Matt Kershnar – New Cohort Project Manager

Matt KershnarI am pleased to announce that Matt Kershnar has joined the NPOKI team, in the role of COHORT Project Manager.

Matt started his technology career at a healthcare dot com in San Francisco. After moving to New York City, he worked for NPower, a nonprofit whose mission is to help other nonprofits align their technology needs to their mission. As a project manager at NPower, he worked with dozens of nonprofits on projects ranging from project management for web and application development, to network infrastructure renewals. His clients included Community Access, Uncommon Schools, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Yorkville Common Pantry and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2006 he started Komodo Systems, which focuses on providing quality IT services to nonprofits in the New York City area. Matt has traveled to various countries in Europe, North Africa, Central America and Asia. In his free time you will find him at the Prospect Park Tennis Center, at a city mini-golf course, or stuffing his face at the great restaurants in New York City.

Matt Kershnar will project manage all aspects of COHORT implementation and integration for NPOKI members. His responsibilities will include project communications, vendor management, member liaison and user training & documentation. You can reach Matt at The addition of Matt’s extensive project management and client relations expertise will strengthen NPOKI and enable rigorous project management practices to be extended to the COHORT suite, as NPOKI members integrate this powerful portfolio management software into their organizations. Please join me in welcoming Matt to the NPOKI team.

Bill Lester

NPOKI Executive Director



NPOKI saves organizations, and its officers, time and maximizes resources by harnessing its resources to deliver solutions tailored to meet members’ unique challenges.

For information about the services listed below or customized consulting engagements please contact Surya Ganguly at sganguly at

System(s) Assessment Evaluate existing system(s), and report on effectiveness, sustainability, and future use.
Information Audit Map existing information flows throughout your organization.  This process identifies where information lives, how users get that information, and how the information is used. The audit highlights information gaps, bottlenecks, and redundancies that, once corrected, will increase effective and efficient information transfer.
System(s) Requirements
Usually done with a Systems Assessment, we document the requirements for a new enterprise system, like a finance system, donor management system or a human resources system.
System DesignUsabilityUser Interface (UI) design Document requirements, and provide wireframes, usability studies, and user interface designs for custom applications, or to analyze existing applications for effectiveness.
System(s) Implementation Project manage the implementation of enterprise systems, like a finance system, donor management system, human resources system or a portfolio management system like COHORT.
Systems Integration Project manage the integration of enterprise systems (including custom systems) with new systems, like project management, monitoring & evaluation, workplan and budgeting systems.
Portal Development Rapidly deploy a high-quality, customized information portal suitable to low resource settings and customized to specific needs.
Management Consulting Provide in-depth analysis and recommendations on development of new policies, solutions, best practices, emerging technologies customized for the needs of international health organizations.
Project Management Project management of all stages of a technology project, with special focus on technology for global health, with delivery in low resource areas.
iRider Implementation Help global health organizations build an internal iRider Program to support staff training and capacity building:

  • Preliminary assessment – define your training need
  • Document the requirements
  • Produce/customize training materials and systems
  • Train trainers
  • Train iRiders in the field
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of Training
  • Provide initial management until the program is scaled and ready to be managed internally