Consulting and Executive Transitions Team

Sylvia Saavedra-Keber, Consulting and Executive Transitions Practice Leader

Formerly a Senior Associate for Community Capacity Building with Community Training and Assistance Center, Sylvia brings decades of experience to TSNE. She served for over thirteen years as the executive director of a Latino organization in the Greater Boston area which focuses on the cultural, social, economic and educational development of Latinos affected by poverty. Her areas of expertise include community building, community organizing, and educating and mobilizing communities of color. She has taken leadership roles in community efforts that have been successful in the areas of immigrant voting rights, housing, accessibility to education, equal employment opportunity, and quality health care, including accessibility to interpretation and translation services. A community trainer and mediator, Sylvia is a member of the Community Dispute Settlement Center of Cambridge and is a member of the Atrius Health advisory board. Sylvia was the Assistant Director of the Immigrant Unit at the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and also served for many years as the Equal Employment Opportunity Director for the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training.

Our consulting and executive transitions team

Stewart Lanier, Senior Consultant

Stewart is an organizational development and executive transition specialist. He has worked with numerous TSNE clients over the last eight years, leading executive searches, serving as an interim executive, leading strategic planning and organizational assessment processes. 

He has provided a wide range of consulting and interim leadership services to nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations for over 20 years.  Stewart holds a Master of Science degree with distinction from American University’s NTL program in Organizational Development, as well as the M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is a United Methodist pastor, and maintains his ordination in good standing in the New England Conference of that denomination. Stewart is a member of the White People Challenging Racism facilitator group and co-facilitates this anti-racism class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and other locations each year.

Mimi Brunelle, Recruitment and Human Resource Specialist for Consulting and Executive Transitions

Mimi Brunelle joined Third Sector New England in 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the executive search function of the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program (CET). Mimi brings over 15 years’ experience in human resources management, providing consultation and leadership in both for- and nonprofit settings. As CET’s Recruitment Specialist, Mimi has recruited for over 70 mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of nonprofit sectors, with significant experience in housing and community development; education and youth development; museums and arts administration. Prior to joining Third Sector New England, Mimi worked in a variety of industries as a human resources generalist. She has a B.A. in political science from McDaniel College and a graduate certificate in human resources management from Bentley University.

Jodi Dowling, Executive Search and Recruitment Manager for Consulting and Executive Transitions

Jodi Dowling brings over 15 years of retained executive search experience to Third Sector New England. She has partnered with nonprofit and corporate clients across a breadth of functionalities and industries, with a particular expertise in recruiting nonprofit C-suite leaders. Prior to joining TSNE Jodi served as senior associate of executive search with the Bridgespan Group, a national nonprofit management consulting firm. Earlier in her career, Jodi co-founded and managed an executive search research consultancy supporting major national search firms, specialized boutique organizations, and in-house corporate recruiting teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Liberal Arts, Extension Studies in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Betsy Rueda Gynn, Interim Consulting and Executive Transitions Operations Manager

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