barbara-bollier-photo“DARE Consulting provided thoughtful, engaging, interactive facilitation of our discussions about tough policy issues. The best facilitation I’ve ever seen, actually.”

-Senator Barbara Bollier (State of Kansas)




“We were wondering whether or not we should hire trained facilitators to run our roundtables, or to just do it ourselves.  Now, after the meeting, we realize we made the right decision in hiring DARE Consulting to facilitate. The energy and enthusiasm of the group made the conversations really meaningful!”

– Katia Albanese, Strategic Communications Manager and Partner of Department of Labor’s SEED program


Harold Koh“The best organizing campaign around a single focal point for change I’ve ever seen.”

Harold Koh, Lead Legal Council to President Barack Obama, talking about the Human Rights for All campaign facilitated by DARE Consulting




Judi 1“The highly collaborative work that I have done with DARE Consulting has always resulted in research data that I can use to instigate change in my organization. One project we worked on together focused on teaching and supporting teachers in doing their own school-based research, in order to make positive change at their school. The teachers reported feeling empowered and feeling as though they now ‘owned’ the research process and that they would be able to conduct research in their school in the future. DARE’s research and evaluation techniques are superlative. However, they don’t ascribe to an inflexible view of what research should be. They listen to the people they work with and never fail to find a creative and interesting way to accomplish the desired goals. One is left with with clear next steps and recommendations for change. Their positive outlook and collaborative perspectives make them one of my favorite groups to work with.”

Judi Fenton, Mentoring and Induction, Office of Leadership at NYC Department of Education


Frank 4“In the many years I have been working on projects around the world I have rarely met anyone as energetic and focused as Dara. Her ability to network and develop relationships was nothing short of astounding. We quickly developed networks and partnerships with organization after organization that it would normally take years to pull together. She has wide ranging and varied skill sets from serious research and analytical skills, to group facilitation and strategic planning to working with major world class organizations in building coalitions to bring about specific solutions. She is a pleasure to work with, and I could not recommend her strongly enough to any organization looking to achieve concrete results in complex environments.”

Frank Dominguez, Vice President of Arts for Peace


Griselda Vega “It was so refreshing to be part of a collective and collaborative group of leaders that could have only be brought together by a leader with those same characteristics! Her vision, determination, and ability to organize a global event was proof positive given the success of A Big Project.”

Griselda Vega, Program Director at Global Workers Justice Alliance



Margaret Shelleda

“Dara is one of the most talented organizers I have ever worked with. She is smart, analytical, tenacious and very creative. She tunes in to the concerns of those with whom she works, is empathetic, and amazing in her ability to move people to action. Her success also springs from her genuine passion for the issues she tackles.”

Margaret Shelleda, Executive Director at California Federation of Teachers, Retired.



Stanley Nyoni

“Dara embodies the qualities of the kind of leadership we need to shift our world into a Joyful place to live in. She is innovative, collaborative, engaging, a good communicator and a lot of fun to work with. If you are looking for somebody to inspire your team into action Dara is the one. I worked with Dara before and after the Rio+20 summit and we continue to collaborate in new ventures to create a sustainable world.”

Stanley Nyoni, Hosting Global Dialogues for building sustainable communities



Rebecca Nava “Dara is a focused, strategic leader that will be an asset to any endeavor she is engaged in. With an ear to the ground, she offers a refreshing, thoughtful perspective that cannot be ignored.”

Rebecca Nava, Interim Academic Dean, Art for Humanity- The Leadership College

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