Mr. Wubbenhorst, grew up in Connecticut and after graduating from college, spent two years working for an inner-city ministry in Stamford. This first-hand experience cemented in his mind, the invaluable contribution of nonprofit organizations. It also convinced him that the best way for him to make a significant contribution to nonprofit organizations was to pursue an MBA, so he could impact social issues at a broader level. He obtained an MBA with a concentration in public and non-profit management at Boston University and then worked in state government (Massachusetts), federal government (Veterans Health Administration) and spent numerous years as a healthcare consultant before meeting Mr. Gluck at Macro International.
Mr. Wubbenhorst worked as a Senior Management Consultant and Return On Investment (ROI) Specialist for ICF International and Macro International for nearly 15 years. He is currently a Non-Resident Fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University (ISR). In addition, over the years, Mr. Wubbenhorst has collaborated on case studies with professors from Harvard University and Boston University. He has published a variety of peer-reviewed journal publications and case studies. In Fall 2013, two case studies were published and released through the Baylor/ISR entitled: Community Transformation in West Dallas: A Sustained Collective Between Churches, Faith-based Organizations and Government and The Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Additionally, a Baylor/ISR case study of The RIDGE Project in Ohio was published in Spring 2014.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mr. Gluck received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He then returned to Pittsburgh, attending Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and earning his MBA. The concepts of “Satisficing” and “Expected Value,” originally learned at CMU, play heavily in the creation of EV-ROI decades later. After business school, Mr. Gluck worked at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett (PHB), an economic and financial consulting firm, in Washington DC, where the concept of Expected Value was applied to a decision by upper management at General Electric to settle a dispute with the EPA where GE was named a potentially responsible party in over 100 superfund waste sites.
While working as a senior evaluator / consultant at Macro International (later bought out by ICF International) from 2000 – 2015, Mr. Gluck developed and implemented strategic plans, operating plans, and performance measurement systems for public sector and non-profit clients for over 15 years. His clients have included: U.S. Department of Education (ED); U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Office of Family Assistance (OFA); and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Mr. Gluck has co-authored Demonstrating the Value of Social Service Programs: A Simplified Approach to Calculating Return on Investment, The Foundation Review; pp. 24-39 (Volume 2, Issue 3); and Assessing the Effectiveness of the Violence Free Zone in Milwaukee Public Schools: A Research Note, Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology, pp. 45-54 (2013, Volume 7, No. 1).
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Editor
Ms. Alvarez-Wubbenhorst started actively volunteering in a community-serving programs as a teenager, growing up in Philadelphia. Over the years, her long history working for, and evaluating, local and national community- and faith-based programs provides SCV with the understanding of grassroots programs, their challenges, and their potential to transform the communities where they operate. Ms. Alvarez-Wubbenhorst’s is particularly passionate about marriage and family strengthening programs, emanating from the conviction that they represent the most important and significant contribution to building and strengthening communities.
Ms. Alvarez-Wubbenhorst is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a proven track record in marketing and research in a number of different industries, including: financial (banking), healthcare, medical informatics, and government services. She has experience in survey design, data collection and web design. Ms. Alvarez-Wubbenhorst has also received training and earned numerous certifications to enhance her work with a wide-ranging array of nonprofits – largely serving as a facilitator, advocate and trainer. She helped faith-based and community organizations integrate their services with local Workforce Investment Boards, improving long-term work prospects for the unemployed. She has also received certification as a literacy volunteer, a trainer in sexual risk avoidance through the Center for Relationship Education, as a marriage educator through the PREPARE-ENRICH relationship and marriage-strengthening program and received training in Mental Health First Aid. Additionally, she received training as a community volunteer in a Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) and was also certified as a trainer for the Department of Social Services’ adoption and foster care training program and served as a legal advocate with the New Hope Shelter for Battered Women.
Finally, Ms. Alvarez-Wubbenhorst undertook community leadership through her board leadership positions. She served as chairperson of the arts committee for Attleboro’s Tri-Centennial celebration and as a board member for the Kennedy-Donovan Center, a human service organization serving the needs of the disabled population.
MPA, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
Ms. Buford, grew up in the Midwest, and has had a life-long passion for helping individuals, organizations and institutions change. She started her career as a teacher, teaching for almost ten years at middle and high schools, in rural Kansas and suburban Chicago – including two schools with a large percentage of students from underserved communities. She too had a desire to serve at a broader level and left teaching to pursue a Masters of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Her first position after receiving her degree was as a research associate at the Rice Center, a spin-off of Rice University.
Ms. Buford then spent over 20 years, helping nonprofit organizations develop programs, communications and the institutional infrastructure that give life to their vision, mission and values. Earlier in her career, she served a variety of innovative organizations – from those targeting at-risk youth locally to a national initiative at United Way of America, redefining its public-private partnerships. Her efforts have decisively engaged civic leaders and community stakeholders to tell a compelling story of impact.
Ms. Buford’s public policy work has spanned affordable housing, education and religious freedom. She served at the U.S. Department of Education as Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation in its Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI). Two of her articles, profiling exemplary faith-based organizations were selected for inclusion in the White House Office of Faith-based Initiative’s, high profile Innovations in Compassion Final Report.