Fortune 500 to Nonprofit Founder & CEO (Tina Admans)

May 2020

It's quite possible that you (or someone you know) have contemplated leaving the for-profit world to pursue an opportunity in the nonprofit sector.  That's exactly what Tina Admans did after moving to Los Angeles over a decade ago. She could very well have stayed on a successful corporate track that included senior positions at Panavision, GE and NBC Universal, but she knew something was missing and nonprofit leadership was calling her.  In this episode of the Path,  Tina shares her thoughtful process to understand and explore nonprofit opportunities, and the fascinating circumstance that led her to start - and ultimately lead - Minds Matter Los Angeles.  She shares with great candor the strengths she felt translated very effectively into the nonprofit world, but also the challenges of developing a board of directors, delegating to volunteers, and becoming a confident fundraiser.  What are the 3 W's of board recruitment? How can nonprofits better explore partnerships with like-minded organizations? Great insight for any current or aspiring nonprofit leader!

"Coming into the nonprofit world, I don't think I fully understood that while our board could do it all, they needed guidance."


Tina Admans co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of Minds Matter in 2010 and has served as President and Chair since. Prior to becoming President of MMLA full time in March 2018, Tina was Director of Business Operations at American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. Previously, Tina was owner and principal consultant at Pindari Associates, a business transformation consulting company. Prior to Pindari Associates, she was CIO and SVP Financial Shared Services with Panavision, the market leader and Academy Award winning provider of camera and lighting services for the film and television industry. Prior to Panavision, Tina was VP Six Sigma Quality and Digitization at NBC Universal based in Burbank, California as well as a variety of Finance positions including VP of Finance/IT and Sales Traffic at NBC Europe in London, UK. Tina is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program as well as a former Corporate Auditor with GE's elite internal management training program. She holds a BS degree in Finance from Indiana University in Bloomington.