CCA Principals

Elaine Kuttner – For over 20 years Elaine Kuttner, Principal of CCA, has consulted with the leadership of colleges and universities and their related research organizations, health related not for profit organizations, foundations and professional societies, public health and human services organizations and the arts. Her work is primarily focused on strategic planning, governance assessment and design, and one-on-one support for individuals in leadership positions. Elaine completed both her undergraduate studies and graduate work in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan. Early in her professional career she became interested in strategic planning as a mechanism for changing and strengthening organizations. That interest ultimately led to the founding of Cambridge Concord Associates. Working closely with the leadership of her client organizations, including board members, administrators and senior staffs, faculty members, and others, she helps them shape essential questions, address challenges, and plan for the future. She has a strong background in governance assessment and helps her clients rethink aspects of their own governance systems in order to more effectively carry out their missions. Elaine has significant experience working within complex systems and with multiple institutions as they plan together. She presents on topics related to both planning and governance. Elaine also has a strong leadership consulting practice, providing personal support and counsel to not-for-profit and higher education leaders.

 

Jane A. Fisher – Jane, co-founder of CCA, has helped the leadership of associations, professional societies, foundations, educational institutions, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations to take a strategic approach to addressing issues for more than 25 years. Jane’s consulting experience includes seven years with the firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she was Director of Association Consulting Services, as well as many years as an independent consultant. Prior to her consulting career, she was Director of Operations for Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that supports worldwide field research. Jane holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where her studies focused on organization and human resource management for the nonprofit sector. She also holds a BA in French and Spanish from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the New England Society of Association Executives (NESAE) and has served as a speaker for both organizations.

 

Patricia A. Mahon – For many years, Pat has assisted clients at knowledge-based organizations to build and expand their thought-leadership presence and reputation, thereby raising visibility within and outside their fields, and strengthening relationships with partner organizations. Pat has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, including publications and conference development, writing assistance, media and public relations, and complex document production for a wide range of organizations — for colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and businesses. Prior to joining Cambridge Concord Associates as a Principal, Pat held leadership positions in strategic marketing and communications, as well as roles in publications and book development, at Arthur D. Little, Boston University, The MIT Press, and Navigant Consulting. She holds a BA from Trinity College.

Associates and Partners

Paul Kuttner – Paul Kuttner is a Senior Associate at CCA. During his eight years with the practice, he has developed strategic plans for a wide array of colleges, universities, associations, research organizations, and nonprofits. Clients have included Oberlin College, the University of Maine System, the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and Community Catalyst. Paul has a background in nonprofit leadership and administration. He is also a writer and researcher: co-editor of the volume Disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline (Harvard Educational Review) and a co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford University Press). Paul is a former editor of the Harvard Educational Review. He holds an Ed.D. and M.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Scott Hunt – Scott Hunt has had a strong relationship with CCA for many years, first as a client and then as a Senior Consultant. He has been a senior executive and CEO for several major not for profit organizations, most recently the Endocrine Society. Under his leadership the Endocrine Society grew to be one of the top 50 Associations in the Washington DC area. His change initiatives have met market threats and new opportunities in each setting, and have resulted in solid, profitable operations enhancing the organizations’ primary purposes. He has been a strategic planning consultant to several major medical organizations and is an expert on the interface of ambitious mission and practical implementation. His groups have experienced dramatic growth in scope and physical size and have embraced an opportunistic model that is realistic and sustainable. Scott has a strong expertise in building effective staffs and staff models that have pragmatic synergy and function very well. Mr. Hunt has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and resides in Washington DC.

 

Beth LaDow – Beth LaDow has written and consulted for an array of clients including nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and consulting firms.  For the past ten years, she has worked across Harvard University for presidents and deans, including on major speeches for audiences in Beijing, Mumbai, Dublin, South Korea and South Africa, and on strategic presentations, plans and initiatives with the Development Office, the Offices of the President and Provost and the International Strategy Working Group, including the Common Spaces Committee report with the Director of University Planning and the Financial Aid Initiative presented to the Board of Overseers.  Other groups she has worked with include Arthur D. Little, The Massachusetts Historical Society, Winchester A Better Chance and Teachers As Scholars.  A published historian, Beth previously has been a magazine editor and taught history at Brandeis University and writing at Harvard. Her radio commentaries aired on WBUR in Boston.  She holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis, an M.A. in History from Harvard and a B.A. From Colorado College.

 

Elisabeth Ris – Lillie Ris has worked in organizational development and project management since 2004. She specializes in measuring and improving effectiveness through research and program evaluation. Lillie has managed programs and conducted evaluations with a variety of national and international organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Tisch College at Tufts University, and Mercy Corps, in addition she has was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006. She holds an MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on Program Monitoring and Evaluation and Non-Profit Management, and a BA in History from Duke University.