• A Purposeful Engagement Firm

    Movements, campaigns, causes and adventures: however people aim to create just and equitable communities, Grassroots Solutions is in. People make great things happen and we help turn their passion into action. We believe in the power of collective action to drive social change and achieve great wins.

What We Do

Engagement strategy and evaluation: that’s what we do. We create strategies that advance progressive change and we evaluate programs so you can keep learning. Our team helps you find the right people, increase participation, inspire new leadership, collaborate more effectively and measure your impact.

  • Analyze

    Data is everywhere. Putting it to work for you is what matters. We leverage data to help you assess opportunities, track your progress and make real-time program adjustments.

  • Strategize

    Curiosity and creativity drive smart strategy. We design impactful and inventive engagement strategies that help you build greater power and get more people involved in your cause or campaign.

  • Engage

    Connection is a catalyst for change. We help convert your strategy into action by offering expertise on the newest and best ways to connect with your supporters and sustain their participation over time.

  • Evaluate

    Learning is power. We approach our evaluation work through a people-centered lens that results in rich data, participant buy-in, stronger programs and ultimately greater impact.

  • Innovate

    Our lab light is always on. We’ve dedicated a team to inventing new models and tools to advance positive social change.

Specialty Areas

Democracy works when people participate. Unfortunately, voter turnout is declining and voter suppression has increased. But elections are still a critical way to contest for power. To us, increasing participation, facilitating authentic conversations and welcoming new people into campaigns is not just the best way to win elections—it’s the right way to do politics.

Climate change is a reality and a new energy economy is the key to our future. We believe that effective organizing and the engagement of new allies represents the best path towards leaving a healthy planet for future generations.

Good health is the foundation for powerful communities. We want to disrupt the root causes of health inequity. That means working with the people and organizations that directly engage those harmed by health disparities to build greater health within their communities.

Over half of the world’s population is under the age of 30. Creating jobs and economic stability, along with pathways to civic and political participation for young people, are the keys to implementing long-term progressive change.

It’s time for all of us to grapple with issues of injustice and inequality. Whether it’s strategizing for LGBTQ liberation, advocating to end racism, or pushing for policies that increase economic security, we align our expertise with communities fighting for greater equity.

Clients

Meet The Team

Founded in 1999, Grassroots Solutions was one of the first engagement consulting firms in the country. We are an experienced team of strategists, evaluators, innovators, campaigners and organizers (who also love animals, karaoke and fried foods on a stick) and we have dedicated our lives to social change work. We would love to get to know you.

  • Andy Bechhoefer Principal

    Andy Bechhoefer

    Principal

    Fun Facts

    My brush with fame:
    You can often see the back of my head for a half second on CNN election nights

    When I’m on the road, I don’t leave home without:
    My Kindle

    Favorite movie:
    Star Wars, the original one

    Favorite TV show:
    The Walking Dead

    Favorite food:
    A real Philly Cheesesteak (Pat’s at 3 AM is hard to beat)

    A principal with Grassroots Solutions, Andy has essentially been with the firm since its inception. He is responsible for all things targeting and data related. This includes strategic planning for campaigns and organizations, the quantitative aspect of evaluations, incorporating experiments into client programs, and helping organizations translate data into specific and measurable goals.

    Prior to Grassroots Solutions, Andy spent more than a decade as the targeting director for the National Committee for an Effective Congress (NCEC). He also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and numerous presidential campaigns, including Bill Bradley’s run in 2000. Andy also works for CNN on election nights as part of the “Decision Desk,” which calls elections based on exit polling and returns.

    Away from work, Andy can often be seen watching and playing baseball, or seeking out the newest brewery that has opened in the area.

  • Kurston Cook Senior Strategist

    Kurston Cook

    Senior Strategist

    Fun Facts

    Nickname:

    KC

    Favorite Activist(s):

    Bayard Rustin & Cesar Chavez

    Favorite Book:

    Haroun and the Sea of Stories ~ S. Rushdie

    Sports teams I follow:

    Michigan Football, Barcelona FC & Manchester United FC, and the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Favorite Place in the world:

    Barcelona Spain and New Orleans Louisiana

     

     

    Kurston Cook is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions based in Oakland, CA. He works with organizations to increase political participation, provide programmatic analysis, and implement organizing strategies.

    Kurston is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy where he earned his master’s degree in public policy with a focus in labor economics. While in school he served as policy analyst for PolicyLink, where he provide legislative analysis on economic issues facing young Black men; and assisted the Goldman School in developing the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans. Prior to attending school, Kurston worked the Special Programs Manager Generation Progress, The youth arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP). In that role, he was responsible for developing national programming to address economic inequality and electoral issues facing underserved communities. Kurston has worked with progressive organizations, think tanks, labor unions, academic institutions, and municipal government agencies.

    Kurston’s areas of expertise relate to millennial engagement, economic and quantitative analysis, policy implementation, electoral campaigns, and community organizing. When Kurston is not working, he is usually spending time with his lovely partner Leila and their dog Bernie.

  • Dan Cramer Co-founder

    Dan Cramer

    Co-founder

    Fun Facts

    Favorite activist:
    Paul Wellstone

    Favorite animal:
    Three-toed sloth

    Hidden talent:
    I can touch my tongue to my nose

    Favorite food:
    Chicago deep dish pizza

    If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions, I’d be:
    A restaurant critic

     

    Dan is a co-founder of Grassroots Solutions, where he currently oversees the firm’s Innovations Lab, as well as working with clients to address complex strategic and engagement challenges. Dan also works on evaluation projects, and he brings a practitioner’s perspective to measuring impact and effectiveness. He is currently obsessed with leveraging the power of personal conversations to drive social and organizational change.

    Before starting Grassroots Solutions, Dan held a number of leadership roles for U.S Senator Paul Wellstone, served as an Executive Assistant to Minnesota House Speaker Phil Carruthers, worked as a government affairs attorney for Gray, Plant, Mooty, organized an anti-drug coalition in Chicago, and worked as a scooper for Baskin and Robbins.

    Dan got his start in social change and political work as a geeky nine-year-old boy when he volunteered for Jimmy Carter’s first presidential campaign.

  • Pablo Duran Senior Strategist

    Pablo Duran

    Senior Strategist

    Fun Facts

    Favorite book:
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    Favorite food:
    My mother’s green chile chicken enchiladas

    Little known fact:
    Since 1875, over 1,500 baseball players made it all the way to the major leagues—then only got to play in one single, solitary game. The lesson? Make the most of the time you have

    People or topics you follow on Twitter:
    @aeonmag, @exploreplanets, @readingpartners, and, of course, @JohnDingell

    Political hero:
    Robert Kennedy

    Pablo joined Grassroots Solutions in 2013 as a senior strategist. He helps clients work through engagement goals and methods, design and implement evaluation plans, and execute organizing strategies. Pablo has particular expertise in applying creative engagement and field strategies to political campaigns.

    Prior to Grassroots Solutions, Pablo worked on the national political staff of President Obama’s re-election campaign. Pre-Obama, Pablo served as political director for Senator Tom Udall, as New Hampshire State Director for Governor Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign, and he managed local and statewide field campaigns across the country. Pablo also spent several years working in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House as a policy advisor.

     

     

  • Candace Falk Director of Finance

    Candace Falk

    Director of Finance

    Fun Facts

    Nickname:
    None – especially not Candy!

    My brush with fame:
    I got a hug from Giada De Laurentiis in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center

    Favorite place in the world:
    Granada, Spain – beauty, history, and free tapas!

    Favorite play:
    Fun Home—who knew you could make a graphic memoir into a stage production that is both moving and funny

    Favorite local restaurant:
    New Scenic Café in Duluth, MN

    Candace is Grassroots Solutions’ director of finance. She engages with clients through contract development and invoicing; in other words, people are always “happy” to receive her emails. Candace also serves her co-workers through payroll management, benefits administration, and the development of internal company policies.

    Candace’s previous work as a finance associate at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), and as a counselor and accounts receivable associate at Robbinsdale Clinic prepared her well for her current responsibilities. Candace is happy that her work to help make the world a healthier and better place is continuing at Grassroots Solutions.

    When her joy of spreadsheets is running low, Candace is happy to get away for weekends on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

  • Lindsay Hanson Principal

    Lindsay Hanson

    Principal

    Fun Facts

    Nickname(s):
    Linds, Binz, Reina, Roopert, Mini, and Tiny (Caution: Only my brothers get to call me Mini or Tiny!)

    Favorite activist(s):
    Madres de Plaza de Mayo

    My brush with fame:
    Around age 9, I was featured in a local newspaper for catching a massive large-mouth bass in an unlikely pond in suburban Chicago

    Favorite place in the world:
    The next exciting spot I haven’t visited yet, and Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis (the place I met my husband)

    First protest:
    The Gulf War (1991)

    Lindsay is a principal based in New York City where she leads the firm’s evaluation practice. Lindsay collaborates with organizations to assess advocacy and electoral campaigns, grassroots efforts, and civic engagement initiatives. She also provides guidance to groups seeking to engage people effectively in community problem-solving and organizational development projects. Lindsay is a well-known engagement and evaluation expert who has co-authored articles, spoken at numerous conferences, and appeared as a guest with news organizations.

    Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Lindsay was the director of operations and technology for the 2002 Wellstone for Senate campaign. She also worked for international education and staffing companies in Boston.

    Lindsay’s idea of the perfect day involves reading, watching baseball or soccer, playing tennis (albeit not very well), listening to music, and eating cheese.

  • Anne Johnson Managing Principal

    Anne Johnson

    Managing Principal

    Fun Facts

    Nickname(s):
    AJ, or Annie

    My pet(s):
    A 17 year old cat named Spango

    If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
    A gymnastics coach. It was my job during college, and it was a second job for many years after I graduated. I loved it!

    Favorite place in the world:
    Lake Pepin in Minnesota, though Puerto Morelos, Mexico is a very close second

    Favorite book:
    Anything Nordic noir, but I really love Henning Mankell and Camilla Läckberg’s books

    Anne is the managing principal at Grassroots Solutions, overseeing firm strategy and operations. She also maintains an active client portfolio and focuses on increasing participation for those who are traditionally underrepresented in the political and advocacy processes.

    Previously, Anne was the executive director at Generation Progress, the youth arm of the Center for American Progress. In that role, she created some of the nation’s most successful millennial-focused campaigns, including It’s On Us, a national effort to stop sexual assault. Anne has worked with progressive organizations, think tanks, labor unions and political parties in Canada, Belgium, India, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop grassroots engagement programs for electoral and issue-based campaigns.

    Anne got her start in politics on Paul Wellstone’s 2002 campaign, where she fell in love with organizing. When not working, she can be found hanging out at her cabin in Red Wing, Minnesota with her family.

  • Christina Kuo Senior Strategist

    Christina Kuo

    Senior Strategist

    Fun Facts

    Nickname:
    Kuo, CK, Chris

    Favorite activist:
    Helen Keller

    Hidden talent:
    Opening a can with a pot and butter knife

    Greatest fear:
    Brain eating amoebas

    Best advice:
    There are very few things in life that can’t be undone

    Christina Kuo is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions based in Washington, DC. She works with organizations to better understand and expand the impact of their work through evaluations and organizational development.

    Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Christina was the State and Local Campaigns Manager for the U.S. Green Building Council, where she focused on advocacy capacity building with their state-based chapters and state and local government relations. She started down the path of issue advocacy and campaigns while at the University of the Michigan (Go Blue!) as a community organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Michigan. Since then, she has worked on numerous issues ranging from redistricting reform to increasing the civic engagement capacity of direct service nonprofits.

    Like most Washingtonians, Christina is a transplant from Michigan by way of Taiwan and England. She is human to her Morrisey-esque dog, Huck, and rabbit, Joey. When not at work, she is trying out the hundreds of recipes she has bookmarked, planning trips with her friends, and discussing the virtues of action movies.

  • Robert Richman Co-founder

    Robert Richman

    Co-founder

    Fun Facts

    My brush with fame:
    I and another guy initially found the Wellstone “Green” bus

    If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
    A stay at home dad

    Birthday wish:
    That I see in my next birthday with my family, all of us healthy and happy

    Best advice:
    • “If you fuck up, raise your hand”
    • “If you don’t want to go into burning buildings, don’t become a fireman”
    •  “Never give a campaign your credit card number”

    Sports teams you follow:
    White Sox, Bulls, Bears, and any team my son plays on

    Robert is a co-founder of Grassroots Solutions. He works with campaigns, unions, advocacy groups, funders, and coalitions to develop strategies and build infrastructure at the state and national levels to expand the progressive voting base and increase organizations’ supporter and activist bases.

    Robert started in politics right out of high school with the Illinois Democratic Party, and he was an organizer for Paul Wellstone’s first U.S. Senate campaign. He then managed a variety of field operations and campaigns, including congressional races in Illinois and Oregon, statewide campaigns in Minnesota and Ohio, and he served as the National Field Director for Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign in 2000.

    Robert lives in St. Paul with his wife, Kristin, and kids, Ethan and Becca. If Robert isn’t in the office, he is likely hanging out, transporting, coaching, or cheering on one or both of his kids. Someday he plans to open up a Grassroots Solutions office in Key Biscayne, FL.

     

  • Bridgette Rongitsch Senior Strategist

    Bridgette Rongitsch

    Senior Strategist

    Fun Facts

    Favorite activist(s):
    Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera, Harvey Milk, the leaders of ACT UP, everyone involved in Black Lives Matter, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, Winona LaDuke

    If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
    An artist activist gardener (that’s a thing, right?)

    Favorite TV series:
    I really, really love the Bachelor/Bachelorette

    Favorite quote:
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

    Favorite place in the world:
    The woods of northern Wisconsin with my family

    Bridgette (aka: Bee) is a senior strategist at Grassroots Solutions. Bee focuses on developing creative approaches to engagement and collaboration for her clients, and she has a particular interest in exploring how community-led engagement, designed with an equity lens, can yield stronger, more durable results over the long-term. Bee also helps to direct Grassroots Solutions’ Innovations Lab, which creates new models, tools, and products to advance social change efforts.

    Pre-Grassroots Solutions, Bridgette was the national director for Nonprofit Vote, an organization dedicated to helping service-oriented nonprofits integrate voter engagement activities into their ongoing work with the people they serve. Bridgette’s professional background also includes leading public policy and organizing programs on issues of LGBTQ equality and voting rights.

    When not working with clients, Bee volunteers and organizes for queer and racial justice, collaborates with artists, and treks through the woods—sometimes with a canoe on her back.

  • Pam Wetterlund Executive Assistant

    Pam Wetterlund

    Executive Assistant

    Fun Facts

    Favorite activist:
    All the kajillions of people whose names we’ll never know who courageously stand up for justice, equality, fairness, and the humane treatment of people and animals

    My pets are:
    Frida, beloved Red Heeler-Rat Terrier mix, rescued in 2004 as a 6 ½ week old puppy. We are becoming old ladies together

    If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
    A photojournalist, but since I guess I’ll never be over 5 feet tall, maybe host of a late night music radio show where I could program cool old music from the 20th century (and/or a dog rancher)

    First protest:
    Vietnam War protest with my mom when I was a child

    Hidden talent:
    I’m a savant at finding four-leaf clovers. I bet I’ve found well over a hundred and I’m still going. I’ve even found a few 5- and 6-leafers, as well as a few 4-leafers in Ireland

    Pam has been a constant at Grassroots Solutions since joining the firm at its inception in 1999. Through the years, Pam’s worn a variety of hats within the firm’s administrative areas. Currently she manages all operational and logistic aspects for the company.

    Before joining Grassroots Solutions, Pam worked as scheduling director for U.S Senator Paul Wellstone, and then as executive assistant to Ellen Malcom, founder of EMILY’s List. Prior to that, Pam worked for Wellstone’s political and U.S. Senate offices in Minnesota. As a teen, Pam fell in love with photography and as a consequence, she toiled in photo lab mines for many years.

    Pam believes in leaving every place better than you found it, so she volunteers for campaigns and causes that work to save our planet for all species, and that fight to end human and animal suffering. When she kicks back, Pam particularly loves being outdoors with her dog, Frida.

     

     

     

  • Ann Wiesner Principal

    Ann Wiesner

    Principal

    Fun Facts

    First protest:
    In response to a junior high principal’s ban on headbands (because #roachclips), I organized fellow ninth-graders to wear headbands in protest (because #fashion)

    Favorite quote:
    “Mom, can you please leave me in peace now so I can think about what it would be like if dragons were real?” – Lucy, age 8

    Favorite movie:
    Princess Bride

    People or topics you follow on Twitter:
    John Oliver, Bucky Badger, Totoro (on Facebook, he’s old school), Paula Fynboh, Jezebel, Bitch media, Jay Smooth, Black Lives Matter MPLS, Free Range Kids, Feministing

    Most embarrassing moment:
    When I ran into a parked car riding my bike while simultaneously reading a book

    Ann is a principal at Grassroots Solutions where she focuses on our Community Health practice, as well as broader engagement strategy. Some of Ann’s most interesting work centers on helping organizations re-think how they involve community members in shaping the health of their communities. Her passion is for transforming the way organizations interact with their stakeholders.

    Ann has always been drawn to work that leverages the power of collective action. In her home state of Wisconsin, and later in Minnesota, Ann has worked on early childhood, mental and behavioral health, addiction, cancer advocacy, health care, and more.

    Ann got her commitment to community from her mother, who is a professional volunteer; her love of a good meal and robust political debate from her father; and her ability to connect with people working as a bartender in Las Vegas, Nevada.

     

Connect

  • June 22, 2017
    @GRSolutions

    RT @kurstonccook: Happy to announce I have joined the amazing team at @GRSolutions

    Now get back to work… 😉 https://t.co/piYhtYaEd3

  • June 22, 2017
    @GRSolutions

    We are so excited that @kurstonccook has joined @GRSolutions as our newest Senior Strategist. Full bio is at https://t.co/3BLLhqoIOQ

  • May 01, 2017
    @GRSolutions

    We were thrilled that GRS Senior Strategist @christina_kuo was honored as a 40 under 40 last week. Congrats CK! https://t.co/0Mo5FpImpU

  • What We’ve Been Reading Recently

    For a number of years, Grassroots Solutions distributed, via email, a bi-monthly “Round-up” of articles that we thought clients and friends might find interesting. We’ve had a lot of people tell us they miss that so we thought we would once again share some of what we have been reading.

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