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​​​​​​​Lean, Keen, Producing Machines (PSOs with up to 5 Staff)

The Lean, Keen, Producing Machines Peer Community is for people working for Forum members that have five or less staff members. This is a space for these PSOs to connect, share and learn on how to maximize their strengths for greatest impact: LEAN: While lightly staffed, these PSOs must constantly be innovative, resourceful, and focus on impact in delivering their work; KEEN: These PSOs are strong, profound, powerful, and lively organizations focused on their mission and maximizing impact; PRODUCING MACHINE: These organizations must maximize unique staffing structures to produce results with sometimes less financial and staff resources to perform at the highest levels.

  • Lean, Keen Listserv ( You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year.
  • Forum’s Annual Conference session.

Interested in joining this Peer Community? Sign into your account and submit your email address on the form at the bottom of the Our Networks page

Forum Staff Lead: Courtney Moore (202-888-7428)


Berkeley Bryant, Blue Sky Funders Network

Berkeley Bryant (she/her) joined Blue Sky Funders Forum in 2021. Raised in Texas, Berkeley pursued a degree and career in environmental education in Colorado. Working for nonprofits and state agencies, she was able to expand education programs to underserved populations. This helped spark her passion for racial equity and justice, especially as it relates to outdoor access and recreation. Through her role at Blue Sky, Berkeley hopes to help facilitate the conversation around equity, justice, and the outdoors, and provide resources to increase funding for outdoor access. She is an avid reader, baker, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. Berkeley lives in Graham, North Carolina with her partner, cats, and dog.


Taryn Palumbo, Orange County Grantmakers

Taryn Palumbo serves as the Executive Director of Orange County Grantmakers, a regional association of philanthropic funders in Orange County. As Executive Director, Taryn provides strategic leadership, oversees and executes programming, communication, member services and community engagement, and supports the operations of the organization. Taryn joined OCG as a part-time Executive Administrator in January 2017 and was promoted to Executive Director in February 2018.

Prior to joining OCG, Taryn held roles in public policy, government affairs, education, small business engagement and community relations. She has also served as a consultant with United Way Orange County, helping to launch UpSkill OC, a middle skills job initiative and with The Olin Group, supporting a variety of nonprofit clients.

Before moving back home to Orange County, Taryn spent four years with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, first as their Manager of Public Policy and later as their Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this role she created, grew and implemented UniteSF, an education/workforce development initiative, and co-chaired San Francisco’s Small Business Week Committee.

Taryn earned her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law and passed the CA Bar in 2011. She earned her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Taryn currently serves on the Executive Board of the OC Forum and is the proud mother of 3.5 year old boy and 1 year old girl.