TSNE MissionWorks Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors

Boston, Mass., December 4, 2017 — Boston-based TSNE MissionWorks (, the nonprofit management support and capacity building organization, today announced the election of three new members to its board of directors. Angela Brown, Vice President for Policy and Program, CFLeads, Nancy Gardiner, Partner, Hemenway & Barnes, LLP and Marcos Popovich, Program Officer, Nellie Mae Education Foundation joined TSNE MissionWorks’ board of directors this fall.

Brown newly joined CFLeads, a national network of community foundations and is the former director of programs for The Hyams Foundation. Gardiner is the Director of Family Office and Philanthropic Advisory Services and works with families on governance, succession and family office creation, in addition to advising them on all aspects of charitable giving. Popovich helps lead his foundation’s efforts to build the capacity of school districts to transform their school systems into high-performing, equitable, student-centered bodies that prepare all learners for college and career.

“We could not be more pleased that Angela, Nancy, and Marcos will be joining our board of directors. They are each a leader in their fields and in their communities. The entire Board is excited by what their leadership and experience can bring to TSNE MissionWorks,” says Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Board President.

TSNE MissionWorks is currently in the midst of an executive transition. Under the leadership of Dowley-Blackman, the board has been actively recruiting new members who will help guide the search for a new chief executive officer. The executive search is being led by BoardWalk Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Hiring the chief executive is one of the board’s most important responsibilities. The experience and perspectives of these new members will be invaluable as we go through the search process and plan for our future, “said Cheryl Schaffer, Chair of the Board Governance Committee.

Brown, Gardiner, and Popovich are joining another recently recruited board member Jaye Smith, Chief Advancement Officer for Nurtury who joined the Board on July 1.

“Through our experiences helping other organizations through transitions as well as our own research conducted in the nonprofit sector, we know that boards are better, stronger and more effective in their governance when they are diverse—not only in terms of race, but also in expertise, experience, and networks,” says Dowley-Blackman. “We are being very intentional about the composition and structure of our board and are drawing on best practices in board development to make us a stronger organization.”

About TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) ( is a nonprofit management support and capacity building organization that works with hundreds of nonprofits across the country. Our mission is to provide information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society.

In addition to its robust mix of financial management, grants management, consulting and training services for nonprofits, the organization is also a grantmaker to many regional, community-based projects and has published several groundbreaking original research projects have been widely reviewed and shared with the sector including: Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation studies (2017, 2014 and 2010), Opportunity in Change (2017, with The Boston Foundation), Leadership New England study (2015), Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact (2013), Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Diversity in the Workplace (2010), Creative Disruption a sabbatical study (2009), and the Executive Directors Guide (2002, 2010, new edition coming in 2018).

Board of Directors Roster


Tammy Dowley-Blackman, President
tdb group

Sally Sharp Lehman, Vice President
Sally Sharp Lehman Consulting, LLP

Karen Wheeler, Treasurer
Unitarian Universalist Association


Miki Akimoto
Senior Vice President and Grantmaking Practice Director
U.S. Trust/Bank of America

Angela Brown
Vice President, Policy and Program

Rahn Dorsey
Chief of Education
City of Boston

Nancy Gardiner
Hemenway and Barnes, LLP

Charlayne Murrell-Smith
Vice President, External Relations and Corporate Development
Boston Children’s Museum

Marco Popovich
Program Officer
Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Marjorie Ringrose
Former Executive Director, Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners

Cheryl Schaffer
Director of Finance and Administration
Union of Concerned Scientists

Meher Shulman
Associate Director, Nonprofit Support Program
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Jaye Y. Smith
Chief Advancement Officer

CONTACT:   Sandy St. Louis
TSNE MissionWorks
(617) 896-9339