We have outstanding and experienced faculty, but are you a leadership educator waiting to happen?

The Collaborative’s central goal is to build leadership capacity.  Among the challenges we face is the relative scarcity of those prepared to lead the kind of workshops we offer.  If you have the desire and commitment to be a leadership trainer, we invite you to apply for our intensive nine-month Train the Trainers program that includes course work, a personal development plan, coaching, and the opportunity to learn on the job.​


Jay Kaufman

Founding Director

Jay Kaufman is the Collaborative’s founding director and has taught and consulted on public and non-profit sector leadership for the past three decades. He helped launch the Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership, has served on the National Conference of State Legislature’s leadership development faculty for courses in this country, Europe and Africa, served as founding director of Northeastern University’s Center for Leadership and Public Life and, before that, served as founding director of the Massachusetts Bay Consortium, an association of 18 colleges and universities.  In addition, he has experimented with and experienced leadership failures and successes as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he has served since 1995.  He currently chairs the legislature’s Committee on Revenue and is part of the House leadership team.  His “OPEN HOUSE” monthly public policy forum, now in its twenty-second season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series. 

Jill Hufnagel

A Washington, D.C. native, Jill Hufnagel is a consultant with Cambridge Leadership Associates. She began her career working for the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and most recently served as the Associate Director of the Batten Leadership Institute. Working with a broad range of clients–from the New York Fire Department and America’s Essential Hospitals to Melbourne’s Leadership Victoria and Microsoft–Jill designs and delivers leadership programming around the globe built on deep capacity development and possibility thinking. Jill facilitates train-the-trainer programs for many audiences, including the International Leadership Association, the Kansas Leadership Center, and the Foreign Service Institute. Jill trained at UVA Darden’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard’s Kennedy School; she holds a Ph.D. in English and women’s studies and a M.Ed. in counseling. When not on the road, she hikes, cooks, reads, and aspires to breathe it all in thanks to an evolving yoga practice. For more on her work visit jillhufnagel.com.

Max Klau

Max Klau is the Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy overseeing the design and delivery of the Academy’s leadership development programs focused on building a pipeline of alumni of service programs seeking to run for political office. Prior to joining the Academy, Max served as the Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, the education-focused AmeriCorps program that currently engages more than 3,000 young adults across 27 U.S. cities in a year of demanding, full-time citizen service.  During his ten years at City Year, Max played a key role in designing an AmeriCorps member leadership development experience that integrated a dual focus on community impact and personal transformation.  An alumnus of four service programs, he has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association, and a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board of the Dalai Lama Fellows.  In addition to authoring numerous chapters in academic publications, his writing about leadership has appeared in Fast Company, the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

Lisa Lahey

Coming soon

Marty Linsky

Marty Linsky has been on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School since 1982. In 2002, he co-founded Cambridge Leadership Associates, a leadership consulting practice, which he sold to the staff in 2013. Graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law, Linsky has been Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House, writer for The Boston Globe, Editor of The Real Paper, and Chief Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Weld. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books and chapters. His most recent publication is “Adaptive Design” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Marty has three married children, and two grandsons. His wife, Lynn Staley, was Newsweek’s Design Director and is a successful painter in her “retirement”. Marty has run nine marathons (never again!) exercises daily (to avoid a back operation), roots for the Red Sox, enjoys good drink and vegetarian food (rewards for exercising), spends time in Italy, is into serious decluttering, and still collects baseball cards (25,000+).

Julia Fabris McBride

With a passion honed in London and Chicago theatre, Julia Fabris McBride helps people make the most of their lives while making a difference in the world. Julia is a professional coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation. Before joining KLC, she managed her own nationwide coaching business, and taught leadership and management classes at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Massachusetts and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she is now firmly planted in Matfield Green, KS. Julia serves on the board for the Chase County school district. Julia is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland.

Hugh O’Doherty

Hugh O’Doherty teaches at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he chairs the Leadership for the 21st Century program.  He is also a Senior Associate with Cambridge Leadership Associates, an international leadership development practice and the home of Adaptive Leadership. At the University of Maryland, he directed the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program for emerging leaders from all the political parties in Ireland. In Northern Ireland, he directed the Inter-Group Relations Project, an initiative bringing together political and community leaders in Ireland to establish protocols for political dialogue. He has consulted in Bosnia, Croatia, and Cyprus and has addressed the United Nations Global Forum on Re-Inventing Government. He has worked with the government of Nepal on a negotiation and leadership development program, as a third-party member of an Armenian-Turkish Dialogue process, and on a leadership development program with a number of leaders from major political factions in Kashmir.

Ed O'Malley

Ed O’Malley is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Leadership Center, formed in 2007.  He is the co-author of a pair of books related to the work and mission of KLC.  A guest columnist on leadership for the Washington Post, Ed has extensive “front of the room” experience training and teaching not only at KLC but also at Wichita State University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  Ed has also worked with groups as far flung as Australia, Ireland, India, and Canada. Prior to helping launch KLC, Ed got a close-up view of the gap between leadership aspirations and reality when he served two terms in the Kansas legislature.  He had also served as an aide to the Governor of Kansas and on the staff of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce.

Adrion Roberson

Adrion Roberson is on faculty with the Kansas Leadership Center, but his day job is as the pastor of DESTINY! Bible Fellowship Community Church in Kansas City. He is also the founder of KC United! Youth Sports Initiative which serves over 850 youth and teens in the urban metro. Adrion is passionate about helping others believe in and invest in their communities.

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