Our Team


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Program Director

Lisa Capelouto

Lisa Capelouto serves as the Program Director of Project Accelerate  and has worked on developing and designing the program since its inception. Before joining Project Accelerate , Lisa worked as a strategic consultant and leadership coach advising a variety of Jewish organizations and foundations in Europe and the USA with a specific focus on launching new initiatives, leadership development, organizational change, mergers and collaborations. Her clients have included Pears Foundation, UJA Federation of NY and the Natan Fund. Lisa moved to the US from England ten years ago and lives with her family in Westchester, NY..

Education Director

Alisa Rubin Kurshan, Ph.D.

Alisa serves as the Education Director of Project Accelerate. A Jewish educator by training, Alisa served for two decades as the senior planning executive at UJA-Federation of NY. She was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship while earning her Ph.D. at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Barnard College. Alisa has published numerous articles on contemporary Jewish issues including Jewish Peoplehood, Jewish leadership, and Jewish education. Alisa consults with several Jewish organizations as a coach and organizational consultant. Alisa and her husband, Rabbi Neil Kurshan, raised their four children in Huntington, NY, and currently live in Manhattan. They are blessed today with twelve grandchildren—including 5 sabras.

Board Leadership and Development

Seth Linden

Seth Linden is the Board Leadership and Development expert for Project Accelerate Project Accelerate. He is the founder and principal of Gather Consulting, where he acts as a thought partner, project manager, network weaver and leadership coach to philanthropists, foundations and nonprofit executives. He has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher, entrepreneur, foundation professional and nonprofit consultant. Excelling at gathering people and ideas together, Seth is comfortable leading board meetings, facilitating staff retreats, and coordinating special events. He advises philanthropists and nonprofits on board culture, governance, and leadership development; strategic and business planning; and philanthropic giving. Seth’s research over the past year has focused on board governance, college access, gender equity, and mental health and wellness. Most recently, he was a Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation where he managed a portfolio of grants to Jewish education organizations in early childhood education, leadership development, and education technology / digital engagement. Seth has produced a series of BoardTalks, which brings together board members, nonprofit executives, and governance consultants to discuss ideas and practices related to effective virtual governance. He is the Governance Chair of Jewish Studio Project, a board member of the Alpert Jewish Community Center, a recent Coro Lead LA alum, and the founder and co-chair of the Community Gathering.

Resource Development and Fundraising

Andrea Wasserman

Andrea B. Wasserman is the Resource Development and Fundraising expert for Project Accelerate . She is an innovative leader, effective strategist, and philanthropy expert. As Founder and President of the boutique organizational development firm ABW Partners (formerly Social Profit Ventures), Andrea has partnered with nearly 50 clients on customized engagements around the design and execution of exceptional advancement and fundraising programs. Andrea also delivers an expansive array of fundraising coaching, proficiency building, and interactive learning opportunities from the c-suite and board level to development departments and cross-organization teams. Andrea has successfully built cultures, systems, teams, and strategies that have yielded tens of millions of philanthropic dollars to foster vibrant communities worldwide. Passionate about her family, friends, and community, Andrea resides in the Boston area with her husband Adam, son, Zachary, and labradoodle Tucker.

Marketing and Communications

Farra Trompeter

Farra Trompeter is the Marketing and Communications expert for Project Accelerate. Farra is a partner and the Chief Growth Officer at Big Duck. She is also a part-time faculty member at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she teaches a class about strategic communications for nonprofit and public service organization. She has led dozens of organizations through major brand overhauls, fundraising campaigns, and much more since joining Big Duck in 2007. She’s a frequent speaker around the country, training nonprofit staff and board members on branding, communications planning, and engaging donors at all giving levels.  She studied psychology at American University where she started and led a public health awareness organization called Students for Healthy Decisions. During the nine years she lived in DC, Farra worked on fundraising and social marketing for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2002, Farra moved to San Francisco and dove into the wonderful world of online fundraising with Donordigital. In 2004, she came home to New York to get her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at The New School and soon joined the team at Douglas Gould and Company to lead online engagement projects.

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