Strategic Learning Associates

Lori Roth Gale, EdD, Principal Consultant

Lori has been active in the field of Leadership Development for over 20 years, as an independent consultant, a distinguished lecturer at The New School for Public Engagement executive director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management, and a member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty.  In these roles she taught 5 Master’s level management courses; designed and/or directed over 100 exec ed programs with over 2000 participants; and delivered education as a lecturer, facilitator, coach and mentor. Her clients and participants represent community-based organizations, established regional organizations and large public-sector institutions.  She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Emerging Leaders, High Impact Leadership, and Executive MBA Programs.

Lori is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the programs she develops.  She is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work.  Recent clients include AHRC, Astor Services for Children and Families, New York Community Trust Fellows Program, Partnership for Afterschool Education, United Way of NYC, and Westchester Community Foundation. Clients while at Columbia include: Robin Hood Foundation, The After School Corporation, UJA-Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, Fire Department of New York, NYC Police Department, and US Department of Homeland Security. 

Lori earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She wrote her dissertation on CEO succession and strategy development in the not-for-profit sector.  She earned her Masters degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Brandeis University.  In addition to consulting, teaching and research, Lori enjoys landscape painting and hiking.


Anne Gardon, MA

Anne Gardon is founder and principal of Strategies for Change Now. She applies her 30 years of experience and training in organization and systems development to helping mission-driven clients increase their impact. 

Anne facilitates large group (or whole system) planning sessions with up to 100 participants representing diverse and divergent view points, and consults to executives, boards of directors and managers in the creation of effective leadership and work teams. Anne's follow-up with clients includes coaching individual executive and board leaders as they translate strategy into action, lead change and manage people in transition.

Anne's exposure to diverse fields, including human services, education, health care, environmental advocacy and the arts, gives her a strong base of knowledge about nonprofit management issues and the needs of organizations different stages in their development. Anne speaks Spanish and consults to organizations in Mexico, Central America and Spain.

Anne coaches executives in Columbia Business School’s executive education programs, and is a member of the editorial review boards of the OD Practitioner (published by the national association of organization development professionals) and the Journal for Nonprofit Management. She earned a Master’s degree from California State University at San Francisco and is a graduate of the Organization and Systems Development Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.


Katherine Garrett, MBA

Katherine Garrett is a consultant on performance measurement and improvement for not-for-profit organizations in the New York metropolitan area.  Kate’s primary field is health care; she has over 25 years’ experience in the health care industry including five years as program designer and lead strategist for the 22-facility New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's Total Quality Management initiative.

Kate’s practice specializes in working with senior leadership on facilitating organizational redesign efforts, training all levels of staff in performance improvement methods, developing and implementing performance measures, and new program development and evaluation.  Recent clients have included The Smile Train, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New York State Department of Health – AIDS Institute, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Commonwealth Fund.

Kate is an adjunct lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University School of Public Health where she teaches in the Executive MPH program; she has also taught at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland and the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.  She served on the faculty of Columbia’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management, working with United States Customs Service, the Fire Department of New York, and many community-based nonprofit organizations.  Kate earned her MBA in finance from New York University and a BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.


Joel Mausner, PhD

Joel Mausner is the Managing Director & Principal Consultant of Workplace Psychology, which he founded in 1996. He has more than 30 years experience as an expert in human behavior, leadership development and organization effectiveness.

During his years with Workplace Psychology, Joel has advised a range of corporate, non-profit and healthcare leaders, including numerous CEOs and C-Suite executives. He has also conducted consulting (and led consulting teams) to deliver organization development projects. He has facilitated leadership learning programs. And he has coached many senior exectives and middle managers to improve their performance and careers as leaders.

Joel is currently on the faculty at NYU, where he teaches a seminar in Group Dynamics for the Masters Program in Organizational Psychology. In past years Joel served as Chief Learning Officer of the Non-Profit Leadership League, a learning association of non-profit leaders and consultants. He worked as a clinical psychologist in multiple healthcare settings and served for a decade as a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he taught and mentored trainees, managed treatment programs, conducted staff and team development, and consulted to other clinical leaders about team buliding and program development.

Joel earned a BA in History from Yale University, an MPhil in Philosophy from Columbia University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the City University of NY. He studied Group Dynamics with the AK Rice and Tavistock Institutes, and received an Advanced Cetificate in Organization Development from the NTL Institute. Joel is also a long-term member of several professional associations, including the Society of Consulting Psychology and the Organization Development Network.


Michael Park, MS, MA

Michael Park has worked in the field of Organization Development for more than 20 years as a consultant, a senior manager, and teacher. He currently Chairs the Management Programs at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy (a division of The New School) and is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice.  He served as an instructor for the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management for ten years.

As a consultant, Michael has focused on the human resources necessary to design and implement successful change in organizations. I have served a variety of internal and external consulting, leadership and management roles. His not-for-profit clients have included UNICEF, The Ford Foundation, The Girl Scouts of the USA, The American Red Cross, Hillside Family of Services, The TEAK Fellowship and the Office of Mediation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Corporate clients have included Goldman Sachs, Marriott, and Ernst & Young. He served on awards juries for the NPCC-NY Times Non-Profit Excellence in Management Award and the Governance Matters Brooke Mahoney Board Excellence award. 

For several years, he served in key roles at Robin Hood Foundation, a public charity that finds, funds and strengthens more than 250 poverty-fighting schools and non-profits in New York City. He came to Robin Hood to build out the capacity building function, strengthening grantee organizations with key management services, including board development and recruiting of new board members.  Over the years, he had management responsibility for all financial and administrative functions of the foundation, including staffing, board development, strategic planning and performance monitoring, and coaching the executive team. 

Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University’s Gradziadio School of Business, a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Catholic University of America, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language from the University of Utah.


Norma Tan, PhD

Norma Tan has worked as a consultant for nearly 30 years, helping organizations meet new challenges through learning systems that promote the capacity for change and innovation.  As a learning and evaluation specialist, Norma has helped various public and private sector clients design, deliver and evaluate professional development and training systems. She also advises on diversity planning to meet business challenges of the new workforce and global economy.

Norma helps clients clarify their goals and devise sound investigative methodologies to address concerns of diverse stakeholders, clients and the public.  She provides technical assistance in study design, instrument development and data treatment – including quantitative and qualitative analysis, interpretation and communication of findings.  As an independent evaluator, she prepares and presents written reports with planning recommendations.  She also facilitates briefing sessions to help clients use assessment results for problem-solving and decision-making.

Norma’s clients have included corporations (e.g., Standard & Poor’s, American Express, Simon & Schuster, AT & T), foundations (e.g., Annie E. Casey Foundation, Mayday Fund, American Foundation for AIDS Research), educational and nonprofit organizations (e.g., Education Alliance at Brown University, Center for Educational Innovation at the Manhattan Institute, Public Education Association, Independent College Fund, Lexington School for the Deaf) and government agencies (e.g., San Francisco Fire Department, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, New York State Department of Transportation).

Norma served as Director of Research in the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, conducting applied research on educational equity and school reform.  She was also a Research Director at Baruch College of the City University of New York and a Program Evaluator for the New York City Board of Education.  She has published articles on education and training of nontraditional employees and students, and on perceptual and cognitive aspects of learning.  She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Columbia University. 


Hart Traveller, Data Analyst

Hart Traveller has extensive experience in data science and programming. Through his degree program at The New School, he studied economics, psychology, programming, math, linguistics, and natural language processing. He has also completed external coursework and research in data cleaning, data analysis, statistics, and machine learning. He has managed projects such as CANSAT Canada, designing and programming micro satellites, won large business competitions such as the Ignite Competition by Reveal Business Group, and has experience in retail options trading as well as the development of propriety software for risk management purposes.

He currently works as an instructor at The New School teaching Python programming in application to options trading, bioinformatics, machine learning, and data visualization.