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Yve Susskind, Ph.D. (she/her/they/them) is co-owner and principal of Praxis Associates. Her passion is helping clients inquire deeply to better understand what works, what needs to happen next, and how their work can transform society. For over 20 years, Yve has helped grow organizations using an integrative approach that blends research, evaluation, program design, organizational planning and development, and community engagement.
Her personal mission is “to support organizations and change-makers through all phases of the planning-action-learning cycle so they continuously grow in their effectiveness to fulfill their missions and create a more just, democratic and humane society.” Her style is to collaborate closely with clients so that learning agendas are responsive to evolving information and feedback needs as projects move through different phases of design, prototyping, modification, impact assessment and continuous adaptation.
Yve’s areas of specialization are:
Yve enjoys the variety of working in a number of different ways with organizations across a wide range of sectors, most recently including journalism, behavioral health integration, community engagement, children’s museums, early learning and parenting programs, access and equity in arts and environmental education, and arts for activism and social change.
Earlier in her career, Yve worked for 12 years as a manager in the non‑profit and education sectors, including as executive or managing director for three nonprofit organizations and one family foundation, and as founder and head of an award-winning alternative high school. She consulted and trained teachers to integrate environmental inquiry, service and action into their curricula. She specialized and published in the area of youth leadership and in building organizations that meaningfully involve and empower young people. Yve holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary planning, and a master’s degree in environmental education, both from the University of Michigan.
James Cottrell, MA, LMP (he/his) is a co-owner and principal of Praxis Associates, and has worked in Team and Organizational Development in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors since 1990.
The principle-based, whole system approach that James embodies is grounded in his 30 years of experience as a direct, hands-on healthcare provider. He celebrates the opportunity to bring compassionate, direct, and appropriately challenging guidance and support to individuals, teams and entire organizations that are committed to developing deeper self-awareness, while exploring their current reality, future potential and powerful goals.
In concert with other Praxis Associates, James facilitates the transformative power of engaging the whole person, mind, body and spirit, in meaningful work that involves enlivening new ways of seeing, thinking, and communicating.
Clients of Praxis appreciate gaining new perspectives from which to better question, understand, and focus on the root causes, not just the symptoms, of the often complex issues present in their daily work experience. As a result, they become better able to collaborate in making well-informed decisions, learning from their actions, and creating success in their business and personal lives.
James’s career has grown from roots in experiential education facilitation and leadership training at the University of Michigan, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound Professional, Teams and Leaders, and other experiential education programs in the Northwest. He received a BA from Sonoma State University, trained and worked in Real Time Strategic Change at DTA and Five Oceans in Ann Arbor, MI, and received a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.
James’s areas of specialization are:
Jennifer D. Susskind, MCP, (she/her/they/them) Praxis consulting partner, has over 20 years of professional experience in evaluation, strategic planning, community organizing and social service delivery. She has led numerous program-level and system-level evaluations, population and organizational needs assessments, strategic planning initiatives and multi-agency resource development projects. Her subject matter expertise is multidisciplinary and broad-based, and includes behavioral health and public health systems; early childhood education and early intervention; environmental justice; and community, workforce and economic development.
Jennifer has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California Berkeley and a BA in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Cruz.
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