Successful Nonprofits About Us: Our Team

Introducing you to our team

A team you can depend on

Introducing you to our team

A team you can depend on

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TeamDolph Ward Goldenburg
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Dolph Ward Goldenburg serves as the firm’s principal consultant and is recognized as a high performance leader in the nonprofit sector. As a successful CEO for 11 years, Dolph has a demonstrated history of leading nonprofit organizations to financial stability and growth. As a nonprofit consultant, Dolph’s specialty with the consulting practice includes board development, strategic planning, and interim executive engagements.

In addition to extensive CEO experience, Dolph also has more than a decade of fundraising experience. He has successfully solicited six-figure gifts, developed successful donated-assets programs, increased annual campaign revenue, and written millions of dollars in funded grant proposals. Dolph also has significant experience as a nonprofit board member, including as a successful board co-chair for a national nonprofit. Dolph has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Senate, received the Visionary of the Year Award by Visions Today Magazine, and identified as one of the 101 Most Connected Philadelphians by Leadership Philadelphia. He holds a masters of public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in social work from Georgia State University. Dolph earned the Board Source Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting. Dolph lives in Atlanta with his husband.

TeamLexie Linger
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Lexie has deep commitment to international human rights and refugee services, and has worked with New American Pathways, Refugee Family Services, and Coalition for Refugees from Burma. In her roles with these organizations, she engaged in strategic planning; trainings and workshops; event fundraising; and developed programs. Her most recent focus has been to work with refugees in strengthening their own nonprofits and community organizations

Lexie, who holds a Masters in International Human Rights, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Conflict Resolution, serves as the Strategic Communications Manager for Successful Nonprofits®. In this role, she produces the Successful Nonprofits® podcast, assists with client engagements and provides project management.

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TeamEric Ashton
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Eric Ashton has a background in problem solving and conflict resolution as well as a strong emphasis on communication skills.  Ashton brings a commitment to inclusion and diversity in the leadership of nonprofit organizations, as both a senior-level staff member and a board member. Ashton’s work with Successful Nonprofits® focuses on communications and special projects.

Ashton has a Masters of Public Health from the Yale University, a masters degree in environmental science from Tufts University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is most proud of graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Currently residing in Philadelphia, Ashton also brings over two decades of professional experience in the nonprofit, federal government, and higher education sectors.

TeamLeanne Rubenstein
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Leanne Rubenstein has over 20 years of experience creating healthier, vibrant, and welcoming communities for all. She has served as a program manager, development director, associate director, and executive director in a number of fields including workforce development, refugee services, mental health services, and community organizing. Leanne’s specialty with Successful Nonprofits® includes stakeholder interviews, retreat facilitation, and evaluation.

Holding a degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia and Master’s level training in counseling at Georgia State University, Leanne is also trained in Alternatives to Violence and community building. She has a commitment to advancing social justice on interpersonal, institutional and societal levels and uplifts the voices and experiences of marginalized communities.

Leanne, who lives in Atlanta, has an approach that is further informed by extensive board leadership experience. She served as board chair of SOJOURN (Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity) and serves on the board of Sagal Radio, broadcasting in six languages as Atlanta’s voice of new Americans.


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