In their words
"I have worked with Shiree for over five years as a strategy and evaluation consultant, supporting the Youth Leadership portfolio I manage at The California Endowment. Over that time, I have found Shiree to be incredibly insightful and a real thought-partner in building a cross-cutting grant making strategy from the ground up. Shiree brings many talents to the table that blends her deep knowledge of community and intergenerational organizing, philanthropy and facilitative leadership skills. As a result of our work together, TCE’s Youth Strategy has become deeply embedded across the Foundation's work of supporting youth as health equity change makers across the state."
- Albert Maldonado,
Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
"Shiree Teng is the sharpest, most brilliant and masterful learning and evaluation consultant I've ever worked with. She brings an inimitable mix of challenging inquiry and loving attentiveness in working with groups that allow us to do our best work. When I look to refresh my organization's theory of change, build a learning and evaluation system or simply get wise counsel on organizational development concerns, Shiree is the person I call."
- Rajasvini Bhansali,
Executive Director, Solidaire Network
"…your deep commitment to the mission, your keen listening skills, your long experience in movement settings—a winning combination. Pro that you are, you make it look easy—what we see is grace and beauty, rather than the years of strength-building and practice behind the performance. Your heart is in the work, and it makes all the difference. Thank you."
- Sara Gould and Joyce Follet, Steinem Initiative, Smith College
"Shiree is a delight to work with! She is skilled in helping leaders and organizations see themselves clearly (warts and all) while holding up a kind mirror. This makes change not only possible, but rewarding. She was instrumental in leading Rockwood's Nature Inspired Direction Setting process, which has given us the blueprint for three years of organizational change and growth, and unlike many "strategic plans," we use it regularly.
As a coach, Shiree is thorough, wise and kind. It is a pleasure to work with and be in partnership with her."
- Akaya Windwood, Former Executive Director / CEO, Rockwood Leadership Institute
"As an ED of 15 years, I've worked with many consultants. Shiree is hands down, one of the best. She is the first person I recommend for strategic planning, evaluation, coaching, and facilitation. She is results driven, innovative, and a joy to work with! Our organization has grown tremendously over the last 10 years and we need consultants who can address the complexities and challenges that arise. Shiree constantly pushes herself to learn and be more effective and there is nothing that I throw her way that she can’t handle. I can’t recommend her highly enough."
- Eveline Shen,
Executive Director, Forward Together
"Need to light a fire under someone? Talk to Shiree. She has certainly lit a fire in me, and I have witnessed her do the same with dozens of others. I have the privilege of frequently partnering with her to engage a variety of clients and communities. She projects love, generously. She inspires urgency, relentlessly. Some of our clients initially approach us with despair. With Shiree’s masterful blend of organizational development and transformative coaching skills, many of them walk away rejuvenated, focused, and determined."
- Miguel Gavaldón,
Independent Consultant, Colleague
"Working with Shiree Teng was transformative for 826 National, the 826 organization as a whole and me. As the new CEO, I was tasked with taking over from one of the founders and supporting the organization as it got ready to enter its second decade. No small task! As we built the structure and core for what would help to strengthen 826 National, Shiree was with us hand in hand, providing support, guidance and an ear when things got rough. She was never intrusive and it was never 'her was or the highway.' Shiree helped me think and peel through the layers of what already existed and put us on a path to success."
- Gerald Richards,
CEO, 826 National
Selected Client List
Social Benefit Organizations*
A Long Walk Home
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Women’s Shelter
California Center for Civic Participation
Coal River Mountain Watch
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Freedom Center for Social Justice
Impact Justice, Restorative Justice Project
Inter-Tribal Council of California
Minnesota Indian Women Sexual Assault Coalition
National Indian Health Board
One East Palo Alto
PolicyLink – Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United
Rockwood Leadership Institute
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
The Diversity Center
Urban Strategies Council
BlueShield Foundation of California
East Bay Community Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Latino Community Foundation
LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The California Endowment
Alameda County Every Child Counts – First Five Commission
Humboldt County Probation Agency
Mayor’s Office on Community Development – San Francisco
Los Angeles County Workforce Development Program
San Francisco Art Commission, Capacity Building Grants Review
Ventura County Probation Agency – Schools Collaboration
A sampling of clients—not an exhaustive list
Favorite Colleague Partners
Belma Gonzalez - my go-to coach
David LaPiana - wrote the book on strategy and who got me started in consulting
Eileen Blumenthal - my Coach Goddess
Ernesto Saldaña - leadership coach and facilitator
Eugene Eric Kim - beyond any box!
Greg Hodge - wise healer... Men and Boys of Color
Jakada Imani - advocacy and policy
Liza Culick - strategist and coach
Melissa Mendes-Campos - writer, editor, co-conspirator
Meredith Fenton - communications strategies, editor
Miguel Gavaldon - fundraising, facilitator and evaluator
Nadine Wilmot - research, writer, oral historian
Omowale Satterwhite - my teacher + mentor: Honor the work and the work will honor you
Querido Galdo - best designs!
Rogéair Purnell-Mack - evaluator partner, researcher, writer
Tia Martinez - data for justice, strategist
Vance Yoshida - OD, board guru