I have placed my consulting practice on hold while serving as the Chief Climate Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). I was appointed to these roles by the Biden Administration in August of 2021 and as Deputy Assistance Administrator I am responsible for oversight of technical teams advising missions in 80 countries worldwide in areas including climate, energy, infrastructure and engineering, ocean plastics pollution, environmental and social risk analysis, biodiversity and land resource and governance work at USAID. In my role as Chief Climate Officer, I led completion of the Climate Strategy for the Agency covering the period of 2022-2030 and am working to advance a "whole of Agency" response to the crisis to maximize the climate benefits of USAID's budget of more than $25 billion per year and up to $50 billion including supplemental packages for Ukraine etc. I also serve as the lead USAID climate liaison with other federal agencies, the US Congress, NGOs, foreign governments and international and regional organizations.
When I am consulting, I specialize in providing strategic consulting to non-profits, foundations, universities, governments and impact oriented businesses. Given my decades of experience as a social justice leader, I am uniquely positioned to support organizations through periods of growth, change and transition. I strive to bring honesty, fresh insight, energy, responsiveness, strategic smarts, operational know-how, integrity, and emotional intelligence to my work.
After stepping down from my fourth Executive Directorship in two decades in 2019, I resumed my consulting practice and had the honor of working with over 70 non-profits, foundations, companies and the Obama White House. I have supported teams through strategic planning, retreat design and facilitation, transformational change, leadership transitions, organizational development and reorganization. I have also provided extensive individualized coaching to executives and other senior team members.
I chose to return to consulting after over 20 years in leadership because I wanted to focus my energy at a strategic level and to be sure that my skills and experience benefit the social justice sector more broadly. I also know from engaging consultants myself that all too often they lack the real world experience and insights that you gain from having managed all aspects of organizational growth and implementing the programs you shape. I have had a breadth of exposure across issue areas and have lived and worked on four continents (Africa, Europe, Asia and North America) which gives me a unique perch from which to support and catalyze growth and change at organizations poised to leverage even greater impact. I have strong and extensive professional networks globally that benefit the teams I work with. And last but definitely not least, I really love consulting.
I am fortunate to have an entirely referral-based business. In considering whether to take on new work, I assess the possibilities in working with my client collaborators, my ability to deliver quality support, my passion for the mission, and the likely impact of my engagement. In the event that I don't have the bandwidth to take on new work or I don't feel your project is a good match for my skills and experience, I will do my best to identify someone else who can help you.
While I generally prefer to work independently with clients and am always the key point of contact throughout my engagements, I do have a range of colleagues that I collaborate with in order to increase capacity where needed or to address any budgetary constraints my clients may be facing.
Once we co-define our scope of work, I work on the basis of fixed price contracts, retainers or hourly billing as preferred.
By way of example, in my consulting practice I have:
Dynamic and award-winning four-time CEO, campaigner, serial social entrepreneur, attorney and film maker experienced in advancing social justice and environmental campaigns in the United States and around the world. Fluent in English and proficient in Spanish.