The following introduces examples of past work and clients, organized by type of service. Scroll down for brief highlights. You can also check out some of our publications and testimonials. We’d love to hear from you. Contact us with your questions or feedback.

facilitation, engagement & Collaboration

Productively work with stakeholders from public, private, and non-profit sectors in a wide range of settings. Examples include:

  • Engaged more than 100 leaders from development, finance, labor, and community sectors to create a framework for promoting inclusive and equitable development.

  • Designed and facilitated collaborative vision and action processes in three states to address regional farm land and food system issues.

  • Led engagement effort to resolve conflict in the commercial core of a tourism-dependent small town, including design and facilitation of focus groups, work sessions, and public performance piece.

  • Contributed expertise on durable collaboration and collective impact to support community and economic development.

STrategy, Management & thought leadership

Develop and manage initiatives to address strategic opportunities. Examples include:

  • Commissioned by US Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop context-responsive tool that helps organizations align development investment with sustainability goals (tbltool.org).

  • Led City of Beaverton’s Economic Development Strategic Plan process including research and engagement to identify priorities.

  • Recruited to lead Social Equity and Opportunity Forum, a strategic program to increase understanding about social dimensions of sustainable development and facilitate community capacity to respond.

  • Incubated and managed multi-organization regional initiatives in three states to improve urban and rural communities through the development of sustainable food economies.

Research, Communication & Training 

Generate accessible and actionable insights, and foster learning and capacity-building in a range of formats. Examples include:

  • Designed and conducted interviews, focus groups, surveys, and document review on a range of topics including economic development, entrepreneurial ecosystems, inclusive development, food systems, energy, community policing, and sustainable development.

  • Created user-friendly content for practitioners and policymakers including case studies, reports, blog posts, and guides.

  • Published in practitioner and peer-reviewed journals such as Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Development Journal, and Community Development Journal.

  • Delivered conference and webinar presentations to national audiences including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Cascadia Green Building Council, and International Conference on Business & Sustainability.

  • Developed and implemented courses and trainings on a range of topics including sustainable development, leadership, sustainable food systems, policy advocacy for equity, and triple bottom line development.

Foundations and Fundraising

Navigate philanthropic settings as an applicant and grantor.

  • Successfully secured and managed grants ranging from $10,000 (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) to $995,000 (US Economic Development Administration).

  • Conducted grant reviews for foundation and government clients, and wrote evaluation handbook distributed to foundation grantees.

Sample Clients, employers, and associations

  • Business Oregon

  • City of Beaverton

  • EcoDistricts

  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

  • IEDC

  • King County, Washington

  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

  • Main Street - City of Port Townsend

  • Metro Regional Government

  • Meyer Memorial Trust

  • Portland State University

  • Rodale Institute

  • Samuel F. Fels Fund

  • STAR Communities

  • Synergic Resources Corporation

  • Travis County, Texas

  • US Economic Development Administration

  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network/EcoNW

  • Washington State University