Who we are

Starfish Impact was founded in 2005 by Marta Gazzera Ferro after spending years involved in the non-profit and philanthropic community as a volunteer. Marta sought to bring to her non-profit clients the same entrepreneurial spirit, business management skills, and deep relationships she brought to her work at Goldman Sachs and in international business.

The Starfish Impact team was created with this in mind, to connect talent and strategic thinking to organizations doing purposeful and meaningful work. The approach is simple – tackle client issues with the best resources, strategies, and initiatives. With Starfish Impact, clients get a team of experienced strategists that work with passion to achieve practical results.

In the past ten years, Starfish Impact has worked with organizations across California on projects ranging from day-to-day management and operations to multi-year strategic plans. Read more about our work here.

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Team stats
300 Years of Experience
40 Board Roles
10 Graduate Degrees
5 Foundations Run
Our expertise
Philanthropic Advising

Our team is experienced and personally invested in the community as board members, SVP Partners, and giving circle founders. Our creative approach brings a fresh perspective to our clients.

Social Impact Innovation

Our team’s entrepreneurial spirit guides our passion for our work. We apply a mission driven, social lens to our approach that leads to new ways of making a difference.

Strategic Planning

Our team thrives on tackling strategy projects of all types, from program impact plans to philanthropic strategic plans to organizational growth plans to development and fundraising plans.

Business Management

Our team has vast experience in both for-profit and non-profit business management. As well as graduate level degrees.  As a result, we consistently apply a holistic and analytical approach to our engagements.

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