About Us


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In 1997, I founded Eleanor A. Smith & Associates to provide strategic consulting services to foundations and non-profit organizations. I am passionate about helping leaders envision the ultimate social impact they seek, clarifying how they intend to create such change and devising user-friendly ways to achieve it.

I teach Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning and Program Development at Bay Area universities.

My Background

• Foundation Grantmaker
• Community Needs & Market Researcher
• Evaluation Consultant
• Trainer and Coach
• Strategic Planning Facilitator
• University Instructor
• Journalist and Book Author

I have a Masters Degree in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine. I am trained and skilled in using a variety of strategic planning methods, TOP facilitation, Theory of Change facilitation, evaluation design and methods (The Evaluators Institute) and Organizational Diagnosis (Community At Work). I have been certified as a Theory of Change facilitator by the Center for Theory of Change. I am also a certified CCAT facilitator.

  Associates and Partners

  Learn about my consulting partners and associates


  Professional Associations & Other Affiliations

   American Evaluation Association
   Center for Theory of Change
   Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Consultants Meetup Group
   Metis Partner Solutions
   Progressive Consultants Network
   San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators


Approach & Values

My partners, associates and affiliates and I have worked in and with philanthropic and social benefit organizations for decades. We know that organizations create social impact when a crystal clear vision of success drives everything they do and the entire team is on board.

Our work with foundations and nonprofits (and their stakeholders) is guided by adherence to the following values and principles:

• Collaboration & Shared Decision-making
• Cultural Humility
• Practical & Sustainable Solutions
• Customer Service Focus (under-commit and over-deliver)
• Honesty & Transparency


I use the pronouns “she” and “her”