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Senior Consultant, Director of Strategy and Facilitation Services

Karen Hirsch

About Karen

I have a knack for helping nonprofits navigate clear and creative pathways through change by developing strategic plans and helping organizations tell their stories. I draw upon more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector where I’ve worn many hats: executive director, development director, writer, and consultant. I am a graduate of Yale University who completed my Executive Master of Public Administration at the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2014.

When it comes to strategic planning, I tailor the planning process to suit your organization’s needs.  You will leave the process with a thoughtful plan in hand, and a way to effectively address new opportunities as they arise.  I design agendas to ensure the highest level of engagement for everyone in the room.

Recent strategic planning clients include: Future Business Leaders of America, Seattle Globalist, Housing Resources Bainbridge, The Merwin Conservancy, Central Washington University Alumni Association, FamilyWorks and West Seattle Helpline among others.

I also bring to Ostara extensive experience in storytelling. Prior to Ostara, I directed award-winning documentaries and wrote content for local and national organizations including Woodland Park Zoo, Public Broadcasting System (PBS), MacArthur Foundation and Pyramid Communications to name a few.

My goal is to help clients align strategic planning with organizational storytelling so you can imagine your organization’s future and make it a reality.

Fun facts about Karen:

  •  At age 19, I spent the summer bicycling across the Rockies – my first time seeing the West.
  • My first real job was creating a video department for Greenpeace USA.
  • No place I’d rather be that boogie boarding in Long Beach Island, NJ.

Karen was both nurturing and masterful in leading us through self-assessment, clarification of values and creation of an action plan. At no time did she push her own agenda, but when we stalled, she was skillful in leading us forward.

Kathleen Moellenberndt, Cascade Symphony

Karen was great to work with and really did an amazing job pulling ideas from everyone, making sure we all felt like we contributed in a meaningful way.

Daryl Daugs, Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County

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