Forward Change helps foundations, community-based organizations and government agencies pursue comprehensive strategies to improve the life outcomes and opportunities for children, young adults and families living in disadvantaged communities. We specialize in strategies built on research, policy change, and leadership development.
Arnold L. Chandler is an advocate, researcher, trainer and strategy consultant who for more than 15 years has helped nonprofits and foundations advance programs and policies focused on social and economic equity. He has been working on efforts to improve the health and well-being of boys and men of color specifically since 2007. Recently, he was a Senior Policy Associate with the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley Law School working on policies to improve the lives of Boys and Men of color across California. Before that he was a Research Analyst working with a team to reform the Oakland Police Department to reduce biased policing and police abuse as part of a federal lawsuit settled in 2001. Now he works with foundations and nonprofit organizations to advance their most mission-critical strategic initiatives. Chandler’s work is focused on mission impact strategy, evidence-based practices, and leadership development for social change and equity-focused organizations. As a researcher and policy strategist, Chandler has also authored several important policy analyses and studies in the social justice field as well as advised several nonprofit organizations on the use of Internet tools for supporting advocacy and social change efforts. He also trains the staff of nonprofit organizations in how to conduct research using cutting-edge Internet tools and techniques. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Janet.
Tia Martinez is an independent consultant who was previously the chief equity officer at the Stupski Foundation. Tia came to the foundation from the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School, where she was acting director of education, leading a policy unit that produced research, policy prescriptions and curricular innovation on issues related to education reform and racial justice. Prior to joining the Warren Institute, she served as strategic consultant to the Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education. In this capacity, she led a strategic planning process and supported nationwide rollout and implementation of the new strategy across 12 regional offices. Tia was also a manager at the Bridgespan Group, where she worked with a range of clients including the nation’s largest constituency-based Hispanic civil rights organization and an urban school district reform intermediary. As a senior fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, Tia worked on issues related to disadvantaged adolescents and immigrant families. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the San Francisco Mayor’s HIV Health Services Planning Council. Tia has an AB in History from Harvard University, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Francesca Delgado is an associate consultant with Forward Change who’s commitment to anti-poverty work stems from her experience being a Probation Officer for more than ten years working with adult, high-risk offenders in Seattle, WA. It was this defining experience which led her to pursue her graduate degree and acquire the skills to drive social change at the systemic level. In 2015, Francesca received her Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley. During graduate school, she worked with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and its HOPE SF initiative and also interned for the Obama administration’s anti-poverty Promise Zones initiative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Following graduation, Francesca was a yearlong Education Pioneers Fellow with the Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation, which supports the California Department of Education.
Amnoni Myers, is a dynamic public speaker and child welfare advocate. A native of Boston, MA, Amnoni recently received her Masters of Public Administration degree with the National Urban Fellows Program Class of 2017. In this prestigious program, Amnoni was placed at the California Endowment located in Oakland, CA where she worked on The My Brother’s Keeper Initiative for young boys and men of color. Amnoni previously worked with the U.S. Children’s Bureau as a child welfare policy consultant. She graduated from Gordon College with a double major in Social Work and Sociology, and completed a Social Work and Peace and Conflict Studies Practicum in San Francisco. She has also traveled to South Africa to study Race, Class and Gender. Amnoni became a ward of the state at birth, and through her experiences in foster care she became committed to helping others break the cycle of poverty. As a 2014 Foster Youth Internship Program™ participant with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), Amnoni interned in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley where she worked on child welfare initiatives for the Senator and his staff in support of his role on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Through this same program, Amnoni also wrote and published a policy report entitled Renewing the System’s Commitment to Child Well Being: Fostering Resilience through Trauma Informed Training, which she presented to both the White House Domestic Policy Council and Members of Congress. Amnoni was also the keynote speaker at the 2014 CCAI Angels in Adoption™ Gala in Washington, D.C. where she shared her story of resilience and triumph to Members of Congress, Administration leaders, and child welfare advocates from across the nation.
Tanya Alvarado is the Administrative Coordinator for Forward Change Consulting. In this role, she performs a variety of administrative duties, including scheduling, data entry, and research. Tanya has more than 12 years of experience as an Administrative Coordinator. She spent 15 years in the gaming industry, using her passion for employee satisfaction and process improvement to promote from administrative roles to supervisory and managerial assignments in gaming and hospitality areas. In addition to volunteering for the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Koman events, having been a Relay for Life Event Chair and Breast Cancer 3 Day Team Captain, Tanya is building a small ceramics and art business with a focus on teaching children. She lives outside Phoenix, AZ, with her husband and 2 daughters.