Brent Hafele

Executive Vice President

Brent A. Hafele, M.A. joined the team at Lead Like Jesus on July 1, 2021 as Executive Vice President.  In this role, he will partner closely with CEO Rich Cummins and the LLJ team to advance the vision where everyone, everywhere is impacted by someone who leads like Jesus.  He is a skilled and sought-after Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, group facilitator, speaker, and educator.

Early in his career as an executive director and a development director, Brent experienced first-hand the demands of providing effective nonprofit leadership while reaching strategic and fundraising goals.  In 2008, Brent began his own consulting practice, NewDay Nonprofit Solutions. He then sold his practice to prominent fundraising consulting firm, DickersonBakker, in 2016 and joined as a Vice President.  He worked his way up to lead the consulting team as Senior Vice President – Talent Development. Brent has consulted over 120 nonprofit agencies spanning nearly every major nonprofit category.

Brent’s mission is to unlock the God-given potential of leaders so that they and their followers may live more vibrant, loving, and impactful lives.  He has a special ability to earn trust quickly and is a cultural catalyst, curator, and guardian dedicated to ensuring safety, inclusion, and equity for all.  Brent doesn’t believe in a one size fits all solution.  Instead, he gets in the trenches to fully understand his colleagues and clients.

In addition to his consulting and nonprofit work, Brent is a popular speaker at national, regional, and local conferences on leadership and fundraising.  He is a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas where he teaches courses on donor motivation and messaging. He earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Brent resides in Eau Claire, WI, with his wife Jennifer, sons Evan and Micah, and daughter Rachel.