About the Team
Lazandra Dial is a Consultant, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Author with 20 plus years’ experience working in government and supporting the nonprofit industry. She is recognized and known for her expertise in helping organizations secure government funding, strategic advising, planning, and organizational development. Lazandra is the former Executive Director of the City of Oakland Workforce Development Board. She also worked for the Alameda County Workforce Development Board. Today, Lazandra is the Principal Consultant and C.E.O. of L. Michelle Development Group, LLC where she helps nonprofit leaders, and their teams make their vision and mission fundable through one-on-one consulting, coaching, and training. Lazandra will co-lead the non-profit learning sessions for the C4ES project; and will provide coaching services to cohort participants.
Kate Lesta is a Cultural Practitioner & Consultant dedicated to fostering emergent creativity through grassroots community organizing. Kate’s consultancy offers full-charge bookkeeping, project management, grant writing and event production to small, independent businesses, nonprofits and impact-based organizations, with priority focused LGBTQIA2+, BIPOC and Womxn led endeavors.