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.

Anne Shishler-Hughes  |  Consultant

Anne Shisler-Hughes is a fundraising professional with 20 years of experience managing contributed and earned income programs for non-profit organizations. She began her career at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art overseeing corporate partnerships, including the Washington Mutual sponsorship of Van Gogh’s Van Goghs and the Univision Spanish-language media partnership for Diego Rivera. Anne went on to head development at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, overseeing membership, grants, sponsorships, and major gifts as well as special events and space rentals. She has managed institutional philanthropy at the Center for Architecture/AIA New York, where she increased foundation support by 200%, and at Japan Society, New York, securing municipal investment for two critical capital projects.

Anne has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.