiveness through a thoughtful, flexible, positive, problem-solving approach.  As part of her work to advance the nonprofit field, she authored "A White Paper on Building Executive Leadership Capacity" for the Brainerd Foundation and was a co-creator of the inaugural Pacific Northwest Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI).

Janna started her consulting practice in 2003; previously she served as the first executive director of the national grantmaker, Community Toolbox for Children’s Environmental Health, and director of the New Mexico Physicians for Social Responsibility after starting her career in the late 1980s working for a national coalition at the intersection between environment, health and public policy in Washington, DC.  She holds a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, with an emphasis on leadership and management, and a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College.  




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