Miriam Abrams brings more than twenty years of senior level experience and consulting with non-profit organizations. She has had her own consulting practice since 1993. She has developed award-winning programs with proven effectiveness, that are regarded as national models in their field. Her workshop at The Management Center’s “Best Practices” Conference, entitled “Myths and Reality: Boards, Why Bother?” was filled to capacity.  Her article “A Community Dimension: The Clash of Class” was published in Arts Boards: Creating a New Community Equation, published by ARTS Action Issues. Her clients have included Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Davis Street Family Resource Center, University of California (multiple campuses and departments), Cal Performances, Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP).

Formerly the Executive Director and co-founder of The Women's Philharmonic, Ms. Abrams is an affiliate consultant with University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Organizational Effectiveness. She was an affiliate consultant with The Management Center and former planning consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Symphony Orchestra League.  She collaborated in developing comprehensive multicultural strategic planning processes, was a consultant with Diversity Matters, and has worked in association with VISIONS, Inc., a national organization focusing on long-term diversity initiatives.

Ms. Abrams is the recipient of the “Local Hero” Award from KQED and The Women’s Foundation of California; the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Helen M. Thompson Award for outstanding orchestra leadership; and the Koret Israel Prize. She was selected to lead a delegation of artists to the former Soviet Union as part of the American Center for International Leadership.

Ms. Abrams holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and has extensive training in strategic planning, facilitation, management, integrating multiculturalism, mediation, staff relations and fundraising. She is a member of the Bay Area Organizational Development Network.