Colleen Ebinger, Founder & CEO

Colleen Ebinger headshotColleen Gross Ebinger oversees the firm’s strategic direction with a strong track record suppporting social purpose clients. She has worked with nonprofits, governments, foundations, and cross-sector partnerships in nine U.S. states and four countries, and has issue-area expertise in social enterprise, social innovation, and social finance; education policy; public health; early childhood development; public policy related to undocumented immigrants; and local economic development.

Before leading Impact Strategies Group, Colleen spent nearly five years at Root Cause, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, where she launched and directed a government consulting practice and convened many of the nation’s governmental offices charged with spurring greater cross-sector collaboration. She also worked in the firm’s nonprofit consulting practice and was involved in design and financial modeling for both replication strategies and earned income business opportunities. Prior to that, she directed a statewide policy and advocacy initiative for Latino immigrants in Minnesota.

Colleen speaks at events and conferences across the country, and also writes about the intersection of politics, policy, and social innovation. Her work has been published by the MIT Innovations Journal, Harvard University Press, Public Management Magazine, Minnesota Journal, MinnPost, and the Nashville Nonprofit Review, among others. She is an appointed member of the Oversight Committee for the State of Minnesota’s Pay for Performance Program.

Fluent in Spanish, she began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mountains of western Honduras where she started a social enterprise satellite internet center that remains self-sustaining more than a decade later. She is an alumna of the College of Saint Benedict and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, attending on a Reynolds Fellowship. She was also selected as a 2012-2013 policy fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

You can reach Colleen at or 612.849.0939. She tweets from @ColleenEbinger and @isgImpact.

A Networked Approach

To create the perfect team for our clients, we partner with a number of agencies and individuals who have complementary issue or service line expertise. We’re proud of these associations and lucky to have such great, smart and passionate colleagues. One of these partners is Fourth Sector Consulting. Check them out!