Who are we?

Almora Advisors consists of a select group of consultants with more than thirty years of combined experience in leadership roles at nonprofit and for-profit organizations. We collaborate with clients to develop tailored, creative solutions for their strategic challenges. From assessment to implementation and evaluation, we do it together. Our process results in a stronger social sector, where organizations make lasting societal change.

01. Strategize

Situation Analysis of current programs, outcomes, and capabilities

Gap Analysis by comparing current situation with future objectives

Prioritization to set targets and priorities for each parameter

Recommendations to develop strategic directions and actionable programs

02. Design

Empathize by conducting research to understand our client’s needs and perspective

Define by creating strategies based on client’s insights & understanding

Ideate by brainstorming and generating ideas together

Scenario Build and Prototype by iterating the design and identifying emerging cost/benefit outcomes

03. Act

Implement by developing a comprehensive implementation structure

Communicate by establishing a multi-stage communication plan

Monitor by developing a robust feedback process

Evaluate by continuous assessment of success parameters & dynamically adjusting program goals

Our Mission

To create a distinctive and sustainable social sector by helping clients excel with design thinking, innovation, and impact.

Our Vision

A world where organizations generate lasting societal change.

A Team Of Professionals

Sandra Cespedes Allen

Founder and CEO

Sandra became intrigued by the nonprofit sector when she volunteered for “Kids in Crisis” in Connecticut, an organization that supports at risk children. Since then, Sandra has spent 25 years serving on various boards. She has served on the boards of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Texas, the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and the Watershed Institute in New Jersey. As the Board Chair of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Sandra has brought best practices to the boardroom. She has also led fundraising initiatives at Dartmouth College, The Lawrenceville School, and the Community School of Naples, Florida. Throughout her career, Sandra has had the privilege to coach board chairs and executive directors.

Sandra received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Kean University, New Jersey. She earned  a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Her interests include biking, walking on the beach, and making flower arrangements.

Hannah Williams

Chief Operating Officer

Hannah combines her finance and nonprofit background to create data-driven strategies for Almora Advisors and its clients. Her work experience at Goldman Sachs, The New York Community Trust, and the David Rockefeller Fund have provided her with a unique outlook on wealth accumulation and distribution. Hannah believes nonprofits are central to civil society. She believes fundraising is an art and science, and has successfully implemented fundraising campaigns for corporations and nonprofits. She is passionate about making grantmaking more equitable and increasing the capacity of nonprofit service organizations. 

Hannah received her undergraduate degree in economics and finance from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and her masters in nonprofit management from Columbia University in New York. In her free time, Hannah enjoys running and camping. 

Michelle

Michelle Carney

Chief Strategy Officer

Michelle has extensive hands-on experience working with national and international nonprofits to develop transformative management and operational strategies that generate a lasting change. Her expertise lies in designing and delivering impactful strategic and fundraising plans. Michelle’s strategic plans are rooted in her broad knowledge of nonprofit governance, fundraising, marketing and communications, and capacity building. Her development plans are comprehensive and draw on her experience with all aspects of fundraising including grant procurement, major donor cultivation and stewardship, annual fundraising, and event planning.

Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Business Economics and Poverty Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has also earned an M.S. in Nonprofit Management at Columbia University. When Michelle isn’t working, you can find her expanding her worldview by traveling, trying unfamiliar activities and foods, or simply reading a great book.

Olivia Goldsworthy

Senior Manager of Strategy

Olivia’s interest in working alongside non-profits is a cause of her concurrent passions for social equity, community development, and environmental justice. Knowing that all good causes need financial support has led her to shift from her background in small-scale Event Planning, towards fundraising/development and grant procurement. Olivia received her BA in Sustainability Studies and was the valedictorian speaker for her class.

She has worked with nationally recognized sustainability consultant Natural Capitalism Solutions, and has held successful fundraising and action campaigns for Amnesty International, Real Food Generation, and the Food Recovery Network. Whether it be research and data collection, policy drafting, or brainstorming creative solutions, she is pleased to be a supporting role at Almora Advisors. When away from her computer, she loves playing in the great outdoors and cooking healthy meals with her partner Sam.  

Roxanne

Roxanne Alvarez

Philanthropy Consultant

Roxanne joined Almora Advisors in June 2021 and is based in Seattle. She brings over twenty years of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector. Her career background is in different settings such as community grassroots organizations, charitable foundations, global development nonprofits, and universities and includes direct social service provision, grant making and fiscal management, partnership and program development, social research, and teaching and training. 

Roxanne holds an M.A. in economics from George Mason University, an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in psychology from American University. When she is not working, Roxanne enjoys international travel, listening to live music, exploring more corners of the Pacific Northwest, and being active on Twitter @microfinanseer, where she opines about entrepreneurship, business, economics, gender equity, philanthropy, and culture (especially music). 

Fidelma woodley

Manager, Business Development

Fidelma is a non profit community organizer and leader with over twenty years of diverse experiences, primarily in marketing and education. Following a career in Sales and Marketing in the Travel Industry, she has dedicated herself to non profit efforts. Fidema is a founding board member of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and remains active as an Emeritus trustee. She has served on various boards and held many volunteer leadership roles including a term as Head of the Parent Faculty Organization of the Hong Kong International School. As a successful fundraiser her expertise is in the area of donor relations, annual giving and major gift solicitation. She has also led Board of Trustee retreats and training, as well as facilitated climate surveys and Head of School searches.  

Fidelma received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree with a Business minor from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Marketing from Fordham University. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid walker who appreciates walking with others as a way to grow and connect. She loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure.

Kate Sieler, Almora Advisors Associate

Kate Sieler

Associate

Kate has been active in the nonprofit sector since grade school when she co-founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a junior guild called The Little Lemon Drops, to raise money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Through her experience in the nonprofit sector, Kate has seen firsthand the powerful impact fundraising and nonprofit work can have. She is passionate about helping nonprofits use their resources effectively in order to have the greatest possible impact. Kate also brings a background in digital media and communications to Almora.

Kate received her B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society from Brown University. In her free time, she enjoys vegan cooking, knitting, and skiing.

Rachel Vieira Belo De Azevedo

Associate

Rachel has always been involved in social projects, having invested time to get to know organizations and their activities on the ground in Brazil, Nepal, and Puerto Rico. And she fully believes that every kind of work and projects should be done within communities and that local engagement is essential. She has experience in program management, implementation, evaluation, and in data collection and monitoring. Rachel’s career background is in journalism, and TV production, where she learned the importance of a solid communications foundation in a high paced environment. She also speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Rachel received her B.A. in communications at PUC-Rio (Brazil) and her M.A. in international relations with an emphasis in cities, justice, and development at The New School. Her favorite pastimes include reading and traveling, and her goal for 2022, is to learn linografic.

Values

Our Core Values

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Integrity

We ensure that every decision we make is based on ethical and moral principles.

Equity

We ensure that all team members are treated fairly in all employment decisions. We strive to build a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. 

Compassion

We believe in cultivating a sense of compassion to understand and empathize with our clients and their problems. 

Partnership

We believe in strong relationships based in mutual trust and respect.

Innovation

We recognize the importance of making innovation an integral  part of our work culture. At Almora, ideas are heard and creativity is encouraged.  

Efficiency

We ensure efficiency through competency based workforce planning and effective time management.

Valued Clients

Thank You for Partnering with Us

HomeWorks Trenton
Eleo
C-Change Conversations
The Watershed Institute
Shared Humanity
The Watershed Institute

From Our Founders

Why trust Almora? 

The core of our work is to help leaders and all stakeholders translate their unique vision into tailored & actionable strategic directions for mission, programs, fundraising, communications, and constituency relations. It is then translated into detailed implementation responsibilities with defined outcomes with measurable results.