Crux consortium members are experts across sectors with industry-leading accomplishments. Our collective network brings clients the experiences that best fit their needs. We share the goal of being useful, by selecting the best team to bring the most value to each engagement.


Barbara Grant - Crux Leadership Team

Barbara Grant ━ CEO

Barbara Grant is the Founder and CEO of Crux Consulting Consortium. She advises leaders and organizations on their most pressing issues related to mission, strategy, team development, and relationship to equity, inclusion and belonging. Barbara works with…

Tara Smith ━ Managing Partner Crux

Tara Smith ━ Managing Partner

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…


Douglas Corpron ━ Client and Team Logistics Coordinator

As the Client and Team Logistics Coordinator, Douglas makes sure that the Crux internal systems are humming along smoothly so that our consultants can fully devote themselves to the clients.  His keen eye for detail and organization….


Simmy Kumar ━ Project Lead

Simmy is the newest member of the Crux Consulting Consortium.  She brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit industry. Having spent her career in fundraising and program management, Simmy is most passionate about cultivating relationships and…



Anita Garcia Morales – Consultant,
Co-founder, Racing to Equity

Anita is a long-time educator (27 years in the classroom), community activist and has been an instructor in the Seattle Teacher Residency Program, since its inception six years ago, preparing teachers for the classrooms of today. Anita is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator…


Bernardo Ruiz– Consultant,
Co-founder, Racing to Equity

Bernardo is the former Director of the School Family Partnerships, Equity & Race Relations and Native American Education Departments for Seattle Public Schools (SPS), providing vision, leadership and hands-on work to systemically advance racial equity.


Karine J. Williams (KJ)– Consultant,
Founder, RISE with KJ

KJ Williams is Owner and Founder of RISE with KJ, LLC (Radical, Insightful, Solutions to Create Equity). Under this umbrella KJ facilitates the work of diversity, equity and inclusion by working with organizations, groups and individuals across industries. The work of RISE is grounded in…


Florence Ainsworth– Consultant,
Founder, The Flow Effect

Florence Ainsworth is an International executive leadership coach, strategic consultant, speaker and emerging author. Florence is a citizen of the world –a Jamaican family, a British-born citizen for 40 years and long-term resident of the Netherlands on various globally…


Tricia Bolender MBA MA ━ Consultant Crux

Tricia Bolender, MBA. MA. ━ Consultant, Strategy, Leadership, Transformation

Tricia is passionate about transformation, authentic leadership, and improving systems. She is a strategy consulting and leadership coach, partnering with senior leaders in government, nonprofits, and foundations to accelerate impact.


Molly Hanlon – Data Analysis and Visualization

Molly Hanlon has over twenty years of experience in Seattle’s non-profit community, as a board member, staff member and funder. She is a strong leader who has managed diverse groups and delivered complex projects on time and under budget. She enjoys working…


Holly Morris – Consultant

Holly Morris is a leader and champion of equity-focused education innovation across the spectrum from early learning to higher education. In her work with EDUCAUSE and the Washington State Charter Schools Association, she focused on principles of user-centered design and led education leaders through design…


Mark Craemer, M.A.— Consultant and Coach

Mark specializes in workplace communication, organization development and leadership coaching. Whether it’s coaching a manager or director on leadership skills, working with a group to enhance teamwork and improve their communication, or helping…

Ken Gordon B Soc Sc, DBS, PGPP

Ken Gordon B Soc Sc, DBS, PGPP ━ Consultant, Strategy, Financial Modeling

Ken is recognized for his ability to quickly understand issues impacting organizations and communities and businesses. He is skilled and experienced in working across multiple cultures and sectors, having spent over a decade working in significant roles…

Kristen Spangler

Kristen Spangler – Finance and Operations Consultant

Kristen works with small and medium -sized nonprofits and foundations in transition; helping them identify the roadblocks that have impeded their progress, build new systems to support their goals, and move beyond putting out fires to planning for the road ahead…


Galen Van Horn, MPA 2020

Galen enjoys connecting the dots that bring both depth and structure to projects. He is process oriented, always searching for the quickest route to the best solution. Galen developed this skill as a professional baker and food educator in Bellingham and Seattle…

Laura Crawford JD ━ Crux Consultant ━ Navigating systems impacted by economics and discrimination

Laura Crawford JD ━ Consultant, Navigating systems impacted by economics and discrimination

Laura leads like the point guard on a basketball team: She gets everyone around her in the right position to fully succeed using their own gifts, skills and dreams. A big part of…


Liz Morris, BA, M.A.  Library and Information Services

Liz Morris works at the intersection of information advocacy, community development, and public policy. She brings over ten years of project management, research, and programming expertise to her work with clients….


Kim Rakow Bernier, MPA – Consultant

Kim is a social purpose consultant, facilitator and certified coach who partners with leaders and organizations to bolster their capacity to align people, purpose and planning for impact and transformation. She specializes in vision and strategy, leadership


Cynthia Setel, MPA – Consultant

Cynthia’s focus is on effective change agency and management, the application of LEAN management to the public sector and leadership development. Her public sector experience includes the roles of high school history teacher, strategic advisor in Seattle’s Office of…


Krishna Dahya – Consultant

Krishna is a very excited new member of the Crux Consortium! She has a background in entrepreneurship, leadership development, grassroots mobilization, and community building. In the past 10 years she has been driven by building and supporting spaces, communities…

1 Percent for the Planet

We are long-standing members of 1% for the Planet. Each year, members donate 1% of revenue to the cause of their choosing.

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