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Our Story

IPA, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia with a regional office in Ames, Iowa, was founded by two organizational leaders with over 60 years of combined experience and expertise who wanted to establish a consulting firm focused on individual growth and development to achieve results that positively transform organizations, communities, and society. 


IPA’s President is a business entrepreneur, who has started three successful companies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her entrepreneurship follows a long, distinguished career as a marketing director for financial investment and advertising companies, culminating as Director of Catalog Marketing for Discovery Communications. She was one of the first female investment brokers for a Fortune 100 investment company and is a respected and trusted adviser to C-level leaders in government and commercial organizations.  

IPA’s Executive Vice President is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader in organizational performance improvement, with extensive executive leadership roles in the public and business sectors. His work as Chief of Evaluation and Performance Measurement at the U.S. Department of State was recognized by President George W. Bush, benchmarked by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and called a best practice by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).


He brings over 30 years of cross-sector and cross-functional team experience to his clients. He has led the nation's leading think tank for government performance, accountability, and transparency, and developed innovative approaches to measuring social impact and return on investment of hard to measure programs. He also has served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner, applying research-based continuous improvement from a systems perspective.

IPA brought together an associate network of senior-level, like-minded consultants, facilitators, trainers, and coaches to partner with our clients to ensure they are making a difference in the lives of their constituents. Our well-rounded, experienced team is well positioned to provide robust and innovative solutions that strengthen capacity and sustainable organizational effectiveness, supportive of your mission, to engage, empower and energize the world.

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