Tera Wozniak Qualls, M.P.A., IDI Q.A.
Founder + CEO
Tera Wozniak Qualls is founder and CEO of Momentum for Impact. Her pronouns are her, she, and hers. She identifies as an able bodied, Non-Hispanic White or Euro-American woman. She believes that through her work she can help individuals identify their greatest assets and connect with organizations that know how to harness their assets in a psychologically safe, engaging, and inclusive environment. And that through this work we can all be better agents of social change in our communities.
Tera brings with her a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, and extensive research and training in nonprofit leadership and talent management. And wants to work with nonprofit organizations and individuals ready and willing to become more interculturally competent and improve their talent management practices.
Tera is co-author of the book The Talent Development Platform: Putting people first in social change organizations. In The Talent Development Platform, Tera and co-author Heather Carpenter test the idea that social change organizations can make a greater impact by taking a step back to look at their learning culture and how they are managing and supporting staff for growth. The book challenges organizations to develop systems in their organizations that help their people — staff and volunteers — thrive.
In her most recent 9 – 5 job (let’s face it Momentum is a 24/7 thing), Tera served as the director of communications and advancement for the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University and as communications manager for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Tera serves as an adjunct professor of nonprofit administration in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley, where she teaches introduction to nonprofits and volunteerism for undergraduate students.
In her role at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Tera had the opportunity to work with hundreds of philanthropic organizations, providing capacity-building and technical assistance in the areas of volunteerism, generational dynamics, governance, marketing and communications, human resources, evaluation, and strategic planning.
As a community member, Tera believes in the power of volunteerism for improving communities. For that reason, she has volunteered in various roles in her community and nationally. Her roles include the Kids’ Food Basket Expansion Task Force, the Young Nonprofit Professional Network National Board, Independent Sector’s NGen Committee, the League of Women Voters Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids GiveCamp, Project Blueprint Advisory Committee, and The Rapidian Steering Committee.
In 2007, she founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids, the first professional organization specifically for young nonprofit professionals in the city. Dedicated to the development of young professionals and to improving the sector in Grand Rapids, Tera led the organization for four years. During her time at the head of the organization, she built it to over two hundred paid members, two yearly signature events, monthly professional development, and hosting the YNPN national conference in Grand Rapids. To further her belief in strong professional development, Tera led succession planning of her board to allow other young city leaders to take the reins after her four years leading the organization.
For her volunteer efforts and work at the Johnson Center, Tera has been recognized by the prestigious Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40-Under-40, as an ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalist, 2011; featured in “My NP Times Top 50: The Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders You Should Know” from Nonprofit Leadership 601; and featured in “Top 10 Young Nonprofit Professionals on Twitter” from Perspectives from the Pipeline.
Since 2004, Tera has blogged professionally about the issues of young nonprofit professionals and generational shifts in the sector. Her writing includes Social Citizen, where her blogs are now housed at teraqualls.com; various blogs for Independent Sector’s NGen program; blogging for Idealist.org’s Nonprofit Career Month; and an article titled “Beyond Succession Planning: Strategies to Engage the Next Generation” for the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s monthly membership publication.