Josh Wachs launched Wachs Strategies in 2016 to share his multi-sector expertise with leaders. As President of Wachs Strategies, Josh maximizes social impact for his clients. Josh draws on over two decades of leadership experience in the private, government, and non-profit sector to help client’s deliver social change. He has been the architect of numerous complex social impact strategies – leveraging organizational assets including programmatic, communications, marketing, and government relations elements – to solve pressing social problems while measurably impacting the bottom line.
Josh is a veteran strategist. As the Chief Strategy Officer for Share Our Strength, Josh was responsible for developing, implementing, and launching the long-term strategy for the No Kid Hungry campaign, the organization’s national effort to end childhood hunger in America. He led a transformational shift in the organization’s strategy and structure that resulted in the organization adopting a keen, metrics-driven focus on enabling access to nutrition for low-income kids and families across the country. He defined and managed the organization’s role and relationships at the federal, state, and local levels, building the organization’s fundraising capacity, increasing its profile among key influencers, measuring organizational impact, and fostering inter-departmental collaboration around Share Our Strength’s organizational goals. Through his work with No Kid Hungry, Josh developed numerous corporate partnerships with companies including Arby’s, Walmart, and Sodexo, adding significant business value to those corporations.
Josh also served as the National Basketball Association’s Vice President of Community Relations, where he led the league’s global philanthropic and public service platform, NBA Cares. He pioneered programs with current and prospective NBA/WNBA marketing partners to establish joint social responsibility programs (including T-Mobile, Toyota, Pitney Bowes, and adidas), driving significant revenue for the league, which remain a core focus of the NBA today. During his tenure the NBA expanded its social responsibility programs across Europe in conjunction with the growth of the league’s global popularity. Prior to his work at the NBA, Josh served Associate Dean at The New School’s Milano School of lnternational Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, where he led strategic planning, marketing, and communications for the nationally recognized graduate school. He developed and implemented extensive public programming to enhance Milano’s brand. Josh also conceptualized and conducted special events geared towards a broad and deep participation in urban affairs on a national level.
Josh spent more than a decade leading political campaigns and organizations at the beginning of his career. Notably, during his years as Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Committee, Josh planned and led transformation of a debt-ridden and technologically obsolete national party to one with new party infrastructure, long term financial stability and state-of-the-art technology. Josh has also held key roles on three presidential campaigns and worked on two Democratic National Committee Conventions.
As Chief Strategy Officer for Share Our Strength, Wachs led the development, launch, and growth of the No Kid Hungry campaign. Wachs enhanced organizational visibility, advocacy, partnership, and fundraising capabilities at the national, state, and local levels – ultimately scaling No Kid Hungry’s presence and impact across all 50 states.
Wachs served as Vice President of Community Relations for the National Basketball Association, where he led the league’s philanthropic and public service platform, NBA Cares. He pioneered multiple joint social responsibility programs with NBA/WNBA marketing partners, and led a European program expansion in conjunction with the league’s growth in global popularity.
As Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Committee, Wachs oversaw the design and implementation of a new party infrastructure, long-term financial stability strategy, and state-of-the-art technology integration. Wachs has also held key roles on three presidential campaigns and worked on two Democratic National Committee Conventions.
Wachs served as Associate Dean at The New School’s nationally recognized Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy, where he led strategic planning, marketing, and communications as well as extensive public programming to enhance Milano’s brand.
Coleen Curry has over twenty years of experience in social impact strategy in the private and nonprofit sectors as a leader and consultant. She has deep expertise in understanding complex social and business objectives and developing the detailed strategies, plans, and measurable goals needed to be successful. Coleen also has considerable experience in identifying and developing successful opportunities for earned income. Coleen’s clients include such leading foundation, nonprofit, and private sector organizations as AARP, Crown Family Philanthropies, Feeding America, NeighborWorks, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, US Soccer Foundation, Playworks, and Participant Media.
Prior to her current consulting work, Coleen served as the Senior Director for Innovation, Planning, and Grants at Share Our Strength. In that role she led the Executive Team through multiple strategic growth planning processes; developed impact measures, goals, and an Executive Dashboard process to help evaluate progress; launched an Innovation department dedicated to developing new strategies to end childhood hunger; and oversaw granting strategy and implementation. Coleen also led a successful effort to secure growth funds from the federal government Social Innovation Fund program.
Coleen also has experience as a consultant with Community Wealth Partners, a consulting firm serving nonprofit and private sector clients to increase their social impact. Coleen has additional management consulting experience from A.T. Kearney, where she served Fortune 50 clients in the retail, technology, pharmaceutical, and foodservice industries. Coleen has her MBA from the University of Virginia and her BA from Colgate University.
Kathryn Haskin is a strategic development professional with a passion for catalyzing transformations in revenue, partnerships, and visibility for mission-driven organizations. Over the course of her career, she has elevated innovation and capacity building in corporate engagement, foundation investments, individual giving, and special events for nonprofits of all sizes. Kathryn partners with her clients to construct fundraising strategies through overhauls to team capabilities, organizational culture, and operational infrastructure. A particular strength that Kathryn brings to her clients is her ability to coach and support the building of cross-departmental relationships that result in top-tier execution of mission priorities and engender long-term success in raising funds and retaining funders.
Prior to consulting, Kathryn was Director of Individual & Corporate Relations at the National Women’s Law Center, a preeminent multi-issue women’s rights organization and the current home of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. At the Law Center, Kathryn’s leadership allowed the organization to nearly double their non-foundation revenue, primarily through increased corporate and law firm giving, as well as building a more robust individual giving effort.
She also served as a Director and Senior Leadership Team member at Share Our Strength, where she helped to build support from corporate, corporate foundation, and private foundation investors for the award-winning No Kid Hungry Campaign, which raised more than $25 million in corporate revenue annually. Her early career includes development and communications positions at Reading Is Fundamental and local organizations focused on children’s health and literacy.
Kathryn has led cause marketing, advocacy, and programmatic initiatives with globally recognized brands including Walmart Foundation, US Airways, Food Network, Bank of America Foundation, Nestle USA, and Sodexo Foundation. She also brings expertise in individual donor acquisition, communication, and engagement, and has worked with executive and board leadership to engage in revenue strategy and solicitation.
Kathryn hails from Pittsburgh, PA and attended Carlow University for her Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Writing. She supports and volunteers for a variety of community organizations, and has a special passion for women, children, and social justice missions. Kathryn is an avid reader and lives with her husband and daughter in the Washington, DC area-where they attend as many Nationals games as possible.