Who We Are

Sylia Obagi, President and founder of The Generative Group, is an innovator, coalition builder and hands-on manager of philanthropic-inspired change. After more than a decade of direct experience in philanthropy, including the launch of two important grantmaking foundations, she formed The Generative Group to help donors, private and family foundations, and social-purpose organizations maintain a deep commitment to their core values as they invest in progressive social change, and generate impact with their giving. Sylia has first-hand knowledge, real world experiences, and tools to guide clients through various stages of evolution. She is a reputable, non-traditional thinker ready to help clients challenge themselves for progressive social change. Sylia’s programmatic, governance, and operational expertise can help clients identify philanthropic strategies, as well as design the road maps for successful implementation.

Most recently, Sylia led the development of an important new charitable funder in Los Angeles as the first President & CEO of the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, investing more than $12.5M dollars to over 70 cutting-edge organizations on the frontlines of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Prior to Disney, she served as the second-most-senior executive at the Annenberg Foundation for 8 years. Her role as a “builder” included establishing the Foundation’s Los Angeles headquarters and growing staff from 13 to 90 people to support the organization’s programs, direct charitable activities, and operations. She played a lead role in creating and managing the Annenberg Space for Photography, one of LA’s newest cultural centers, as well as launching LA n Sync, a cross-sector collaborative that has brought more than $300M in new federal, state, and philanthropic investment to the Los Angeles region. She led the creation of Annenberg Alchemy, a capacity-building program that has served more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders and boards. In addition, she was the principal architect of the foundation’s $30M/year VISION+ responsive grantmaking program.

Having worked on the frontlines of The Community College Foundation, a statewide social service agency delivering education and workforce development services to over 15,000 people annually, she understands the vital importance of nonprofit effectiveness and financial sustainability for nonprofits.

Sylia is a governance and executive coach, accredited by leading organizations including BoardSource, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC), and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She blends her deep expertise in governance with executive coaching to help leaders advance their governance and leadership priorities, and generate ongoing solutions in a rapidly changing world.

She also builds the strength of the sector as a speaker at various conferences, and as a volunteer by serving on the Program Committee of Exponent Philanthropy, the Family Advisory Council of Southern California Grantmakers, and the regional board of Opportunity Fund. She previously served on the board of Southern California Grantmakers and Advisors in Philanthropy.

With an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, 5 years as a CPA at Arthur Anderson, she has the financial and leadership training to create executable philanthropic strategy, and knows how to work with people to build partnerships and alliances that turn strategy into lasting impact.

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Sylia’s philanthropic achievements include:

Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation Sylia led the development of an important new charitable funder in Los Angeles as the first President & CEO of the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, investing more than $12.5M dollars to over 70 cutting-edge organizations on the frontlines of social, economic, and environmental justice.
Annenberg Foundation Established the Foundation’s Los Angeles headquarters and grew staff from 13 to 90 people to support the organization’s programs, direct charitable activities, and operations.
LA n Sync Oversaw the launch of LA n Sync, a cross-sector collaborative that has brought more than $300M in new federal, state, and philanthropic investment to the Los Angeles region.
Annenberg Space for Photography Managed the creation and operations of the Annenberg Space for Photography, one of LA’s newest cultural centers.
Annenberg Alchemy Managed the creation of Annenberg Alchemy, a capacity-building program that has served more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders and boards.
Annenberg Alchemy Gold Designed and facilitated “Alchemy Gold”, a peer-learning community of 30 grantmakers dedicated to investing in nonprofit capacity building to improve grantmaker practices and increase collaboration to strengthen LA’s nonprofit sector.
Community College Foundation Delivered effectiveness and financial sustainability for The Community College Foundation, a statewide social service agency delivering education and workforce development services to over 15,000 people annually.

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Partners

Sylia is complemented by a team of highly skilled specialists engaged to help you achieve your goals.

Rachel Barchie

RACHEL BARCHIE

Moss Foundation

Rachel Barchie is an experienced lawyer with a passion for helping people and organizations achieve their goals in service of the greater good.

Prior to joining the philanthropy sector, Rachel was a litigator and employment lawyer at Greenberg Glusker, where she counseled clients on their legal obligations and handled court proceedings. Rachel now applies her problem-solving, critical thinking, and research skills to help donors and foundations connect their interests to nonprofit activities, structure their grantmaking operations, and effectively leverage their resources for impact.

Rachel is the Executive Director of the Moss Foundation (private foundation of A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss), where she manages every aspect of grantmaking. Rachel facilitates strategy discussions, identifies organizations that align with the Moss Foundation’s priorities, creates and implements grant application procedures, conducts due diligence, and tracks project outcomes.

Rachel serves on the Emeritus Board of Break the Cycle and the Family Philanthropy Advisory Council of Southern California Grantmakers.
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DAVID GRECO

Social Sector Partners

A nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant on creating a more financially sustainable and effective social sector, David Greco brings more than 25 years of experience in driving the growth and impact of social sector organizations. David serves on the board of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles and on the Southern California Advisory Board for Opportunity Fund. He is the author of “Nonprofit Financial Management” featured in “Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals”. David regularly presents at national conferences, such as BoardSource, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Independent Sector, Social Enterprise Alliance, Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals, and Exponent Philanthropy, as well as numerous local and regional conferences. He has provided training for staff and grantees for dozens of foundations including the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Flora & William Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Ford Family Foundation… More About Social Sector Partners >

DAVE STERNBERG

Loring, Sternberg & Associates

Dave Sternberg is a member of the faculty at the Lilly School of Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School, a BoardSource senior governance consultant, and an independent consultant with Loring, Sternberg and Associates. Dave teaches “Developing Annual Sustainability, Principles and Technique of Fundraising” and “Developing Major Gifts,” as well as numerous training programs nationally and internationally. As a BoardSource consultant, Dave provides counsel on such topics as strategic planning and fundraising. His clients describe him as a gifted strategist, adept at assessing and identifying solutions for organizational and board challenges, and brutally honest. In 1996, he founded Loring, Sternberg and Associates, which provides counsel to educational foundations, social service organizations, membership organizations, children’s groups, and museums. In partnership with BoardSource, Dave authored the training Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising as well as the second edition of Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards, which is one of the organization’s best sellers. More About Loring, Sternberg & Associates >

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Current Clients

We maintain confidentiality agreements with many of our clients, however, the following are a sample of our clients we can share.