About Forward Change

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.