Meet the Team

Essex & Drake consultants are experienced and committed to our values.

Essex & Drake Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Karyn Cilker, Vice Chair, Cilker Family Council
Ragan Henninger, Dep. Director, Dept. of Housing, City of San Jose
Taryn Ishida, Executive Director, Californians for Justice
Beverly Lenihan, Principal, Reesults Consulting
Anitha Pachagounder, Founder, CareerFlex
David Russo, Sr. Dir. of Planned Giving, Catholic Charities
Sharon Svensson (not pictured), Advisor

Our History

Essex, Inc. was founded by Glenn Essex in 1977 in Tiburon, California. For decades, Glenn led the company with a commitment to providing organizations with valuable fundraising counsel, helping to fulfill their missions most effectively. Peter Drake joined Glenn and together they grew the firm, always staying true to their commitment to service excellence, advising clients on the most successful fundraising strategies. In 1995, senior consultant, Sharon Svensson became president of the firm. Sharon understood and embraced the belief that strong relationships between consultants and the client’s staff and board lead to the most successful outcomes. Under Sharon’s steadfast leadership, the firm continued to garner a reputation for providing invaluable counsel. In 2016, senior consultant, Chelsey Souza became president and owner of the firm. Today, Chelsey leads an accomplished team of consultants who incorporate Essex & Drake’s values into every project.

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