meet the team

PENN Creative Strategy recruits the best consultants we can find to provide our clients with an array of perspectives and creative talents. We know each project requires an expert team, and we pull in skilled colleagues in data analysis, financial modeling, fundraising, and more to assist in the creation of smart and innovative strategies.

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MOLLY PENN

President

As a consultant to mission-based organizations for nearly two decades, Molly has deep experience with organizations and foundations in social justice and the arts as well as many other sectors from environment to community development, education to human service.  She has worked with more than one hundred organizations to help them become stronger and have a greater impact.  She is particularly interested in how effective strategy helps organizations disrupt and rebalance systems of power, privilege and access – whether through cultural reflection, direct service, philanthropy or advocacy. 

Molly began her professional life on staff at a major nonprofit as well as held senior staff roles at smaller organizations. She has an MBA from Fordham University, a Masters in Management from Columbia University and a BA from Bard College. She is Lean and Hogan certified, and trained as a professional coach. Molly serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and Nonprofit New York’s selection committee for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. She lives in Manhattan.  

 
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andrea sholler

Senior Consultant

Andrea has over twenty years of experience leading and consulting for non-profit organizations in New York and Massachusetts.  She is currently the consultant for the Creative Compact for Collective Impact, a collaboration between Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) designed to create a county-wide vision for arts education in the Berkshires.  Andrea has an additional ten years of experience in the field of philanthropy as an associate director, program officer, consultant and trustee. She has developed and administered philanthropic programs in the New York metropolitan area focusing on public health, higher education, journalism, criminal justice reform, medical research, performing arts and general issues of equity and fairness.  Andrea is a Trustee of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York City, President of the Central Berkshire League of Women Voters and serves on the Advisory Councils for Chesterwood and IS183 Arts School. Andrea Caryn Sholler has a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University.

 
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Orlene Gray-Davis

Associate Consultant

Orlene has worked with nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She brings a passion for the nonprofit sector as well as experience in diverse arenas- from public relations, training, community organizing, policy advocacy, clinical care to management. Passionate about equitable and sustainable nonprofit organizations, Orlene founded her consulting practice to offer holistic and culturally relevant nonprofit development services to social justice and human service organizations. Orlene centers a “healthy work” model to create just and sustainable nonprofit organizations. Orlene holds an MSW from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Psychology from Andrews University.

 
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Eleanor Webster Shakin

Philanthropic Strategist

Eleanor brings 40 years of fund-raising experience to her work with not-for-profit arts, human service, public interest, and educational organizations. Whether providing strategic advice to board and executive staff, engaging in campaign feasibility and planning assignments, coaching staff and boards to be confident ambassadors for their organization, or guiding the day-to-day work of the development team, Eleanor’s consulting practice focuses on building organizational capacity and producing results. Clients have included diverse organizations such as Roundabout Theatre Company, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Henry Street Settlement, the National Dance Institute, ArtsConnection, the Flea Theater, the Museum of the Moving Image, Irondale Ensemble, Bronx Legal Services, and the Florence Academy of Art.

 
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Research & Data Analyst

Leslie Appleget has been working with nonprofit organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom for nearly a decade. Both her breadth of experience and targeted areas of study have given her a society-focused perspective on nonprofit management, which is bolstered by her research and data analysis skills. Leslie holds an MA from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and a BA in Government from American University. Through research and strategic analysis, she aims to increase the recognition of the intrinsic value of the nonprofit sector in public policy.

 
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Sofiya Cheyenne Brown

Project Manager

Sofiya Cheyenne has been working with non-profits as an educator in the field and as an organizer in the offices for over 4 years. She received her BFA & BA in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College. As a disability advocate, Sofiya invests herself and creates initiatives to open the minds of our society and see that people with disabilities should have an active seat at the table. You can find her in many schools doing drama therapy and social justice programs with the youth. She hopes to create more access within the non-profit world. Sofiya is so grateful to be part of the PENN Creative Strategy team! 

 
 
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