Meet the Team
we are founders, builders, creators.
we are passionate about small businesses and non-profits.
we thrive in connecting long-term vision to the day-to-day.
and we're ready to dig in to build the systems that your
organization/business needs to grow!
Founder & COO
Carrie has started, grown, and sold a small business that grew quickly into the top 1% in revenue for women-owned businesses. She has led a non-profit through a major redesign and managed many teams and organizations for over two decades, often through periods of intense change.
Carrie knows the challenges of running mission-driven start-ups and small businesses and LOVES to work through them. She thrives in figuring out the best ways to engage individuals & teams; involve clients, stakeholders, partners, and donors; and design organizational systems to support teams and drive change.
Carrie is an Echoing Green Fellow and a PSBJ 40 Under 40. She's also been cited in the NYTimes and invited to the White House to represent women-owned businesses.
Principal & COO
Jacqueline is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur who has started, scaled, and sold a Seattle-based retail food business. She has an expansive background in for-profit service companies, emerging start-ups, progressive political campaigns, and dynamic nonprofits.
Jacqueline is a dedicated people manager, proficient financial manager, and systems thinker who thrives dreaming about the vision, digging into the messy details, and combining it all into strategies, budgets, and work plans that support capable and effective teams achieve their goals. Jacqueline is an Echoing Green Fellow, has been featured in the NYT, and invited to the Obama White House.
Outside of work you can find Jacqueline with her nose in a book, on the trails and playgrounds of West Seattle, and in the stands cheering for the Sounders & Kraken.
Sarah has worked in a range of business environments including corporate tech, consulting, small startup, and nonprofit, as well as starting her own small business. She thrives in the creativity that comes with both ideation and operations- and loves brainstorming big ideas and laying the groundwork, process, systems, and timelines to implement.
After spending most of her career in Seattle, Washington, she now resides in Missoula, Montana, with her family.
Anne gets fired up about connecting people, organizations, and resources to drive growth,
create lasting value, and transform our world for good. She has a knack for seeing big picture organizational visions with clarity and finding ways to bring them to life. She has helped to launch and grow several nonprofit and small business start-ups, and her fund and business development efforts have raised millions. Anne's operations management superpowers have helped to revolutionize banking, launch the next generation of environmental changemakers, and use the world’s most popular video game to democratize urban planning.
She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with her family where she is constantly planning their next adventure.
Natalie Walker has spent most of her vibrant career in the non-profit world: as a Co-Founder, an Executive Director, and a Board member for local and international organizations. In 2019, Natalie was selected as one of ParentMap's Superheroes for Washington State Families. In harmony with her non-profit work, Natalie is a musician and gender equity advocate, focusing her involvement on community building and social change through self-expression.
Natalie understands that leadership can be lonely, and it is her personal mission to change that whenever possible. She believes that strong operational support and intentional thought partnership can be a game-changer for small businesses and non-profits.
After 20 years living and working in the Pacific Northwest, Natalie recently relocated to Colorado for graduate study in Performance Psychology.
Meet Béné, an experienced consultant passionate about transformative work through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racist lenses. Originally from Burkina Faso, Béné is a first-generation Black immigrant who brings a unique perspective to her work. With a diverse professional background in business development, research consulting, and project management, Béné has worked across the global health, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Throughout her career, Béné has collaborated with small but effective teams, where she has helped to lay the foundation for organizations to succeed. Her strategic thinking and ability to cultivate strong stakeholder relationships make her an ideal thought partner for clients seeking to make a meaningful impact.
When not working, Béné enjoys traveling and engaging in lively conversations with friends and family over dinner. She brings this same warmth and connection to her professional relationships, making her a valuable asset to any consulting team.
Layla Al-Jamal Judkins
Layla is driven by community building and helping organizations reach their full potential. Having been raised by refugee parents in the American rural south, Layla’s passion for diversity and building power in minority communities started early. She has an extensive background working with small startups, nonprofits, for-profit and progressive political campaigns. Layla has raised millions of dollars for several grassroot nonprofits in Washington that are disrupting the status quo and building social change.
Layla loves to build teams, a strategic thinker and planner, and is a dynamic storyteller. She thrives on managing challenging projects and is dedicated to improving and streamlining processes. Layla received her MPA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and is an Institute for a Democratic Future Fellow. She currently serves on boards that address gender and economic inequities.
She lives in Seattle with her family and in her free time you can find her chasing after her toddler, traveling, and trying out new recipes.
Natalie is a systems, events, communications, and operations specialist based in Seattle, WA. Her broad sector experience includes health, sustainability, venture, and innovation. She specializes in optimizing tools, creating efficient processes, and designing programs that build community.
With a balanced approach, she finds satisfaction in diving deep into the details while tackling projects with a creative mindset. She embraces the variety of TBL client challenges and above all finds fulfillment in helping organizations make progress toward their goals.
Interested in joining the team?
We're not just working to build stronger small businesses and non-profits - we're also working to build a strong and collaborative team! That means we're always looking for partners who can round out our strengths in operations and strategy! Drop us a note to learn more.