Serving Collaborative Change

Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 9.59.38 PMIn a previous blog post, I wrote about my growing interest in serving collaborative change initiatives. Since then, I wrote an article published by OD Practitioner based on my research of collaborative change initiatives. As an organization development practitioner, my consulting practice focuses on serving collaborative change initiatives, which has included the following:

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Co-Facilitating ULI’s Health Leaders Network

Over the course of four years, I worked closely with my colleague Sara Daleiden to co-facilitate several gatherings for the Urban Land Institute Health Leaders Network. We facilitated engaging conversations in Los Angeles, Denver, Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as virtually. Working closely with the ULI team, we co-created engaging agendas that facilitated relationship building, learning and action. This included a mixture of large and small group activities. We worked hard to bring multiple perspectives to the surface, encourage participants balanced participation and lift up racial equity as a key pillar in doing this work. For more information about this program, check out this ULI blog post

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Understanding and Challenging Systemic Racism: Readings and Practices

After the murder of George Floyd, one way in which I responded was by writing blog post, and what follows is another post sharing readings, insights and practices from my own learning journey to better understand something that by design has been made invisible to me for most of my life– white supremacy culture.

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The Funders Network

It’s been awhile since I posted a blog, and that’s partly because I’ve been working on a long-term consulting project serving The Funders Network, directing Smart Growth California. In that work, I’ve had the opportunity to build relationships with funders, advocates and policy makers, and facilitate engaging spaces for learning, alignment and collaboration. Below are links to 19 blog posts I’ve either written, or co-written to give you a sense for the broad set of issues and geographies I’m working on these days (click on the blog title to read the post). I’m grateful to work on a set of intersecting issues I’m passionate about, with a set of leaders I deeply respect!

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Collaborative Leadership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

I recently completed a year-long training process supporting the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Collaborative Leadership program. With DPH taking a lead in designing the overall training framework that consisted of two cohorts with 76 participants, my role was to develop and administer an assessment, design and lead four trainings and provide customized technical assistance to 18 DPH teams. Continue reading

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Smart Growth California

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-11-23-21-amFor the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, I continue coordinating the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative. I wrote a blog post sharing updates on the passage of four ballot measures moving Los Angles towards becoming a healthier, equitable and sustainable place. For more information, check out the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative and Smart Growth California’s funder convening, which I’m also helping plan and facilitate.


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My 150th Client: Southern California Grantmakers


Park needs assessment map developed by GreenInfo Network

I’m thrilled to support my 150th client, Southern California Grantmakers! Like my work with the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, I’m helping out with their Environmental Funders Group, another collaborative endeavor working on a complimentary set of issues in a larger geographic footprint. Since first wrote this blog post in 2016, I’m happy to report that I’ve now organized over 25 funder convenings, working closely with the SCG Environmental Funders Steering Committee. See the list below to get a sense for the broad range of issues this learning series has addressed. If you’re a SCG member or funder, I invite you to attend the next session.  Continue reading

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