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Community listening and connection is essential for nonprofits and philanthropies.

Reimagining Boards

"The Spreckels Organ Society employed Pat to help us ‘reimagine’ our Board operations. Her skills in this area became quite apparent as she dissected our bylaws and procedures and made many recommendations to bring us current with not-for-profit best practices. We are excited with the new path she has opened for us as we can now effectively strategize our long-term goals and make our Board a much more efficient governing body”

Randy Ward

Board Chair, Spreckels Organ Society


The process of reimagining a board starts with an examination of governance documents and ends with board leaders who are eagerly and actively engaged. It involves working with an organization’s leaders to:

  • Think about the type of governance structure that will work best for the organization

  • Reach a common understanding about of the role and responsibility of board members

  • Ensure that all governance and policy documents are current, legal and understandable

  • Structure the board to advance the fiduciary and strategic needs of the organization

  • Recruit people who are committed to advancing the mission

Creating a Strong Board-Staff Partnership

To start the process of reimagining your board, download this free PDF quick guide.


This guide gives an overview of five key steps every organization must take in order to create a strategic and effective board. 


Click the image or this link to begin downloading. 

Free Download: Pat Libby's Guide to Reimagining Your Board

"Pat invited Community HousingWorks to ask a radical question - what board would power us forward in our growth? And why couldn't we figure out who we needed to be on that board and just go get them?


With Pat's help, we did just that. Our board is restructured, highly engaged and adding even more value. They’re tickled pink at the company of the amazing people they find in each other."

Sue Reynolds

President & CEO, Community HousingWorks

"With Pat’s guidance and support, Community Housing Works was able to significantly improve its board governance. Board members’ strengths and productivity have been leveraged to support CHW in the most strategic way possible.


CHW has grown from having a positive impact on San Diego County’s affordable housing to having impact at the statewide level. The Board now has the skills and commitment to effectively address and resolve the complex nature of the new CHW footprint."

Robert Gottlieb

Board Chair, Community HousingWorks

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"Pat worked with us during the past few months to revise our board governance manual. She continues to be our go to expert when it comes to organizational governance and Board matters. She quickly figures out what your organization is missing or where improvement is needed most to ensure compliance and that you are  implementing best practices. She works extremely well with the Board to build policies and procedures that speak your organization's language and work best for you. All this while training your Board all along. We are always happy with the results when we work with Pat Libby."

Travis Kemnitz

Executive Director, San Diego Audubon

"Pat was terrific when working with us in merging our two boards to become one strategic organization. Thanks to her knowledge and wisdom, all of our board documents and by-laws are now up-to-date and compliant.


We are better positioned and have the tools to recruit the additional members we need to continue our quest to serve more children and families throughout Southern California. Thank you, Pat!"

Teresa Stivers

CEO of Walden Family Services

"Pat’s depth of knowledge in non-profit management allowed our organization to successfully merge our two boards into one strong governing entity.  Her professionalism, creativity and attention to every detail kept us focused and enthused about completing our project on a tight deadline.


I have great admiration and gratitude towards Pat for delivering exactly what she promised… CLARITY. PERSPECTIVE. INSIGHT."

Arlene Lieberman

Board Chair of Walden Family Services

"Pat is a fantastic coach, helping shepherd us through a complete overhaul and update of bylaws and governance documents.


She provided helpful background information and patiently walked us through each iteration as we circulated and revised the documents, making them our own.


I highly recommend that non-profits go through this process, and utilize Pat to help guide the work."

Linde Hotchkiss

Board Chair, Junior Achievement of San Diego

"Pat is special. The work she did “reimagining” our board has completely changed how we operate. Now our board members are really making a difference! All our systems are working better from HR to developing strategy to financial management. 

Everybody on the board contributes to making us more effective, and they’re excited about working together and helping Dreams for Change."

Teresa Smith, Ph.D.

C.E.O., Dreams for Change

“Our Board Governance Committee recently had the pleasure of working with Pat to update and modernize all of our governance documents in anticipation of realigning our organization to a more committee centric Board. Pat’s extraordinary knowledge, experience and insight, coupled with her flexibility in adapting documents to our unique organizational needs, were of immense value to us as we worked to understand and then adopt our vision of the future governance of our organization. We can’t say enough about her supportive guidance of our efforts.”

Harry Stephens and Angie Bartosik

Co-Chairs of the Governance Committee

Veterans Village of San Diego


Strategic consulting for Veterans Village of San Diego
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