Joseph J. Barretto  |  Principal

PortraitJoseph J. Barretto is a management strategist with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His expertise includes organizational and fundraising strategy and leadership development, with a focus on building the capacity and ensuring the sustainability of organizations to maximize their impact.

Joseph’s focus on providing nonprofit boards and leaders with the management tools and strategies necessary to strengthen their organizations was honed by his experiences in various management roles, including Deputy Director at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Deputy Executive Director at Hudson Guild, and Executive Director at The DOME Project, an education-focused nonprofit serving at-risk youth. In addition to consulting assignments in organizational assessments and strategic planning initiatives, fundraising campaigns, and board development, Joseph facilitates leadership and fundraising workshops and trainings to nonprofit managers and board members.

Joseph is an Affiliate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange and sits on the Selection Committee for The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., and serves on the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College and the Advisory Board of Trestle Gallery.

Joseph holds a BA from Harvard College and an MPA degree from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.


Cynthia Pong  |  Consultant

square headshotGrateful to have worked with numerous nonprofit organizations in her career, Cynthia Pong is dedicated to the social justice movement. Through this work, she has seen the ways in which nonprofits are innovative, resourceful, and impactful. She has also seen nonprofits struggle and lose their staff and management to burnout, stress, and exhaustion. The intersection of her passion for social justice work and the knowledge that there is room for improvement in everyone and everything led Cynthia to found Embrace Change Consulting.

Cynthia has worked with nonprofit organizations specializing in restorative justice, community building, housing rights, and youth empowerment. She brings experience in restorative practices, facilitation of difficult conversations in circle, and mindfulness. She is a former public defender with The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York.

Cynthia holds a BA from Brown University and a JD from NYU School of Law.

Phil Rosenbloom  |  Consultant

Phil Rosenbloom - squarePhil Rosenbloom has extensive experience helping mission-focused organizations develop sound financial strategy. Through rigorous financial analysis and collaborative communication, he works with clients to develop consensus around their financial health and plan proactively to address their needs.

As Manager of Advisory Services for Nonprofit Finance Fund’s New York Program and then through independent consulting practice as Founder and Principal of Tarn Consulting he has worked with nonprofits in fields such as the arts, human services, education, environmentalism, and social justice advocacy. His clients have included organization in many phases of development, including start-ups as well as established institutions, with annual budgets ranging from $100K to $70MM.

He has also worked with philanthropic institutions to incorporate financial due diligence into their grantmaking practice, managed major technical assistance initiatives, and advised on the development and implementation of national data platforms for nonprofit assessment.

Phil holds a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and an interdisciplinary MA from New York University. He serves as board treasurer for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.