Nou Vang

Nou Vang


What inspires me: the goodness in humanity and the everyday heroes who are holding our communities together.

I do what I do because: I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life. 

I think the world would be better if: we focused more on our similarities than our differences.

In her role as the VP, Operations and Finance, Nou serves as a member of the executive team, leading business operations and finance function for the firm. Specifically, Nou leads the development and implementation of financial and operational strategies to achieve our goals, build and/or evolve the infrastructure (e.g., people/partners, processes, systems, policies) required to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the organization, and manage the day-to-day tactical execution of our business operations and finance function. Nou is responsible for analyzing and helping the firm thoughtfully evolve our current infrastructure to best support the increasing volume of relationships and fund distributions, while keeping the people who are most impacted (e.g., our team, our clients, our clients’ stakeholders) at the center.

Nou Vang has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience with mission-driven organizations and membership and trade associations. She has managed operations for small and large nonprofit organizations with the largest being a national membership association with a $20M budget. An experienced project manager, Nou has led a variety of organization development projects including engaging a group of stakeholders to formulate a national membership model that enhances member experience while ensuring long-term financial viability, overseeing a $1.8million office construction project, and implementing organization-wide technology solutions. Nou is knowledgeable about strategic and operational aspects of management including efficiency and productivity, change management, and team development.  She is passionate about helping organizations focus their energy on their purpose and objectives; creating and sustaining commitment to their visions; and reconciling differences and managing conflict.  

Nou previously served as the SVP of Operations at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, where she helped grow the annual budget to $16M and over 20 staff. She was instrumental in launching the organization’s Grants Management line of service that awarded over $40M in grants to small businesses impacted by Covid-19. She played key roles in launching two new departments: Department of Data and Analytics and Innovation Hub. Lastly she ensure that staff had the resources they needed to be successful through process automation and use of new technologies such as Slack, and Calendly to name a few.  

Nou is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a BA in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration. 



nvang [at] communitywealth [dot] com

Nicole Stoker

Nicole Stoker

Executive Assistant

What inspires me: Kindness without agenda

What I am most proud of: My two beautiful children.  

I think the world would be better if: We could focus on empathy instead of judgement. 

Core Expertise:

  • Executive Support
  • Scheduling
  • Logistics

As Executive Assistant, Nicole supports the Executive team with scheduling and logistics, keeping their calendars organized so they can focus on team and clients.  

Nicole has 20 years of experience in administration and executive support. She loves to work with and support others who are passionate about what they do and striving to make our world better.

Nicole’s true passion is musical theatre and has had many amazing and unique opportunities as a professional singer and actor. One highlight is playing the role of Eponine on the Broadway National Tour of the musical Les Miserables 

Nicole received her B.F.A in Music, Dance and Theatre from Brigham Young University.  



nstoker [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Raffie Parke

Raffie Parke


What inspires me: “There are as many ways to live in this world as there are people in this world, and each one deserves a closer look.” – Harriet the Spy

I feel most courageous when: I’m part of a team of passionate and committed people. 

I do what I do because: Our partners are working to create the world I want to live in: one where all people can live safe, healthy, fulfilling lives, and where race is not a predictor of opportunity. 

Core Expertise: 

  • Culturally responsive qualitative research and evaluation
  • Public Health including health and education equity, food insecurity and maternal child health
  • Developing relationships
  • Integrating a racial equity lens/approach

As a researcher-turned-strategic advisor and facilitator, Raffie helps her clients ground their work in deep understanding of their stakeholders and the environments in which they operate. She brings a decade of experience in research, analysis, facilitation, project management, change management, and stakeholder engagement. Through her strategy and capacity building work, she has supported leaders across the social-sector ecosystem, from small grassroots nonprofits to foundations, corporations, and intermediaries. 

Before joining Community Wealth Partners, Raffie was a senior research analyst at Kantar Consulting. There, she led quantitative and qualitative market research studies for Fortune 500 clients, generating insights on shopper and consumer behavior and recommendations to accelerate growth. She also served as an account executive at IBM, specializing in their data management and analytics portfolio for large enterprise accounts.

Raffie received her MBA with high honors from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and her BA in Psychology from Middlebury College, where she graduated magna cum laude. 



rparker [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Simone Swanson

Simone Swanson

Communications and Business Development Manager

What inspires me: People who despite their circumstances use their talent to align with destiny then reach back to help others traveling the journey of life.

I do what I do because: I believe in the transformative power of words and creativity. Through various forms of communications humanity has the power to connect, heal and empower the world around us. 

I think the world would be better if: We could learn to love and respect ourselves and our neighbors the way we love and respect our dearest friends. 

Core Expertise:

  • Writing and storytelling
  • Digital marketing
  • Public speaking
  • Community engagement
  • Partnership development
  • Program design, implementation and evaluation

As Communications and Business Development Manager, Simone is responsible for communicating the impact of the firms’ work through day-to-day communications and marketing activities. In her role, she also supports day-to-day business development activities to deepen relationships with clients and partners. 

Simone has over a decade of experience working with grassroots and nationwide nonprofit organizations in community outreach, program design and partnership development. Prior to joining the organization, Simone worked as an independent consultant helping nonprofit and for-profit entities build brand strategies and design programming. Before becoming a consultant, Simone served as the Director of Community Outreach for a cancer support center where she designed, managed and implemented an outreach plan to increase awareness and build partnerships in Black, brown, and LGBTQ+ populations. She has participated and led strategic planning sessions to help cultivate young leaders. Simone serves as a keynote speaker at retreats and facilitator for topics relevant to women and girls. 

Simone received a B.A. in Communication from Bowling Green State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and as Co-Chair for the Women of Color Foundation Millennial Suite Network.



sswanson [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Jahera Otieno

Jahera Otieno


What inspires me: Doing work that fosters equity and impact

I do what I do because: I want to create spaces, places, and opportunities where people feel seen, heard, loved, and valued

I think the world would be better if: more people quietly listened and gave love

Core Expertise: 

  • Program design and implementation
  • Equitable capacity building
  • Human-centered design
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategy design and implementation

As a senior consultant, Jahera supports organizations and foundations by co-creating, designing, and carrying out programs to drive strategic growth and implement effective organizational change. Jahera brings deep knowledge and expertise in racial and health equity, community engagement, facilitation, and capacity building. She is a certified program manager and excels in defining goals, leveraging data to develop thoughtful and impactful recommendations, and managing strategy implementation.

Before joining Community Wealth Partners, Jahera was the founder and principal consultant with PAYO Collaborative, where she worked with U.S. and international nonprofit organizations to address critical challenges by providing a targeted and customized package of services that drive organizational and programmatic growth, change, and implementation. Before founding PAYO, Jahera worked for numerous U.S. and international nonprofits to design and develop impactful and creative public health programs and initiatives focused on women, infants, and children’s health.

Jahera has an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Boston University School of Public Health and a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University.



jotieno [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Kaylyn Williams

Kaylyn Williams


What inspires me: Communities that love, care, and grow despite challenges and odds stacked against them

I do what I do because: I believe that all children deserve to learn, grow, and play in communities that have the necessary resources to support them

I think the world would be better if: more people listened with the intent to understand and not respond

Core Expertise: 

  • Culturally responsive qualitative research and evaluation
  • Public Health including health and education equity, food insecurity and maternal child health
  • Developing relationships
  • Integrating a racial equity lens/approach

As a consultant, Kaylyn works on a variety of projects with a diverse range of nonprofits and foundations. Kaylyn is skilled at centering community voice and building trusting relationships to advance the missions of organizations.  Believing that well managed projects facilitate more successful outcomes, Kaylyn invests in organization, collaboration, and communication to execute project deliverables. Kaylyn is a passionate facilitator and has experience facilitating a diverse array of groups and individuals.

Prior to joining Community Wealth Partners, Kaylyn worked as a Senior Project Coordinator in the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement at the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI). Kaylyn worked with nonprofits and foundations to center equity in their work, including implementation and evaluation. Through a culturally responsive and racially equitable approach, Kaylyn worked with clients to ensure evaluations and learnings centered communities that were most impacted by the work. Kaylyn worked across multiple projects and teams ensuring efficient processes and timely deliverables.

Prior to working at MPHI, Kaylyn was a Senior Analyst in the Social and Economic Policy Division at Abt Associates. Kaylyn worked across a range of content areas including housing, food insecurity, and workforce development. At Abt, Kaylyn assisted with the development and execution of government funded research and evaluation.  Through rigorous research Kaylyn developed her analytic, project management, and qualitative research skills. Clients included the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education as well as select foundations and non-profit organizations.

Kaylyn holds an MPH with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Yale School of Public Health and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Health and Urban Policy and Politics from Yale University.

When not at work, Kaylyn enjoys spending time exploring her new city Philadelphia (by foot) and visiting family and friends across the country.



kwilliams [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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Trenor Williams

Amy Celep


What inspires me:  People who overcome adversity and beat the odds.

I feel most courageous when:  My two beautiful boys who are confident, creative and caring.

I think the world would be better if:  I love to learn, and I learn so much from our partners who are transforming the world.

As CEO of Community Wealth Partners, Amy Celep guides the organization’s strategic direction and oversees the team’s efforts to support partners in solving problems at the magnitude they exist. Amy was named to this role in April 2010, and since then has led the organization in developing and implementing a new strategy for greater impact, while achieving significant revenue growth and securing a marquee list of partners.

Amy served in various consulting and management roles with Community Wealth Partners for eight years before moving into her current position. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in the nonprofit sector as a marketer and fundraiser and in the private sector where she served as a producer for a CBS affiliate’s award-winning evening news. In 2011, Amy was honored as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes the region’s brightest young business leaders. Amy also is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2012.

Amy received her M.B.A. from Georgetown University and her B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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