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ABOUT

DIVERSE EXPERIENCE
LEADS TO LIVELY IDEAS

 

I started consulting in 2001 so I could move to the mountains "for one ski season." More than 23 years 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.
I recently brought a husband into the mix, and now we enjoy this spectacular environment together.

 

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. Most importantly, they inform my anti-racist, pro-justice and educational/social class awareness. I choose clients I can work with together to further those shared priorities.

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–several 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. My glacier-fed river view is a luxury made possible by living on Duwamish/Upper Puyallup/Muckleshoot lands. Is naming that reality here performative? As a strategist I'd want to explore frank questions like that in partnership with you, and craft communication that is both genuine and backed up by action. We can chat more about that or any other brand and communication strategy topics if you want. In any case, let's talk about how I can help meet your organization's needs.

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HISTORY

Keneta Anderson

KENETA ANDERSON CONSULTING

Founder

Current clients are the Compton Foundation, Opportunity Council and Comunidad Latina de Vashon. Recent clients include Alterra Mountain Company, Crystal Mountain Patrol, The Russell Family Foundation, 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.

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DIGITAL BLACKBOARD FOUNDATION

Executive Director
 

Led all aspects of a foundation supporting innovative uses
of technology in education throughout under-resourced areas of Washington state. Recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal "40 under 40" honoree.
 

THE COLLINS
GROUP

Principal
 

Provided feasibility and capital campaign counsel for some 24 Northwest organizations.

 

UNIVERSITY OF
PUGET SOUND

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

Social worker

Lived and worked with a multinational relief team and Laotian Hmong refugees
in Loei Province, Thailand.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree, University of Puget Sound

Awarded the Hearst Foundation writing prize for Arts and Humanities.
 

PROFESSIONAL

INVOLVEMENT

Seattle Leadership Tomorrow

Rockwood Leadership Institute

Communications Network

Exponent Philanthropy

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Environmental Grantmakers Association

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Council on Foundations

Philanthropy Northwest

PRO BONO AND VOLUNTEER

Groundswell Fund

Soul Collective

Living Well

Election Verification Network

New Florida Majority

Help Build a Home

She Jumps

Seattle International Film Festival Board of Directors

 

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