Most complex problems won't be solved by only one person or organization

Rethinking Traditional Operations

Many (most?) organizations and "collaborations" are organized like a spindle clock: one group or person at the center to whom all other individuals or groups report on a regular basis. In practice, this might be a staff meeting, a monthly Board meeting, a quarterly industry meeting, where every individual or subcommittee shows up and provides their report. Then the meeting ends, and everyone goes back to their respective circles silos. What's missing? Connections among all the players.


To move the needle in big ways on big problems, whether they are internal to an organization, or major social problems, everyone must play their role. That means we blow up traditional "spindled" models, understanding that every player should be connected to every other player through continuous communication. Resources are aligned and duplication eliminated. Data are shared instead of hoarded, and therefore, successes are replicated and scaled. The key? Effective innovation should be rewarded more than competition. It's messier and harder, but it's more realistic. Real impact requires all stakeholders to play their unique part.


  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) AZ Stakeholder Meetings, planner
  • AZ Report on Health Reform to White House, author
  • Steven's Law provisions, fiscal impact report, co-author
  • Steven's Law grassroots organizing, advocacy
  • AZ Healthy Kids Coalition, facilitator
  • McLean County Cradle to Career, backbone functions
  • Bloomington, IL Invest Health, team leader
  • Invest Health, grant writer
  • Writing samples and further detail available upon request


  • Grant writing and reports
  • Project management and related tools
  • Strategic planning
  • Research (equity data, policy, etc.)
  • Data and policy analysis
  • Survey construction and analysis
  • Backbone functions
  • Cradle-to-career project support
  • Social media management
  • Meeting facilitation
  • White papers

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit management and philanthropic best practices
  • Racial equity and school-to-prison pipeline
  • Health equity and social determinants of health
  • Systems theory
  • Health and budget policy research and analysis
  • Advocacy and government relations
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Consensus building
  • Process improvement and systems development

Available to Serve

Based in Central Illinois*

  • Higher education institutions
  • Inter-organizational collaborations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Local and national foundations
  • Local and national funders
  • *Available for travel around the US
  • *Equipped to work remotely when feasible

Current Projects

  • Illinois State University's Center for the Study of Education Policy (Normal, IL) - Principal Capacity Building grant support
  • Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA) - Invest Health convening support