Nonprofit executive team launches consulting firm

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (9.23.21) – Jessica Kersey Rodriguez, a Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the social sector, has launched Cloud Nine Nonprofit Advisors, LLC with her business partner, Jessica Munday. Services focus on amplifying giving, strengthening teams and connecting changemakers to help nonprofits thrive. Before starting Cloud Nine, Rodriguez worked as a nonprofit development and marketing executive with several well-established organizations such as Arc Broward, United Way and Habitat for Humanity. She is also a board member of Leadership Broward.

Rodriguez and Munday worked together nearly 20 years ago at Trio Solutions Inc. (TRIO), a South Carolina marketing agency serving nonprofit organizations. The two began brainstorming the concept for Cloud Nine last year after observing the crucial need for nonprofits to elevate their impact so communities can further benefit from the services provided by charitable organizations.

“When you have a passion for the greater good, it’s impossible to not go into solutions mode when you see a need,” shares Rodriguez. “After years of working in the social sector, we wanted to put our talents to use in a way that we believe will make a bigger impact. We quickly realized we needed to launch Cloud Nine.”

Cloud Nine is based in South Florida with a satellite office in Charleston, SC, to serve nonprofits in the Carolinas as well. While the consulting firm is poised to serve nonprofits from around the globe, the partners recognize the needs in their respective communities.

Munday, a 20-year entrepreneur, explains, “Whether the entity is nonprofit or for-profit, it must be profitable to succeed. Charitable causes have evolved into social investment opportunities that can result in valuable returns of social progress. We want to help our clients build upon the value of that much-needed progress.”

Rodriguez and Munday agree that more headway is needed to solve the issues that nonprofits and communities face and feel Cloud Nine can help. Cloud Nine has a mission to help nonprofits transcend the challenges they face, and the two partners believe that when nonprofits thrive, communities rise. To follow Cloud Nine in its work within the nonprofit field, connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Originally from North Carolina, Rodriguez received her degree in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to relocating to South Florida, she resided in Charleston, SC, where she worked for TRIO as a director overseeing agency operations and client relations. In 2007, she pursued her career in the nonprofit sector and grew over the years to serve in several leadership positions with some of the most well-respected nonprofits in the country. Rodriguez will serve as the managing partner for Cloud Nine. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband Mario and their two children.

Munday, also a North Carolina native, has more than 25 years dedicated to the marketing profession. She received her master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and has a business management and marketing degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is a founding member of EO Charleston and served as an adjunct professor for more than 10 years at the College of Charleston and MUSC. Munday will continue to lead TRIO as CEO and serve as an active partner in Cloud Nine. She lives in Charleston with her husband Jamie and their three children.

Changing the world doesn’t happen alone. At Cloud Nine, we combine strategy, ingenuity and a breadth of experience to work alongside nonprofits and provide solutions tailored to the organization’s needs. With a fresh perspective and a mission to help nonprofits tackle any challenge they face, we meet every problem with creativity, empathy and a shared vision to make a difference. Because when nonprofits thrive, communities rise.

Reach out to either partner by emailing hello@thrivewithcloud9.com.

FUN FACT: The square root of nine is three. The two felt that was the perfect nod to TRIO, where their journey first began.