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Who We Are 2018-09-18T22:02:01+00:00

Always challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking.

The Napa Group Advantage

New Thinking

For more than 40 years, The Napa Group has partnered with education, business and non-profit organizations to strengthen their competitive advantage and financial sustainability as they respond to changing expectations of their customers.

  • Strategic plan facilitation & implementation 
  • Board best practice
  • Leadership development & coaching
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Communications audits & practices

Ideas into Results

With our distinctive blend of expertise in strategy, leadership, organizational design and strategic communications, we help our clients convert the possibilities into tangible strategic results. We’re known for innovative methodologies and market insights, enterprise thinking and integration and highly engaging projects that build community and buy-in – and are implemented. Advising executives, boards and staffs, we are driven by an unrelenting commitment to our clients’ success.

At Your Side

Our consultants have worked in organization of all sizes, as executives and consultants, so you’ll find us agile problem-solvers ready to adapt custom solutions to your needs. Combining multiple skill sets in one collaborative team, we’ll be your hands-on consultants, coaches and trusted advisors.

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Alumni & Development
  • Nonprofit Foundations
  • Independent Schools
  • Membership Associations
  • Emerging growth companies

MEET OUR TEAM

RJ Valentino

RJ VALENTINO

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
Kathy Jones

KATHY JONES

PRINCIPAL
Janis Johnson

JANIS JOHNSON

SENIOR PARTNER
Sloan Valentino

SLOANE VALENTINO

PARTNER

BILL WALKER

CONSULTANT
Pat O'Brien

PATRICIA O’BRIEN

CONSULTANT

LORNE MCMILLAN

AFFILIATE

Steve King

“I have had the good fortune to work with the Napa Group extensively for more than 15 years. R.J. Valentino and his team of consultants have consistently provided thoughtful, actionable and impactful guidance. I would strongly recommend their experienced team for planning and implementing a major strategy shift or organizational change.”

Steve King •  Former president and CEO, Docusign, Inc. and ZANTAZ

OUR ALLIANCE PARTNERS

We expand our bandwidth with selected affiliates when projects call for additional expertise. Our alliance partners represent the best in their specialties and deepen our coordinated suite of services to our clients. Meet some of them:

Access/Information

A leader in market research and information management, Access/Information specializes in delivering data intelligence and decision support to business executives, education administrators and other professionals.

Consulting Psychologists (CPP), Inc.

CPP expands our capacity with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment. Since its founding in 1956, CPP has developed premier, innovative products and services for individual and organizational development.

Michael Patrick Partners

Providing “creative” collateral for our strategic communications and marketing practice, Michael Patrick Partners is a San Francisco-based creative agency with a long history of producing attention-grabbing, award-winning work. Best known for stewarding E*TRADE from startup to market leader, its expertise strengthens market presence through brand development, design, strategy and integrated marketing campaigns.

Schan Duff

Specializing in business intelligence and industry analysis, Schan’s advisory practice focuses on strategic issues arising from the nexus of law, business and public policy. His clients span early-stage start-ups to sector-leading multinationals.

Jerold Pearson

A recognized leader in higher education and market research for more than 100 colleges and universities in North America and around the world, Jerold Pearson, former director of market research at Stanford University, brings strategic analysis and data insights for informed alumni relations strategies.

Resources Unlimited/Inscape Publishing (DiSC Profile)

The DiSC web-based tool facilitates insights into individual work preferences and styles as we help organizations build teams and professional capacity.

LEADING MINDS. LATEST THOUGHT LEADERSHIP.

Let’s Work Together

Strategic Results arise from a continuous cycle to plan, resource, implement and refresh. We help you take advantage of new opportunities as they arise and stay on track to keep your plans timely and relevant.

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