Nancy founded Walch Consulting based on her passion for supporting inspired nonprofit leaders and making life better for people by building strong, healthy relationships among the business, nonprofit and government sectors.
From its inception, Nancy has provided leadership development and strategic planning services to a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and their foundations, leading grantmaking organizations, national and local nonprofits as well as start-up social service organizations.
From her work in the corporate sector, Nancy became an early advocate and practitioner of executive coaching for nonprofit leaders. Her experience as both a consultant and a coach allows her to apply a unique combination of tools to meet her clients’ needs. In her view, there are few things more important to improving the performance of an organization than increasing the effectiveness of its leaders.
"In the corporate world, coaching is a well-accepted tool used to enhance employee and company performance. It’s seen as an investment in the growth of the company. In the nonprofit world, coaching is only beginning to take hold. Through our unique combination of consulting and coaching, we help our clients sharpen their leadership skills, navigate the challenges of change and turn ideas into action. Watching our clients take off and realize their vision with confidence and conviction is one of the most fulfilling aspects of our practice."
Nancy also has a strong commitment to the healthy growth and development of the arts and the creative sectors. She has a long history of teaching, training and developing curriculum designed to help artists and heads of arts and cultural institutions grow their skills as leaders and entrepreneurs.
Nancy enjoys the challenge and creativity involved in responding to the rich diversity of her clients' needs, whether that involves refocusing the efforts of well-established corporate foundations, providing guidance to those developing new foundations, or coaching individual leaders with the responsibility of taking their organizations to the next level.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to work with passionate, inspired, committed leaders and organizations that have the vision and guts to invest in creating a better life for the people they serve, even when the solutions sometimes seem well beyond their reach."
Richard joined Walch Consulting after 20+ years leading the largest metropolitan bar association in the United States, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where he served as Executive Director and General Counsel.
Under his direction, the 27,000 member association dedicated itself to advancing the administration of justice, increasing access to justice for the underrepresented and encouraging lawyers to serve their communities by providing pro bono services. The Association sponsored and operated numerous public service projects, annually providing free and low cost legal, mediation and other services to more than 625,000 people annually.
As a former head of a leading nonprofit organization, Richard brings to Walch Consulting years of hands-on experience with a comprehensive range of management, financial, tax and legal issues that impact nonprofit organizations, including creating innovative revenue streams, leadership development, strategic planning, as well as building strategic relationships with business, community and governmental organizations.
Among his many civic and professional achievements, Richard served as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California Law School and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
"Why did I join Walch Consulting? I have always been impressed by the huge contribution nonprofit leaders and organizations make to improve the quality of life in communities both within the United States and around the world. Through my work, I have the opportunity to utilize my experience and skills to help them become more effective at what they do—I can’t think of a better way that I could make a positive contribution."