Our approach

We bring deep legal, planning, and policy expertise and more than three decades of experience in nonprofit leadership roles. We are keen listeners, rigorous researchers, strong writers, clear communicators, practical advisors, and candid thought partners. 

We begin every engagement by drawing out and clearly articulating our clients’ status quo, goals, and assumptions. Thus, we help our clients start from a shared frame of reference, identify and target their most pressing challenges, and achieve their highest priority outcomes.

We help leaders and teams hone their vision and take action

Charting a clear and feasible path forward can feel messy and confusing, but as our clients attest, we have a strong track record of enabling leaders to articulate their goals and assumptions, make sense out of highly complex information, and take a stepwise approach to channeling data and ideas into concrete, actionable plans.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to innovation

We bring a mix of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, along with policy, legal, and planning credentials. We understand the opportunities for and limitations of driving change in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Our interdisciplinary approach blends innovation know-how in the public health, urban planning, environmental, and digital privacy fields.

We are committed to cultural humility and engaging diverse voices

We know that developing and implementing equitable solutions requires intensive listening, a collaborative attitude, and a letting-go of assumptions. We have worked with leaders and teams in every part of the country, both urban and rural, and in a variety of cultural settings. We center principles for equitable engagement in our project designs.

We efficiently produce the highest quality work

Our consulting model is unique because we do the substantive work ourselves instead of delegating to less experienced staff. When needed, we partner with expert peers. Our clients consistently appreciate the caliber of advice and deliverables we provide and the efficiency with which we provide them.