Always challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking.
SOLUTION FOCUSED TEAM
Our principals are your hands-on consultants and trusted advisers, and we are small by design. Our collaborative team of practitioners has broad experience in strategic planning, executive leadership, board management, communications and marketing, research, training and development and project management.
OUR CORE VALUES
Our core values of integrity, direct-dealing and collaboration drive every client relationship:
We believe that competitive advantage belongs to values-driven organizations with clear and aligned strategies, resource management and people accountability.
We understand that change is continuous so we partner with our clients to create a vision for the future in which everybody understands how they contribute.
We create an environment conducive to teamwork and innovation and in which people are committed to the success of the organization and each other.
DO YOU WANT TO PRODUCE STRATEGIC RESULTS?
With a portfolio of education, non-profit and business clients, our experts are adept at engaging diversified constituencies to formulate and implement their objectives. We plan with an enterprise view built on an integrated platform so that all parts of the organization are pointing in the same direction and working together toward the same purpose. This framework of mutually supportive activities, timelines, resources and measurement tools strengthens success.
OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR CLIENTS BRINGS NEW THINKING AND APPROACHES BUILT ON SUCCESSFUL CONCEPTS
The Napa Group’s 6-Phase planning model is a facilitated process that produces strategic solutions and an implementation roadmap to sustain change. It is specifically designed to drive results while fulfilling an organization’s mission and overcoming obstacles that could impede action.
RJ serves as a senior adviser to major colleges and universities to guide them toward strategies and programs that achieve and maintain excellence and strengthen their positioning in times of change. Experienced in both traditional and entrepreneurial settings, for more than 30 years, he has advised university and foundation presidents, corporate CEOS, boards and senior leadership. He also applies his expertise to a select group of businesses and non-profit organizations targeting growth, leadership development and improved partnerships with their boards.
His work for two decades with university presidents and senior leaders who are leading change in today’s evolving and competitive higher education market incorporates best practices and market-driven intelligence bridging for-profit and non-profit sectors to drive custom solutions and innovation. These practices directly engage organizational talent to shape and drive solutions and result in enhanced buy-in and ownership, stronger brand recognition, alignment of internal and external constituencies and innovative and timely solutions. His lectures focus on how rapidly changing models in higher education ultimately will benefit the economy, and society at large.
RJ’s counsel promoted alignment and integration at E*Trade during its unprecedented growth, supported rigor to repeatable management practices at ZANTAZ, Inc., as part of its transformation from start-up to industry leader and helped position the turnaround at AskJeeves during market uncertainty and emerging competition.
Prior to co-founding The Napa Group in 1985, RJ held management and leadership positions in financial services, corporate training, and human resources in Fortune 500 companies. He is certified in Mediation, is Professionally Credentialed in Organizational Learning from the Sloan School of Business at MIT, and is a member of the International Facilitators Association. RJ studied at the University of Texas, Austin, and received his B.S. in Marketing from San Jose State University.
Kathy Jones is a Principal of The Napa Group. She has over 20 years experience in the management of complex organizations. Her focus has been on the development of high performance agile organizations. She has served as a member of the senior management team of two prestigious universities.
As Senior Vice President and Secretary of Georgetown University, Kathy was responsible for facilitating the work of the Board of Trustees. She worked closely with the President and the senior administration on the development and implementation of strategies related to Georgetown’s academic and research mission.
Previously, Kathy served as Vice Chancellor of University Relations at the University of California, Irvine. Her responsibilities there included overseeing UCI’s fundraising and communications programs.Kathy has the ability to work at all levels of the organization to improve productivity, promote teamwork and produce results. She graduated from Stanford University.
Janis Johnson is Senior Partner, Marketing & Communication, for The Napa Group. She brings a diversified career as a strategist and practitioner who has built and managed communications teams and initiatives in complex nonprofit organizations and as a journalist with major news media.
For nearly 20 years Janis has been a senior executive and consultant in higher education, health care, fundraising organizations, alumni associations and community nonprofits and as communications counsel to executives and business leaders. As a Napa Group consultant, she helps leaders and organizations develop the internal and external communications programs to build market position and constituent buy-in and engagement. She also conducts best practice research, communications audits, and strategic plan facilitation and project management.
As Assistant Vice President for Constituent Communications in Georgetown University’s Office of Alumni and University Relations, Janis oversaw the award-winning materials for Georgetown University’s $1 billion comprehensive campaign in the late 1990s. As Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2005, she was responsible for internal and external communications and a multi-year institution-wide rebranding initiative. Previously she was a staff reporter for The Washington Post and correspondent for USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, and the Boston Globe. She is a graduate of Duke University.
Sloane brings over 20 years of specialized expertise to The Napa Group’s public sector consulting, including broad leadership, management, strategic planning and analytics experience. His diversified skills and experience have translated into his ability to successfully plan, facilitate and implement innovative approaches to government and citizen services in complex and informed communities. These include both management and direct services on issues involving fluctuating federal and state support, balancing pricing, budgets and value-added service enhancements and strategic talent management in a dynamic era of economic changes and shifting public expectations. Sloane is a Paramedic Captain as well as an acting Battalion Chief with the Tiburon Fire Protection District in Tiburon, California. He also is a Fire Science instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and a former construction business owner in Marin County. Sloane is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned a Leadership Certificate from the Dominican University of California Business School, and is currently matriculating through the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
A university faculty member and administrator for 34 years, Patricia O’Brien is the former Professor and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science, the largest unit on the UCLA campus, where she was chief academic officer and responsible for the College budget, strategic planning and active fundraising. When she retired after four years in 2008, the College was successfully raising over $50 million annually and exceeded its target for the UCLA campaign.
Previously she was Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UC Riverside and worked to advance the visibility and rankings of the various departments by leveraging growth resources strategically. She was also involved in high-profile recruiting of candidates of excellence and diversity. At UC Irvine she held numerous positions, including Chair of the UC Humanities Initiative, Acting Vice Chancellor for Research, Chair of the History Department and Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
O’Brien is a graduate of Regis College and earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. She began her teaching career as an instructor and assistant professor at Yale University, and also held faculty positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UCLA. She has received numerous awards and grants and is widely published with academic books and articles.
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OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE YOU
“In the face of dynamic uncertainty in the health care market, our new brand identity, increased referrals, added specialty programs, expanded regional partnerships and our ability to staff up to better meet the community’s need – and would never have happened without strategic planning. How can you get to where you want to be if you don’t have a roadmap for where you’re going?”
Kelly Beard • MBA, Executive Director, Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care, Corvallis, Oregon