Tom Mendelsohn

Tom Mendelsohn – Principal

In more than thirty years serving the third sector, Tom has developed management expertise spanning organizational development, strategic planning and facilitation. He has coached executives, and helped boards and leaders to plan more effectively and build strong management systems and habits. Tom believes the finite time and attention of staff and board leadership represent some of the scarcest, most valuable, often overlooked resources. He helps managers make the best use of time devoted to planning and leadership meetings. Tom also brings experience in more technical aspects of management such as information systems, financial management, and business processes.

Since the 2018 election, Tom has focused a substantial portion of his time supporting the Movement Voter Project as a Philanthropic Advisor & Senior Consultant. He helps donors invest in political and social change by funding local grassroots organizing groups, and assists MVP’s development and technical staff to improve fundraising systems.

Tom has led MGA’s Strategic Planning work and provided Organizational Development and Executive Coaching to Barr Fellows and their leadership teams.

Before founding MGA with Julia Gittleman in 1999, Tom was a teacher and an outdoor educator, and spent nine years with the American Cancer Society. His time there included serving as Chief Information Officer of the New England Division and both serving on and leading projects for the ACS Nationally.

Tom received his Masters in Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1989.