I provide consulting services for individuals, teams, and communities. With deep roots working to better understand the challenges of social justice, human capacity, and change management, I bring my curiosity, experience, and leadership skills to each collaboration. I am interested in long lasting improvements and system change, which require a culture shift.
My areas of expertise include international development, especially USAID funded programs; community development and governance; sustainability, ecological restoration, and climate change; and equity and inclusion. In my community,
My mission is to improve conditions for people and the planet,
Be Kind. (re)Design. represents the perspective we should:
Be Kind to Ourselves
Be Kind to our Communities
Be Kind to our Planet by
carefully considering what we need to
I believe we have the capacity to catalyze positive change. Together, let's assess and understand current and past practices, choosing what to move forward and what to refine and improve.
As an international development professional, I specialize in program design and leadership; capacity building through mentoring, coaching, training, and facilitation; and deep and comprehensive understanding through qualitative research and collaboration.
I am interested in well-being of people and the planet. Beyond my consulting work, I am an active volunteer supporting sustainability goals and ecological restoration actions.
What is the goal we need to achieve? What is our vision for activating our hope for the future now? Personal and systemic inquiry helps us understand the problems we need to solve and illuminate existing strengths underpinning our progress to date. What do we need to unlearn to prepare ourselves to learn and change?
For each organization or person or community there are foundational elements to build on and barriers to overcome. Analyzing the situation for acknowledgement and understanding establishes a strong start to build successful interventions - programs, learning opportunities, coaching, policy changes, etc. Understanding where we are: what works, what does not work, helps us get to where we need to go.
Substantial, lasting improvement depends on new social norms and behaviors. Systemic change requires more than new policies and laws. Individual actions and decisions have to align with different assumptions, values, and practices. To achieve our goals some norms are to be protected, others to be forged or remembered and reapplied. This takes time, care, and multiplicity of interventions.
Each small action and improvement adds up to enduring success. What can we achieve today to create momentum toward our larger goal? What are the different actions, rules, social norms, policies, behaviors, systems, etc. needing many incremental changes to take us, step by step, to our desired outcomes? Individual, organizational, community, and societal baby steps add up to culture shift and systemic change. No step is too small to start.