LEADS TO LIVELY IDEAS
I started consulting in 2001 so I could move to the mountains "for one ski season." More than two decades later, I'm still living on the northeast side of Mount Rainier, close to Washington State's largest ski resort and even closer to Mt. Rainier National Park, on Duwamish/Upper Puyallup/Muckleshoot lands.
My anti-racist, pro-justice priorities and the strengths I offer my clients stem from this lifestyle in many nuanced ways. I reside in a tiny, remote, nearly all-white community while working in community with BIPOC leaders all over the U.S. I'm constantly exposed to perspectives different from each other and from my own. These contrasts help me understand how communication will land for people who are often overlooked or intentionally excluded, especially outside urban and business communities. They contribute to a finely-developed instinct for strategies that will resonate with any audience.
International travel also shapes how I think and work. I've been to Argentina, Japan, France, Italy, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Scotland and Switzerland just in the past decade; have lived in Thailand for a year; and have visited India, Nepal, Germany, Austria, England and beyond. These adventures–some taken for skiing–keep me open to risk, comfortable with the unknown, culturally aware and intellectually curious. They sharpen my ability to watch, listen, learn and respond to unspoken messages. And they help me discover new ways to draw elegant depth out of everyday language.
Lofty thoughts aside, it's possible I live where I do just so I can keep waving "hello" at the elk that wander by my office window. We can chat more about that if you want but, more importantly, let's talk about how I can help meet your organization's needs.
KENETA ANDERSON CONSULTING
Current clients are the Compton Foundation, Opportunity Council, Comunidad Latina de Vashon and The Russell Family Foundation. Prior clients include Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Steps Through OC, Quixote Foundation, Election Verification Network, John M. Lloyd Foundation, General Service Foundation, One Northwest, Southwest Youth & Family Services, Threshold Group, Air Systems Engineering, Windermere Professional Partners, Tacoma Art Museum, Technology Access Foundation and more. Independently and for clients, I've written, presented and participated extensively in professional organizations and leadership groups. My work has earned two national awards for excellence in communication from the Council on Foundations.
DIGITAL BLACKBOARD FOUNDATION
Led all aspects of a foundation supporting innovative uses
of technology in education throughout under-resourced areas of Washington state.
Provided feasibility and capital campaign counsel for some 24 Northwest organizations.
Director of Foundation
and Corporate Relations
Secured public and private grants, conducted research and led special projects for the president's office.
ALASKA COURT SYSTEM
Jury, Small Claims
and Civil Clerk
Managed jury recruitment
and selection along with small claims and civil caseloads.
BAN VINAI REFUGEE CAMP
Lived and worked with a multinational relief team and Laotian Hmong refugees
in Loei Province, Thailand.
Bachelor's degree, University of Puget Sound
Awarded the Hearst Foundation writing prize for Arts and Humanities.
Seattle Leadership Tomorrow
Rockwood Leadership Institute
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Environmental Grantmakers Association
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Council on Foundations
PRO BONO AND VOLUNTEER
Election Verification Network
New Florida Majority
Help Build a Home
Seattle International Film Festival Board of Directors