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MICHAEL BRYDGE

PRINCIPAL & RESEARCH DIRECTOR

540-448-1826     michael@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Michael has worked with non-profits on their community-based development initiatives since 2008. He specializes in providing impact, research, and strategy services while utilizing methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation, and unobtrusive measures. Michael assists organizations in collecting data and telling their stories related to impacts, assessing community needs and opportunities, and streamlining program delivery. Since 2014 his work has focused on conducting research and evaluation efforts that explore the needs and assets of specific organizations to accomplish goals and create solutions within their communities. He is especially experienced in issues related to economic development, workforce development, and housing.

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ANDREA MADER

PRINCIPAL & EVALUATION DIRECTOR

970-412-5836     andrea@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Andrea’s training and values lie in the importance of a culturally relevant and participatory approach utilizing a variety of evaluative methods specifically tailored to the client and project. Since 2008 she has engaged in impact measurement and evaluation, community and market research, and strategic consulting. Much of her experience has been with non-profit organizations working on a variety of projects ranging from developing and implementing full evaluation plans, to specific research projects, to community action planning and facilitation. Her work primarily focuses on designing impact and evaluation programs from theories of change and logic models, to data collection instruments, to data management systems to standardized reporting systems. She has designed and facilitated a multitude of focus groups and community meetings centered on gaining feedback to influence development projects.

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MARY SIENKO

IMPLEMENTATION DIRECTOR

303-946-1445     mary@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Mary’s knowledge and skills center on research, data analysis, and reporting. She has six years of experience in data collection, management, analysis, and report writing. Understanding the importance of telling a complete story, Mary prioritizes well-rounded reports tailored to clients’ visions – either traditional or infographic report styles. She has experience building and managing databases for a multitude of projects and clients ranging from arts evaluations to Community Development Financial Institutions impact tracking using software such as Microsoft Excel, Outcome Tracker, FormStack (Certified Partner), and Salesforce (Certified Administrator). Mary’s main focus is organizing and making sense of data and creating reports that thoughtfully explain the impacts measured. 

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YENDRA RUIZ TENCZA

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

970-541-0474     yendra@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Yendra engages her work with an open and generous spirit. She brings a passion for human-centered design and equitable systems to her role at Sweet Grass Consulting. Yendra's journey reflects her dedication to reshaping systems for the betterment of communities.

 

Yendra's professional trajectory began as a naturalist, allowing her to develop a profound connection with the natural world. As her career evolved, she transitioned into nonprofit management, making meaningful contributions in finance, systems development, and human resources. Her diverse skill set equips her with a comprehensive understanding of organizational dynamics and community needs.

 

Her educational background, including degrees in biology, statistics, and accounting, underscores her commitment to data-driven decision-making and holistic problem-solving. This foundation enables her to approach challenges with a well-rounded perspective, seeking innovative solutions that drive positive change. In her free time, she loves being with her family, anything outdoors, reading and meaningful conversation.

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JULIANNA SMITH

Julianna has a rich background in creative direction, brand development, and market strategy. Her prior experience involved crafting instructional assets for K–12 educators and spearheading a cross-functional initiative to enhance accessibility in professional learning materials for users with disabilities. Leveraging her marketing expertise from the financial services sector, Julianna offers a reliable partnership in both print and digital design, infusing every project with a human-centered approach. Experienced in helping clients establish compelling visual identities for strategic initiatives and services, Julianna is driven by a deep passion for inclusive design.

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MAX VAN OOSTENBURG

ASSOCIATE RESEARCH DIRECTOR

616-516-7376     max@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Max is a cultural anthropologist who uses systematic ethnographic research methods to arrive at culturally salient understandings of the ways people relate to themselves, their communities, and the world around them. Along with more than ten years of research experience in an array of settings, Max holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where he received extensive training in research methodologies and design principles. Integrating qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry, he draws on this toolkit to help communities and organizations address the questions they want answered.

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JORDAN GREENE

ASSOCIATE STRATEGY DIRECTOR

612-618-7451     jordan@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Jordan is a strategic and organizational operator with a background in both international and domestic sustainable community development. With nearly a decade of social impact and MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) research experience, he has lived in and collaborated with communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and across the Midwest U.S. Jordan holds a master’s degree in Global Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Tromsø in Norway. He is particularly passionate about developing organizational strategy, processes, and communication to further social justice and equity.

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MAIRI CREEDON

SENIOR RESEARCH MANAGER

402-819-9267     mairi@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Mairi is a data-driven storyteller, seed keeper, writer, and researcher who has been working with community-based organizations since 2019. Her work centers participatory approaches to systems change by synthesizing culturally relevant techniques for qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and communication. She has studied economics and sustainability and is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management's Division of Society & Environment, and is pursuing a designated emphasis in Folklore. Mairi is particularly passionate about supporting justice-based projects related to equitable financing, regenerative food systems, collaborative resource & land management, education, and community-based economic development.

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JACKIE CARTER

SENIOR RESEARCH MANAGER

918-949-8775     jackie@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Jackie is a dedicated public health practitioner and researcher who has worked for mission-driven organizations since 2010. She specializes in qualitative research, survey development, and participatory methods. Her focus to date has been on working to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes of all individuals. Her professional priorities extend to cultural humility, ensuring that her work is informed by a deep respect for diverse cultural perspectives while simultaneously acknowledging and addressing power imbalances. Jackie is fluent in Spanish, conversational in French, and holds a master's degree in public health.

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SEAN McCULLOUGH

IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

sean@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Sean’s background is in software development, database design, reporting, and user experience design. He is passionate about helping nonprofits leverage technology to operate efficiently and deliver delightful user experiences for their communities. Sean is a Certified Salesforce Administrator specializing in building database systems for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), Community Foundations, and Minority Business Development Agencies (MBDA).

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MEGAN ANDREWS-SHARER

IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

megan@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Megan has 10+ years of diverse experience in fundraising, outreach, and operations for small, community-based nonprofit organizations. With a strong belief in data-based solutions, she excels at identifying organizational needs by asking questions that lead to creative, practical, and efficient solutions that move people and organizations forward. As a skilled communicator who thinks strategically, Megan uses a variety of technologies and databases to build systems that align with industry standards. Megan is both a Salesforce Certified Administrator and a Salesforce Certified Nonprofit Cloud Consultant, and finds great value in using Salesforce as a tool for nonprofits. 

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MEREDITH GAMMON

IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

248-953-4898     meredith@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Meredith’s background is in healthcare, psychology, and neuropsychology. She earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling which led her into a career in clinical healthcare, healthcare research, and program management/coordination. She has experience collecting and managing research data and databases and working through the entirety of the research project life cycle. Her previous research experience centered around cancer, cognitive impairment, and medical decision making. She has co-authored and been published in peer reviewed journals for cancer related cognitive impairment research. Meredith also assisted in conducting neuropsychological evaluations in both the civil context and forensic cases. She is also a Salesforce Certified Administrator with both front and back-end experience. Meredith joined Sweet Grass in 2023.

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YAMUNA RAMACHANDRAN

SENIOR CREATIVE SPECIALIST

yamuna@sweetgrassconsulting.net

Yamuna brings years of expertise in art direction and designing for diverse entities in both digital and print. Her portfolio spans various avenues, with an emphasis on branding political campaigns and candidates, unions and nonprofits. Yamuna tailors her designs to resonate with the distinctive needs of each project, adapting to evolving strategies and trends. She's adept at creating visuals to effectively capture the essence of each client, from charities to online community platforms to financial publications. With degrees in journalism and communication design, she has found her niche in purpose-driven endeavors.

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