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J Nowak Associates is a consulting firm with a focus on organizational strategy and change. We have strong capabilities in philanthropy, education, urban development, and social investment. We are data and systems driven in approach while also expert in executive coaching and the facilitation of management and governance retreats. We take a design- or problem-solving perspective in all of our engagements to get to the core issues facing an organization. In partnership with our clients, we build and implement strategic roadmaps for change.


What is Creative Placemaking?

The term creative placemaking has been used in cultural affairs, planning, public policy, and philanthropy during the past several years. more

Urban Fiscal Health in the Post Recession Period

How are American cities faring now that the nation is climbing out of the worst recession since the Great Depression? I was asked to give a brief lunchtime talk on this topic at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. more

Program Design Challenges in Spatial Targeting Strategies

Public policies aimed at reducing poverty are sometimes divided into two approaches: people or place based strategies. more