Chief Executive Officer
Bryan is the co-founder of Ride On. With over 34 years’ experience in therapeutic riding, he has lectured and written on a variety of issues affecting nonprofits and the philanthropic sector including organizational development, financial transparency, human resource, wise giving and founder issues. Most recently his opinion piece on the impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act appeared in the LA Times. He is Program Design Chair of Cal Lutheran University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and a board member of Play Conejo, a nonprofit supporting local parks. Bryan manages the annual CALNET Show for Riders with Disabilities and in 2015 he was Competition Manager for the Special Olympics World Games Equestrian Competition. He is past Region 11 Representative for the national organization, PATH International, and was one of the founding members of what is now the PATH Center Advancement Committee. He remains active as a consultant and advisor to riding centers around the country. Bryan is an active horseman who enjoys trail riding, horse camping and golf. He volunteered for seven years before being hired as Executive Director and has a degree in political science from Occidental College.
Below are links to some articles I’ve written touching on a few of the themes I think important in building a successful, sustainable nonprofit. At the end I’ve listed some resources you will find helpful if you’re interested in our field.
Los Angeles Times Opinion Pieces
The GOP tax reform will devastate charitable giving
Ventura County Star Opinion Pieces
Our Entire Community Benefits When We Give Where We Live
California Pulls the Reins on Therapeutic Riding
Donors And Nonprofits Have More Work To Do
Bridging Our Community Divide
End The Overhead Myth
PATH International Strides Magazine
Special Olympics World Games – Managing an International Equestrian Event
Better Budgeting Breeds Success
Hire in Haste. Repent at Leisure
Para Dressage Clinic in California Riding Magazine
Horse People Alex Henry
Ride On's Trailfest in Camarillo Acorn
Four-legged therapy program trots into Moorpark
Below are some resources which begin to capture the subtleties and the complexities of running a successful nonprofit. They contain some of the best prescriptions for success that I’ve come across and describe many of the values important to Ride On.
Built to Last – Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
Good to Great – Jim Collins
Good to Great and the Social Sectors – Jim Collins
Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
Forces for Good – Leslie Crutchfield, especially Chapter 8 “Share Leadership” and Chapter 9
Knowing-Doing Gap – Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, especially Chapter 8 “Eight Guidelines for Action”
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Die and Others Die - Chip and Dan Heath
Finally, Boardsource has a wealth of printed material available and a great national conference for anyone interested in the areas of governance and leadership.