Redesigning organizations for greater impact
How We Think
At UpCity, we believe organizations and companies are most stable and sustainable when they operate like businesses with heart.
UpCity consultants are highly creative, wickedly sharp and impressively resourceful. We are also professional, fast and affordable.
Delight, prosperity and social innovation
Representative short- and long-term strategic action plans
Efficient, dynamic organizational systems and structures
Diversified revenue streams, including earned income
Fairly compensated employees who relish work/life balance
Professional, collaborative boards
Hearty laughter and candid conversation
Martyrdom, scarcity and static thinking
Top-down, long-term strategic plans that collect dust
Absent or fractured structures and systems
Dependence on a single funding stream, e.g., grants
Underpaid staff on the precipice of burnout
Unprofessional, disengaged boards
Cynicism and murky communication
What We Do
UpCity consultants strengthen and stabilize communities, as well as the nonprofits and businesses that serve them.
Our innovative approaches are holistic in scope and carefully tailored to an agency's specific goals and objectives.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Culture assessment and transformation
Recruitment, onboarding and retention strategies to support diverse teams
Digital and remote workforce tools to cultivate connection and belonging
Short- and long-term strategic plan development and implementation
Board/staff recruitment and training
Executive coaching, interim management and founder transition support
Complex, short- and long-term planning
Social enterprise and earned income opportunities development
Public relations, marketing and communication, including social media
Team collaboration tool implementation (e.g., Slack, Zoom, project management software)
Constituent database assessment, recommendations and integration
Who We Serve
Our talented team members have worked for and consulted with many reputable organizations around the world:
Airway Science for Kids, Inc.
American Lung Association
Assistance League of Greater Portland
Beaverton Police Activities League
Black Parent Initiative
Community Cycling Center
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Earthrise at Lewis & Clark Law School
Medical Teams International
Multnomah Education Service District
OPAL Environmental Justice
OPEN School (formerly Open Meadow)
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Oregon Health & Science University
Peninsula Children's Learning Center
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Portland Community College
Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
U.S. Peace Corps
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
A dynamic NGO leader, inclusive team builder, and fluid systems designer, Rebecca brings over 20 years of international experience stewarding diverse communities, families and children.
Rebecca's primary areas of expertise: executive coaching; strategic organizational development; people management; systems design and implementation; and leadership transitions. She is also a head coach for Seth Godin's altMBA.
Rebecca has worked closely with small, grassroots organizations, as well as large, professional companies both in the United States and abroad. She also served as a community development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Namibia.
In her free time, Rebecca is an avid bike commuter (one set of All-City wheels in particular), tireless idea generator, aspiring social entrepreneur, and Chicago-style pizza connoisseur.
S. Kennedy Stonehawk
During the past 15 years, Kennedy has worked with small and large organizations in the educational realm, tailoring curriculum, programs and evaluation tools to fit audiences from a wide variety of demographic backgrounds.
Kennedy's primary areas of expertise: assessing organizational efficacy and sustainability; program design, development and evaluation; grants research, writing, reporting and compliance; and data collection and analysis.
As a consultant, Kennedy relies on her ability to ask good questions, listen deeply, and observe how all of the details fit into the greater whole of an organization's mission—the bigger story that is always unfolding and evolving.
In her free time, Kennedy is an avid dog lover (one canine in particular), tireless hiker, aspiring winemaker, and vegan breakfast taco connoisseur.
IT Project Manager,
"Rebecca was hired as CEO at a time of enormous transition in the organization. The project I was managing was already underway when she arrived and she immediately added value. She jumped aboard, got up to speed quickly and provided leadership and support at critical junctures. She was an ideal manager to work for because she trusted me to do my job but was decisive and available when I needed her. She has an amazing ability to get down in the weeds but still see the big picture."
Director of Assessment,
Oregon State University
"I worked with Kennedy for several years and found her to be extremely smart, talented, attentive to detail, and fun. Her dedication to her work and serving her clients will be immediately seen by anyone that spends time with her. She is a leader and is skilled in collaborative group work with the mission of putting her clients needs first."
Oregon Community Foundation
“Rebecca is a passionate, motivated, and well-organized leader committed to developing and executing complex and challenging projects and initiatives. Her writing and team-oriented approach was key to producing high-quality work. She treats coworkers with tremendous respect and is a true mentor. I highly value Rebecca's talents, visionary leadership, and positive attitude. She is an exceptional asset to non-profit organizations, research groups, schools, and businesses alike.”
UpCity Consulting, LLC
We offer sliding scale rates based on an organization's budget size, ranging from $125-$195 per hour. Project-based agreements receive a 10% discount.