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Funders & Foundations are marked with +
Membership Association
s/Pools are marked with ++

Current Projects

Beyond Homeless (IN): strategic planning

City of Edina (MN): strategic facilitation

City of Madison (IN): policy planning +

City of Wyoming (MN): strategic facilitation

NLC Risk Information-Sharing Consortium (NLC – RISC) (DC): strategic planning ++

The Castle (IN): strategic planning

Ongoing Work

California Schools JPA (CA): strategic facilitation ++

Indiana Arts Commission (IN): various + 

SELF (CA): strategic facilitation ++

Wabash Carnegie Public Library (IN): 

advisor (5th year) 



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Since 2011

Arts & Culture Nonprofits

Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington (IN): start-up planning ++

Arts Council of Indianapolis (IN): sector reopening facilitation and technical assistance – pandemic +

Art Education Association of Indiana (IN): strategic planning ++

Arts Place, Inc. (IN): strategic planning, community engagement re facility planning

ArtsWORK Indiana (IN): strategic planning

Barr Foundation & Klarman Family Foundation (MA): Capacity Building Initiative evaluation +

Bloomington Chamber Singers (IN): technical assistance  governance

Bloomington Creative Glass Center (IN): strategic facilitation

Constellation Stage + Screen (formerly BPP, Cardinal Stage & Pigasus Institute) (IN):

             merger negotiations, process, and technical assistance

Bloomington Pops Orchestra (IN): strategic facilitation

BCT Management, Inc. (IN); community engagement research

Cardinal Stage Company (IN): strategic facilitation

Columbus Area Arts Council (IN): strategic planning (3 cycles), bylaws revision, board development +

Columbus Museum of Art & Design  CMAD (IN): +

organizational development

grant process and guideline development

Confidential Client (IN): executive resume coaching

Fort Wayne Children's Choir (IN): strategic planning

Greencastle Arts Council (IN): strategic planning and bylaw revisions ++

Hendricks County Arts Council (IN): facility and operations planning – multiparty ++

Indiana Artisan (IN): strategic facilitation

Indiana Coalition for the Arts Foundation (IN): strategic facilitation ++

Indiana Music Education Association IMEA (IN): strategic facilitation ++ 

Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center (IN): strategic facilitation

Prairie Arts Council (IN): strategic facilitation ++

Shelby County Players (IN): planning support

Shelby Cultural Team (IN): business/facility planning and subsequent revisions

Society of North American Goldsmiths (OR): strategic planning with Carroll, Franck & Assoc. ++

Tippecanoe Arts Federation (IN): strategic facilitation, regional training, community engagement +

WFIU Public Radio (IN): strategic planning

State & Local Government

Bloomington Housing Authority (IN): strategic planning 

City of Edina (MN): strategic facilitation (3 cycles), pottery program study 

City of El Segundo (CA): strategic facilitation 

City of North Mankato (MN): strategic facilitation 

City of Saint Anthony Village (MN): strategic facilitation (2 cycles) 

City of Shoreview (MN): strategic facilitation 

Indiana Arts Commission (IN): + 

             grantmaking support while staff on maternity leave

             facilitationformula revision, consortium, panel and foundation roundtable 

             grantee planning and colloquium assistance

             cultural planning: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Madison, Nashville, Shelbyville, and Zionsville

             strategic planning for the commission 2017-2021

             roundtable design and facilitation for NEA Creativity Connects grant

             design and planning for Indiana Arts Homecoming 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021

             cultural district program facilitation and research

Iowa League of Cities (IA): strategic facilitation ++

League of Minnesota Cities – LMC (MN): strategic facilitation (8 cycles) ++

North Dakota Council on the Arts (ND: + 

             strategic planning, organizational development projects, evaluation planning

Wabash Carnegie Public Library (IN): strategic planning, coaching (4 years) 

Public Entity Risk Pooling

Association of Government Risk Pools – AGRiP (NY): Virtual Assembly facilitation, webinar delivery ++

Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AZ): situational analysis facilitation ++

AWC – Risk Management Service Agency (WA): strategic facilitation ++

BerkleyRisk (MN): planning assistance for program management client

Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency  CIRSA (CO): strategic facilitation ++

County Road Association Self-Insurance Fund CRASIF (MI): strategic planning ++

Government Entities Mutual, Inc. GEM (NH): strategic planning ++

Independent Cities Risk Management Authority  ICRMA (CA): ++

strategic facilitation (4 cycles); transition support; RFP coordination (3x); consolidation and redrafting of governing documents; vendor performance review (2x) and contract negotiations (3x); data structure, defense cost containment, report card project

Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association – IMWCA (IA): strategic facilitation ++

Kansas County Multiline Pool KCAMP (KS): strategic facilitation (2 cycles) ++

League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust – LMCIT (MN): strategic facilitation (13 cycles) ++

New Jersey School Insurance Group NJSIG (NJ): strategic facilitation ++

NLC Mutual Insurance Company (DC): strategic facilitation (2 cycles) ++

NLC Risk Information-Sharing Consortium (NLC – RISC) (DC): strategic planning ++

Penn PRIME Insurance Trust (PA): strategic facilitation ++

School Excess Liability Fund – SELF (CA): strategic facilitation (3 cycles) ++

South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance – SDPAA (SD): strategic facilitation ++

TMLIRP (TX): senior management and departmental facilitations ++

The Pool (TN): strategic facilitation ++

Virginia Risk Sharing Association (formerly VMLIP) (VA): strategic facilitation (3 cycles) ++

Education, Housing, & Social Service

American Student Achievement Institute (IN): executive coaching, research

Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (IN): 

             community planning process with Carroll, Franck & Assoc.,

             steering committee facilitation, governance charter development

Domestic Violence Network (IN): environmental scan

Indiana Blind Children's Foundation (IN); strategic planning

Martha’s House / New Hope Family Shelter (IN): merger facilitation process

Monroe County Humane Association (IN): interim executive leadership

Peace Development Fund (MA): strategic facilitation +

Transforming Center (IL): grant research

Membership Associations

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – AAPIP (CA): field survey ++

Indiana Beekeepers Association / Indiana State Beekeepers Association (IN): merger ++

International Association of Public Participation (CO): member facilitation ++ 

IAP2 USA (CO): governance design, policy development, documentation ++

National Women's Studies Association NWSA (MD):++

strategic facilitation, bylaws revision, transition facilitation


Technical Assistance Collaborative – TAC (MA): sub for HUD technical assistance grant 20132016 

And More Before...

Arts & Culture

Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art (NJ)

American Composers Forum (MN) ++

Arts Midwest (MN) ++ +

Center for Cultural Innovation (CA) 

Dance/USA (DC) ++

Feminist Press at CUNY (NY)

First Nations Composer Initiative (MN)

Great American History Theater (MN)

MacPhail Center for the Arts (MN)

Milkweed Editions (MN)

Minnesota Inventors Congress (MN)

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (MN)

Provisions Library (DC)

Skewed Visions (MN)

Textile Center of Minnesota (MN) ++

Twin Cities Public Television (MN)

Community & Social Service

Catholic Charities of Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN)

Central Neighborhood Involvement Assoc. (MN)


Hearthstone of Minnesota (MN)

MACC (MN) ++

Ramsey Action Programs (MN)

Rebuild Resources (MN)

Sabathani Community Center (MN)

SAGE Federation (OH) ++

Urban Coalition (MN)

Funders & Foundations 

AAPIP (CA) ++ +

Andy Warhol Foundation (NY) +

Clearway (MN) +

Cleveland Foundation (OH) +

Community Foundation of Greater Ft. Wayne (IN) +

Ford Foundation (NY) +

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (NJ) +

Greater Twin Cities United Way (MN) +

Initiative Fund of Southeast & S.Central MN (MN) +

James Ford Bell Foundation (MN) +

James Irvine Foundation (CA) +

Jay and Rose Philips Foundation (MN) +

McKnight Foundation (MN) +

Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (GA) +

Northwest Area Foundation (MN) +

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (NJ) +

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (MN) +

Southwest Minnesota Foundation (MN) +

Target Corporate Relations (MN) +

The Bush Foundation (MN) +

The Katherine B. Andersen Fund (MN) +

United Way of Kandiyohi County (MN) +

Women's Fund of the CMCF (MN) +

State & Local Government

City of Wilmar (MN) 

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MN) 

Minnesota State Arts Board (MN) + 

St. Cloud Area School District (MN) 

Higher Education

Caribbean Studies Association (TT) ++

National Council for Black Studies (GA) ++

National Women's Studies Association (MD) ++

Spelman College (GA)


American Indian Housing Corporation (MN)

Family Housing Fund (MN) +

Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minn. (MN)

Homeownership Preservation Foundation (MN) +

Southside Neighborhood Housing Corp. (MN)

Research, Law & Advocacy

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (DC)

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN)

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (MN)

League of Women Voters of Minneapolis (MN) ++

NCRW (now re:gender) (NY) ++

Youth & Education

Athletes Committed to Education (MN)

Bonanza Education Services (MN)

East Side Learning Center (MN)

First Children's Finance (MN)

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (MN)


National Youth Leadership Council (MN)

Pacer Center (MN)

Summit Academy OIC (MN)

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