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Non-Profit Organizations Consultants: 3
Hi, I’m Jess Birken.
|I am the owner of Birken Law Office. I'm a lawyer and I help nonprofits solve problems so they can quit worrying and get back to what matters most – their mission. I’m not like most attorneys, I actually have an outgoing personality, and – like you – I like to think outside the box. Most of my clients are passionate and have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m like that too. My goal is to help you crush it. Getting bogged down in the minutia sucks the joy out of the important work. My clients want to do The Work – not the paperwork.|
- BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001)
- JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (2007)
- MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University (2010)
- Certified Transformative Mediator
- Want more? Check out my LinkedIn profile.
I am the former CEO & Managing Partner at Urban Birken PLLC, a boutique firm that focused on serving the nonprofit community. I have worked with nonprofit organizations for most of my career.
Before becoming a private practice attorney, I spent four years inside a national nonprofit organization, Pheasants Forever. In that role I managed about $50M in state and federal government grants and worked on hundreds of conservation real estate deals. I also gained a deep knowledge of just what it's like to work inside a nonprofit - not just tell people what to do. My strength in that role was working with staff, volunteers and government stakeholders to keep complex projects moving and maintain a zero defect environment for audit time.
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Since that time, I have run my own firms. I’m now the owner of Birken Law Office a firm designed to help nonprofits. Ideal Client Engagements are nonprofits looking for a strategic partner who will give pragmatic advice and keep business operations on track so the mission work stays a priority. I love working with organizations that understand that 'nonprofit' is a tax status - not a business model.
My work experience entails largely business and compliance needs of nonprofit issues around:
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Child Welfare Public Policy Consultant Steven Elson
1010 Pacific Strand Pl., APT 202
Steven Elson, PhD, has 35 years in executive leadership of not-for-profit organizations providing Mental Health and Residential Services to Children and Youth with complex trauma and/or presenting challenging and disruptive behavioral/emotional issues.
Dr. Elson has overseen services provided to more than 50,000 vulnerable children and youth and their families in a highly regulated, compliance driven industry. Payors have included both public (Medicaid) and private (commercial insurance and private pay) and involve multiple and complex funding streams. Significant growth and new lines of business attained in all leadership positions/organizations while achieving state and national recognition for training and service excellence. As CEO Dr. Elson launched consultation and training services directly impacted organizations in 15 states and seven foreign countries. He is actively involved in virtually all significant public policy initiatives affecting child welfare and mental health in California. Industry leadership includes Board membership on five state-wide and one national association. Dr. Elson has been elected and served a term as President in each of the six associations.
Begun in 2020, independent consultation has included work with five California nonprofits ranging in size from $2 million to $60 million and a state-wide industry association and serving as Interim Executive Director with one organization undergoing leadership transitiion.
- Help non-profit agencies that work in the child and adolescent mental health space to increase financial stability
- Develop new lines of business including contracts with commercial insurance companies
- Enhance regulatory compliance
- Meet accreditation standards
- Improve clinical / service performance
- Strengthen Board knowledge and skills
- Create strategies / plans in sync with community needs and market trends
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Fulcrum's expertise encompasses damages analysis, lost profit studies, business & intangible asset valuations, fraud investigations, statistics, forensic economic analysis royalty audits, strategic & market assessments, competitive surveys, personal injury and employment damages, and a wide range of other financial advisory services. We serve the entire nation.
Renee K. Howdeshell is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with over 20 years of experience performing economic damages calculations. She has prepared numerous analyses and testified as an expert witness in federal court, CA state court and arbitration regarding lost profits, disgorgement or other matters involving accounting, finance or business valuation. She was previously honored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts as among the “40 Under Forty” who have made extraordinary advances in their field.
Ms. Howdeshell specializes in financial analysis and calculations involving disputes. She works with a broad range of firms/industries in both litigation and non-litigation settings. Her usual assignments include lost profits analysis, valuation, forensic accounting, and royalty and distribution audits.