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

Currently in its pilot phase, 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.
  • Two virtual learning opportunities per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference

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: David Biemesderfer (202-888-7533)


Caterina (Cat) Gironda, Funders Concerned About AIDS

Research and Program Manager Caterina (Cat) Gironda joined FCAA in 2016. As part of a small team, she supports her colleagues on programming and communications for the organization, while her main role is to manage FCAA’s resource tracking project, wherein she collects and codes grants for their annual report, tracking the landscape of philanthropic support to address HIV/AIDS. Cat currently serves as a Steering Committee member for the DC chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). In a previous life, Cat worked in higher education at North Carolina State University in Gender & Sexuality studies, where her research focused on feminism and activism in online spaces and her teaching highlighted gender and racial inequities in STEM fields. Her prior work in the nonprofit field includes stretches at Girl Rising and the Third Wave Fund, as well as early work in HIV/STI prevention education. Cat received her master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College.

Kari McCann Boutell, Iowa Council of Foundations

Kari McCann Boutell joined the Iowa Council of Foundations as President in 2015. Kari works directly with the Board of Directors and oversees organizational activities including program development and management, membership recruitment and retention, as well as education and outreach for the purpose of strengthening and growing philanthropy in Iowa. An Iowa native, Kari brings her lived, rural experience, passion for place-based leadership, and collaborative spirit to the network each day.

Kari has a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Northern Iowa and a graduate degree in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior to joining the ICoF, Kari was the Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.