About Us

Thrive Impact’s team has a track record of turn-around and revenue success as leaders of nonprofits with revenues from $1M to $650M, including:

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Good 360
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Our founders and team have decades of experience leading nonprofits and businesses with revenues from $1M to $650M.  Our blend of been-in-the-trenches empathy, design-thinking process, and forward-thinking fundraising approaches make us effective contributors to your success.

Meet Our Founders

Kevin Hagan

Chief Executive

Kevin Hagan

With 20 years of leadership experience in business, nonprofits, and government organizations, Kevin brings a wealth of expertise and insight to help organizations thrive and have greater impact.

His expertise is in organizational strategy and planning, leadership and governance, change management and organizational transformation, and crisis management and messaging.

Having served as CEO of the American Diabetes Association and Feed the Children, he has a unique understanding of the pressures that nonprofit executives face and the need for innovation in the nonprofit sector.  He has also served in other leadership roles throughout his career, including Chief Operating Officer of Good360, Head of Public Affairs and Communications for US Foods, and multiple national-level management roles at the United States Postal Service.

Kevin’s education includes a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and undergraduate degrees in Political Science, History and German from Mercer University in Georgia.  During his nonprofit CEO tenure, he also completed executive education in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School.

He spends his time in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elizabeth, while chasing his 3-year-old toddler, Amelia, around the house, the park, and anywhere else she goes.

Tucker Wannamaker

Chief Strategist

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For the last 12 years, Tucker has been in the trenches of helping nonprofits thrive in multiple capacities: as a marketing and fundraising leader inside of Ashoka, Character.org, and Youth Service America; as a founder of a startup nonprofit leading them to $1M in revenue in the first year; and as a consultant developing change-management, fundraising, and marketing campaigns for nonprofit clients like the Red Cross, United States Olympic Museum, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and Colorado College. His expertise is in revenue creation, marketing strategy, strategic partnerships, philanthropic management (how to effectively give money away), technology platforms, culture upgrading, and managing creative teams.

He has a wife and four elementary-aged kids that are amazing. He loves taking them on bike rides and hikes (it’s the Colorado in him), along with seeing awesome museums in the District. Favorite Quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Meet Our Team

Brendan Bailes

Synthesis & Analysis Lead

Brendan

An effective communications manager, Brendan prepares people to communicate effectively and collaborate efficiently. He incites insight to manage successful projects, and craft persuasive stories and communications pieces. During more than a decade as a professional communicator, he has served as manager of communications at KaBOOM, City Year, and the Corporation for National Community Service.

Brendan has a broad communication background including overall strategy design and content development with tactical execution experience in social media, press releases, media advisories, speechwriting, case studies, newsletters, annual reports, and special event collateral.

Jeff Franco

Constituent Engagement

jeff francoAn innovative nonprofit leader, Jeff has most recently served 11 years as Executive Director and Vice President of City Year – both in Miami as Interim Executive Director and leading, growing and tripling the Washington, DC site for 10 years to establish City Year as proven education reform nonprofit in both cities. He brings 25 years of experience in the business development and management arena and has a successful track record of implementing corporate business/ nonprofit development plans. Jeff also served as Director of Global Business Development and Project Manager at Voxiva where he developed Voxiva’s corporate strategy, analyzed market entry conditions and evaluated new opportunities in Latin America, Africa, and the US.

Cindy Hallberlin

Board Practice Lead

Cindy Hallberlin

Cindy Hallberlin is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in Board  governance for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  She began her career as National Program Manager for the award-winning REDRESS employment mediation program at the US Postal Service.  Her career continued as an employment attorney at Sidley Austin LLP before becoming Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at US Foods following a billion dollar fraud.  She then entered the non-profit world becoming the CEO of Good 360, the Chief Operating Officer of the American Diabetes Association and the COO of Easterseals.  Cindy serves as Board Chair of Move This World (social and emotional learning) and the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project. She also serves  on the board of Unlocking Potential (promoting leadership for community problems) and the advisory boards of Blue Door and DHIT (digital health).  Previously she has served as the Board Chair and a board member of Dance Place as well as on the boards of InterAction and the Institute for Conflict Transformation.

Grace Beyer

Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager, Grace is responsible for the Thrive Impact’s day to day operations including IT, project management, marketing, and communications. She also ensures the entire Thrive team is organized and “on” task.

During her educational endeavors, Grace contributed her skills to a variety of public interest organizations including the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Raben Group. Her experience also time interning on for a congressional office on Capitol Hill and working with the Department of Planning and Zoning with the City of Alexandria, VA as well as the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland

Grace has a Masters in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s in political science from Rice University in Texas. She is passionate about helping organizations reach their full potential so that they can have meaningful impact in their communities.