The Draper Consulting Group team works collaboratively to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Its members are:

  • Lee Draper

    Lee Draper, Ph.D.

    President

    Lee Draper, Ph.D.

    President
  • Cole Wilbur

    Cole Wilbur

    Senior Associate

    Cole Wilbur

    Senior Associate
  • Erica Lindsten

    Erica Lindsten

    Associate Director

    Erica Lindsten

    Associate Director
  • Katie Falk

    Katie Falk

    Senior Project Manager

    Katie Falk

    Senior Project Manager
  • Ellen Snyder, Ph.D.

    Ellen Snyder, Ph.D.

    Project Manager

    Ellen Snyder, Ph.D.

    Project Manager
  • Adrianne Himel

    Adrianne Himel

    Project Associate

    Adrianne Himel

    Project Associate
  • Dr. Draper’s broad understanding of issues facing the nonprofit sector comes from over 30 years of experience performing diverse roles in nonprofit leadership and service: as grantmaker, board member, executive director and program manager, consultant, scholar, and active member of local and national associations.

    Since founding Draper Consulting Group (DCG) in 1990, Dr. Draper has led major efforts to shape philanthropy. She served as one of the lead consultants to Blue Cross of California in creating all aspects of The California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Draper has helped in the formation of 10 other new foundations and assisted in the expansion and enhancement of 12 more.

    Dr. Draper has also supported the transformation of a plethora of nonprofit organizations through her work at DCG. She has designed and administered diverse capacity building programs that build board and staff leadership, effective program and financial management, and diverse fundraising skills, including those sponsored by the Flintridge Operating Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    In 2007, Dr. Draper founded the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG). NNCG’s mission is to increase philanthropy and deepen its impact by harnessing the skills and experience of consultants across the U.S.

    Prior to establishing DCG, Dr. Draper held management positions at The Ahmanson Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, and California Community Foundation. In addition, she has seven years of nonprofit management experience as a museum director, curator, and educator. Dr. Draper holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Lee Draper can be reached at ldraper@drapergroup.com

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  • Cole Wilbur is a Trustee and former President of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. During his tenure as the Foundation CEO from 1976 to 1999, the Foundation grew from a two-person staff and $8 million in annual grantmaking to a $13 billion foundation with 155 employees and awarding more than $500 million a year. Now, as Trustee, he is active in support of the Foundation’s environmental initiatives including encouraging smart growth and energy conservation by Chinese policy makers.

    Mr. Wilbur has assisted many foundations in strategic planning, board governance, finding and training new executive staff, and making transitions in generations and leadership. He has assisted business leaders and wealthy individuals in South America, Australia, New Zealand, and China to start new foundations and improve their scope and effectiveness.

    Mr. Wilbur received the Council on Foundation’s prestigious Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 1999. For a number of years, he served as a COF Mentor, helping foundations throughout the U.S. deal with challenging issues, and in 2005, was COF’s Interim President and CEO. He has been an active member of COF’s Family Philanthropy Program and is currently on the faculty for COF’s Essential Skills and Strategy training programs held twice yearly.

    Prior to joining the Packard Foundation, Mr. Wilbur was Executive Director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation, designing and administering this important fundraising arm of the national environmental organization. He also worked in international banking and managed a computer service bureau.

    In addition to the Packard Foundation Board, Mr. Wilbur serves on the boards of Colorado College, the Institute for Global Ethics, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, The Stanford Theatre, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. He is on the Steering Committee of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and a number of advisory boards.

    Mr. Wilbur received both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University and is the co-author or The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics.

    Cole Wilbur can be reached at cwilbur@drapergroup.com

  • Erica Lindsten has supported a wide array of organizations through her work with DCG. Ms. Lindsten guides projects for nonprofit clients in strategic planning, board development, fundraising, capital campaign planning and implementation, and countless other areas to strengthen operational infrastructure and sustainability. For grantmaker clients, Ms. Lindsten spearheads efforts in organizational planning and coordinating capacity building programs for grantees.

    Ms. Lindsten comes to Draper Consulting Group with a background in fundraising and social justice advocacy. Ms. Lindsten has served a variety of organizations in building fund development capacity and institutional support. Prior to joining DCG, Ms. Lindsten served as the Grants Manager at Venice Arts, a community-based arts education nonprofit, where she was responsible for all foundation and corporate fundraising. Previously, she was the Corporate & Foundation Relations Associate for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). There she was able to increase institutional support for improving images of LGBT people in traditional and new media.

    Ms. Lindsten received her BA in International Relations from UCLA. While pursuing her studies, she served as the Advocacy Director for the External Vice President’s office, primarily advocating for greater access and affordability in the UC and CSU systems. Ms. Lindsten was a UC Scholar in Sacramento focusing on California law and policy and also studied international law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands as part of her undergraduate work.

    Erica Lindsten can be reached at elindsten@drapergroup.com

  • Katie Falk works closely with a diverse range of DCG’s clients in the nonprofit and philanthropic spheres. She supports efforts in organizational planning, including business planning, budgeting, board retreat planning, and organizational priority setting. Ms. Falk also leads projects targeted at building the capacity of individuals and grantees through workshop development and implementation and communications strategy.

    Ms. Falk has a wide range of experience and knowledge from her work in direct service within the communities of Los Angeles as well as macro-level program administration. Prior to joining DCG, Ms. Falk worked in multiple capacities with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. Her work as Program Coordinator with the Mayor’s Office was focused on the development and implementation of Summer Night Lights, a program that engages communities most affected by gang-related violence during the summer months. Ms. Falk specialized in program planning and execution, fund development, and facilitation of strategic partnerships across community based organizations, City departments, and local businesses. She also served in a direct service role for the Summer Night Lights program, mentoring local youth and implementing community based programming focused on violence reduction.

    Ms. Falk is an AmeriCorps alumna, completing her service with the JusticeCorps program based in the Los Angeles Stanley Mosk Courthouse. In this role she provided legal information for family law petitions to clients in the courthouse’s self-help resource center.

    Ms. Falk obtained her BA from UCLA in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish. While at UCLA she was involved with UCLA’s official student charity, UCLA UNICAMP, fundraising and providing services to Los Angeles County youth living below the poverty line. She studied abroad at the Universidad de Carlos III in Madrid, focusing on the study of Spanish society and culture, and was also a research intern at the Mary Magdalene Project in Van Nuys, conducting a sociological analysis of the rehabilitation methodology for ex-prostitutes.

    Katie Falk can be reached at kfalk@drapergroup.com

  • Ellen Snyder comes to Draper Consulting Group with a background in project management and research.

    Before joining DCG, Ms. Snyder worked as a Program Manager at the Center for Corporate Innovation, where she organized and planned educational conferences around the country for high-level executives in the healthcare industry. Previous to CCI, Ms. Snyder taught Classics at numerous universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge; and San Diego State University. Ms. Snyder also served as a tutor for School on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring for homeless children in the Los Angeles area.

    Ms. Snyder received her BA in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from Oberlin College and her MA in Classics from Vanderbilt University. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Classics, with a concentration in Women’s Studies.

    Ellen Snyder can be reached at esnyder@drapergroup.com

  • Adrianne Himel works closely with the client services team to assist with projects, supports client development, and performs the administrative operations of Draper Consulting Group.

    Prior to joining the DCG team, Ms. Himel served as the Development Associate at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica where she assisted the development department in achieving its fundraising goals and building strong philanthropic relationships among supporters, corporations, and the community. She performed donor prospect research, grants management, research and writing, managed the online donation platform, and supported mailing campaigns and events. She first joined the Boys & Girls Club as the Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA to build capacity for the Club’s College Bound program.

    Ms. Himel received her BA in European Studies and French from the University of Washington. She studied in Paris with the school’s Comparative Literature department and became an English Teaching Assistant after graduation for middle and high school students in the French countryside.

    Adrianne Himel can be reached at ahimel@drapergroup.com