Prior to founding the MNC, Alison worked with students, alumni, and nonprofit organizations as the assistant director of the Public Management Program at Stanford Business School. Earlier in her career she administered an English teaching program in China as an associate director of Volunteers in Asia. She also taught English at an iron and steel institute in China and in public health offices in Indonesia. Her writing and editing experience includes revising two editions of the On-Your-Own Guide to Asia and jobs with community newspapers. Alison is a member of the Leadership Council of The 360 Group. She has an MBA and a BA in human biology from Stanford University and an MPS in communication arts from Cornell University.
Laurie has a marketing/PR background in the private sector that includes serving in senior management roles for advertising firms and travel abroad to develop and manage special projects. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade as a consultant, serving clients focused on healthcare, children and the environment. With a life-long interest in fine/performing arts, including a brief career as a ballet dancer, Laurie continues to enjoy dance, opera, and theatre. She has a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a BA in English from UC Davis.
Leslie Linnebur is a visual artist with a background in fashion design. She crafts theatre and stage designs, and constructs and designs interiors. Leslie also creates immersive art-making workshops, events, and experiences focused around spatial design using reclaimed and found materials. In June 2015, Leslie founded Grit Design, which provides a forum that is instructional, inspiring, motivational, and fun for anyone needing the fulfillment and the connection that can happen when doing something physical and creative. An active social justice and environmental champion, she has volunteered for nonprofit organizations ranging from Amnesty International to The World Wildlife Fund.
Joani has 22 years of experience in writing successful grant applications to federal, state and local agencies and foundations, with over $500 million secured for community programs. As a community facilitator, she has developed health access, education and fitness, workforce and job training, small business assistance, and transportation programs. Joani earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Economics, Ph.D. candidate, from Texas A&M University. In her free time, she volunteers as a turtle patrol member with the Padre Island (TX) National Seashore’s Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle Project and is an avid sports fisherperson year-round.