Full Frame Initiative has a new look!


Dorothy Allison

Dorothy is the prize-winning author of a number of books, including Bastard Out of Carolina. She specializes in capturing the voices and rawness of entrenched poverty and violence and plans to work with FFI’s founder on raising up the voices of program participants in Full Frame programs.

Juan Carlos Areán
Program Director, Children, and Youth Program, Futures Without Violence

Juan Carlos is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza and as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University, and he is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Prudence Brown
MSW, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Prue’s work focuses on the documentation and evaluation of community change initiatives, new approaches to learning from and providing assistance to these initiatives, and the role of philanthropy in community change. She was a Research Fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children and served as Deputy Director of the Urban Poverty Program at the Ford Foundation.

Lonna Davis
Director of Children’s Services, Futures Without Violence

Lonna oversees a range of national and international programs for the nation’s preeminent anti-family-violence organization (in translating grassroots effectiveness into social policy and change).  She has been a pioneer in creating state and national policy and programs to address domestic violence.

Cheryl Dorsey
M.D., M.P.P., President, Echoing Green Foundation

Cheryl heads one of the nation’s most prestigious social entrepreneurship fellowships.  A pediatrician and an accomplished social entrepreneur (founder of Boston’s Family Van), Cheryl has expertise in health care, labor issues, and national policy.

Michelle Fine
Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social and Personality Psychology, City University of New York

Michelle is a nationally known expert on the intersection of social justice and academic research. Her research program surrounds questions of community development with a particular emphasis on urban youth and young adults. She is working on a number of projects about access, opportunity and the New York public schools.

Cynthia M. Gibson
Ph.D., Founder and Principal, Cynthesis Consulting

For almost three decades, Cynthia’s work has focused on public policy research and analysis, program development, strategic planning, survey design, evaluation, and marketing and communications. She has held leadership roles with several national foundations and nonprofits and is a widely published author and blogger on issues affecting the nonprofit/philanthropic sector.

Leland (Lee) Goldberg
MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Jones & Vining

Lee is a well-known and highly regarded Interim CEO and management consultant, having successfully restructured over 300 companies in his more than 25 years of management experience. He is an expert in business planning and integrating operational metrics with financial planning. Lee is a founding member of VETRN, an organization that provides veteran small business owners an opportunity to attend a program in entrepreneurship exclusively designed for veterans to grow their own small business. He has a long-standing commitment to domestic and international work that seeks to empower poor and marginalized communities.

Lisa Goodman
Ph.D., Professor, Boston College Lynch School of Education

Lisa is an expert on the intersection of poverty, domestic violence and mental health issues.  She partnered with FFI’s founder in documenting the Full Frame Approach, and they continue to collaborate on research and writing about the Full Frame Approach and community-based strategies to addressing violence in the context of poverty.

Naomi (Mio) Leavitt
Ph.D., Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Forensic Services

Mio has spent the last 25 years working with those who have been failed by systems and supports. She worked at Bridgewater State Hospital for over a decade, and now works in the courthouses of the Commonwealth assessing criminal defendants (alleged perpetrators of violence towards others) as well as those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues facing involuntary civil commitment.

Ceasar McDowell
Ed.D., Professor of the Practice of Community Development, MIT

Ceasar’s work focuses on the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement.  He has been working on the use of narrative and story making as a tool for sharing and maintaining grassroots knowledge.  His research and teaching interests also include the use of mass media and technology in promoting democracy and community-building, the education of urban students, the development and use of empathy in community work, civil rights history, peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Anne Peretz
LICSW, Founder, The Family Center (now The Parenting Journey)

Anne is a longtime champion of family-based strategies to support families mired in poverty.  She has been involved in many of the Boston-area’s most important start-ups and community-based organizations.

Lisbeth (Lee) B. Schorr
Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Lee is a national authority on “what works” to improve the future of disadvantaged children and their families and neighborhoods.  She is the author of several highly regarded books on the subject.

Nan Stone
Ph.D., Partner, Bridgespan

Nan heads the knowledge division of Bridgespan, a national consulting firm to leading nonprofits and managers.  Prior to coming to Bridgespan, she was editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review.

Laura Stravino
Former Chief Capacity Officer, the Full Frame Initiative

Laura has been part of developing and growing mission-based organizations, coalitions and networks for over 25 years. She served as FFI’s founding Chief Capacity Officer for nearly nine years and is highly committed to collaborative work that advances social change.

Dale Walker
M.D., Director, One Sky Center, and professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Director of the Center for American Indian Education and Research, Oregon Health and Science University

Dale is nationally recognized for his work as an advocate and activist for access to healthcare and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness and addiction, particularly among American Indians.

Jane Wei-Skillern
Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley

Jane is a pioneer in the study of (and is an evangelizer for) how nonprofits achieve greater impact by working in networks.

Julie Boatright Wilson
Ph.D., Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Julie is interested in poverty policy, family policy, and urban race relations.  Julie spent three years at the NY Department of Social Services, where she directed the Office of Program Planning, Analysis, and Development.



The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.