It all started in the early ‘90s, when I was studying community organizing in Namibia and South Africa after aparthied…
But before we go there, I’m so glad you’re here! You’ve found the place where nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies come to reconnect to their mission, help their people do their best work, and better connect with their community.
How? By getting real about your pain points, embracing change, and having real conversations with the community. After all, those ideals are what drew me to study the fearless leaders and everyday people who eradicated apartheid.
Facing change head on is no fear of mine. I consistently choose what is right over what is comfortable to help your organization halt limiting patterns that keep you from thriving. At times, there will be difficult conversations, new ways of thinking, and differing opinions or beliefs. But that’s where the magic happens. Because truth be told, discomfort is just a sign of new beginnings.
I founded Willow Consulting in 2013 with a mission to put people first in every aspect of business. During college, I studied community organizing in Namibia and South Africa. Today, these skills help me to promote progressive change in neighborhoods, government, and nonprofit organizations. I spent the next two-plus decades at nonprofits in executive leadership roles, where I supported organizations through times of transition, chaos, and change.
I’m passionate about good governance, community engagement, partnerships, and building strong organizational foundations.
My experience is enhanced by a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Augsburg College and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Leadership and Civic Engagement from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2007, I received the Thomas Swain Fellowship for Leadership.
Happy Place Voyageur National Park
Superpower Saying difficult things for the greater good, all while remaining respectful and compassionate.
Oddest Job Worked on a tourist boat in Alaska for a season and had to harvest glacier ice onto the boat for visitors’ viewing pleasure.
Always Promoting Social justice, feminism, and community engagement
For Fun Traveling, kayaking, spending time with family and friends over food and drinks
Inclusivity I believe in the power of making decisions together. When we open space for diverse voices to share their unique opinions, beliefs, trials, or needs, we can make better, more informed decisions that benefit (and sustain!) all of us.
Flexibility I can work on-site or virtually. I can deliver projects independently or become part of your team. I take on both small and large projects. And I tailor my services to meet your budget. Because growth requires flexibility—from everyone involved, including me.
Candor I don’t shy away from speaking up when things are messy, so you can count on me to tell it to you straight—and I hope you do the same in return. I lead fearlessly with honest, yet compassionate, feedback on how you can better serve your community.