Bio: N. Paul TonThat

N. Paul Ton That

N. Paul Ton That

Over the past two decades Paul has earned a reputation for re-setting organizations and positioning them for long-term success.  He has deep knowledge in the fields of human services and housing as well as advocacy communities.  He has managed transition in those fields both as a CEO and as an Interim Executive.

Having come to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1975, Paul recognized how  public policies personally impacted his own life and so committed himself to work on behalf of those whose lives have been marginalized. Paul began his nonprofit career in the early 90’s at BayCove Human Services, opening a bi-lingual, bi-cultural group home for homeless, mentally ill, Southeast Asians.  It became a national model.    During his 8 years with BayCove, the agency underwent a period of rapid expansion as the Commonwealth privatized human services and Paul’s responsibilities grew to include operational leadership and specialization in finance and housing.

This foundational work with special populations and government housing solutions led to his role as Executive Director of FBC Property Management, where he was able to effect a complicated refinance of 120 HUD 202 units and build a unique continuum of supportive housing by connecting 3 different elder housing projects.   These units were in turn supported by the creation of a 501c3 home health aide organization to provide services and staffing and an additional income stream.

While serving on the Board of a community-based organization, Paul stepped in as Interim ED after the founding Executive Director had left.   In short order funding compliance irregularities were identified and rectified and Paul restructured $4M of debt, allowing for the long term operational viability of the organization. It was this engagement in managing both transition and turnaround which surfaced Paul’s knack for reboot strategy and solutions.

Subsequent consulting engagements with National Network of Forest Practitioners (NNFP), the Alzheimer’s Association (Connecticut chapter) and the Brain Tumor Society showcased Paul’s forte in board development, fundraising, programs and strategy.  In particular, he has dealt with the opportunities and ramifications of nonprofit mergers. In a recent engagement, he orchestrated the merger and successful integration of 3 disease-based nonprofits, creating the largest national organization of its kind.

Before joining Interim Executive Solutions, Paul worked at Third Sector New England (TSNE) in the Interim Executive Director (IED) program and with Chris Dame at NPTransitions and has served on many Boards and Advisory groups.   He has a BA in Economic-Finance from Bentley College and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In 2011, he completed the Strategic Perspectives in NonProfit Management (SPiNM) program at Harvard Business School.    Paul also holds two certificates from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.