Recent Clients and Projects
Boardman Lake Trail
Developed and coordinated the implementation of a project-based community engagement and communications plan for TART Trails, Inc. Coordinated and supported TART’s engagement with project stakeholders including governmental partners, non-profits, donors, landowners, volunteers, neighborhood groups, and businesses. Hosted focus groups and conducted interviews. Designed and coordinated advisory team meetings and public meetings. Created content for TART's communications including project webpage, media releases, and print materials. Facilitated an intergovernmental study session regarding implementation capacity, intentions, and opportunities. Advised TART on project strategy and provided recommendations for action.
Provided training for the board of directors and facilitated the creation of a short-term organizational work plan. Provided fundraising consulting and coaching.
Facilitated a retreat for board members and advisors. Helped to establish organizational priorities, plan a new program, and identify next steps for relationship-building, resource development, and program implementation. Follow-up work included revenue development advice.
Cherry Capital Foods
Supported strategic and business planning. Facilitated a vision and values session with the leadership team.
City of Traverse City
Administered a public survey to assess community perceptions regarding the design of Eighth Street.
Designed and implemented community engagement activities including public open houses, stakeholder meetings and interviews, a public survey, and communications, and served as a member of a collaborative project team led by the Influence Design Forum. Traverse City’s City Lot property was one of seven places in Michigan to receive a PlacePlans grant from the Michigan Municipal League in 2015 with support from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Governor Snyder’s MIplace Partnership.
Created a case statement for the Township to use to share its vision for integrated place-based community and economic development and land and water conservation efforts, and feature key partnerships and active and planned projects.
Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology
Provided fundraising planning, coaching, training, and advice.
Facilitated a training and team building session for staff directors with a focus on organizational culture, strengths, and communication and feedback tools.
Grand Traverse County
Hosted interviews with business leaders to understand their vision, values, perspectives and priorities related to the county's economic strategy.
Heart of the Lakes
Supported a strategic plan update. Services included confidential interviews with external advisors and with association members, analysis of responses and observations of themes, threats and opportunities, and recommendations for action.
Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative
Provided communication services for the first phase of a fundraising campaign to support the construction of four non-motorized trail segments in Washtenaw County, Michigan. These trail segments will ultimately complete The Loop, which is now considered a spur trail of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, a state-wide trail system. Created a case for support, pledge and sponsorship materials, media releases, and provided support for website content.
Michigan Recreation and Park Association
Facilitated a Board retreat and strategy session.
Missaukee Conservation District
Provided a strategic and communications plan related to a voter-approved millage.
North County Trail Association
Provided planning services to identify and prioritize trail gaps, assess volunteer capacity, and create an action plan including goals, roles, responsibilities, and an implementation timeline.
Parallel 45 Theatre
Facilitated and prepared a five-year business plan and budget, including staffing projections and revenue development.
Six Rivers Land Conservancy
Assessed the organization's opportunities for growth and evaluated its capacity to launch a capital campaign. Provided guidance in the hiring process and orientation for a new Director of Development.
T.A.R.T. Trails Inc.
Assessed the organization's capacity and developed growth scenarios, including staffing projections. Provided coaching and advice regarding the organization's fundraising program.
Tecumseh Land Trust
Supported strategic planning. Services included a stakeholder survey, confidential advisor interviews, retreat facilitation, report preparation, and guidance for staff.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Facilitate partnership meetings focused on team-building, identification of shared visions and project goals, communication expectations, resolution of project-related issues, and the formation of Partnership Agreements for waterway restoration and construction projects within the Great Lakes region.