Aepoch Coaches

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Julie Davidson-Gómez, MA, CPCC

Coach & Consultant for Public Benefit
Associate - LEADING SPIRIT, Inc.
Phone: 253.446.6333
Cell: 510.290.9939
Email: julie at juliedavidsongomez dot com

Julie's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Individual and relationship systems coaching
  • Organizational development within coaching context
  • Putting the FUN into fundraising
  • Coaching program design and coordination


I'm a certified coach, facilitator, and consultant. My services collaboratively create opportunities for reflection, recognition, and transformation within individuals and the public benefit organizations they lead. I see myself as a magnet, using my co-active coaches training to identify clients' strengths and draw out their greatness.

For over fifteen years, I've worked and researched in organizations serving women, families, immigrants, people of color, and GLBT community. I love working with young and emerging leaders of community-based organizations, and witnessing the power that is unleashed when people develop their strengths and work from core values. I play an instrumental role in establishing coaching projects as components of leadership development programs and progressive philanthropy. My work with the LeaderSpring Executive Fellowship, AEPOCH Fund, and national Coaching & Philanthropy Project continue to inform the sector.

Prior to becoming a coach and consultant, I led grantmaking initiatives at the Women's Foundation of California, and statewide policy and advocacy projects at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. I'm a 2001 graduate of the Women's Health Leadership program offered by the Public Health Institute. My educational and professional background is in the social sciences, public health, and human rights. I hold a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and was certified as a coach through the Coaches Training Institute. Also, I'm a trained and authorized facilitator for Team Coaching International.

My family and I reside in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest. When not playing with my clients or family, I perform in local spoken word, improv theater, and other edgy arts productions.

Grace Flannery, PCC, CPCC

Phone: 415.209.0040
Email: graceflan at aol dot com

Grace's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Leadership development: I help clients assess their leadership effectiveness, focus on their growing edges, face the limiting beliefs and fears that hold them back, and use their strengths.
  • Leadership assessments: I use an assortment of tools for individual and team assessment.
  • Relationship dynamics: Becoming more adept at creating strong relationships and allies.
  • Change management: I help my clients understand apply organizational change principles as a guideline through all sorts of changes.
  • Visioning and Planning: I bring a variety of approaches, depending on the need of the client.


Grace Flannery, MS, PCC, is an executive and team coach, trainer and facilitator dedicated to the cultivation of exceptional leadership in individuals, teams and organizations. Grace works with senior executives to develop their leadership "from the inside out" - ensuring that their actions are grounded in wisdom, aligned with their values and powered by purpose. She works with individuals and groups to create and sustain powerful relationships, motivate from purpose, and produce results.

Grace is the founder and president of Leading Spirit, Inc, specializing in leadership and organizational development, change management, relationship management, and the realization of clients' goals and dreams. Grace and her associates work with executives, boards, staff and teams to improve productivity and at the same time, make work more fun and rewarding!

Grace has over 25 years experience in coaching, consulting, management and board positions with organizations in philanthropy, social justice, health and social services, the arts, education, and trade associations. As a leadership coach and trainer, she has worked with executives at corporations such as IBM and Cisco, as well as nonprofit organizations including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, CompassPoint Non Profit Services, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility, New Leaf Services and Horizons Foundation. Earlier work with groups as diverse as the California Building Industry Association and the National Organization for Women give her a deep insight into the workings of advocacy, marketing and social movements.

Grace received a BA in Chemistry from Manhattanville College (cum laude) and a Masters of Science degree in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She received coaching certifications from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation. She has studied Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching with the Center for Right Relationship and World Work/Process Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. She draws on her graduate work in physics and chemistry to integrate their work with quantum mechanics, spirituality and psychology.

Grace conducts trainings in co-active coaching and relationship systems coaching around the globe, as well as leadership development workshops for organizational clients throughout North America. She is a senior faculty member with the Coaches Training Institute and the Center for Right Relationship and recently joined the faculty of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. She is also a coach and facilitator with Macadvisers and a strategic partner with Team Coaching International.

Belma D. González, CPCC

COACHING B CONSULTING - Nonprofit Coaching and Consulting
678-61st Street Oakland CA 94609
Phone: 510.594.7660
Email: belma at bcoachingandconsulting dot com

Belma's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Experience coaching social justice activists/organizers throughout USA
  • Experience as a staff member and coach for a wide variety of leadership development programs
  • Over 25 years of experience working in nonprofits
  • Culturally aware, bicultural/bilingual


Belma González provides cultural- and assets-based coaching for diverse nonprofit leaders and activists and technical assistance to social justice organizations. She is a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute and works with diverse clients all over the US on leadership enhancement, change management, transitions and work/life balance. A founding member of Prism Coaching, a coaches of color consortium, Belma is committed to utilizing the assets of race, class and culture in her coaching practice.

Belma coaches grantees of the French American Charitable Trust, the Aepoch Fund, the Horizons Foundation's Rickey Williams Leader Fellowships, LeaderSpring Fellows, San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Families Roots Fellows, Haas Jr. Fund's Flexible Leadership Awardees, UCSF's Center for the Health Professions Clinic Leadership Institute and Pharmacy Leadership Institute and Windcall Institute residents.

Belma has over twenty-five years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Belma worked with Center for Collaborative Planning's Women's Health Leadership, a leadership development program with over 350 grassroots primarily women of color participants. Prior to WHL, Belma worked at Women's Needs Center, a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured women. She began at WNC as a volunteer and remained nineteen years serving in various staff capacities, including Executive Director.

Raised in San José, California, Belma is a bicultural/bilingual Chicana. She now lives in Oakland California.

sujin lee

Leadership and Life Coach
Phone: 510.465.5075
Email: sujinleecoaching at gmail dot com

Sujin's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Leading from vision, values, & purpose
  • Working with teams to work build trust, clarify roles, and maximize effectiveness
  • Helping individuals and teams create the most powerful "story" of their lives
  • Building an organizational culture that reflects your values
  • Designing strategic and sustainable organizational structures, systems, and practices


I have my own coaching and organizational development consulting practice that provides individuals and organizations with the ability to achieve clarity on strategic priorities, learn how to act from a place of power, develop explicit decision-making to support their goals, and articulate their vision, values, and purpose.

As a coach, I use my curiosity, strong intuition, non-judgemental approach, and sense of humor to help individuals connect to their values, passion, and creativity. My coaching style uses a holistic approach to help people work from a place of strength, which opens up new personal and leadership opportunities. I have experienced the power of coaching to help people transform their leadership and their lives, and make their dreams come true. I am committed to working with people who are low-income and would not usually have access to coaching.

Most recently, I worked at Movement Strategy Center as the Alliance Building Director for three years. For the past 15 years, I have worked for social justice as an organizer, facilitator and program director. I have organized janitors and security workers with SEIU Local 1877 in Los Angeles, advocated for domestic violence survivors with the Shimtuh Korean Domestic Violence Program in Oakland, and supported the work of families of prisoners of conscience with Minkahyup Family Council to Realize Democracy in South Korea. As the Community Fellow at Tides Foundation from 2003-2005, I worked on economic & reproductive justice funding initiatives. I am currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN).

Johnny Manzon-Santos, CPCC

Principal - pearldiving LLC
871 - 52nd Street, Oakland CA 94608-3239 USA
Phone: 415.305.4100 Fax: 415.367.9124
Email: johnny at pearldiving dot net

Johnny's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • achieve better balance between "life" and "work"
  • lead through unprecedented organizational change (including strategic restructuring and leadership transitions)
  • contemplate what it means to live more authentically and integrate one's political analysis and spiritual practice.


Since 1985, Johnny has worked to promote social justice in both volunteer and paid capacities. He is co-principal of pearldiving LLC, a consulting and coaching practice committed to empowering individuals and leaders-with a focus on people of color, lower-income, and other traditionally underserved communities. pearldiving works to meaningfully strengthen the institutions that serve them: community-based agencies, private foundations, and the public sector. Established by Johnny in 2006 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, pearldiving brings together a multi-racial group of principals and affiliates-seasoned consultants and coaches with extensive nonprofit leadership experience and first-hand understanding of the challenges that organizations face as they work to stay true to their mission, manage in a fluctuating political climate and compete for funding in a stressed economy. pearldiving's decision-making processes, service delivery, and organizational culture are steeped in the core values of Collaboration, Justice, Excellence, Authenticity, Service, Flexibility, and Transparency.

From 1991-2006, Johnny served as executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (SF Bay Area) and Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (NYC)-the two largest nonprofits in North America focusing on A&PI communities around sexual health and HIV.

For three years prior he worked with young people as a crisis counselor and anti-discrimination trainer at Project Reach, a grassroots, multi-racial, multi-gender youth- and adult-led organizing center in Manhattan, and continues as a volunteer advocate with clients in the Bay Area.

In both New York and the Bay Area, Johnny has held leadership positions with nonprofit boards and public advisory bodies advocating for diverse and intersecting communities, including youth, the Deaf Community, substance users, immigrants, migrants and refugees. He is co-founder of Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (1990) and the Brooklyn-based Audre Lorde Project: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color Center for Community Organizing (1994). He is founding Board Chair of Ice Bridges, which raises scholarship funds to support young, talented, competitive Bay Area figure skaters in financial hardship (2008).

Johnny has co-authored research studies presented at the International AIDS Conferences and published in AIDS Education and Prevention. His writings have appeared in various periodicals and anthologies. In 2008 he was invited by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to give the inaugural talk for the Annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans. Johnny has been recognized by the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR); the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; the New York State Department of Health; and KQED as an Asian Pacific American Heritage Bay Area Local Hero.

Johnny completed his professional coaching certification at the Coaches Training Institute. He is a notary public registered in the State of California. He is an alumnus of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University. Johnny is fluent in Italian, conversational in French and Spanish, and a student of American Sign Language and Tagalog.

An avid and humbled adult figure skater since 2001, Johnny trains in singles freestyle, pairs, and ice dance, and has medaled at more than a dozen competitions most recently at the 2008 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships in ice dance.

Johnny is a Buddhist practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and participates regularly with the Buddha Dharma Sangha at San Quentin State Prison.

Leigh Marz, ORSCC

Strategic Coaching and Consulting for Public Benefit Organizations
Associate - LEADING SPIRIT, Inc.
West Coast Partner - HUMAN STRATEGIES
131 Purdue Avenue Kensington, CA 94708
Phone: 510.527.4224 Cell: 415.748.8074
Email: leighmarz at sbcglobal dot net

Leigh's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • I am a powerful companion to people and groups experiencing transformation (be it planned or unplanned). I have a gift of sparking wonder, creativity, and a sense of infinite possibility.
  • I am a systems thinker. I view my clients (and educate them) through a systems lens, which emphasizes the relationship between things over the individual parts. This view is especially helpful for maximizing partnerships, teams, organizations and communities.
  • I am strategic and steady. I am skilled and charting a coarse in wild times with many variables. In crisis, I am unflappable.
  • I enjoy growing leaders. It is an honor and delight to witness, nourish, and expand leaders especially those committed to justice and joy.


Leigh Marz, PCC, ORSCC is a certified team coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant. She is passionate about increasing the resilience and sustainability of public benefit organizations. Leigh is skilled in guiding individuals and teams through times of major transformation. She ignites possibilities while grounding them in measurable outcomes.

Leigh brings seventeen years of experience in public benefit organizations to her coaching. As a former Executive Director, she blends years of experience leading organizations with her knowledge of systems, teams, and leadership. She particularly enjoys working with teams and leaders in innovative, pioneering and conscious work culture environments. Her diverse clientele includes executives, non-profit teams, philanthropists, high-level government teams, business partners, boards of directors, management teams, and entrepreneurs.

Leigh's educational and professional background is in ecology, public health, and human rights. Leigh is a faculty member of the Center for Right Relationship where she earned her system coaching certification. Leigh received co-active coach and leadership training through the Coaches Training Institute. She is also an authorized facilitator of several leading assessment tools such as the Team Diagnostics Assessment and the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment.

Leigh and her family live on a hilltop overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area. She and her family enjoy world travel and outdoor adventures. Leigh is a visual artist, dancer and a humor writer. She considers herself to be one of the luckiest people alive.

Elsa A. Ríos, JD, MSW

Strategies for Social Change®
50 Broad Street, Suite 1937, New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212.785.0544
Email: elsa at strategiesforsocialchange dot com

Elsa's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Strengths Based Leadership Coaching
  • Team Building
  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • Organizational Development and Management


Elsa Rios is President of Strategies for Social Change, LLC, a woman and minority owned, organizational development and coaching firm. Her areas of expertise include executive coaching, board and fund development, strategic planning, leadership transition management and policy advocacy campaigns and products. She has over thirty years of nonprofit experience in the areas of management, grant writing, program design, community organizing and public policy analysis and writing.

During her public service career she held several executive level management positions and engaged in extensive fundraising and program development. Her accomplishments include having served as the Founding Director of the Violence Intervention Program, Chief of Staff for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and Senior AIDS Policy Analyst for the Mayor's Office on Health Policy during the David Dinkins Administration. She is an adjunct faculty member at Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, teaching various subjects including cultural competency, fundraising and strategic planning.

Ms. Ríos holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and a Masters of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She is also a graduate of the Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

Patricia St. Onge

Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 9921, Oakland, CA 94613-9921
Phone: 510.530.2448
Email: pstonge at pacbell dot net

Patricia's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Looking at issues and concerns through the lens of culture
  • Integrating work with other aspects of our lives, in terms of balance and well being
  • Executive Directors who are transitioning into, or thinking of transitioning out of that role
  • Coaching that incorporates writing, art, music, spirituality, etc. if/when the client is interested


Patricia St.Onge (Haudenosaune) has worked to support the progressive social justice movement for much of her adult life. She is a Partner in Seven Generations Consulting Company, providing coaching, training, consulting and technical assistance in the areas of community organizing, social change advocacy, organizational development, cross-cultural effectiveness, consensus building and executive, spiritual & personal coaching. Seven Generations works with public agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, academic institutions, congregations and communities. They also provide executive transitions consulting as well as serving as interim executive director.

The name Seven Generations comes from Haudenosaune tradition that reminds us that we honor the generations who have come before us, and make decisions that are mindful of their impact on seven generations to come.

Ms. St.Onge is the former Director of Education and Training, and current affiliate consultant at the National Community Development Institute, a technical assistance intermediary working in grassroots communities of color. She has served as Executive Director of several non-profit agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, at affiliates in Boston, Oakland, and San Francisco before becoming Western Regional Director. She serves on several community boards. Patricia also performs ceremonies & rituals.

Ms. St.Onge holds a B.S. in Human Services from Southern NH University and M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion. She is a certified Spiritual Director from the Center for Interfaith Studies.

Ms. St.Onge is Six Nations/Haudenosaune and Quebecois. She reads, writes, and makes jewelry. Her great passion is her family; between them, she and her life partner, Wilson Riles have six daughters, two daughters-in-law and three sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.

Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Principal, Vergara-Lobo Associates
P.O. Box 12281, San Francisco CA 94112-0281
Phone: 415.585.5833
Fax 415.585.2712
Email: AlfredoV at sbcglobal dot net

Alfredo's strengths as a coach and areas of expertise include:

  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Assessment
  • Board Development and Governance
  • Mergers and Collaborations
  • Cultural Competence


With backgrounds in education, social work, organizational change, and recreation, Alfredo brings years of experience with non-profit and public entities domestically and abroad to his work as Principal at Vergara-Lobo Associates. He received his MSW from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and his BA from San Francisco State University.

Alfredo has taught in public and private schools the United States and Latin America, and has guest-lectured for the schools of Social Work and Social Welfare at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley respectively. A popular speaker and presenter, he has trained and presented to hundreds of audiences throughout the country and abroad in English and in Spanish, including the train-the-trainer series "Institute for Nonprofit Consulting" (INC), which prepares nonprofit consultants for successful careers in the sector.

Throughout his tenures as senior consultant at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and La Piana Associates, Alfredo has trained and consulted with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, and government entities domestically and abroad, in English and in Spanish in the areas of strategic planning, board development, strategic partnerships, and cultural competence. An expert in nonprofit partnerships, he was a founding consultant for the Strategic Solutions project, a national initiative to advance the field of nonprofit partnerships and fine tune knowledge and practice in that area.

As a coach, Alfredo has worked with nonprofit and public sector leaders to assist them in accomplishing their organizational and personal goals. He is a principal coach at Prism Coaching, a consortium of six multicultural coaches who provide culturally aware coaching services. He is currently enrolled in the coaching certification program at Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC)

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