Jeanne Bell is the Chief Executive Officer at CompassPoint. As CEO, Jeanne leads an integrated practice who use teaching, coaching, consulting, peer learning, and research to advance social equity work in the Bay Area, throughout California, and across the country. She is a leading thinker and engaging national speaker on nonprofit finance and strategy. She supports CompassPoint clients as they set and adapt strategies to better respond to their constituents and to a dynamic operating environment.
Jeanne is also very active in the nonprofit sector’s infrastructure—committed not only to the success of CompassPoint and its clients, but to the vibrancy of the progressive sector's essential scaffolding. To this end, Jeanne serves on both the board of directors and the editorial advisory board of The Nonprofit Quarterly and has contributed numerous articles on finance and strategy to the publication. She is also the immediate past chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the national association of nonprofit capacity builders, researchers, and funders. She also serves on the board of directors of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC), a nonprofit insurer of more than 9,000 California nonprofits. Further, she is a frequent keynote, panelist, and committee member to efforts that advance the work of social equity leaders, their funders, and her fellow capacity builders.
A native San Franciscan, Jeanne’s degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley gave her a foundational perspective on racial justice—more broadly, social justice—that continues to inform her work today. She is driven by CompassPoint’s commitment to work with social equity organizations that in turn work with their communities to creative positive social change.
Bachelor of Arts: Ethnic Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Master of Arts: Nonprofit Administration
University of San Francisco
- Meyer Foundation: Jeanne has worked with the foundation in partnership over ten years to provide research design and co-authorship of four national research projects on nonprofit leadership.
- CounterPULSE: Jeanne worked with this progressive performing arts organization to create its first ever theory of change and the three-year plan that served as the catalyst for a surge in impact and visibility.
- Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund: Jeanne provided research design and co-authorship in response to the foundation’s question about the endemic fundraising challenges of their grantees. She worked on a team to co-facilitate a national conversation about the UnderDeveloped research findings.
- "Multigenerational Leadership – A Story from the Immigration Reform Movement"
- "Multigenerational Leadership – What Is It?"
- Co-author, Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, 2013. In partnership with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
- Co-author, “The Recession’s Gift: A New Opportunity for Boards to Excel,” The Nonprofit Quarterly, 2011.
- Co-author, “An Executive Directors Guide to Financial Leadership.” The Nonprofit Quarterly, 2011.
- Co-author, Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership, 2011. In partnership with the Meyer Foundation.
- Co-author, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, Jossey-Bass, 2010.
- Co-author, Daring to Lead 2006: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership, 2006. In partnership with the Meyer Foundation.
- Co-author, Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives: Guiding Your Organization to Long-Term Success, Wilder, 2005.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Keynote, 8th Annual Bridge to Excellence Nonprofit Conference, Nashville, TN
- "The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy," Monitor Institute
- "Shatter the Myth About Diversified Revenue," Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization, Joyaux Associates
- Small Shifts, Big Change, Building Movement Project
- The Nonprofit Quarterly
"Jeanne Bell is truly a gift to the nonprofit world.
Her experienced-based comments and evaluations took the information to the next level. I appreciate when a speaker goes beyond a presentation of the facts and this is when a conference is preferred over just reading about [a topic]. Her thoughts were wonderful, and everyone throughout the rest of the day referred back to her remarks!"