Colleagues and Testimonials

I'm honored to be a Partner Collaborator with Colibri Collaborative (the team pictured below), a woman-led collaborative whose work aims to build a sustainable, healthy, and liberated society. 

This page also shares testimonials as well as colleagues and clients.

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Anne Marks, Executive Director of Youth ALIVE!

I have known Dr. Almanzor for 10 years, first through his work at Leaderspring. His support during my two-year fellowship there was so transformative that, when I needed a consultant to support my organization, Youth ALIVE!, in transforming how we address privilege, oppression and equity, I turned to him again. Renato is a very unusual combination of head and heart, which is to say he's all head AND he's all heart. He is able to distill critical issues intellectually into unique frameworks that help us draw lessons from them and map the way forward. But he is also a sensitive soul who capably builds relationships across our staff and board, knowing that we can only move as fast as what he calls "the speed of trust."

Colleagues and Clients


Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming.

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Quality Counts rates, supports and rewards early care and education programs in Alameda County that serve children with high needs. Quality Counts also helps early care and education providers improve their programs so that children are prepared for kindergarten and succeed in school and life.


Alameda Point Collaborative breaks the vicious cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing unwavering support and resources to its residents.

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Alliant International University specializes in preparing students for careers of impact through their model of academic rigor paired with hands-on training.

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Amanda Cooper, Lightbox Collaborative

LightBox Collaborative holds good ideas up to the light, helping nonprofits, philanthropies, and other do-gooders do better.

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Bandung Books fulfills EastSide’s mission to connect art and culture with history and education.

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Cal State East Bay welcomes and supports a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences which prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society. Through its educational programs and activities, the university strives to meet the educational needs and to contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation, and global communities.

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Carol Cantwell, Fun with Financials

Fun with Financials teaches nonprofit organizations practices that support informed financial decisions. They also work with foundations to align philanthropic processes to support a culture shift toward financial health. They make nonprofit finance engaging while holding a larger vision of change.

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Colibri Collaborative is a woman-led collaborative with more than 40 years of combined experience developing ways for organizations to navigate change powerfully with those most impacted at the center. Colibri Collaborative was formed because they saw the need to cross pollinate ideas, connect, build bridges, and to heed the lessons of their past while creating a different future. They believe in collaborating with their partners and each other.


Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County exists to develop and coordinate resources to strengthen families and children.


CompassPoint helps leaders, nonprofit organizations, and movements committed to social justice realize their full power.

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Create CA is a coalition of dedicated and innovative leaders who understand that together they have the power to create lasting change for every California student. Their mission is to ensure ALL students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st century workforce.

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The mission of Davis Street is to improve health, address poverty and increase the overall quality of life of residents in the Eden Area.

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Early Ecology believes that "through deep nature connection children joyfully learn about the cycles of nature, of life and death, food and waste and through this they learn about their own ecological system: self, family, community, beliefs, values and their place on this earth."


East Bay Meditation Center's mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building.


East Oakland Building Healthy Communities supports three core collaborative projects that they hope to continue beyond the sunset of their 10-year BHC Initiative. They are: The Healthy Development Guidelines, The East Oakland Congress of Neighborhoods and the creation of a Special Community Endowment.

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The East Oakland Neighborhoods Initiative is a partnership between the City of Oakland Planning Bureau and twelve community-based organizations focused on equity-based planning for Deep East Oakland. Together, they have conducted a year of community outreach to identify the primary concerns, goals, and priorities for East Oakland residents and stakeholders.

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Ever Forward Club believes that all young men have the desire to be fully alive - to be loved, respected, held in high regard, held to high expectations, held accountable for their actions, and supported to help achieve their goals.

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Filipino Advocates for Justice's mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.

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First Five Mendocino County 
strengthens early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure that Mendocino County’s young children are safe, healthy and ready to thrive in school and life.


Goodwill equips low-income individuals and those with barriers with the skills required to succeed in the 21st century job market.

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Green Foothills' mission is to protect the open spaces, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties for the benefit of all through advocacy, education, and grassroots action.

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HealthRIGHT 360 gives hope, builds health, and changes lives for people in need. They do this by providing compassionate, integrated care that includes primary medical, mental health, substance use disorder treatment and re-entry services.

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Humboldt State University (HSU) is a comprehensive, residential campus of the California State University. HSU welcomes students from California and the world to their campus. HSU offers students access to affordable, high-quality education that is responsive to the needs of a fast-changing world.

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LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) is a year-long leadership development institute for nonprofit managers aspiring to greater leadership.

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LeaderSpring's mission is to foster a powerful, equity-driven social sector by strengthening leaders and organizations; developing communities of leaders; and transforming the systems in which they work.


Mission Neighborhood Health Center honors its Latino roots with a tradition of providing compassionate, patient-centered care. MNHC advocates for health equity and delivers innovative, high-quality services responsive to the neighborhoods and diverse communities they serve.

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New California Arts Forum - Socius Group

Through the New California Arts Fund (NCAF), Alliance for California Traditional Arts is expanding access to the state’s vibrant communities of traditional artists to every Californian, enabling more low-income and diverse populations to explore #art and identity.


Oakland Fund for Children & Youth provides strategic funding to support Oakland's children and youth from birth to 21 years of age to become healthy, happy, educated, engaged, powerful and loved community members.


The mission of the Oakland Museum of California is to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities.

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Oakland Parents Together is dedicated to organizing and empowering parents.

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Oakland Peace Center's mission is to breathe life into its building and strengthen the connections among its partners so that together they can create a peaceful and just Bay Area.

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The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.


Oakland Starting Smart and Strong aims to make sure every child has access to high-quality early childhood education, and every adult in a child’s life – whether a formal educator like a preschool teacher or an informal caregiver like a family member – has the tools they need to support that child’s development every day.

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OneLife is a place where healers can heal and leaders can lean. Where those on the front lines of social change and community service can be supported and renewed. Where people from different walks of life can come together and create community.

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Rita Severs, Supervision Matters

Rita approaches supervision as a primary leadership function and believes that each action a supervisor takes positively or negatively impacts the organization. Rita works with individual employees, teams, leaders and the entire organization to improve the organizational culture and practice of supervision, helping the organization to achieve its mission.


RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to governments and commercial clients around the world.


Sacramento BHC's mission is to make where they live a healthier place for their residents. They are doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy foods and more.

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The San Antonio Family Resource Center provides a safe space for children and families to feel supported and inspired. So that every household is engaged and has increased capacity in continued support for their child’s learning foundation.

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San Francisco Community Health Center's mission is to transform lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality.


Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based community center dedicated to improving the wellbeing of underinsured, uninsured, and recently arrived immigrants in Alameda County.

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Success Centers' Mission is to empower marginalized community members through education, employment, and art, so they may develop a positive self-image as well as a sense of hope and purpose for their future.


Tandem's mission is to engage the whole community to ensure all families have the resources, skills, and confidence they need to support their children’s kindergarten readiness.

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The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."

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The University of the Pacific’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.


Youth ALIVE!'s mission is to prevent violence and create young leaders.

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Youth Outside strives to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. YO provides grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.