Executive Transition Consultant

Consultant Details:

Contact: Mike Montoya
Name of Firm: Polly Williams, Purpose Partners Group
Language Spoken: English, Spanish
Website/LinkedIn URL: https://strongerconsulting.com

Consultant Expertise

Organizational assessments, Board development, Recruitment, Executive coaching, Transition consulting & project management, DEI, Communications strategy

Program Areas


Legal Structure of Organization:


Year Practice Founded:


Number of Individuals in Firm:


Names and Titles of Individuals in Firm:

Mike Montoya
CEO, and Founder
Neils Ribeiro-Yemofio
Associate Partner, Consulting
Mona Duffus
Associate Partner, Consulting
Jose Andre Iniguez
Director, Talent and Strategy Consulting

Names and Titles of Individuals in Firm:

Mike Montoya
CEO, and Founder
Neils Ribeiro-Yemofio
Associate Partner, Consulting
Mona Duffus
Associate Partner, Consulting
Jose Andre Iniguez
Director, Talent and Strategy Consulting

Firm or Consultant Address:

1775 W. State Street #230

RFQ Contact Name:

Mike Montoya

RFQ Contact Phone:


Geographic area currently served by firm (select all that apply):

Los Angeles, California, USA

How would you describe the range of diversity reflected in your firm’s consultants and leadership (or self, if sole practitioner)?

Our organization’s leadership team consists of women and men and is 90% BIPOC. Our owner is a member of the LGBTQAI community. Our consultant pool consists of a variety of professionals working full-time and part-time in the non-profit and public education industry. Our educational background and training include individuals from top public and private universities with wide-ranging degrees and big five consulting firms.

Please describe your mission, values, and approach:

Stronger Consulting is a mission-driven, for-profit education consulting firm. We believe all kids deserve the opportunity to pursue their own version of happiness and prosperity. We partner with K-16 school systems and education non-profit organizations to design and achieve remarkable educational experiences for young people. We approach our work based on three key principles: Integrity, Transparency, and Customization. We celebrate our unique diversity and its power to help us realize our vision. The values that guide our work are: Equity & Anti-racism – We believe, lead, and work towards creating a more just, equitable, and inclusive world for all children and all people. Optimism – We believe a more positive reality for all children is possible today and in the future. Empathetic Awareness – We walk with people and build authentic connections with people and their mission-driven work. Progressive Respect – We treat everyone as equals and lead from a place of kindness rather than superiority. Educated Transparency – We’re data-driven truth-tellers, communicating transparently while remaining positive and optimistic. Innovative Growth – We value progress over perfection and lean into growth, improving ourselves as we search for new opportunities to expand and sustain our impact.

What expertise or perspective do you bring to organizations looking to ground their collaboration practices in values of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

We have a robust set of practices in liberatory design strategy development, DEI culture planning, and anti-racist and anti-bias recruitment and selection.

Please describe your ideal engagement. Feel free to include issue area and scope of project:

Stronger Consulting’s Executive Transition provides thought partnership and support across a full spectrum of Executive and Organizational Transitions. Below, are a few issue areas where our Executive Transition Support can assist: New CEOs or Executive Directors (either first time in role or newly joining an organization) Interim CEOs/Executive Directors Executive Coaching for C-suite and other Executives Support to CEOs and Boards experiencing transition Succession Planning Support for Executives and Boards Strategic Planning or Crisis Contingency Planning Organizational Assessments and Transition Planning Mission, Vision, and Values Updates and Review Stronger Consulting’s services are customized to best support the goals of our partner organizations. As such, we approach our work with a solution-focused, equity-centered, individualized lens. Our Executive Transition Support often involves a combination of 1:1 Executive Coaching and other organizational supports listed above. We are adept at providing Executive Transition Support for laser-focused, short-term engagements, as well as, multi-year supports.

How many executive-transition related projects have you or your firm been involved with?


Please describe your fee structure:

Our fees are fully customized based upon the project scope of work and include adjustments for small and emerging organizations.

What percentage of your clients are within the nonprofit sector?


Are you open to remote engagements?


Briefly name and describe 1-3 examples of executive transitions with which you have been involved as a consultant (please prioritize NSI-funded and/or LA-based organizations).

2022- Executive Coaching – Innovate Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA 2021 – Executive Leadership Recruitment, Promesa Boyle Heights, & Proyecto Pastoral, Los Angeles CA 2020 Executive Recruitment of Los Angeles Regional Executive Director – College Track LA 2021 Culture Remodeling and Executive Transition Coaching – KIPP Colorado, Denver CO 2021 Executive Leadership Team Remodeling – Chicago International Charter Schools, Chicago IL 2020 Executive Transition – Oakland Enrolls, Oakland CA 2020 – North Oakland Community Charter School, Executive recruitment and coaching, Oakland CA 2021 Executive Coaching, College Possible, Minneapolis MN 2020-21, Executive Business Development Coaching, TeachWell, Bay Area, CA

Add any other information you feel would aid in understanding the value you or your consulting firm can bring to an organization preparing for or implementing an executive transition:

Please list up to 5 Consultants from your firm

Mike Montoya Mike is the CEO and founder of Stronger Consulting. A 26-year education sector veteran, Mike is an expert in helping organizations design, manage and improve educational programs for young people. He has extensive experience recruiting, coaching, and supporting senior leaders in schools, school systems, and education non-profit organizations. mike@strongerconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/mmsc/ Mona Duffus For more than two decades, Mona has led nonprofit, educational, and social-impact agencies that addressed educational disparities, behavioral health, affordable housing, and workforce development. Mona is adept at creating community collaborations to innovate and solve systematic issues. Throughout her career, she has been successful at increasing revenues through fundraising and grant procurement, balancing agency budgets, leading high-performing teams, championing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), and creating top-quality, high-impact programs. mona@strongerconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/mona-duffus-mba-lcsw-b5361115/ Neils Riberio-Yemofio Neils brings more than fourteen years of the education system and non-profit management experience to Stronger Consulting. Previously he worked at DC Prep Public Charter School, the highest performing system of schools in the District, as the chief of External Affairs, supporting fundraising, communication, community engagement efforts, and college access and success during his tenure. Before this role, he worked as the DC region’s launch director for College Track, a nationally recognized college-readiness provider. For nearly a decade, Neils held several positions with City Year, Inc., serving as a regional managing director for recruitment and admissions and the start-up executive director for Tulsa. Neils also served as an impact director and manager for City Year in Washington, DC, helping to start five new school partnerships and supporting City Year in the Congress Heights area. neils@strongerconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/neils-ribeiro-yemofio/ Jose Andre Iniguez Jose Iniguez is the Director of Talent and Strategy Consulting at Stronger. Born in East LA and raised in the rural farm town of Tulare in California’s Central Valley, Jose has dedicated his professional career to developing students toward achieving their full potential in and out of the classroom. He most recently served as Site Director for Year Up San Francisco where he oversaw the site’s efforts toward bridging the opportunity divide for talented young adults by training and then matching them for internships at top finance and tech companies in the Bay Area. Previously, he served as the Director of High School Preparation and Alumni Programs at Equitas Academy Charter Schools, where he oversaw the strategy development, implementation, and evaluation of the inaugural alumni program providing the network’s scholars and families with support through pathways toward college graduation. As Senior Program Manager at City Year Los Angeles, he led and implemented school transformation efforts inside K-5th grade classrooms that empowered students to get back on track to graduate high school. He has also led youth development and digital media efforts at MTV, Participant Media, and Swipe Out Hunger, among others. Raised by Mexican immigrant parents and the first to attend college in his family, Jose graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, earning a master’s degree in education leadership from The Broad Center. jose@strongerconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/jminiguez/

Do you always conduct an organizational assessment as a part of your scope of work?

Yes. This is a commonly requested option to an executive search.

How (or do) you involve senior staff and other stakeholders in the process

During project scoping, we will work closely with decision-makers to determine the extent and approach they would like us to take to involve a myriad of stakeholders at all levels inside and external to the organization.

Prior to narrowing the pool of candidates for a client, do you make it a practice to share the full list of applicants with the client?

Yes. If requested by the client.

Do you identify/place interim executives?


Do you have a minimum fee?


What percentage of your searches are for LA-based organizations?


What is your track record of placing BIPOC candidates?

95% in 2021/2022

Do you have a guarantee policy or an “off-limits” policy?

We have a 6-month placement guarantee available. This means we will redo the search if the candidate leaves before 6 months from the offer date.