Strategic Restructuring Consultant

Consultant Details:

Contact: Andrew Nishimoto
Name of Firm: Impact Group Consulting, LLC
Language Spoken: English
Website/LinkedIn URL: https://impactgroupconsulting.co/

Consultant Expertise

Cultural due diligence/integration, Facilitation of exploratory/negotiation phase, Facilitation of integration planning, Financial due diligence/integration, HR integration

Program Areas

Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Human Services, Philanthropy, Public Affairs, Public Safety, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Sports and Recreation

Number of Individuals in Firm:

2

Names and Titles of Individuals in Firm:

Andrew Nishimoto
Partner
Amanda Waters
Partner

Firm or Consultant Address:

13060 Rutgers Ave, Downey, California, 90242

RFQ Contact Name:

Andrew Nishimoto

RFQ Contact Phone:

(562) 477-0314

Geographic area currently served by firm (select all that apply):

Los Angeles, California, USA

How would you describe the range of diversity reflected in your firm’s consultants and leadership (or self, if sole practitioner)?

At Impact Group Consulting, we take great pride in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. We reflect a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe diversity is a key strength, enabling us to approach challenges and opportunities from multiple angles, resulting in more innovative and effective solutions.

Please describe your mission, values, and approach:

Impact Group Consulting is an Asian-American-owned consulting group grounded in our experience in nonprofits, psychology, leadership, education, and business. With a passion for collaborative and community-based efforts, our group was created in 2019 to scaffold the growth of highly effective nonprofit organizations. Since then, we have expanded our efforts and deepened our impact by actualizing tailored results through coaching, facilitating, strategic planning, and more. Our mission: Impact Group Consulting advances non-profit organizations, foundations, and religious and educational institutions looking to enhance programs, improve functions, and develop employees and communities for long-term sustainability. We believe we are your partners—honing your expertise in your organization and approaching you with the mindset of a coach and the skillset of a consultant. We believe that a connected and effective organization is on-mission and characterized by equity and belonging, emotional intelligence, efficient processes, and community well-being. Creating highly effective organizations centered on their mission, vision, and values is the core work of Impact Group Consulting. As organizations grow and mature, their organizational structure, leadership, planning, and implementation must adjust and strengthen to meet new challenges and opportunities. Even the most established organizations benefit from ongoing support and development. While we believe that strategic planning is essential, without matching emotional intelligence, plans are either not achieved or not achieved at the highest possible level of effectiveness. We thus incorporate and enhance the emotional intelligence of all involved throughout the strategy process while accomplishing our deliverables. As organizations evolve and the environments change, discussing and understanding the roles of the leadership, management, team members, and other stakeholders provides opportunities for each member to contribute most effectively. We know that equity and belonging are foundational to the process. Therefore, we craft engagements to advance these values, including the incorporation of various levels of leadership and involved stakeholders to use their voice and provide context throughout the process.

What expertise or perspective do you bring to organizations looking to ground their collaboration practices in values of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Our lifelong aspiration of making the world reflect justice and love is evidenced by our priority of working with nonprofit organizations valuing inclusion and contributing to national and international organizations dedicated to advancing equity and belonging. Our efforts begin with the understanding that everyone must contribute toward creating an equitable community—every person and organization has a sphere of influence and potential for change through ripple effects in Southern California (where we are based) to your city and beyond. Our approach is grounded in cultural humility–a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, a desire to fix power imbalances, and developing partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others (credit to Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-García). In our work, we highlight opportunities for the inclusion of all levels of stakeholders in the planning and implementation of the work to be accomplished. For example, we ensured community members and managers of organizations participated in listening sessions to hear their voices and directly contribute to the foundational content of their organizations’ strategic plans. When some participants were unable to attend, we created surveys, available online and in print and written in both English and Spanish for those with varied primary languages. As data exemplify and distill experiences, translating the felt to the seen and enabling action, we then used these narratives and numbers to make decisions about the next steps and future directions. Andrew’s nonprofit background exists because of systemic injustices–such as limited access to housing and daily essentials and Amanda’s past work in colleges and universities was grounded in healthcare and equity and belonging, creating policies and practices that centered the needs of those historically left behind and left out of higher education by listening to the daily realities of students. We desire to work alongside the partner organization to continue this work together.

Please describe your ideal engagement. Feel free to include issue area and scope of project:

We are dedicated to working with all organizations in the nonprofit space looking to benefit the community or communities they work in. We typically would prefer projects that are more inclusive and involve all levels of stakeholders through the collaboration process. We think strategic planning is essential and building emotional intelligence enhances any collaborative process and embed that thinking in all of our project proposals. To this end, the ideal scope of a project would include strategic thinking sessions with all organizations involved, public forums for comment, data collection across all stakeholder communities, and a deep connection with a decision-making body.

How many strategic restructuring projects have you or your firm been involved with?

2

Please describe your fee structure:

We base our fee on the estimated number of hours each project will take. We then create a flat fee amount. The payment schedule is adjusted based on the needs of the organization.

What percentage of your clients are within the nonprofit sector?

100%

Are you open to remote engagements?

Yes

Briefly describe 1-3 examples of restructuring projects with which you have been involved. Please name all participating organizations. (Please prioritize NSI-funded and/or LA-based organizations).

1. Worked with Ride to Fly as their founding executive director stepped down. The transition plan eventually evolved into a sustained collaboration project as a potential partnership seemed a possible best solution. The project ended in not formally integrating the two organizations, and we helped identify and name a new successor.
2. Worked as an affiliate leader with four local Family Promise affiliates to have conversations about collaborating on multiple levels. Due to covid, the process stalled and was eventually dropped, but the discussions led to many meaningful partnership opportunities.

Add any other information you feel would aid in understanding the value you or your consulting firm can bring to a strategic restructuring exploration or implementation process:

With our strategic planning and implementation background, our firm can present real-world solutions to sustainability questions. Additionally, we understand that formal integration is not always the best option and will navigate difficult situations carefully and effectively to result in the best outcome for mission-driven success.