Who I Am

About

I'm a consultant.

As a small part of several great teams—spanning governance and accountability advocates, local reformers and activists, development and humanitarian aid organizations, donors and multilateral agencies—I add targeted value that moves their work forward, while also finding the opportunities for connections and cross-pollination. Most of that work is internal to each client. The most public version of my work is my writing.

What I Do

Services

Advisory

Not an injection of specific expertise, but a thought partnership to navigate difficult issues. I’m here to help you (and your team) understand a problem or opportunity, and find a pathway through it.

Facilitation

Bring people together around a common goal, with the right data, and provide a structure for the conversation: that’s the core of facilitation, whether in a single workshop, in a virtual space, or over the course of a program.

Synthesis

For the hardest problems, analysis—separating the whole into its constituent elements—is only a precursor to the creative synthesis that puts the parts back together in a useful way, surfacing new connections that make change possible.

How I Work

I have no set toolkit or preferred methodologies. Efficiency relies on standardization, but effectiveness requires adaptation and equity only comes from participation—both of which are messy. So each engagement draws on a mix of approaches from strategy design, adaptive management, organizational learning, complexity thinking, political organizing, and more. Some engagements are short and focused, others ebb and flow over a year or more. I’m a one-person shop, with all the flexibility that brings, and I work in partnership when other skills are needed.

What I Think

Praxis

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Digital news: a better format is possible

Here’s a Friday afternoon idea for you to chew over: How much different are digital news articles today from what they…

Transparency and Accountability LEARN Workshop

Goldilocks facilitation, or the practice of mediocrity

Enough U.S. politics for a while. Back to our regularly scheduled programming… I’ve facilitated several workshops recently, and I’ve also had…

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Operating in a world with no truth

Dear readers: This is a somewhat different post than normal. It addresses a question that’s been on my mind for…

Transparency and Accountability Initiative's TA LEARN workshop in Rio

Why is it hard to hire for learning roles? 3 early hypotheses

Folks: Learning is hot right now. At least, in the aid and development sectors. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams are now monitoring, evaluation…

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Adaptation is more than flexibility

Change actors of all stripes face a tension between the certainty needed to act at scale, and the uncertainty inherent to…

Who I've Worked With

Past Experience

Global aid and development
Feedback Labs ■ International Rescue Committee ■ Mercy Corps ■ Reboot ■ UNICEF ■ USAID ■ World Bank
Governance and accountability
Global Integrity ■ Natural Resources Governance Institute ■ Open Contracting Partnership ■ Transparency and Accountability Initiative
U.S. reformers and activism
Common Cause ■ Fund for Public Interest Research (State PIRGS)