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Martha A. Blue’s consulting has spanned a wide range of nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Formerly with McKinsey & Company, Martha realized that she wanted to spend more of her time helping the ‘social sector’ and smaller companies think and operate more efficiently and effectively. After running a program for a national nonprofit, Martha formed her own consulting practice in 1997, and then helped to found Real Change Strategies. Her non-profit clients include education, conservation, economic development, and human services organizations. Her work focuses largely on strategic marketing, strategic planning, and operational effectiveness, and her for-profit clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups.

Martha holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina Business School at Chapel Hill. She also holds an undergraduate accounting degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and spent several years as a financial strategist in Fixed Income Sales and Trading at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She currently serves on the board of the Center for Alexandria’s Children, a child advocacy center in Alexandria, VA.

Business and Strategic Planning
Marketing Strategy and Planning
Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Coaching
Strategic Partnership Development

Several Education Nonprofits: Strategic plans and board and organizational effectiveness
Several National Associations: Strategic and prioritized implementation plans, membership development
National Conservation Organization: Comprehensive strategic plan and organization design
Major Healthcare Foundation: Gap analysis and organization design
Center for the Study and Display of Art: Comprehensive strategic plan, implementation and communications plans

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