Cory Sbarbaro is the founder and principal of Turnpoint Consulting. He brings a broad range of leadership, management, and teaching experiences—and a pragmatic, sensible approach—to his consulting engagements with nonprofit and social purpose corporations. His areas of expertise include interim leadership, executive transitions, mergers, organizational assessment, strategy development, and governance. Since launching Turnpoint in 2003, Cory has served as an interim executive for nine organizations, provided counsel to more than 100 boards of directors, and guided dozens of organizations through complex organizational transitions. He is currently serving as the acting president and CEO of Group Health Foundation, one of the country’s largest foundations focused on health equity.
In addition to his work as a consultant, Cory is committed to developing leaders and managers across the region. Through a partnership of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy and Cascade Executive Programs at the University of Washington (UW), Cory developed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI)—an intensive, six-day learning experience for senior-level nonprofit professionals in the Pacific Northwest. He has been the Faculty Lead for the program since its inception in 2007. For 12 years, Cory was also the Lead Instructor for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program offered through UW’s Professional & Continuing Education division. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the University.
Cory is a member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Transitions and Board Governance Affinity Groups. In 2007 he served as a Beta Tester for the Alliance’s Ethical Standards in Nonprofit Capacity Building, and in 2014 he was a contributing author to the Alliance’s Guiding Principles for Executive Transitions. Cory was also a contributing author to the Washington Nonprofit Handbook: How to Form and Maintain a Nonprofit Corporation in Washington State.
Cory is a graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, where he earned an MPA degree with a focus on leadership, organizational development, and financial management. He is also a Leadership Tomorrow alumnus. His board leadership experience includes service as Board President for Solid Ground, Board Treasurer for 501 Commons, and Board Secretary for New Beginnings.