The Starfish Impact team has over 300 years of combined experience in both the nonprofit and business sectors.  Consulting projects are led by Marta Gazzera Ferro and a team of independent consultants and advisors. The Starfish Impact approach is simple; to tackle client issues with the best resources, strategies, and initiatives available.  Each client gets the team, and the solution, that best suits them.

Meet the Team

With a background that includes Goldman Sachs and multiple entrepreneurial ventures, Marta combines business experience with robust philanthropic leadership as an SVP Los Angeles partner. She founded Starfish Impact in 2005 to connect resources to the non-profit community in a strategic and effective way. She is a UCLA Anderson and Vassar alumna.
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Kelly is an accomplished grant writer and development executive who has secured millions of dollars from government agencies, private foundations and corporations for anti-hunger and poverty, educational and environmental nonprofit organizations. She has worked as a development and communications executive and a classroom teacher.
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Adrienne is an experienced foundation and nonprofit leader with a passion for corporate social responsibility, Adrienne helps clients with corporate social responsibility, grantmaking, and fundraising. Adrienne served as the executive director of the California State Summer School Arts Foundation and spent nine years at the Getty Center.
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Faye has a background with both for profit and nonprofit organizations. She was the Executive Director of the education-based Freedom Writers Foundation, where she spearheaded the organization’s growth through a major film and book releases. Faye’s expertise in organizational assessment, capacity building, business planning and fund and board development, has benefited organizations across the globe.
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Lisa has a proven track record in the technology industry with experience leading mergers & acquisitions, professional services and technical consulting teams, website deployment, software implementation and deployment of a variety of technologies. Lisa’s versatile skill-set allows her to have a diverse perspective on building and delivering innovative, efficient and effective solutions.
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Jen is a seasoned marketing and communications professional who brings over 15 years of non-profit, corporate, and agency leadership experience to her consulting engagements. With key expertise in brand research and positioning, cause marketing, content strategy, and strategic planning, Jen is passionate about helping organizations better engage their target audiences.
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Julie is experienced in helping nonprofits achieve their fiscal, program and infrastructure goals. For the past 24 years, she has used her innovative and resourceful approach in nonprofit, corporate and educational settings to create and implement effective development strategies. Julie specializes in strategic planning, resource building, board and staff development, as well as fundraising.
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Russell is an interim CFO with experience working for local, statewide, national and international organizations including Ernst & Young, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and 211 LA County. He has also served on three nonprofit boards and is the Treasurer for a Statewide Environmental Justice organization. Russell is skilled at managing accounting operations including staff, budgeting up to $30 million/year, and supporting an organization’s growth initiatives.
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Farrah’s background crosses both nonprofits and philanthropy. She specializes in strategic planning, development and communications, board relations, event management, and family philanthropy.
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Kathleen Johnson is a seasoned grantmaker with experience in program development, best practices/compliance, and communications. Whether helping a foundation communicate its mission, or building the capacity of a local nonprofit, Kathleen is a strategic thinker, working to align vision with appropriate strategies and impactful programs.
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Jessica has a passion for creating social change by designing grant programs and strategic initiatives focused on strengthening communities. She provides philanthropic consulting services for family foundations and individual philanthropists, helping them achieve greater impact with their charitable dollars.
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Tara is an experienced real estate attorney, professional gift planner and successful nonprofit fundraiser living in Washington, D.C.
As a former Director of Gift Planning and Director of Major Gifts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Tara is skilled at building relationships with and advising key donors and their allied professionals regarding gift strategies.
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Georgia is a dynamic leader in social change movements striving to create awareness for causes ranging from poverty and homelessness to health and children’s issues. She leverages her skill sets in PR, social media, project management and event planning to create results for nonprofit and for profit clients.
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Meet our Advisors

Peter Scranton, as chairman of a private foundation and an international nonprofit organization, initiated and developed strategic planning, organizational systems, capital planning and capital development.
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James Karmin’s background spans the for-profit and non-profit industries from trading commodities, to purchasing, operating and selling a restaurant parts and supply business to acting as the Executive Director of a non-profit youth organization.
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Lois Cox is a Certified Financial Planner and serves as a trustee for a number of family trusts. She also serves on the New York Exchange Hearing Board and is an arbitrator for FINRA. She is a Senior Vice President-Investments with UBS Financial Services, Inc. and has over 30 years of professional experience in the financial industry.
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David Boul is a senior television executive who supervised the creation of Oprah Winfrey’s key charity project—The Angel Network Charity and is currently managing the One Chicago Fund.
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