"Miriam is a fabulous consultant. She is calm, thorough, and strategic. She’s great at designing and implementing processes that solicit input from a broad range of people, resulting in expanded thinking, new approaches, and a more cohesive team. I count on her as a great “thought partner” and highly value her perspective. I would absolutely recommend her."

Phyllis Hoffman, Director
Assistant Chancellor,
Chancellor’s Strategy & Alignment (CSA) Group,
University of California at Berkeley

"Nothing throws Miriam - she understands that change often does not follow a straight line and is sensitive to the challenges and issues that arise for staff seeking to promote their organizations’ mission. She scaffolds the change process…and in our case helped us realistically appraise our assets and liabilities in order to make strategic choices. Miriam always brings us back to our purpose. With her help, we are confident we can achieve our goals. "

Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D.
Director/Senior Researcher
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

"I have worked with a number of strategic planning and organizational development consultants over the years.  I think Miriam is absolutely one of the best.  She organized and led a very comprehensive strategic planning process for our synagogue which laid the groundwork for subsequent organizational growth in a number of ways - we bought our own building, set up new committees, expanded our staff, etc."

Ralph Silber, Chair, Planning Committee
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Executive Director, Alameda Health Consortium (for identification purposes only)

"I am very grateful to have worked with Miriam Abrams on our recent Strategic Plan. She had been the consultant on our previous Plan and our staff encouraged me to bring her back. She has a gift for creating clear, rational, and productive agendas and work plans. She was always able to get the most out of each session, even with sometimes reluctant participants. Her easy-going, non-judgmental style put the staff and board at ease and enabled them to offer fresh ideas that, at times, went against the grain of institutional convention. Fostering a creative mindset is one of her greatest talents. As is her dedication to keeping me, the director, on track and on point. We are all happy with our new Strategic Plan and are very thankful to Miriam for all that she did to bring it into being."

Larry Rinder, Director
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

"Gathering extremely busy people together, with divergent goals, and helping them synthesize a common understanding of how they can work in symphony to bring improved health outcomes, was quite a miracle.  Miriam provided the structure, experience and persistence that allowed chaos to coalesce into a comprehensive strategic plan.  We could not have accomplished this without Miriam.  She provided the appropriate amount of listening, summarizing and direction that moved meetings forward.  I highly recommend her!"

Margaret Fisher, Oral Health Consultant
San Francisco Department of Public Health

"Miriam is a skilled strategist, facilitator and trusted adviser to Shareable. In three retreats she's helped us find our way to our mission, values, goals, and more. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's her nimbleness, humility, calm and confidence that really sets her apart. She's powerful organizational medicine.  I can't recommend her enough."

Neal Gorenflo
Co-founder of Shareable

"Miriam was invested in making our retreat a success from the very first phone call. She facilitated with such mastery and an authentic consideration and respect for all views around the table. I can't recommend her highly enough to any organization that is seeking an experienced, thoughtful, intelligent, warm, strategic and energetic consultant. She is the best! Pro Arts looks forward to working with Miriam again in the very near future."

Natalia Mount
Executive Director, Pro Arts

"It's absolutely crucial to have the right facilitator for board retreats...a lot is at stake. Miriam Abrams is that rare arts and culture breed who can assure both board and staff are energized with vision and grounded in specifics to move forward. Hire her!"

Robert Sain
Executive Director
di Rosa

"Miriam Abrams is my go-to facilitator for any situation. Her skills, her knowledge of the sector, and her finely tuned ability to read the participants in a meeting, make her one of the best."

Matthew O’Grady
Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco Parks Alliance

"The combination of Miriam’s expert facilitation skills, creative thinking, and positive and encouraging can-do spirit has been critical for our work in creating San Francisco Children’s Oral Health strategic plan. Having her on our team always gave the feeling that we were in good hands. She is also a great communicator, problem solver, and effective listener. Most of all, she genuinely cares about the work and the people and populations that it ultimately impacts. She is truly one of a kind."

Lisa Chung, DDS
Co-Lead, Children’s Oral Health
San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP)

"Working with Miriam Abrams for our strategic planning process was like working with an artist painting our portrait.  Miriam learned our agency culture, goals and mission and tailored her approach to us, making the process painless and thorough.  We engaged Miriam for our second 5-year plan and I plan to have Miriam work with us for the third 5-year plan!"

Rose Johnson, Executive Director
Davis Street Family Resource Center.

"Miriam facilitated our strategic planning process for Oral Health in Alameda County which included over 100 stakeholders, whole day and half day retreats, 5 workgroups and a steering committee. Unlike so many strategic planning processes I have experienced in my 38 years in the field of public health this was truly a game changer. The Plan has been institutionalized as part of the work of the County Public Health Commission and now serves as a blueprint for real implementation. Several new action based demonstration projects are already being implemented in the first year. Miriam is a gifted professional. She assessed our needs quickly and aided us in shaping a fantastic product. The Plan is not only the envy of the Department but also of Counties throughout the region. The product represents a living process and an extraordinary blueprint to guide our infrastructure and development for years. "

Dr. Jared Fine, Dental Health Administrator (retired)
Alameda County Public Health Department

“I’m so very grateful for the energy, work and thoughtfulness Miriam put in to make our retreat so successful. She led us all with great spirit and inspired real discussions. What a privilege to work with her.”

Nicole Paiement
Artistic Director, Opera Parallèle

Miriam's analytical, yet compassionate, approach to strategic thinking and facilitation enabled our organization to make important strategic decisions relative to our mission, theory of change, and program focus.  She has the skills to create and facilitate agendas that got us there in a remarkably timely fashion.  Our diverse team members enjoyed working with her.

Diane Del Signore
Executive Director
Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Miriam has a wonderful ability to make productive and clear agendas and create realistic and empowering work plans. I was enormously impressed with her facilitation skills - clear, purposeful and respectful. She really understood our organization and easily integrated multiple perspectives into a cohesive voice.  Our staff and trustees were able to come to agreement on areas of focus, develop measurable outcomes for our goals and determine next steps for our areas of priority.  Most importantly, we developed excellent working rapport between trustees and staff.  I am thankful and grateful to Miriam and would not hesitate to call upon her again.

Doris Fukawa, Executive and Artistic Director, Crowden Music Center

"Miriam Abrams and Kayla Kirsch provided support to the Alameda County Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership to include community members and educators in a year long strategic planning process. The broad based community experience was iterative, visual, thoughtful and resulted in a comprehensive three year strategic plan. This plan is now being enthusiastically implemented by stakeholders and collaborators as a result of good communication practices suggested by our facilitators during a year of planning and development. We carry around the implementation plan - and it amazes us how much gets done when you have a plan that everyone knows about, has bought into, and can refer to as the work unfolds. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these amazing facilitators and wise, caring friends that mid-wifed us through a comprehensive, and what might have otherwise been overwhelming, process."

Louise Music, Coordinator
Alameda County Arts Learning
Alameda County Office of Education

"Not only did Miriam lead us through a thorough strategic planning process, she helped us navigate through the retirement of an executive director and the hiring of a new one, half way through the process.  Both our external and internal environments were changing significantly and Miriam’s calm, encouraging, and motivating leadership style allowed us to look carefully at ourselves, not only reaffirming our strengths but revealing the tremendous additional potential of the organization.  Her knowledge and ability to bring the best out of an organization was amazing.  We look forward to working with Miriam in varying capacities for years to come."

Mimi Murphy, Board President,
Youth in Arts

"Miriam Abrams worked ably with our staff of more than 300, making sure that no voice was lost.  She drew out the staff’s primary goals and gently but effectively kept them on track.  Her encouragement of creative thinking and moving past old issues was particularly welcome . From the library veterans to our newest staff members, Miriam won respect and warm feelings."

Thomas C. Leonard, University Librarian,
University of California, Berkeley

"Working with Miriam was very helpful. Her ability to ask great questions, listen attentively to responses, and reflect back what she heard, helped me clarify the vision and strategy for my organization. I highly recommend Miriam to all who want to articulate the past, present and future of your organization. "

Angela Zusman, Executive Director
Story Bridges