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Our Clients

Leading and Governing Associates works directly with nonprofit, elected and appointed leaders and through their community, university, and association partners.

Public Leadership and Democratic Governance

  • Council of State Governments

  • Duke University

  • Illinois Association of School Boards

  • International City and County Management Association

  • National Conference of State Legislatures

  • National League of Cities

  • North Carolina Association of School Boards

  • Texas Association of School Boards

  • University of Georgia

  • University of North Carolina

  • University of Tennessee

Experts Panel

Stakeholder Engagement in Visioning, Planning, and Navigation

Clients include:

  • K-12 Boards of Education and Superintendents

  • Nonprofit Organizations, Foundations, and Associations

  • Special Local, Regional, and Statewide Initiatives


  • Council of State Governments

  • International City/County Management Association

  • North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

  • North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

  • National Conference of State Legislatures


  • Impact Alamance

  • McCormick Foundation

  • Triangle Community Foundation

K-12 Boards of Education:

  • Alamance- Burlington Schools

  • Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools

  • Craven County Schools

  • Orange County Schools (NC)

  • Roaring Fork Schools

  • Wake County Public Schools

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Alamance Achieves

  • Child Care Resource Center

  • Commuity Home Trust

  • First Presbyterian Day School

  • Local Smart Start Partnerships

  • North Carolina Partnership for Children


  • Duke University

  • North Carolina Central University

  • University of Georgia - Athens

  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Special Initiatives:

  • NC Smart Start Board Governance Initiative 

  • ShapeNC

  • Triangle Special Transit Advisory Commission ​​

  • Wake Blue Ribbon Committee 

What some of our clients have said about us:

"I found your workshop to be a cut above the rest... the model you developed for balancing values and choices (has) a very strong element of truth to it; a lot of depth. The honesty in the thinking that goes behind the model drives that."  - Senior Administrative Officer, Consolidated County Government, Kentucky

"Not only did I truly enjoy your presentation, but now I have words to express why I ran for the Board of Education in the first place. I am running for a second term...and present these thoughts clearly enough so that my audience will understand I am not 'running against' but am 'running for' our entire district.  Thank you again."  - School Board Member, Illinois

"I always leave the meetings you help to facilitate, feeling optimistic that the group has actually 'gotten' the take-home message we are trying to communicate!"  - NC Smart Start Executive Director

"I attended an all-day workshop entitled Public Problems, Democratic Decisions: The Role of Mayors and Council Members, which was excellent. The premise of the program was that our democratic system has a built-in tension...(that) forces all issues out into the open...which, in turn, can and should lead to responsible decision making."  - Village Mayor, Illinois

"Dear Dr. Phil (the REAL Dr. Phil is what I'm going to call you from now on!), Your Stepping Up to the Plate without Crossing the Line: Democratic Leadership for Public Executives workshop was the most valuable training session I have ever taken... I am going to apply the lessons learned to the difficult problems we are currently facing in my community."  - City Manager, Florida

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