Ted believes learning together and humor are essential in sustaining voluntary associations beyond their early blue-sky enthusiasm. In his role with The Giving Practice, Ted works with new and established groups to discern and articulate learnings, and then design engagement strategies that unleash their passions. His multi-year work with numerous philanthropic organizations centers around supporting collaboratives, especially in their adventures to discover how to contribute their various forms of capital.

His staff and board coaching are based in his CEO stewardship of Pride Foundation and Humanities Washington and is supplemented by change management skills developed as interim CEO of Camp Fire, Hedgebrook and DAWN in addition to the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University.

Ted holds a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.A. from the University of Washington. He is a practicing poet whose work appears in more than forty literary magazines. Co-parenting teenagers provides him an ongoing practicum in punting when faced with unintended consequences and a reminder to value mistakes as part of true life-long learning.