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Solid Fire Consulting

Building Vibrant Non-profit, Social and Philanthropic Communities

Alissa Schwartz, MSW, PhD

About Alissa

Alissa Schwartz, MSW, PhD

I am passionate and pragmatic about strengthening non-profit, social, and philanthropic communities, grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion. I have reveled in this calling for over twenty-five years.

Guiding you through participatory processes that are pragmatic in purpose and on fire with the passion of your cause, I create the container that helps your blaze jump higher.

Drawing upon multiple influences in my work, including the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations, my family’s Ashkenazi Jewish culture and hosting traditions, theater directing and improvisation, and research and analysis, I address the organizational design and learning needs of complex systems and multiple stakeholders. I build strategy with engaged, motivated teams; craft meetings and retreats that are productive and exciting; and design and produce useful, humanistic program evaluations. I am passionate about embracing emergent learning and innovation, fostering interconnectedness, and supporting inner work, all in the service of organizational strengthening.

I am based out of New York City and work locally and internationally. I have worked with varied clients and settings, including foundations, universities, community-based groups, coalitions and networks, non-profits, and international organizations. Current and prior clients (non-exhaustive list) include: the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; 92nd Street YM-YWHA; The Opportunity Agenda; and The United Nations. I am also a co-editor and chapter author of a special issue of New Directions in Evaluation that is focused on the intersectionalities of evaluation and facilitation.

I hold a PhD from Columbia University, where I studied organizational psychology and behavior, as well as an MSW from the University of Washington and a BA from Wesleyan University.

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