Strategic Restructuring Consultant

Consultant Details:

Contact: Tara Taylor
Name of Firm: Seed Collaborative, LLC (formerly Hudson and Holland Advisors, LLC)
Language Spoken: English, Spanish, French
Website/LinkedIn URL: http://www.seedcollab.com

Consultant Expertise

Cultural due diligence/integration, Facilitation of exploratory/negotiation phase, Facilitation of integration planning, Financial due diligence/integration, Wind-down and dissolution

Program Areas

Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, Human Services, Philanthropy

Number of Individuals in Firm:

10

Names and Titles of Individuals in Firm:

Paul Hudson,
Co-Founder, Consultant
john powell,
Consultant
Evan Holland,
Co-Founder, Consultant

Firm or Consultant Address:

8467 S Van Ness Ave

RFQ Contact Name:

Tara Taylor

RFQ Contact Phone:

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

Los Angeles, California, USA International

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

Seed consists of team members from various walks of lived experiences and bring both diverse professional backgrounds as well as identities to the firm. Additionally, the firm offers a span of age diversity that enriches the perspective of Seed’s engagements and avails us to a wide range of audiences. As a BIPOC founded and led organization, we’re deeply committed to cultivating a firm of were diversity thrives.

Please describe your mission, values, and approach:

Seed’s mission and theory of change involves creating structures, cultures, policies, and practices that advance sustainable equitable outcomes and belonging. Equity and belonging are achieved and sustained when organizations: • Support their journey towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by allocating adequate resources and implementing transformative structures, systems, policies, and practices that advance belonging. • Develop and apply data grounded strategies that are designed to achieve equitable outcomes for all, targeted in ways that meet the needs of people where they are within structures, cultures, and geographies. Seed believes that the approach best positioned to support organizations in developing strategies that advance equity and belonging is Targeted Universalism, coupled with the belonging practices of co-creation and co-ownership, collaborative group process grounded by consensus decision making, bridging, and shared leadership.

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

SEED has extensive experience with pre-merger and collaboration analysis, facilitation and structuring. SEED also performs post-merger and collaboration integration services. Seed Collaborative is focused on developing and operationalizing strategies that support equitable institutions and communities. We believe that truly fair and just communities effectively tackle all forms of discrimination, build systems that mimic the everyday ways people support one another, and ensure that the benefits of public and private investments are broadly shared. Our work focuses on aligning policies, practices, and processes that support social and economic equity. We do this in two primary ways1. Systems change: We assess policies, plans and programs that impact equity with a focus on the built environment. We work with governmental agencies, community-based organizations and anchor institutions on policy analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation. 2. Institutional change: We work with mission-driven organizations and governmental agencies on strategic planning, group facilitation, program review, sustainability analysis, restructures and collaborations. We use an intersectional approach to identify practices that reinforce the strengths, assets, and wisdom of communities that have experienced disinvestment and discrimination to support equitable systems change. Our approach draws from targeted universalism and is grounded in our team’s multidisciplinary background and extensive experience in housing and community development policy, community engagement, participatory research and consensus-based decision-making.

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

Seed’s ideal engagement is working on projects 9-24-months in duration.

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

22

Please describe your fee structure:

We have two fee structures: 1. Project (Based on deliverables) 2. Retainer (Monthly fee for services)

What percentage of your clients are within the nonprofit sector?

Since our firm’s inception, 60% of our clients are within the nonprofit sector.

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).

Collaboration – Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) – collaborative restructure of seven arts organizations, including Armory Center for the Arts, Coalition for Engaged Education, InsideOut Writers, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Street Poets, Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, WriteGirl/Bold Inc Writers. All the agencies provide arts programming to incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and at-risk youth in Los Angeles County. The organizations wanted to remain independent but function as one entity with respect to contract negotiations with Probation and fund development activities. Consultant assisted the organizations with structuring, negotiating and implementing a separate 501c3 nonprofit controlled by the seven member organizations as a vehicle to jointly compete for government contracts and foundation funding, exercise advocacy and thought leadership, and as a forum for ongoing strategic collaboration. Consultant prepared a Final Report and Operating Agreement. Final outcome: creation of AIYN with an annual budget of $450,000 and a full-time Executive Director. http://aiynetwork.org/ Post-Merger Integration – The People Concern (Formerly OPCC and Lamp Community) – OPCC and Lamp Community are service and shelter agencies for homeless and vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County. Consultant assisted OPCC and Lamp with post-merger integration activities, including development of integration work plans, facilitation of integration planning, design and structuring. As part of the integration process, Consultant worked with an integration team that included the joint senior management team, joint board committee and branding consultants. Final outcome: OPCC and Lamp merged to form The People Concern and post-merger integration was successful. https://www.opcc.net/. Merger – Asian Youth Center (AYC) and Project NEO – AYC and Project NEO provide common core based after school education, enrichment and care programs for youth in the San Gabriel Valley region. Consultant assisted the organizations with merger discussions, negotiations, and deal structuring, as well as facilitated meetings of the joint merger committee. Consultant also worked with AYC on post-merger activities and sustainability planning. Consultant prepared a Merger Plan that provided the basis for the merger. Final outcome: AYC and Project NEO merged. http://www.asianyouthcenter.org/.

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:

  • Consulting Process – Seed utilizes a project process that is collaborative, inclusive, transparent and consensus based. The Seed consulting process involves stakeholder interviews using the phenomenology methodology, primary and secondary research and facilitation of joint organizational meetings to discuss project findings, analysis and recommendations.
  • Structure Experts – Seed has extensive business, financial, legal and nonprofit experience that supports our ability to structure win-win alliances, partnerships and collaborations based on the vision of the client(s).
  • Deliverable – every client receives a written Report, Plan or Agreement that provides a road map for accomplishing desired outcomes.
  • Access and Responsiveness – with five consultants plus administrative support, Seed is immediately responsive and accessible to clients.
  • Coaching – based on our nonprofit work and consulting experience, we teach nonprofit courses and workshops and throughout the consulting process provide management coaching and counseling.

Please list up to 5 Consultants from your firm

Paul C Hudson paul@seedcollab.com Evan E Holland evan@seedcollab.com Tara L Taylor tara@seedcollab.com Nina Moreno nina@seedcollab.com Rodas Hailu rodas@seedcollab.com