I’m Hilary Otey and I started Spring Consulting to help nonprofit organizations and their leaders respond well to ever-changing community needs, operational issues and funding challenges to ensure the sustainability of their missions . I have a passion for helping nonprofit leaders and employees find and remove obstacles to daily and long-term success. I have nearly 20 years of experience of on-the-ground nonprofit work from direct service through executive leadership and board service. I have seen a huge array of operational challenges and solutions from many angles and bring my expertise as well as creativity and care to client projects.
I have a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies from Merrimack College and and MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University. I have expertise in:
- cross-sector collaborations, partnership development and strategic alignment (from collaboration through merger) with both nonprofit and public sector entities
- program design, development, management and evaluation
- financial planning and management
- executive leadership- including team/culture development, operations/systems planning, and strategic planning and oversight with boards of directors
I understand nonprofit work and how the day to day relates to bigger picture mission. I have navigated the logistically challenging and often emotionally- charged barriers to change and success. I know the common limitations and strengths of nonprofit organizational cultures and how to use them to benefit the staff and create sustainable mission fulfillment.
Building a strong and sustainable organization starts with a skilled team and aligned values. Strong interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships are about being open, sharing ideas, listening, considering new or different options and finding common ground to build upon. I will listen carefully and ask pertinent questions to get to the heart of what is needed. I will not prescribe standard solutions but work with you to explore the unique circumstances your organization is working with and support your vision for your future.
I am comfortable with the ambiguity that comes during times of transition. I enjoy partnering with nonprofit leaders through complicated and seemingly overwhelming situations to find clarity, focus and a plan forward that will work. Conversations and interactions around change are hard. I can help you with these challenging logistics, conversations and emotions to ensure you, your team and your organization are as strong and healthy as possible.