In their words

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"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*

826 National

A Long Walk Home

Amnesty International

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

Forward Together

Greenlining Institute

Impact Justice, Restorative Justice Project

Inter-Tribal Council of California

Lincoln Families


Minnesota Indian Women Sexual Assault Coalition

National Indian Health Board

Oakland Rising

One Arizona

One East Palo Alto

PolicyLink – Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

Praxis Project

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United

Rockwood Leadership Institute

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

The Diversity Center

Urban Strategies Council

USVets, Oahu

Youth Uprising

At SNaPCo’s five-year reflection session, Atlanta 10/2018

At SNaPCo’s five-year reflection session, Atlanta 10/2018

SEARAC staff strategy session, Washington DC 12/2018

SEARAC staff strategy session, Washington DC 12/2018



Akonadi Foundation

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

Dolores Huerta Foundation 2018

Dolores Huerta Foundation 2018

Restorative Justice Project national partners gathering 10/2018

Restorative Justice Project national partners gathering 10/2018


Public Agencies

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