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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)


Maria Gonzales Jackson, Grantmakers in Aging

Maria Gonzales Jackson joined GIA in September 2014 as Director of Programs and Membership.  She was previously with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), where she was program manager. Her career includes varied aspects of aging, including mentoring programs, international programs, dementia care, and social service grants management.  Maria’s affiliation with the aging network began as a high school intern at an Ohio AAA working on a minority outreach project. A licensed social worker, Maria has more than 15 years of experience in the aging field providing direct care to older adults in a range of settings. She served in director positions at various agencies where she secured funding for aging programs. She also has volunteered as a guardian ad liteum and a hospice bereavement counselor, and served on advisory committees for the Alzheimer’s Association, Ohio Chapter.  A graduate of Marywood University, Maria holds master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, and a master’s certificate in Gerontology.  She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She has attained the National Academy of Certified Social Workers Credential and the Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology Credential.

Kari McCann Boutell, Iowa Council of Foundation

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.

Kari started her career in philanthropy in eighth-grade as a youth grantmaker. She earned her B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 and completed her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2013. Kari was the Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque before joining ICoF.

She serves on the University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Board, University of Northern Iowa Leisure, Youth and Human Services Advisory Council, and is a Co-Chair of a United Philnathropy Forum Peer Community. Kari is a Jr. Achievement classroom volunteer and participates in a local Women’s Giving Circle, where she participates on the Grantmaking Committee. Kari also does consulting work and supports youth philanthropy across the state and nationally.