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Advisory Committee


Communities of Excellence 2026 would like to thank the members of the Learning Collaborative Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee meets regularly to provide valuable guidance and oversight of the Learning Collaborative curriculum and process.

James Beatty, PhD, San Diego, CA

Joel Ettinger, President/CEO, Category One, Inc

Bob Fangmeyer, Director, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

Tommy Gonzalez, City Manager, El Paso, TX

Mike Kramer, Founder/CEO, ManageHub

Tim Kruse, Founder, Kruse Innovation Partners

Anabel Poole, Chief, Agency Operations, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

Sarah Rafi, Administrative Analyst III, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

Mary Jo Schumann, PhD, Director, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, University of San Diego

Rich Umbdenstock, Spokane, WA

Natasha Marie Wright, Policy Coordinator, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (Former Kruse Scholar)