Approach & Team

While most consulting firms provide their clients with one person to manage all of their development needs, Jeffrey Sobel Consulting (JSC) takes a deeper approach, building customized relationships with our clients.  After conducting a thorough needs assessment, we assemble a team of JSC staff that provides expertise specific to each client’s development requirements.

With over 150 years of combined experience in all areas of non-profit fundraising, our team members can integrate into your organization, share their expertise and  guide your current staff, board and volunteers.

Jeffrey Sobel, Founder and President, has over 20 years of proven success in development activities, strategic planning, and community building efforts. Jeff has the expertise to ensure results for a variety of projects including assisting organizations in designing leadership and major donor campaigns as well as implementing effective planned giving programs. 

An active member of the non-profit and fundraising community, Jeff has raised over $90 million from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. He is currently a trustee of the Children’s Support Foundation (and is former board chair and founder), an organization recognized by multiple accredited institutions including The Chronicle of Philanthropy and BoardSource. Jeff is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He also serves as the Chair of The Learning Circle YMCA Branch Advisory Board, and is a former trustee and active member of the Financial Development Committee of the Summit Area YMCA.

Maureen Prout Alvidrez, Vice President - Maureen brings over 15 years of project management, grant writing, marketing, and fundraising experience to Jeffrey Sobel Consulting, having worked as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for Seton Hall University and as Director of Development for Marylawn of the Oranges Academy.  She has an M.P.A., with a concentration in nonprofit organization management, from Seton Hall University.  Maureen started her career in government providing constituent outreach services before joining a small business, Hypotenuse, Inc.  Maureen is a Trustee of The Summit Conservancy, serves on the Reeves-Reed Arboretum Development Committee, and is a tireless volunteer for the Summit, NJ public schools.

Eleanor Angone, Vice President - Eleanor has over 25 years of experience in advertising, sales and digital marketing.  She has held several management positions in the for-profit world, working for various media companies and start-up digital marketing technology companies.  Her assignments have included global account management at IBM, HP, Cisco, and GE, among others.  Given her background in sales, digital and event marketing, custom event sponsorships, branding, and lead generation, Eleanor brings a set of skills that are greatly needed in the non-profit world.  Prior to her work in the business sector, Eleanor was a special education teacher for the NYC Board of Education and worked with special needs children at the middle school level.

Kathleen Cooney Clarke, Senior Director – Kathleen is a development and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience helping non-profit organizations build capital for attaining mission-driven results, organizational strength, and lasting impact. Her expertise includes:

  • Creating strategies and building volunteer and corporate engagement for capital and capacity-building campaigns;
  • Securing evaluation-based national demonstration grants;
  • Forging partnerships with foundations and service providers for program replication and expansion;
  • Government and community relations, and brand development and implementation of comprehensive communications plans

Elise Revere Lazarus, Senior Director & Chief Business Administrator – Elise brings 11 years of marketing, sponsorship, editorial, and event planning experience to Jeffrey Sobel Consulting. She also serves as the administrative arm of JSC, managing the human resources, finance and accounting, project management, writing, and corporate and digital communications aspects of the business. She is also a licensed insurance producer in the state of New Jersey.

Joan Leavitt, Senior Director Over the past three years, Joan has partnered directly with Jeffrey Sobel Consulting on several projects, and has been an instrumental strategic partner. Joan is the president and owner of Joan Leavitt Consulting, a small firm offering comprehensive services to the not-for-profit health and social welfare sectors, including program development, strategic planning and grant writing. Since starting her firm in 2001, Ms. Leavitt has worked for non-profit agencies and proprietary groups to assist them in obtaining government and foundation funding, and acquiring New York State licensing for operating substance abuse and mental health programs. She has assisted groups in raising tens of millions of dollars to develop affordable housing, provide health care services and services to youth and the elderly, and deliver child welfare and services to the homeless.

JoAnn Hoppe, Senior Director – JoAnn brings 18 years of experience in the areas of marketing, newsletters and appeal development, grant writing, sponsorships, special events, corporate and individual relationship-building, and manages the day-to-day business for our clients. 

Michele Alongi, Senior Director – Michele brings 15 years of experience to the team in the areas of professional sports marketing and special events, sponsorship, and corporate partnerships and manages the day-to-day business for our clients.

John H. Linder, Jr., Senior Director - John joined JSC in October 2016 and brings more than 17 years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience working with local, national, and international organizations on a variety of critical issues, including: LGBT equality; child welfare & foster care; arts & culture; and, international health & development. John’s expertise includes: nonprofit management; strategic planning; fundraising planning, implementation, & evaluation; grant-writing and grants management; event planning; communications and branding; major donor solicitation and stewardship; individual and institutional prospect research; volunteer recruitment and support; board development and recruiting; impact investing; and, financial management and budgeting. Prior to joining JSC, John served as the Director of Philanthropy for the Population Council – an international health research organization, where he focused on building an individual giving program. John has served as the Chief Development & Communications Officer for the Center for Family Representation, where we managed CFR’s fundraising and communication efforts.John has served on the boards of the University of Washington Alumni Association and the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign, and currently serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals NYC Chapter Board.

Gerardine Luongo, Senior Director - Gerardine is a 30-year veteran of the nonprofit community where she has worked at all organizational levels including executive leadership, program management and evaluation, and in senior development positions. Gerardine has worked on issues including homelessness, HIV-AIDS, child welfare, early childhood development, and international humanitarian aid. Her work has brought her to countries across Africa, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Afghanistan giving her tremendous insight into working within and across diverse cultures. She has secured and managed more than $17 million in US government grants supporting healthcare and medical/nursing educational programs throughout the developing world. Gerardine has designed and implemented organizational assessments, program evaluations, strategic plans for public child welfare organizations, nonprofit child-serving agencies and international health organizations.

Gerardine also has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Center for Child Welfare Training.  She has published work in professional journals and on the blog sites of magazines dedicated to social justice.

Gerhard Sanchez, Senior Associate - Gerhard brings over 15 years of marketing, project management, special events and digital communications experience, having worked with non-profit organizations, public school districts and universities as a teacher, administrator and coach. Gerhard founded The Fundamental and Life Skills Sports Camps in 2007. The camps are offered in the summer, free of charge for students in grades 3rd-12th in Irvington, Newark and East Orange, New Jersey.

Jennifer Krauss, Senior Associate - Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience to the team in the areas of event planning, social media management, project management, non-profit administration, and manages the day-to-day business for our clients. 

Patrick Raftery, Senior Associate - For over four years, Patrick worked as a philanthropic consultant with Changing Our World, Inc. During his time there, Patrick had the opportunity to lead multi-million-dollar capital campaigns, run feasibility studies, provide annual fund counsel and overall strategic counsel with organizations in the religious, education, and human services sector. Previously, Patrick also spent time with the FDNY Foundation in Brooklyn and the Fairtrade Foundation in London, UK.