Crux Consortium members are experts across sectors.

We’ve decided to work together because we believe in bringing the best of our experience in service to our clients – plus we really enjoy working with one another.

We also believe in giving back, which we do both through our consulting work and through One Percent for the Planet.



Barbara is unusually useful. She doesn’t waste time, incisively heading right into the “crux” of whatever issue is on the table. Though she is well versed in a variety of organizational development models, Barbara is tool-agnostic, preferring to focus on the end goal rather than a pre-determined approach. With more than twenty five years of leadership experience, she hired and managed hundreds of people at Microsoft and has worked with boards, executives, teams and organizations around the world. Barbara is a quick study, delights in client victories, and believes in being a “disappearing stitch,” where clients continue to grow and scale successfully long after the interaction with Crux is completed. Barbara works competently in a variety of cultures and settings, is fluent in Spanish and, being of Irish heritage, has a well-developed sense of humor. Full Bio




Tara is all about partnership, persistence and grace. Whether it’s encouragement to take on a new challenge, a connection to a new resource, a sympathetic ear, or a needed reality check – Tara thrives on helping clients learn and grow. Having spent nearly 20 years working in nonprofits as an Executive Director, Development Director and Board Member, Tara not only has a comprehensive view of the sector, all those years of fundraising have made her relatively dogged and fearless. Among all missions, her favorite is building strong leaders and strong communities, and she feels truly lucky that Crux enables her to do that every day. Full Bio


Our team is growing! Check back regularly to see who’s joining the consortium.

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In addition to the Crux core team, our consortium includes like-minded partners.