Leslie Anderson
Leslie Anderson Consulting, Inc.
10 Blackwood Road
Asheville NC 28804
Fax:
866-337-2090
Alt. Phone:
Unpaid Non-Profit Work (years):
42
Consulting Experience (years):
23
Current Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
Masters of Public Affairs, Western Carolina University School of Government, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Adjunct Faculty Appointment

Summary of your consulting practice and relevant experience:

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.


References

Advocacy/Public policy

Blue Ridge Partnership for Children/Yancey Early Childhood Initiative
ADVOCACY, CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGIC THINKING, ISSUE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, LOBBYING, COLLABORATION/CONSENSUS BUILDING
Jennifer Simpson
Executive Director
828-682-0047
Conceptualization and Management of Project, 2014; Group Facilitation, 2014-2016; Leadership Development, 2014-2016; Community Engagement, 2014-2016; Visioning, 2014-2016; Project Leadership Development, 2014-2016
Buncombe County Department of Social Services
ADVOCACY, CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT, ISSUE EDUCATION, RESEARCH METHODS
Rachel Nygaard
Strategic Partnership Director
828-250-5700
Campaign Development, 2000-2003; Internal Issue Education, 2000-2003; Internal Training, 2000-2003; Interface with NC DHHS, 2018, All Through the Night Research and Report Writing, 2008; Developmental Research for what became eNOugh! Campaign, 2010; Support for Early Childhood Strategy, 2000-2018
Buncombe Partnership for Children/Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative
ADVOCACY, CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGIC THINKING, ISSUE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, LOBBYING, COLLABORATION/ CONSENSUS BUILDING
Amy Barry
Executive Director
828-285-9333
Project Management, 2018; Facilitation, 2018; Small Group Coordination, 2018; Issue Education, 2018; Policy Development and Priority Setting, Group Collaboration, 2018

Organizational Development/Change

Blue Ridge Conservancy
ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING, GROUP FACILITATION
Charlie Brady
Executive Director
828-264-2511
Strategic Planning, 2018; Research Design Planning, 2018; Process Design and Management, 2018; Group Facilitation, 2018; Organizational Development, 2018; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness Building, 2018
City of Asheville, Development Services Department
TRAINING, RESEARCH, ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT, EXECUTIVE COACHING, ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Ben Woody
Director of Development Services
828-259-5679
Training Design, 2017-2018; Organizational Assessment, 2017-2018; Conflict Resolution, 2017-2018; Culture Assessment and Development, 2017-2018; Group and Process Facilitation, 2017-2018; Team Building, 2017-2018; Training Materials Development, 2017-2018; Research, 2017-2018
Golden LEAF Foundation
FACILITATION DESIGN, GROUP FACILITATION, COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT, BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR PRIORITY SETTING
Pat Cabe
Former Vice President for Programs
828-227-3079
With 13 Different Counties: Group facilitation, 2008-2013; Conflict Resolution, 2008-2013; Strategic Planning, 2008-2013; Team Building, 2008-2013; Community Needs Assessment, 2008-2013; Report Writing, 2008-2013
Smart Start/North Carolina Partnership for Children, National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC)
BUSINESS PLANNING, COLLABORATION AND MERGERS, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, MANAGING CHANGE AND GROWTH, MISSION REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT, NEW ORG. FORMATION & INCORPORATION, ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT, FUND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING, ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURING, STRATEGIC PLANNING, TRANSITION PLANNING
Karen Ponder
Former Executive Director
919-821-7999
With Large Statewide Coalitions: Business Planning, 1999-2007; Collaboration and Mergers, 1999-2007; Conflict Management, 1999-2007; Fund Development Planning, 1999-2007; Managing Change and Growth, 1999-2007; Mission Review and Development, 1999-2007; Organizational Assessment, 1999-2007; Strategic Planning, 1999-2007; Transition Planning, 1999-2007
Smart Start of Transylvania County
STRATEGIC PLANNING, NEEDS ASSESSMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Deb Tibbetts
Executive Director
828-877-3025
Research and Needs Assessment, 2017; Strategic Plan Development, 2017; Board Development, 2017; Executive Coaching, 2017; Conflict Resolution, 2017; Group Facilitation, 2017

Program Planning and Evaluation

North Carolina Arts Council
ASSESSMENT DESIGN, GROUP FACILITATION, RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Leigh Ann Wilder
Creative Economics Director
919-807-6508
One County: Community Focus Groups and Interviews, 2017; Design Assessment Format, 2017; Design and Write Electronic Survey, 2017; Group Facilitation, 2017; Report Writing, 2017
WPVM-FM Radio
PROGRAM EVALUATION, VISIONING, STRATEGIC PLANNING
Davyne Dial
President
828-258-0085
Strategic Planning, 2015-2016; Conflict Resolution, 2015-2016; Organizational Assessment, 2015-2016; Financial Assessment, 2015-2016
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