“When I spend time with Kristin, I always come away with a couple of practical, concrete steps. I also always come away with an altered framework for thinking more clearly about a problem or opportunity in a way that is forward leaning. Often I’m already passing the insights and steps along to others the same day!

Kristin hears you and has an ability to reframe things in a way that helps you think about it differently. She helps you problem solve but not in a “you should do this” way but in a “have you considered this?” way. She asks questions that take you a few steps beyond where you were in your own thinking and helps you step back and create clarity for yourself.

I was surprised to find that change doesn’t have to be in giant leaps. Kristin adapted to where I was in the moment, and helped me identify small concrete steps I wanted to take. Those small actions created progress that I felt good about and inspired me to take even more action.

I think a lot of people think they might want coaching because they want to look for another job. But there’s tremendous value in reframing the way you work currently, how you add value, how you tap into your skills, and you can make progress on that right now with Kristin. You can’t underestimate how smart she is, how socially aware, how her intelligence allows her to quickly understand you, your environment, your work, your life, your skills and bring a variety of resources to you as options. I recommend her highly!”

~ Diane Binney, Assistant Vice President Campaigns, California Institute of Technology

“Kristin helped our leadership team operationalize that delta between where we were and where we wanted to be so our vision wasn’t just something up on a shelf. With her support we broke down that kind of crushing question about how will we bridge that gap and identified clear, concrete actions that made it possible to achieve our goals.

As a coach, Kristin helped my tap into the competencies I didn’t even realize I had and articulate them to myself and others. She always had well researched resources for me to read or watch that matched what I needed at the moment. She’s smart, compassionate, and you can tell she played a competitive team sport because she can push you or your team hard and you’ll still love her for it. Learning with her is expanding and joyful.

It might be hard to understand the return on the investment that comes from working with a great coach. I received so much personal and professional value from our work, which transferred into a new revenue stream. I learned about dealing with ambiguous situations, how to handle going through three bosses in one year, how to more effectively communicate and how to build a cohesive, high performing team. Without a doubt I recommend Kristin.”

~ Marianne Haggerty, Assistant Vice President for Advancement Services, California Institute of Technology

“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, Vice President for External Relations and Institutional Advancement, Scripps College


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“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 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

“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 chair 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, 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

For more information, availability and fees, please send an email to kristin @ kristinmaschka.com 


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