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Lan To

Senior Consultant


Meet Lan. Lan brings over 20 years of experience in education and nonprofit organizational development as a CRE senior consultant, facilitator and executive coach. Providing support in leadership development, capacity building, strategic planning, high performing teams, DEIA, organizational wellness, and program design, Lan has a deep commitment to uplifting, rejuvenating, and strengthening the people and processes behind great causes. She has worked with diverse groups from new managers to seasoned executives representing various organizational sizes and issue areas.

Right Before CRE. Lan directed executive education programs at Columbia Business School and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, including the flagship Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals, the Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership, and the Advancing Racial Equity Program. In that role, Lan designed and facilitated programs with university faculty responsive to the needs of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as well as individuals and businesses committed to social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. Lan’s global experience includes working with the King Khalid Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build leadership capacity in the nonprofit sector in Saudi Arabia. Lan also facilitated the Executive Leadership Program at The Met in New York City. Outside of CRE, Lan serves on the Steering Committee for the #DegreesNYC collective action initiative to address equity issues in education and the workforce.

Way Before CRE. Lan’s commitment to social change and justice began professionally at the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey where she addressed systemic challenges and community needs by helping to design scholarship programs to support servant leadership at 25 colleges. She continued building brave, collaborative and co-active learning spaces as an Instructional Specialist and Counselor at American Honda Education Corporation’s Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado, and later in New York City as the Director of Postsecondary Initiatives at Good Shepherd Services.

Lan earned a B.A. in History and International Studies from Rhodes College and an M.S.W. from Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work. She holds certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver, Trauma-informed Practice from the Andrus Institute, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools from Cornell University. She is trained in Racial Justice Facilitation through the Interaction Institute for Social Change and is an alumna of Undoing Racism with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Lan has a certificate in Organizational Strategy through Columbia Business School, and in Executive Coaching through Teacher’s College at Columbia University and the International Coaching Federation.

A few fun things. A resident of East Harlem, Lan loves to make summer rolls, mochi mooncakes and milkshakes with her two children. When she can’t cook or bake herself, some of her favorite local treats include Brooklyn blackout cupcakes at Two Little Red Hens, chocolate chip cookies at Jacques Torres and Levain, the chocolate babka at Breads Bakery, sour cream walnut apple pie at The Little Pie Company, and pandan icecream at The Chinatown Icecream Factory. Food Crawl in NYC anyone? Count Lan in!

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