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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: David Biemesderfer, (202) 888-7533


Laura Seaman, League of California Community Foundations

Laura Seaman is CEO of the League of California Community Foundations, a statewide coalition of 30 community foundations serving over 95% of California's population. She joined the League in 2020 after serving as Associate Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She is a proud Californian and still can’t believe she gets to spend every day serving her state’s robust network of community foundations.