“Kristin Maschka’s strong work ethic and ability to manage and facilitate a variety of projects is extraordinary. Her knowledge of organization development, change management, project management and communications strategy are skills essential to any major educational reform. Her skills in facilitation, strategic planning, translating strategy into action plans, and knowledge of performance management were essential to us as we engaged in a fast-paced, complex reform initiative in Pasadena Unified School District.”

~ Edwin Diaz, former Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District, 2011 CA Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year


“I bring Kristin in because she is a calm, neutral voice who comes with a flexible toolkit and a creative outsider’s approach to a problem-solving. She has experience working with diverse teams in a variety of situations. A lot of other consultants come in with a specific ‘thing’ and that’s the only thing they do. Each organization has its own culture and Kristin is able to fit into that and customize her process and introduce new tools as needed.”

Cristin Dorgelo, Vice President of Operations, X PRIZE Foundation


“Kristin’s ability to assess a team or organization’s capacity, pinpoint and refine goals, and develop and manage an implementation plan have tremendous value in any sector, but particularly in the non-profit and public arenas where senior management teams are often hindered by resource constraints. Kristin has employed her strategy development, planning and project management skills to consistently deliver greater effectiveness, efficiency and improved results.”

Binti Harvey, Director of Institute Marketing, California Institute of Technology


“There are people who can see into ‘the heart of the matter’ and then shine a light forward. Kristin Maschka is one of those people, able to put ideas and solutions into place that can ensure better insight, communication and movement toward organizational change. Operations and programs gain purpose and people gain tools to view their work differently. On a desert island or up a creek – whatever the situation – I’d put Kristin on my team to help envision the solutions.”

Debra J. Levy, Past Board President, Mothers & More


“Kristin is a visionary in the true sense of the word. She is the founding chairman of the Pasadena Education Network (PEN) because she saw a need and she did what she does best…she got to work motivating others, organizing, and leading a group of people through the strategic process of creating their own 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Where most nonprofits struggle with creating a mission, values, and vision that align with their programs and services, Kristin used her outstanding organizational skills, good sense of humor, and an uncanny ability to understand her audience to create the framework for a successful organization. She has an intimate understanding of the value of boards and staff working collaboratively, yet she is able to clearly differentiate between their roles and help them reach consensus. Now, six years later, Kristin’s vision has been realized. PEN has more than 900 members and served almost 3200 people last year.”

Nancy Dufford, Executive Director, Pasadena Education Network


“Kristin has a unique ability to galvanize and organize organizations and groups to build a shared purpose and to translate this into action. She understands what effective collaboration should look like in theory as well as the tools necessary to see this play our in reality. She supports groups to more deeply articulate their needs and moves them outside the box to develop thoughtful, innovative solutions that are actionable.”

Erik Rice, Senior Associate, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education


“The knowledge management project I asked Kristin to lead required inspirational leadership, tenacious project management skills and a consistent stance of neutrality which enabled her to keenly listen and extract shared meaning from multiple sources of data, including dozens of discussions among staff and district professionals. Her work resulted in a district reform model for the Foundation that was comprehensive, accurate and inclusive of multiple stakeholders’ points of view.

Kristin is a thoughtful, rational and logical problem solver. She can easily tackle complex issues and processes by breaking down situations into discrete, systematic steps. Kristin is an exceptional strategic leader who understands how to translate ideas into action, understands systems, and empowers individuals and teams to act collaboratively.”

Sonya Lopes, former Director of District Alliance Programs, Stupski Foundation

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