Board Advancement


Allison Sampson has helped boards, commissions, and governments to advance by providing them with new and diverse skills that enable them to grow and manage change.

Allison’s experience with advancement services includes:

  • Board retreats for strategy development
  • Guidance on effective internal decision-making processes
  • Preparation for changes in professional and volunteer leadership
  • Performance measurement
  • Board member recruitment
  • Training board members for meaningful participation
  • Board president and staff coaching

For the Cultural Council, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to advancing the arts in Santa Cruz County, ASMC conducted an organizational assessment during the time the council was searching for a new executive director. Working closely with the chair and the board, Allison created new financial reports, reorganized board committee structures, and repositioned officers’ duties. A new work plan helped guide the organization in the hiring of new executive staff. The Cultural Council has successfully implemented this plan.

Working within the structure of the organization and taking into consideration the needs of the board and the day-to-day management, Allison prioritized actions, developed team-building exercises, and trained board members for superior performance.

Whether counseling a nonprofit board or a public sector commission, similar tools are employed to advance an organization’s leadership.

Allison has also worked with many organizations ranging from the Los Angeles Free Clinic to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Department, facilitating board retreats as well as management and employee discussions to help organizations better meet their missions.