For over 47 years, as a volunteer and public servant, and as a consultant for the past 24 years, Leslie sought to improve the future of North Carolina and beyond. Leslie’s experiences relevant to nonprofit consulting are diverse: active advocate, civic incubator, recognized community leader, downtown developer, nonprofit manager, fundraiser, community organizer, founder of several organizations, facilitator, and chair and Board member of numerous local and state organizations. As a consultant she has assisted over 200 organizations. With Leslie’s leadership of public/private partnerships over 10 years, downtown Asheville became an extraordinarily successful model of authentic, profitable, fun, and shrewd re-development of a blighted city center. Now a source of community pride and a tourist mecca, downtown Asheville is cited on many “best” lists and national rankings for its distinct personality, unique offerings, and remarkable turnaround.
From this breadth of involvement, Leslie gained knowledge, background, and seasoned, practical experience that prepared her to support, advise, and partner with nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and governmental units. This experience enables Leslie to understand and relate easily to community leaders, staff, volunteers, and Board members. According to feedback from past clients, our firm delivers the agreed upon scope of work and exceeds expectations. Perhaps most telling, our clients usually become our friends and repeat customers.
Leslie Anderson Consulting, Inc. provides organizational development and support to public, private, and nonprofit organizations engaged in all types of public service. Our organizational development consulting services include, and are not limited to: board development and governance, strategic planning, nonprofit management, executive coaching, program development, community and public relations, downtown redevelopment, community collaborative facilitation, crisis management, fund development, and child advocacy. We do this through group facilitation, training, research, technical assistance, in-house management, planning processes, executive coaching, and the benefit of applied real-world experiences. We assist clients – from large national organizations to small town initiatives – in building capacity to achieve their desired impact and to become excellent organizations in the process.
In addition to Leslie Anderson, our firm includes Stacy Anderson, administrative coordinator, and contracted associates. We retain specialized counsel and expertise as required by the customer. Since 1998, Leslie has had an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina’s School of Government. Areas of focus include civic engagement/civic education and community and economic development.
Every company has a particular style – its characteristic way of working with clients and addressing their needs. In our case, the style is innovative, collaborative, and solutions-oriented. Unlike some consultants, we do not offer pre-packaged solutions because there are no pre-packaged problems! Every organization has unique needs, circumstances, and opportunities. Therefore, we believe in a creative, customized, innovative approach to problem solving. We also believe that “consulting” should not be something someone “does” to you. Instead, it should be an engaging partnership and collaborative process – one that involves all stakeholders in defining the problems, generating options, and agreeing on and finding the solutions. Our clients are transformative change makers. LACI’s vision is that our clients grow in capacity, relevance, and change effectiveness and that they thrive by achieving their missions.