Bonnie is the founder and retired President of BERK Consulting, a Seattle-based public policy consultancy that works with governments and nonprofit organizations on strategic and financial planning. She started the company in 1988 at her kitchen table, in the pre-Internet era, making cold calls and explaining how innovative public-private partnerships could be designed to accomplish much more than the sum of their parts. Her concept was that the public, private and nonprofit sectors could be brought together to realize large-scale projects that would not otherwise be possible. For the next 25 years, Bonnie worked across the spectrum of major public policy and nonprofit sector issues, developing long range strategies, and facilitating agreements among diverse communities and organizations.
Bonnie’s expertise encompasses strategic planning, policy analysis and program development, systems thinking and process design, and management and business processes. She has more than 30 years of experience designing and managing complex analytic studies, many of which involve facilitation of working groups and advisory committees of stakeholders. Prior to forming the firm, Bonnie served as a Financial Policy Analyst for METRO, as a Research Scientist in the Science & Government group at Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers, and as a contract researcher for the Urban Institute. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington, an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and a BA from Brandeis University. She also serves on the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Board; prior board service includes Jewish Family Services, Artist Trust and the Cascadia Revolving Loan Fund.