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
  • 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