Marci Sternheim is an experienced independent consultant dedicated to the success and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and academic institutions. She served previously as Senior Advisor for the Israel Program, the President of The Dibner Fund, and founding Executive Director of The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Earlier she worked in the Office of the Secretary and Vice President at Yale where as Assistant University Secretary.
She holds a doctorate in Spanish and Latin American literature from Yale University, and she taught at both Yale and Wesleyan. She is a trained mediator, having earned her Certification in Mediation from the University of Connecticut and the Quinnipiac University Law School. She is also a BoardSource-trained governance consultant and has received Interim Executive Director leadership training from the Support Center in New York. She teaches nonprofit professional practice classes in the UConn Encore! Program and was a regular guest lecturer on mentoring and on nonprofit leadership at NYU/Stern School of Business Women in Business Leadership course.
She is a frequent public speaker/conference presenter on topics ranging from organizational culture to the philanthropic partnership. She has served on a wide variety of boards, locally and nationally including, most recently, as Advisory Committee Chair of Ask Big Questions, a national program engaging young adults on campuses and others in reflective community conversations about purpose, identity, and responsibility. Currently she serves as Board member and Governance Committee Chair of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC, and she chairs the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Consultants Network.