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Meet The PENN Creative Strategy Team

Molly Penn

Molly Penn

Strategy & Planning
Organizational Development
Change Management
IDEA Services


About Molly Penn

As a consultant to mission-based organizations for two decades, Molly has deep experience with organizations and foundations of all sizes and a broad range of missions. 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 as the Assistant Director of Development and Government Relations for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, followed by senior Development roles at smaller organizations. She has an MBA in Management from Fordham University, a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia University and a BA in dance from Bard College. She is certified in Lean Process and Hogan Personality Inventory, and trained in Appreciative Inquiry and 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.


Marissa Lewis

Board Development


About Marissa Lewis

Marissa is experienced in non-profit management as both grantmaker and grantseeker, including fundraising, strategy, grant/grantee management, and board development in staff, consultant, and volunteer/Board capacities. She is a strong administrator with a talent for building and strengthening organizational culture, along with the necessary systems and frameworks.  Her 20-year career has been anchored in ensuring individuals, communities, and organizations have access to all the tools they need to succeed. Marissa is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Janice L. Shapiro

Leadership Coaching
Strategic/Scenario Planning


About Janice Shapiro

Janice believes that people thrive when they are empowered and engaged.  Those of us drawn to work with nonprofit organizations are drawn to missions but retained by healthy cultures.  With this grounding principle in mind, she  has served as Executive Director of Doug Varone and Dancers and Moving for Life, Managing Director for the Brooklyn Arts Council, Director of Development and Planning for La MaMa, Director of Development for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Program Associate in Culture for The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Managing Officer of Awards and Creative Development for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  As a planning and fundraising consultant and coach, her clients have included the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone,  Creative Capital, Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Association of Hispanic Arts, Foundation for Jewish Culture, Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Harlem School of the Arts.

Janice is a recent graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and a graduate of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives.  She is a certified Program Developer and Facilitator in Peer Coaching Groups through Authenticity Consulting  and certified in Principles and Practices of Organizational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University.  She earned a BA in Dance from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.  Janice is a volunteer for Companion Animal Placement in Hoboken and recently served as a  Lifeline Counselor for The Trevor Project.


Ayesha M. Acquah

Theory of change
Client relations
Project Management


About Ayesha Acquah

Ayesha M. Acquah joined Penn Creative Strategy in 2019 after holding various positions in marketing and managing large teams of staff and volunteers in the music industry. Her career included working on intellectual property issues, as well as applying her writing and editing skills to various marketing and strategic communications projects.  She also managed external relationships on behalf of the organizations she worked with. For the past several years, Ayesha served as a Volunteer Writing Coach for Behind the Book in Harlem, NY. As part of the PCS team, Ayesha has contributed to a training on managing bias, as well as staffed several strategic planning engagements and contributed to firm marketing. Ayesha graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Communications Studies with a focus in Public Relations from Mercy College.


Sofiya Cheyenne

Disability Inclusion
IDEA Services
Organizational Culture
Policy & Practices


About Sofiya Cheyenne

Sofiya Cheyenne is an associate consultant with a focus on inclusion and equity at Penn Creative Strategy. With over 20 years of personal advocacy experience, Sofiya has been a facilitator, public speaker and panelist at many schools, venues and conferences across the country to speak on issues of access and inclusion. As an actor and 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. Sofiya is a leader of the PENN Creative Strategy IDEA practice and has designed and led trainings in this area for arts organization staff and volunteers. She is a part of National Network of Consultants to Grant makers (NNCG)'s Disability Working Group as well as Inclusion Director of Little People of America and ARTY NY's Access Council. She received her BFA & BA in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College.

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Nada "Sika" Nyamadi

Nonprofit Capacity Building
Board Development
DEIA Services


About Nada "Sika" Nyamadi

Sika N. Nyamadi is a consultant and collaborator in the global social impact community. She has worked with organizations that aim to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through several Arts engagements. Sika has launched multiple community engagement projects to connect and coach stakeholders to be confident diplomats and worked with non-profits to identify, create and evaluate organizational strategic goals to build and grow their capacity.  She works with non-profits to increase membership, Board engagement, (IDEA) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and community impact. She is particularly interested in with corporations and non-profits to improve and promote their social impact. Sika has worked with BBC Media Action to promote widow rights in West Africa through radio drama and toured four countries with Action Aid and Plan International to address child abuse through stage plays.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Business with a Master of Arts in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Lighting and Theatre for Development from the University of Ghana.  Sika Serves on the Community Immigration Law Center and Pad-a-girl GH board. She serves non-profits with allies in West Africa and is a staunch advocate for women's empowerment.


Eleanor Webster Shakin

Campaign Feasibility Studies
Strategic Fundraising Plans
Major Gifts
Institutional Grants
Program Development


About Eleanor Webster Shakin

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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Jessica Scheer

Fund Raising 
Strategic Planning
Financial Management


About Jessica Scheer

Jessica Scheer supports social sector organizations with strategic development and management support so they can meet the present and future needs of their causes and communities. Prior to consulting, she served as the COO for the National Eating Disorders Association. There she strengthened the financial operations, created the organization’s first impact measurement system, and led the program and development teams through new strategic growth. Previously, she was the inaugural Executive Director for the EB Research Partnership, where she enacted the organization’s first fundraising system and supervised successful digital fundraising and major gift campaigns, raising millions for critical medical research needs. Prior to EB Research Partnership, Jessica worked in leadership positions at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and DoSomething.org. She holds a BA in Government from Clark University and an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School.

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