Ullman Consulting led the strategic planning process for the Partners for Places (P4P) pooled grant fund. The objectives of the project were to create an aligned vision among the pooled funders, develop a 3-5 year strategic plan, and integrate the strategic plan with current operations. P4P is a matching grant program that funds projects to build long term relationships between Sustainability Directors and place based funders. Through Partners for Places, national funders collectively invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents.
Ullman Consulting launched the grant program in partnership with The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. The purpose of the $1.5M fund is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices in Southeast communities by funding projects that implement local sustainability solutions, while leveraging the SSDN network to help others learn from grantee experiences and widely sharing success stories about sustainability in the Southeast.
Ullman Consulting, in collaboration with Innovation Networks for Communities, designed and led the process to create the Urban Sustainability Directors Network five year strategic plan. As a former member and Planning Committee member, Ullman understood the importance of member driven strategy for USDN. To this end she designed and led critical member engagement processes that resulted in unanimous adoption of the plan during a USDN annual meeting. Key elements of this process which she stewarded included: a think tank retreat with key member leaders and funders, a Planning Committee retreat, Planning Committee and member interviews, member circle outreach, all member discussion and webinars. The USDN strategic plan focuses on scaling network impact from peer learning to best practice implementation on the ground in member communities. As USDN began to implement this plan they asked Ullman Consulting to continue supporting the network by evaluating and recommending updated network membership and long term financial policies both of which were adopted and have continued to be implemented over time. Click these links to see the USDN Strategic Plan and Executive Summary
Ullman Consulting designed and led the process to conduct a network assessment and write a five year strategic plan for the US Climate Action Network. USCAN is the U.S. node of the international network of climate action and advocacy nonprofits. The USCAN strategic plan focuses on building trust and alignment between member nonprofits in the climate advocacy movement through equitable and democratic participation in the network. To complete the strategic plan Ullman Consulting engaged the board through a collaborative SWOT analysis, designed, analyzed, and synthesized a member survey, conducted a network assessment by framing essential characteristics of a thriving social impact network the evaluated the network against that framework. All of these research elements supported the firm’s ability to then write a draft strategic plan and steward staff and members through an iterative process to finalize the plan. This process included, breakout discussions at the annual all member meeting, a staff retreat and a board retreat.
When Mami Hara, the visionary Deputy Commissioner/ Chief of Staff of Philadelphia Water, was creating the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange in 2015, she reached out to Ullman Consulting to advise the network in what it takes to build a strong network. We helped design and launch this exciting group, which promises to widen and deepen the field of green stormwater infrastructure professionals. Ullman Consulting provided coaching, network strategy support, annual meeting design and facilitation for the Exchange.
Ullman Consulting co-founded the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network in 2012 and Maggie served as the Executive Director from 2015- 2018. She led collaborative member-driven processes to build organizational infrastructure, including the network mission and vision, decision-making processes, membership design, operating principles, core values, and network performance metrics.