Leslie Hoffman is the principal and founder of LEH Consulting Group. She began her career as a journalist, covering a wide range of topics as a newspaper and Associated Press reporter. A tour in the Peace Corps in El Salvador planted the seeds of a community development career. Leslie joined the U.S. microfinance sector, serving in various leadership roles overseeing lending, portfolio quality and asset recovery, client service, communications, and strategic partnership development. Her consulting work focuses on capacity building and business strategy for nonprofits, community development financial institutions, community colleges, community-based networks, and small businesses. She is also a professional faculty member at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management where she has taught courses in entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.
LEH serves a diverse national clientele through a network of consultants and contract professionals who bring their passion, expertise and commitment to the LEH client community. We are grateful to have grown to serve great organizations who are doing good things.
Julie Candelaria is a Denver-based consultant specializing in product management, marketing, program and project management, strategic planning, supply chain and contract management. She brings to LEH a passion for launching new programs and processes from strategy through to execution. Julie’s expertise includes more than 20 years of experience in the telecom/broadband industry supporting commercial customers ranging from small business to enterprise. Julie’s career also includes senior-level experience in community development, having led special projects and geographic market expansion for a leading U.S. microfinance organization and serving as lead consultant on business model analysis in the community college sector.
Barbara Eckblad, founder of Barbara Eckblad Consulting Group, is a Milwaukee-based consultant specializing in business planning for small to mid-sized companies and operations improvement for community development financial institutions. Barbara’s career in financial services started as a clerk typist in a bank credit department after college. She went on to become a commercial credit analyst and then entrepreneur, building a commercial and residential real estate firm from start-up to $17 million in annual sales. She transitioned the firm to employee ownership so she could dedicate the second half of her career to community service work. That led her to the U.S. microfinance industry where she led the lending program for a statewide microlending organization in Wisconsin before launching her consulting practice.
Zach Grafe is an Albuquerque-based consultant specializing in private equity, financial management, business planning, and data analysis. Zach has consulted with for-profit and nonprofit enterprises across the education, healthcare, financial services, and consumer products industries and works alongside managers to develop and implement financial and operational plans. He excels at building complex financial models; developing data tracking, analysis, and reporting capabilities; analyzing strategic investment and acquisition opportunities; and providing analytical support for external communications including business plans, grant applications, and publications. Zach has served as a contract CFO for multiple corporations and, prior to starting his own consulting firm, spent several years as an analyst in the venture capital industry.
LaDonna Hopkins, founder of H&H Consulting, is an Albuquerque-based consultant specializing in executive coaching and consultation in the areas of nonprofit strategic planning, leadership development, board training and fundraising. Her nonprofit career of more than 30 years includes positions as executive director, vice president, chief development officer, and a program director. She guided nationally recognized organizational growth, built and scaled annual giving campaigns and major gifts programs, led community problem-solving and planning efforts, coordinated grant-making activities, managed large volunteer operations, and oversaw organizational administration. In addition, she has an extensive resume of board-level service for social service, community service, educational, arts, and faith-based, nonprofits.
Natalie Hoffman is a Portland-based professional who provides research and administrative support services. She began her career in healthcare, working as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse at a large urban hospital. Caring for new mothers from underserved communities who lacked access to good pre-natal healthcare prompted a new career path. Natalie has a passion for supporting healthy families and communities. Her community-based work, which focuses on environmental sustainability, commercial organic farming and local food systems, has taken her across the West.
Myra Girón Jordan, founder of Bottom Line Analytics, LLC, is a seasoned commercial credit underwriter who has mastered the art of credit analysis, building detailed accounting and finance processes that bring the financial picture of a business to light. She specializes in underwriting services and training on financial statement analysis and loan structuring for community banks, credit unions and community development financial institutions. She has a passion for facilitating credit department structuring, taking organizations through the critical steps of process development and management, team training, and credit culture development to build effective lending functions.