The path to successful and sustainable outcomes is rarely straight, and it requires partners that think creatively and can pivot on a dime. Our group of leaders understand this. As such, we foster a people-first culture, blend cutting-edge theory with practical solutions, and deliver livable strategies for complex problems.
When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m the CEO of The Clearing, a people-centered management consulting firm. What I don’t often have time to explain is that I’m also a builder, storyteller, and scientist.
As a builder, I’m extremely proud of what we’re creating at The Clearing, pioneering a different way of thinking about and executing change and transformation efforts.
As a storyteller, I promote the success of our clients and The Clearing’s role in that, and I love when that story attracts great talent to our company.
As a scientist, I study how the advice we provide to our clients can best be applied to our own organization to create a rewarding experience for our team members.
On top of that, I have the privilege of digging in on what I’m most passionate about: the design of organizational development practices and their implementation into the operating and management environments in which today’s leaders must survive and thrive.
To that end, I have supported leaders across the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Administrative Office of the Courts, and various global financial institutions.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington College and hold a Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design and Organizational Systems Renewal from Antioch University. On the weekends, you’ll either find me in the woods (I love to hike and camp), trying out new forms of exercise, or enjoying Mediterranean food at some of my favorite spots in Washington, D.C.
As the COO of The Clearing, I provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people, and systems in place to effectively grow and ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. Additionally, I have over 20 years of experience in government contracting.
Before joining The Clearing, I was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Savoy Consulting Group, where I worked with small businesses to enhance market strategies, create qualified pipelines, shape alliances, improve operational efficiencies, and achieve business transformation. Prior to that, I served as Vice President, Operations Management for Alion Science and Technology Corporation, and before that as Vice President, Operations Management at SAIC. I entered the aerospace and defense industry after several years practicing law in Los Angeles.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. I possess a certificate in Government Contracting and Procurement, and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
In my role as Chief of Staff, my focus is making our time, communications, and decision-making processes ever more effective.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I served as the Associate Vice President for Operations at Georgetown University. In that role I worked to facilitate and create a financial and operational environment that supported academic excellence by managing initiatives, guiding communications strategy, identifying opportunities for operational improvements, and leading collaborative efforts to achieve these improvements. I also served as Chief of Staff at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) from October 2010 through August 2014, where I worked as part of a collaborative leadership team to chart strategy for SCS’s academic program expansion.
Before arriving at Georgetown, I shepherded the implementation of commodity and health education investments as Director of Program Operations for Malaria No More, a non-profit organization focused on ending malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. I have communications experience at the national level, in roles at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and on both of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns.
I hold a BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
I’m proud to be one of the first members of The Clearing, joining the firm in 2009 when we were just a small group of people with a desire to make a difference and have fun. Today, our firm has grown significantly, and those values remain the same. I have loved my years growing the firm and today focus on ensuring exceptional and efficient delivery across our portfolio of accounts.
As a Director, I focus on the performance and profitability of our largest accounts. As a member of The Clearing’s leadership team, I manage operations and am closely involved in staffing and hiring, process improvement and efficiency, and profitability and financials. I contribute to the development, implementation, and communication of company strategy and financial plans and provide leadership, coaching, and mentorship to project teams.
During my 20+ years in consulting, I have truly enjoyed working with senior leaders and executives who are committed to making a positive impact in their organizations. I have utilized my expertise in leadership development, stakeholder alignment, and culture transformation with a variety of customers including the Federal Aviation Administration, General Services Administration, Departments of Defense, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security, and the City of Boston’s Office of Homeland Security. In addition to my government consulting work, I have worked directly with private industry in the United States, Australia, and Japan in a range of verticals including Automotive, Higher Education, and Tourism.
I live in Washington, D.C., with my Aussie-American husband of 20 years, our three kids, and our zoo of rescue animals, including a Great Dane, cat, three turtles, two guinea pigs, and a fish named Bruce. When I’m not shuttling kids to soccer practice and play dates, you’ll find me with a glass of wine on a neighbor’s porch.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, hold a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, and am an executive coach certified in the Leadership Circle Profile, Manager Edition, and Culture Survey.
As a Director and Solution Designer, I bring over 19 years of experience helping organizations transform, from reacting to customer requests to anticipating customer growth. My expertise is in helping leaders and their people anticipate growth, align their priorities, plan strategically, and coordinate their actions.
I have successfully helped leaders launch and implement Lean Startup concepts such as the minimum viable product (MVP), agile development, and design thinking. Most recently, I helped cross-agency efforts by establishing the concept of an MVP culture throughout the public sector.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration in Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University.
Additionally, I am a former Board Member for the Organization Development Network (2012 to 2015), the 2017 award winner for Service to the OD Network, and was part of the convening team for the Organization Development Gathering from 2017 to 2019. I am currently an Advisory Board Member for the Customer Experience Program at the University of Richmond and on the Organization Development Review (ODR) Board for the Organization Development Network.
It’s hard to determine what has had the greatest influence on my life: being from Texas, being the youngest of 6 girls, reveling in the organizational possibilities of the Container Store, being a mathlete on the chess club, falling in love with art and art history, developing a career in a boutique consulting firm, becoming a mother, spending a few years abroad, starting a business with my partner, or being surrounded by the smartest and most passionate teammates. I have been facilitating and managing group dynamics for as long as I can remember; it started around the dinner table in the 80s (remember — five sisters) and continues to this day in some of the most important and complex conversations happening in Washington, D.C.
In my role as a Director at The Clearing, I have the privilege and responsibility to guide leaders across all sectors through transformational change. I partner with my colleagues in CX, culture, strategy, and leadership to bring our expert team and solutions to federal and commercial markets. What I love about the way we approach the work is that we have a deep curiosity for our clients, as people, and the outcomes they’re working to make happen. This work brings out our creativity and sense of possibility. We learn from the market and incorporate that innovation back into our firm.
With 17,000+ professional facilitation hours over 18 years, I bring expertise in deep listening and human development. I have facilitated public-private partnerships, multi-agency mergers, strategic alignment, and interactive conferences in many lines of business: city planning, logistics and supply chain management, risk and security, information technology, and human resources lines of business.
Before I joined the professional ranks, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval & Renaissance Studies from Washington & Lee University. When I’m not consulting, I enjoy laughing, biking, yoga, singing (off-key and loudly), playing Transformers with sons Wiley and Emmet, painting, and basking in sunshine whenever it happens.
Empathy is my superpower, and design is my passion. Growing up the daughter of a scientist and an art teacher has created a unique blend of curiosities that continue to surprise and inspire me. I have always enjoyed exploring and finding connections in unlikely places. My mind is like a sponge; I am always absorbing and bringing these various perspectives back into the work and our teams to form stronger and more meaningful connections between the experiences we create and the people they serve.
I am proud to work for a company that fosters and encourages this exploration, with a focus on the human at the center of our visual strategy and product development. Leading a team of talented visual experts and collaborating to evolve our visual approach has helped us to empower, engage, and impact our communities in significant ways.
When I’m not creating, I make sure to carve out plenty of space for the unknown. Old and new relationships are an integral part of who I am. I love being in nature, cooking, traveling, spending time with my dog, Indy, and most importantly my family and friends. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactive and Graphic Design from Moravian College and hold a Certificate of Customer Experience from the University of Richmond.
As a Director and Solution Designer at The Clearing, I lead projects aimed at achieving large-scale organizational culture change.
I’ve had the privilege to advise government executives including the United States Navy, Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Boeing, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), MTFA/Arlington County, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and (PBGC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the areas of corporate and emerging technology strategy, organizational development, culture transformation, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, business strategy and leading high performing teams. Through these projects I advise and coach senior executives in areas such as Peak Performance Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Risk, Safety, and Security, Workplace Transformation, and organizational and team resilience.
At The Clearing, I also serve as the Executive Director for our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) initiatives. In this capacity, I develop innovative solutions to strengthen diversity, inclusion, and cultural competencies across the organization, and alongside clients, to enhance the firm’s culture and achieve business outcomes. Most recently, I led the development and implementation of The Clearing’s Equity Strategic Action Plan (ESAP), enabling the organization to live into its DEIA commitments in fulfillment of the company’s values and continued growth as a firm.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I worked with Deloitte for 10 years as a leader in their Government & Public Services (GPS) Strategy and Analytics practice and served as the Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Analytics Lead. I also served as an officer in the United States Navy and was ranked number one in each of my commands, regularly serving in the most challenging roles and achieving the highest-level outcomes on large-scale endeavors.
I hold an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School where I received the Conrad Scholar Award for Excellence in Financial Management and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.
Bringing people together and helping them find new ways of thinking is what I love to do — whether that is through my work at The Clearing or the poetry and fiction I compose during my free time. As a Solution Designer for our Strategy practice, I take pride in these “a-ha moments”, especially when we see our clients put those ideas into impactful action.
I bring more than 14 years of experience designing lasting organizational strategies and business processes with an emphasis on alignment, communications, change management, culture, and leadership development. I help client teams develop human-centered solutions and build capacity for sustainable, high-quality delivery to meet business and mission outcomes.
Prior to The Clearing, I was the Executive Director of a communications design firm serving art, academic, and cultural institutions. There I developed and implemented a strategy for growth, managed the growth and retention of staff and profitability, and guided the company through an organizational change from founding owners to a new ownership structure.
When I am not working or writing, you will find me enjoying the company of friends and family over a meal, glass of wine, or hike.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Public Policy with a concentration in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.
In my role as Director of Human Resources, I oversee all of the internal programs that impact our team members, from employee experience to performance and compensation. I also focus on building talent pipelines and programs that help our employees and business thrive.
The market for top talent is fiercer than ever, and there is no doubt that workplace culture sets businesses apart and is a key driver of business success. I am passionate about the employee experience and creating an environment where employees can be successful and engaged. I’m a firm believer that when employees are inspired and feel valued, they do their best work. A few of TC’s core values include “honor the human”, “foster inclusiveness”, and “cultivate growth”, and we are deeply committed to these tenets. These values serve as my north stars in all aspects of my work.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, walking my dogs, golfing with my husband, perfecting my tiramisu recipe, and decorating and fixing up my home. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and am a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-Certified Professional (CP).
I am a self-motivated individual who loves to challenge the status quo. I most enjoy working with people who care deeply about making a positive impact on their families and communities, both personal and professional.
During my 20 years in consulting, I’ve found a passion for working with clients who want to make big changes. My focus has been on developing and implementing strategies and large-scale business transformations.
As the Managing Director of Workplace Change at The Clearing, I’ve worked across various sectors, including federal, state, commercial, and non-profit. Every day, I help large organizations face challenging changes with skill and grace. At the forefront of my work is a single goal: to implement innovative and sustainable solutions that forever transform people and organizations.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.
I like to say I have the best job at The Clearing. It’s my job to share how great our people and services are with the world. To do that, I double as a translator and connector. I translate The Clearing’s service offerings into solutions prospective customers can envision working within their organizations, and I connect our consultants and clients through the firm’s marketing efforts. In addition, I’m responsible for The Clearing’s brand and customer touchpoints – everything from our visual identity and website to social channels and messaging.
Prior to leading The Clearing’s marketing team, I served as a Principal Consultant with The Clearing, where I supported a range of clients across the public and private sectors with a focus on strategic alignment, communication, and change management.
Before coming to The Clearing, I worked on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor, specializing in health care, education, and workforce legislation, as well as the federal appropriations portfolio; as an Account Director at a public affairs firm building strategic marketing plans for clients such as Eli Lilly and Company and Johnson & Johnson; and led public policy and government affairs for The Council of Graduate Schools.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and a Minor in Communication Studies from Butler University and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Whether at work with my colleagues and clients, or outside of work with friends, I am inspired by connecting with people and understanding the diverse set of strengths that make each person powerful. As such, I am passionate about leading with a human-centered approach to tackle complex problems. With over 30 years of consulting experience, I have had the privilege of working with leaders who dare to make a difference in areas such as cybersecurity, emergency response, community sustainability, safety and health, and environmental protection.
I bring a wealth of experience in organizational change, stakeholder engagement, and leadership development, working with both public and private sector organizations focused on strategic transformation.
Outside of the office, you’ll find me taking a walk with my husband and our only child (our dog) or sipping bubbly or a nice glass of wine with friends. I am a Gallup-certified strengths coach, and I received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
I am in constant search of achieving common ground and agreement. This is not only my goal in my personal life, but at The Clearing, where I analyze and negotiate contracts while ensuring contract compliance. During my 20 years of contract management experience, I have demonstrated a proven track record for problem-solving and interfacing with senior-level executives and management, major contractors, partners, and other government regulatory officials.
I love that I work for a selfless company that wants to make a difference in the world and is always seeking opportunities to give back. This speaks to the core of who I am as a person, someone who was raised in a community that focused on the importance of giving and cultivating growth.
When I am not negotiating complex contract agreements, you will find me spending time with my family, reading a good book or designing flower arrangements. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore, Master of Science in Procurement and Contracts Management from University of Maryland University College, and am a Certified Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC).
I have spent the last 30 years helping governments and organizations engender new, transformative possibilities for a better world. Through my work and research, I have developed a comprehensive approach, called the PRIMES, which is geared towards helping organizations drive to consensus and solve “wicked problems”, or those involving the highest levels of stakeholder and technical complexity. For example, I helped the World Bank create a new formula for aid allocation that minimized the problem of corruption and renewed the World Bank’s power to address global poverty.
My client list includes most of the agencies of the United States federal government as well as a wide range of organizations, including IBM, AARP, Consol Energy, DuPont, the United Nations, and Boeing. Additionally, I have facilitated strategy sessions for over 10,000 government and industry professionals.
Prior to launching The Clearing in 2009, I founded my first company, Touchstone Consulting Group, in 1991, which grew to $40 million in revenue and 200 employees and was bought by SRA International, Inc. in 2005. Prior to founding Touchstone, I designed and built IBM’s Decision Support Center and initiated the commercialization of work group technology there.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. I also serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy.
I enjoy creating jobs and finding ways to creatively solve problems. Over the past 25 years, I have had the honor to help start three businesses that have hired hundreds of people in aggregate. I keep in touch with many that have “graduated” over the years to start their own companies, go into government, or numerous other reasons. It is humbling to hear about what they are doing now and to think that, in some small way, I was a part of their journey.
I also enjoy finding ways to see challenges in different ways, to find the root cause, and to create a solution that may not be obvious. This is a facet of my life inside and outside of work. I get great satisfaction out of putting parts together in non-traditional ways to fix or improve aspects of my home. I get similar satisfaction in helping a colleague, business partner, or customer find a creative way to rethink a challenge they are having.
A colleague once told me that there is a big difference between solving a problem and managing a difficulty, and that each requires a different way of thinking and different tools. I apply that logic to every situation I encounter, which makes the process that much more interesting to me.
Over the past 11 years with The Clearing, I have witnessed periods of rapid growth, watched our amazing consultants deliver truly consequential results for our customers, seen the resilience of our company as we weathered major disruptions in our customer base, including a global pandemic, civil unrest, and personal tragedies. It is nothing short of inspirational to be a part of such an amazing community! The belief that we have the ability to help everyone that we interact with to live their best lives — while also having some fun along the way — makes me resolute in why The Clearing exists and fills me with endless pride and humility.
If there is one word to sum up my career: it’s pracademic, an amalgam of “practitioner” and “academic.” I am very much an academic (I am on the faculty of the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics program at UPenn), but enjoy putting what I teach into practice through my work at The Clearing.
I have always been interested in what works and why it works and use that principle to teach our clients how to have better meetings, drive better outcomes, and ultimately create positive organizational change — whether that’s improving infection controls in hospitals or modernizing IT infrastructure for a large federal agency.
Over the past 25 years, I have served as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in health care, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Notable clients include the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Gates Foundation, National Association of Counties, American Society for Public Administration, Population Council, and several regional healthcare institutions.
In addition to my pracademic career, I am passionate about environmental issues and have served on the boards of over two-dozen nonprofit organizations including Plexus Institute, BlueVoice.org, American Oceans Campaign, Earthworks, and the advisory board of Oceana. I have also authored several publications, most recently Unexpected Gifts: Solve Tough Problems with Adaptive Positive Deviance, a piece that grew out of earlier work for which our team received recognition in The New York Times for application of Positive Deviance in healthcare as an “outstanding idea.”
When I’m off the clock, you’ll find me with my husband trying to convince our quizzical Irish wolfhound — all 180 pounds of him — to play fetch or looking for the next, best French meal I can find.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Taylor University, a Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from The Union Institute & University.
As a Senior Principal, I have more than 30 years of experience in co-creating vision, cultural and institutional transformation, mission development and implementation, building consensus and alliances, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
With an approach grounded in anthropology and behavioral economics, I have guided small and large organizations through the highly complex intellectual, emotional, and political dynamics of culture transformation. I have done work for organizations from small non-profits to mid-size law firms to large federal agencies and international firms with worldwide impact. My clients have included the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Investment Bank, the Evaluation Cooperation Group, the Department of Defense (DoD), Veterans Administration (VA), the Washington, D.C. City Council, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Portland General Electric (PGE), National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Saint Francis Hospital (San Francisco), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk (Chicago), the University of the District of Columbia, The University of Chicago School of Medicine, The Maryland Hospital Association, The District of Columbia Hospital Association, The Atlantic Council/Rockefeller Foundation, District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Petroleum Institute, International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Prince William County (Virginia), Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS), Wounded Warrior, and other educational entities across the country.
I have provided my clients with strategic alignment, communication, change management, and group facilitation for both large-scale client meetings and working groups. I have proven success in building strategies, messaging, and design products to meet complex and changing organizational needs – resulting in improved leadership alignment, unified vision, critical buy-in, and advocacy from diverse stakeholder groups.
In addition, I have wide experience in strategic planning and implementation, leadership development and coaching, building organizational infrastructures, cultivating constituent relationships, policy development, public communications, project management, community relations, instructional and program design and development, personnel supervision and management, facilities design and utilization, educational leadership, consulting, and general administration.
As The Clearing’s Senior Manager for Technology and Digital Services, I am responsible for identifying and deploying the right technology to support the firm’s strategic needs and to maintain the security and integrity of our infrastructure. I explore how to execute our mission and deliver the greatest value to our clients by leveraging the best available tools and creating an environment that enables our teams to be productive and innovative anywhere in the world. Most of all, I ensure that our staff is well-versed and comfortable with our systems and tools, ensuring a seamless experience for both project teams and clients.
Prior to The Clearing, I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation as the Operations Manager for the WTC Health Program, supervising the team responsible for enrolling and managing care for the first responders for the September 11 attacks. Prior to that, I was a police officer in the New York City Police Department for nearly five years and bring a strong sense of service to all of the work that I do. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
As a Senior Advisor focused on Human Capital and Shared Services, I help leaders focus on critical aspects of Human Resources Management, Shared Services opportunities, Change Management, IT business engagement (translator between systems and business partners), and program implementation across their organizations by assessing organizational needs and driving collaborative and comprehensive solutions.
I have successfully partnered with Federal Senior Executives as a trusted HR Consultant in designing recruitment strategies, succession management programs, and analyzing current HR Programs and recommending solutions. I have extensive experience in delivering Federal Shared Services programs for various administrative services, such as human resources, finance and other similar activities. Shared Services solutions include: customer identification and engagement, knowledge management capture, development/delivery of training, serving as an HRIS Analyst, Process Improvement Advisor and HR Data Analyst.
I believe if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life and this has always held true for me.
I hold a Master of Science in Personnel and Human Resources Management from American University.
In my role as a Senior Principal, I bring over 25 years of active military service with focus in strategic communications, operational and strategic planning, and first-hand experience at the senior-most levels of the Department of Defense (DoD).
Before joining The Clearing I most recently served as the Chief of the Strategic Initiatives Group for the Director of the Army National Guard where I transformed the organization from a current state, tactical focus into a strategic, future focused organization while managing the strategic communications, public affairs, and global engagement plans for a Three-Star General.
During my military career, I held numerous planner and strategist positions within the military. As the Joint Staff Plans Officer for Indo-Pacific Command, II developed briefs for President Obama and President Trump. I routinely briefed senior officers including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and numerous Congressional Staffers as well. I also served as the Branch Chief for Global Posture, where I led numerous reform efforts within the U.S. military’s overseas force structure, integrated Global Posture requirements across the Services and contributed to the first Joint Military Net Assessment since the end of the Cold War.
I have a B.A. in History from McDaniel College, an M.A. in Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict from American Military University, an M.M.A.S in Theater Operations from The U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
In addition, I was awarded numerous decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Harmony. Positivity. Includer. Those are three of my top strengths, and they come through in the work that I do and the way that I live my life. The world often leads with negativity and provides reasons why things “can’t work.” I strive to do the opposite — to find and create moments in life that bring people joy, inspire them to find their passion, and provide the meaning they seek. I believe that humor connects people and offers a fresh perspective, and I’m on a mission to bring more light and laughter into the world.
When tensions are high and consensus seems unattainable, I focus on creating alignment around common interests and goals. Whether it be in regional coalition-building, community engagement, workplace transformation, or culture change, my goal is always to help people find their voices and have those voices heard.
The Clearing has provided me the opportunity to use my strengths on diverse projects such as cross-jurisdictional collaboration, city planning and urban development, headquarters relocations, and even public safety and emergency management. I love working alongside leaders at the local, state, and federal level to drive transformations of varying size and scale, including providing ways to develop strategies, manage all aspects of a change initiative, anticipate and mitigate risk, engage stakeholders, design and implement strategic communications, and outfit those impacted with tools and support throughout the lifecycle of the project.
When I’m not working with clients and teams at The Clearing, you’ll find me planning my next vacation or sharing a laugh with my husband and fellow parents as we shuffle our kids to and from sporting events. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia.
In my role as Senior Advisor, I bring over 25 years of experience in strategic thinking, cross-functional problem solving, shepherding competing stakeholders toward a common vision, and risk identification and mitigation.
Before coming to The Clearing, I championed the vision and strategic efforts to protect athletes from emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct and abuse as the Vice President of Athlete Safety at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee; I served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Senior Executive in Human Resources and a Special Advisor (Internal Consultant) in the National Security Branch; and spent 20 years as a senior administrator in intercollegiate athletics and higher education – 15 years on college campuses (Go Toreros!) and 5 years at the conference level.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me as a fledgling, yet enthusiastic (mostly), CrossFit athlete and soaking up the fresh air and sun, but only if it’s warm out, as I’m a Southern CA at heart. Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with close friends and working to retain my ‘best auntie ever’ role.
I hold an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, a MPE in Athletics Administration from Springfield College and a BA in Business Administration from Whittier College. I also hold an Advanced Personal and Executive Coach Certification from the College of Executive Coaching.
I am passionate about partnering with individual leaders and organizations to work towards solving their toughest challenges as well as building skills and leadership capacity along the way. Often, it’s helping them identify goals and balance risks in their decisions — a similar approach that I embody at home when I consider tackling a home improvement project on my own versus calling a professional. Over my 13 years of consulting, I have had the chance to work in the areas of business process management, emergency response, and strategic action planning to create more efficient, effective organizations, business functions, and people.
The Clearing’s approach to partnering with our clients is unique in that our diverse team brings a vast set of skills, experience, and tools to each scenario, rather than a set-in-stone answer guide. I’ve used this approach to lead projects and teams for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the Defense Security Service (DSS) and Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) within the Department of Defense, and several private sector companies and trade associations.
Outside of work, I like spending time with my wife and two sons, enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and planning my next home improvement project — with a pro on standby. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. Additionally, I am certified in administering the EQ-i and EQ360 Emotional Intelligence assessments.
In my role as Senior Principal, I’m privileged to bring more than 20 years of experience serving government and private sector clients as a strategist, leader, facilitator, and advising consultant. Most recently I had the honor to support a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where I provided research project design and implementation, strategy, strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and project management consulting services.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I was in-house with Expedia during their M&A with VRBO and Lime where I created the go-to-market strategy for U.S. Operations. I also developed change management strategies, and designed, and led leadership development programs that covered a wide range of topics including Workforce Resilience, Leadership Through Transition, and Fostering Workplace Innovation. I am a LUMA-Certified Human-Centered Designer.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ithaca College, a Master of Arts in Political Management from The George Washington University, and two Master of Business Administration degrees from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and Queens University’s Smith School of Business. When I’m not working, I’m playing, coaching, and refereeing soccer, cooking for family and friends, and enjoying Washington DC’s rich arts and culture scene, particularly the Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera, a company I love and where I was a founder and past Chair of the young professional affinity group, Generation O (now BravO).
In my role as a Senior Advisor, I bring 20 years of specialized global expertise in both the public and private sectors bridging the theory and practice of conflict analysis and resolution, strategy and operationalization, bilateral and multilateral negotiations, targeted training and programming, advanced research and data analysis, and the processes driving institutional and social change within corporate, government, military, and interreligious contexts.
My portfolio ranges from stabilizing team dynamics and building peak performance entities in Fortune 100 multinationals and government agencies, to mediating policy disputes between countries, to being tapped to lead the first sanctioned team of high-level conflict and negotiation specialists into ISIS-controlled Iraq. My work is currently being used by the UN’s Security Council and the International Criminal Court to assist in the prosecution of captured ISIS leadership and fighters. I’ve additionally developed proprietary analytics and IP that have assessed and brought to resolution a wide range of cross-sector problems, constraints, and bottlenecks in over 40 countries.
I’ve authored three books, over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, and chapters in edited volumes, and multiple policy reports and recommendations. I continue my academic endeavors as an affiliate researcher at the University of St. Andrews’ School of Psychology and Neuroscience; and have been a guest lecturer at over 35 universities around the world.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I founded a nonprofit focused on bridging opposing worldviews and an international conflict mitigation consulting firm; as well as holding positions as a high-level advisor and project-lead at the Obama White House and the UN. Although I no longer have the athletic ability to compete as I once did as a Division I student-athlete in baseball, I love spending my free time golfing, exploring new countries with my family, and hoping it’s not another 108 years until the next Cubs World Series title.
I have a B.A. in Applied Psychology (Human Development) from the University of Illinois Chicago, an M.A. in Urban Studies (Social Change) from Eastern University, and a Ph.D. in Contextual Studies (Traumatic Memories, Reconciliation, and Religion) from the University of St. Andrews.
In my role as Senior Principal, I bring over 30 years of public and private sector senior executive experience driving innovation, supporting global operations, solving tough organizational problems, enabling multilateral partnerships, and leading people with compassion. I have a passion for leadership development and coaching, organizational and cultural transformation, strategic planning, enterprise communications, and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining The Clearing, I served in the U.S. Intelligence, Foreign Service, and Law Enforcement Communities, while maintaining a private consulting practice. As a Senior Intelligence Service Executive and Leader, I directed and supported enterprise operations and missions worldwide, as well as led a variety of transformational domestic and international initiatives. Over the course of my professional journey and as a leader, I have been able to develop a wide range of on-the-ground expertise in strategic organizational development and change management, strategic planning and implementation, program and project development and integration, executive leadership coaching and talent development, physical and technical security operations and crisis management (including, hostile and combat areas), worldwide supply chain, asset management and logistics, enterprise shared services, cyber defense, facilities planning and operations, and policy development.
Additionally, I have developed and leveraged my practical experience as a senior leader to help shape and guide my Leadership Coaching Practice that unleashes the power of the newest emerging leader all the way to the most battle-hardened executive. I believe in building a foundation of trust to ensure that I am in service to my client’s professional and personal goals for growth and transformation. I offer an added dimension to my client’s coaching experience as I am able to draw upon a wide range of real-life experience and expertise.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of South Carolina. I also hold certifications in Leadership Coaching (ICF) from the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership, Executive Leadership Development from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Strategic Leadership from The Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado.
As a Senior Principal, I lead a team of consultants focused on delivering excellence to our clients in the public sector. I have been partnering with senior leaders for more than 20 years to affect change in federal, commercial, non-profit, and international organizations.
Previous clients include the City of Calgary, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Air Force (USAF), General Services Administration (GSA), Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), NATO, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Red Cross, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). These partnerships resulted in significant increases in strategic alignment, communication, collaboration, and innovation, leading to improved performance and realized business results.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Computer Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
As a Senior Principal, I help deliver shared services strategy and innovative thought leadership in support of organizational transformation. My focus is on expanding mind share in the area of shared services and assisting our team with shared services transformation engagements.
I have extensive experience in delivering federal shared services as a career member of a global public sector institution. My private sector experience has been focused on delivering strategic transformation, initially as a corporate Director of Shared Services Strategy. Most recently, I played a key role in helping to create a collaborative space for public sector representatives and industry experts to design and deliver an enterprise-level, federal shared services strategy as a founding member of the Shared Services Round Table and the Shared Services Leadership Coalition.
I hold both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems from The George Washington University.
To solve today’s most complex problems in our communities, our cities, our states, our nations, and globally, we must build coalitions of leaders willing to confront these challenges, together. The work is complex as there are no effective cookie-cutter approaches. Working in these realms is where I thrive. My energy and experiences are aligned in my commitment to delivering substantial impacts to our society’s most critical challenges, such as city and regional resilience to all hazards threats, our nation’s opioid crisis, racial injustice within our systems, climate change, and the global impacts of extreme heat. What inspires me daily is the opportunity to work on these “missions that matter” alongside a team who share a passion for high-impact work.
To recharge and keep myself energized, I maintain a steady routine of gym workouts and an abundance of outdoor activities with my wife and our full family of kids, ranging from teens to young adults. And my calendar is always booked for Baltimore Ravens and Terps games. My formal education includes graduation from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.
In my role as Office Operations Manager, I lead planning and execution for all corporate events and meetings in our rapidly growing office focusing on efficiency, time management, safety, and employee engagement. This same model flows into my personal life as I juggle our family schedule of sports, PTA meetings, and other events. My goal is to foster a supportive and inspirational workplace for employees by effectively managing daily operations. My goal at home is building memories no matter how big or small — and I’m proud to work at a firm that understands work/life balance
I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Douglass College, Rutgers University.
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