Our consultants are experts in their respective fields who serve as trusted advisors to Slingshot's board and team.

Nick Arevalo
Senior Program Officer, Tipping Point

Nick is the creator of Core Metrics, the framework Tipping Point utilizes to measure and accelerate poverty fighting methods and organizations. Prior to joining Tipping Point Community, Nick was an Orfalea Fellow at the William J. Clinton Foundation in Harlem, where he worked on domestic programs focused on entrepreneurship and helping individuals gain access to the financial mainstream. He earned his M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. in political science from Sonoma State University. He has worked as an Analyst at Willdan Financial Services and a Project Coordinator at the Sonoma Economic Development Board. Nick states, "I believe the difference between poverty and a brighter future is usually dependent on the existence of opportunity. I joined the Tipping Point Community because I'm dedicated to helping create more opportunities for individuals in the Bay Area."

M. Elena Delavega, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis

Elena is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Memphis, where she teaches Social Welfare Policy, Advanced Community Practice, and Poverty. Drawing on her strengths in the areas of policy analysis, economics, and statistics, and grounded in the values and ethics of the profession of social work, her work contributes to the overall goal of understanding, addressing, and eliminating poverty and all forms of exclusion from a macro perspective. Some projects include the Hooks African American Male Initiative, the Earned Income Tax Credit project, the mindset of poverty, and collaborative research on LGBT rights and social work, on rural and urban differentials in income and outcomes, and on the effects of housing on extremely poor women infected with HIV. Additionally, she created the Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet, updated every year, which has been cited extensively in local and national media. Dr. Delavega also serves as Associate Director of the Hooks Institute for Social Change.

Julie Hoffmann
Founder & Chief Philanthropic Advisor, JH Philanthropy

Julie is the CEO of the New Coast Foundation, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund focused on fighting poverty in Chicago. Prior to joining New Coast, she was the Illinois Executive Director at America Needs You, where she led the national organization's growth and programming in Illinois. She has also served as Managing Director + Head of Advancement of A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund that provides funding and management support to a portfolio of high-performing education nonprofits, and the Director of Development and Communications for Cara Chicago. Julie earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in international management with a focus on corporate social responsibility from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Liam Krehbiel
Founder & Board Chair, A Better Chicago

Liam founded A Better Chicago in 2010 and serves as its CEO. Prior to launching A Better Chicago, he spent ten years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company. Prior to Bain, Liam worked at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, where he was a member of the programs team. Earlier in his career, he worked in the investment banking group of William Blair & Company and in the development office of ACCION USA. Liam has a BA in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jeannette O'Connor
Managing Partner, Woodside Park Strategies

In addition to her work as a co-founder and board member at Lever Fund, Jeannette is President of Woodside Park Strategies in Silver Spring, MD. Jeannette specializes in creating and implementing integrated advocacy and communications campaigns and messages that make complex issues understandable to the public. Jeannette has applied her skills in strategy and mobilization to issues as diverse as health care and children's health, reproductive rights, employee benefit packages, poverty, child welfare, and workers' rights. For more than two decades Jeannette has worked with nonprofits, political campaigns, members of Congress, foundations, and labor unions. Through these groups, she gained the insight and perspective to speak effectively to key audiences and knowledge of how to most successfully reach them.

Juanita Ortiz

Juanita has 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive with significant experience in strategy planning, capacity building as well as training and consulting internationally. She began her career working with grass root foundations in Latin America, moving on to work with larger inter-governmental organizations like UNICEF and then well known nonprofits in the United States including United Way Worldwide and ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Juanita holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership.

Lynn Ryan
Attorney, Husch Blackwell LLP

Lynn is a corporate attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP and a former Shelby County Schools teacher. During her time in the classroom, Lynn observed how inequitable access to transportation, healthcare, and more impacted her students, slowing academic growth in the classroom. Her realization that quality education was not the panacea for generational poverty coincided with the founding of Slingshot. She found hope in Slingshot’s holistic approach, believing that poverty can only be eradicated when we analyze the root causes and use data to guide investments. Lynn holds her M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from The University of Tennessee. She received the UT Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution Award for the Class of 2020, earned sponsorship from the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission to support a self-started clinic, and sat as the only student on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Immigration Task Force.

Anne Sherman
Vice President of Non-Profit Strategy, Social Impact Exchange

Anne is Vice President, Nonprofit Strategy at Growth Philanthropy Network. Before GPN, she was Director of Strategy at TCC Group, a consultancy that assists nonprofits, foundations, and corporate community involvement programs. Prior to TCC Group, she was community initiatives manager at Minneapolis Way To Grow, a citywide school-readiness initiative. Sherman holds a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of the governing body of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and as a member of the board of SCO Family of Services. She also serves on the selection committee of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Sherman is the co-author of "Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles," published in 2011 by Jossey-Bass.