Meet the FounderBACKGROUND – Consultant and Trainer
Brigette Rouson, Principal, Rouson Associates, brings over 25 years’ experience building nonprofit effectiveness toward a just society. Her practice includes strategic planning, governance and other leadership development, facilitation, training and action research. She has been part of the design and implementation of numerous capacity-building initiatives for organizations and for grantmakers.She is part of the RoadMap collaborative, www.roadmapconsulting.org, focused on strengthening national and regional social justice organizations. In addition to independent consulting, she works as a Senior Consultant through Maryland Nonprofits.
Formerly with Alliance for Nonprofit Management, she served as program director for the 1,000-membership organization, and played a pivotal role in developing professional standards for capacity building professionals in the nonprofit sector. As part of her Alliance work, she co-authored and served as project manager for the book Embracing Cultural Competency (2009), www.fieldstonealliance.org and led a group that created principles for building cultural competency in advocacy.
Brigette has provided capacity-building services to more than 250 nonprofits while working in her independent practice and previously on the senior staff at Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism; Management Assistance Group; and Maryland Nonprofits. Earlier, she directed a $4 million grantmaking collaborative at the Ms. Foundation for Women to support youth leadership.
Brigette has worked with numerous organizations in philanthropy, government, and nonprofits at the local, regional, national and international levels. Her client work includes repeat engagements for numerous groups. She has presented at conferences such as Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Community Investment Network, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Grantmakers in Health. She is trained in methods such as coaching and results-based accountability, and cultivated her own leadership by way of Shannon Institute, Stone House, and Vallecitos.
Her community leadership includes: Diverse City Fund (www.diversecityfund.org) - founding Board member, grantmaking team, fundraising team; and in her faith community - Board of Social Action and youth director. She has taught at universities in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. Brigette is a graduate of Howard University (B.A.), Georgetown University (J.D.), and University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) where she completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in communications and culture.