Consulting with Gillian


30 Years of Building Capacity where it Matters Most

In 1988, when I was a community organizer in [New York?], I was working with X to do Y, and we all knew we needed to coalesce into an organization in order to have lasting power at a local and state level. I didn’t know how to establish a 501c3, so I taught myself how to do it. And I was good at it. We went on to X.

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That project launched me to a career with communities and organizations at local, state, national, and international levels, and with visionaries in the field.

But I have always had the heart of an organizer. My clients and collaborators are committed to social justice, inclusive pedagogies, and lasting change. And, while I use tools of the consultant's trade, the heart of my methodology is to look people in the eye and create the human connections that carry the day.


  • Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Community Engagement
  • Systems Change
  • Strategic Plans
  • Curricula


  • Expert facilitation
  • Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Consultation
  • Assessments
  • Coaching

Working from Values

  • Inclusion
  • Sustaibility
  • Partnership
  • Honesty
  • Communication
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With Communities and Organizations

New York City

Brooklyn Community Foundation
Community Resource Exchange
Councilmember Carlos Menchaca
New York City Division for Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
Pratt Institute Center For Community and Environmental Development
The Municipal Arts Society
PortSide NY
Kalsugen Coalition
Make the Road
Red Hook Initiative
Flatbush Development Corporation
NYC Non-Profit Coordinating Committee
JCC of Manhattan



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United States Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Justice, 
Community Policing Consortium, Bureau of Justice Assistance
US AID Institutional Partnerships Project
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 
United States National ESRD Networks
State of Colorado, Governor’s Office
Santa Clara County Health Department
FMQAI Florida


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Yeaah Robert!


Portside NY

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National and International

Just Vision
Center for Social and Community Development, Rutgers University American Cancer Society, New England and Heartland Divisions
National Funding Collaborative On Violence Prevention (Institute for Community Peace) 
Cleghorn Community Association/Fitchburg Community Health Center, Fitchburg MA
Valesburg United, Valesburg, NJ
New Community Corporation, Newark NJ
Crescent City Peace Alliance, New Orleans
Community Science
Stop the Violence, Spartanburg SC


US AID International Partnership Project

This is the project!


W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Pew Charitable Trust

From the Ground Up

A workbook, in collaboration with Tom Wolff

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