Jan Masaoka is the Director and Editor-in-Chief of Blue Avocado as well as a frequent contributor. In particular she writes the Board Café column for nonprofit boards.
Jan was Executive Director of CompassPoint for 14 years, a consulting and training firm for nonprofits based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and which is a Blue Avocado charter partner.
Jan is an eight-time designee as one of the nonprofit nation’s "Fifty MostInfluential People," and in 2003 she was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by Nonprofit Times. In 2005 she was named “California Community Leader of the Year” by Leadership California.
Jan authored The Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone Press, Second Edition 2009) and All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations (BoardSource). Her research work includes studies on nonprofit leadership, women executive directors of color, all-volunteer organizations, and the nonprofit workforce. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to nonprofit journals. With Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman, she co-authored Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Sustainability, published by Jossey-Bass in 2010. Her new book, The Nonprofit's Guide to Human Resources, will be published by Nolo Press in the fall of 2011.
Jan’s community activities including serving on the board of New America Media amd on the Advisory Board for Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is former chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and the founding chair of San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds. She served on the Governance and Fiduciary Working Group of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector convened to advise the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Jan lives in San Francisco and likes avocados of any color cut in half, with a little soy sauce poured into the center, and eaten with a spoon.