Everything that’s ever changed the course of a community began with that community’s leadership. We believe leadership is the key element to any kind of collective success.

Our Story

The mission is big, but the idea is simple: BoardBuild was born from the desire to strengthen communities.  We know the best way to strengthen the social fabric of any community is to strengthen the fibers of its leadership.

It’s with these thoughts in mind that we’ve developed an innovative pairing of robust board governance, nonprofit resource, and leadership training with the advanced matching of candidates and nonprofit board openings. We invite you to join us in our mission and become a BoardBuilder today.


We envision a world where diverse, trained leaders and organizations unite and foster strong communities in which to work, play and grow.


We are on a mission to strengthen communities through the training and matching of emerging and established leaders with qualified nonprofit boards.


Our Promise to diversity

BoardBuild is committed to acknowledging and valuing the uniqueness of every stakeholder and to creating an environment in which all individuals’ strengths and abilities are included, developed and valued. All stakeholders share in the responsibility for creating this environment and are expected to demonstrate mutual respect and acceptance. We believe that by respecting individuality we will enhance communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills, thereby improving overall organizational productivity and performance. We also believe if our directors, officers and employees mirror the diverse make-up of our community, we will be able to better understand, and more effectively respond to, community needs. We strive for excellence in our ability to create an inclusive, respectful, considerate and equitable environment for all through leadership, policies, and practices.

BoardBuild TEAM

Pam Cannell


John Hernandez

Director of Strategy

Krista Johnson

Director of Communication & Training

Board of directors

Sandra Garcia Acevedo

Diversity Compliance Specialist
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Kathryn Ball

Director, Talent & Leadership Development, Highland Homes

Operations Officer, Naval Personnel Command, U.S. Navy Reserves

Matthew Ciardiello

Poplar Resources

Jeffrey Allison

Executive VP and CFO
United Way of Tarrant County

Vianei Lopez Braun

Shareholder, Labor and Employment
Decker Jones, P.C.

D.J. Harrell

Development Services of the City of Fort Worth

Elise Kensinger

Director of Sales and Marketing
4C - Capital Custom Cabinets and Countertops

Gregory Nielsen

President & CEO
Nielsen Training & Consulting, LLC

Anthony Placencio

North Texas Health Care Audit Leader

Willie Rankin

Executive Director

Brian Renteria

Certification Officer
Texas Weslyan University

Ed Riefenstahl

Director of Experiential Learning
TCU’s Neeley School of Business

James Sackey

Amleon Hospitality Holding Company

Beth Watson, SPHR

Chief Human Resources Officer
United Way of Tarrant County