Amy Cahner is a principal, along with Susan U. Donahue, in the consulting firm Cahners & Donahue Associates, which is dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations by helping boards of directors work more effectively.

Amy’s career in nonprofit consulting grew out of years of nonprofit volunteer work combined with years of for-profit management experience. Amy works primarily with nonprofit organizations in the areas of board governance, strategy, and operations.

Amy dedicates time to a variety of educational and community based organizations. She currently serves on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, the Board of Overseers of Newton Wellesley Hospital, on the executive committee of the board of trustees of Brown RISD Hillel, and as an emeritus board member of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston Community Action Partners, where she is a past board chair. Amy has served on the governance committee of the Arsenal Center for the Arts and the Parents Committee at Lehigh University. She has held numerous leadership roles at both Belmont Day School and The Rivers School, including board member, chair of committee on trustees, capital campaign major gifts committee, and senior parents’ gift committee. In addition, she was a founding member of the Bedford Family Connection and chair of the Myopia Hill Neighborhood Association.

Previously, she worked in retail executive management for Bradlees Department Stores, The Gap Stores, Abraham & Straus, as well as other major retailers.

Amy holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Nonprofit Board Member Job Descriptions – Seriously?

The first question we typically ask at our training sessions and workshops on the board’s roles and responsibilities is, Do you have a board member job description? More often than not the answer is a resounding no. As we conclude our sessions, we tell the attendees that if they do nothing else when they leave…