Nelli Garton. PH.D. is an accomplished strategist, problem-solver, and change agent. Dr. Garton is the founder and principal at Garton Strategy Group, strategic advisors for impact working to direct more capital towards improving our communities. She is also a founder and Chief Impact and Operating Officer of TableCloth, a civic technology company that provides a platform for the social sector to better tell its stories and to increase civic engagement by socially minded individuals. In the past she has consulted to a variety of clients on board development, evaluation and impact, program planning and assessment, policy analysis, organizational development and fundraising. Previously, she was a Senior Principal at LeSarDevelopment Consultants, Partner in Keel Asset Management, a Vice President at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University.
She is on the board of the Wilson Foundation and leads their strategic initiative on family homelessness, she co-founded and currently chairs the San Diego Impact Investor Network, is the secretary for the board of directors of San Diego Grantmakers and serves on the advisory boards of the Youth Development Office of San Diego and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Dr. Garton holds a PhD. and MA in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, an MPA from Cornell University and a BA in Sociology from Colorado College.