Kevin Wolf – Principal Consultant
After founding Wolf and Associates and acting as its principal consultant since 1992, Kevin Wolf began working full timef for the Wind Harvest Company in the fall of 2005. In 2006 he, along with Bob Thomas and George Wagner, with full support of the WHC shareholders co-founded Wind Harvest International. He is now the Chief Operating Officer and a board member representing the common shareholders. Wolf and Associates is no longer active, though in the spirit of having one’s work be helpful to others, the material the company developed is made freely available to others with a Creative Commons BY-SA copyright. .
Bio: After Mr. Wolf graduated with a degree in Evolution and Ecology (Zoology) from UC Davis, he worked for the next ten years as an organizer, head rafting guide and fundraiser for the non-profit, environmental group Friends of the River. He left F.O.R. in 1992 to form his own successful consulting company, Wolf and Associates, which had a focus on strategic planning for non-profits, businesses, and governments and on finding common ground solutions to environmental problems. Emphasizing “strategic options” planning, consensus-based facilitation, and metadata searchable web “portals”, Mr. Wolf and his team assisted many diverse stakeholders in finding solutions to complex environmental dispute and long term strategic plans.
Wolf has been active in numerous capacities within Davis where he lives including chairing the City of Davis’ Housing Committee, serving on the board of the Davis Foohttp://www.cacleanaction.org/aboutus.phpd Co-op and co-founding the N Street Cohousing community.
Kevin continues to volunteer on projects and cause. The main one (April 2017) he now works on is:
- Chair of the board of directors of the California Clean Money Action Fund which is working to pass the California DISCLOSE Act and legislation that will help make elections fairer and more transparent
Wolf’s Resume provides a list of the many clients with whom he has worked and the volunteer positions he has held.
David Siedband was the lead Watershed Portal programmer at Wolf and Associates. He continues to use the portal related software in his own projects. He cultivates his understanding of information design through daily coding and participation in the open source community.
We share common values and goals and love getting paid to advance them. We so much believe in what we do professionally to make the world a better place that we give away a lot of our time in doing so. We believe that:
- Science is critical to environmental logic and sound decision making.
- Information is critical to science and information needs to be free.
- Finding information should be easy. So should sharing opinions on that information.
- Stakeholders should be listened to and their time should be valued.
- Well-run meetings, online discussions, and websites are fundamental to effective communication.
- The skills for doing the above are not innate but require training.
- Internships are one of the most important actions taken in developing a career.
- Open source software is the future because it saves money and time and creates better products.
- Many people will put a lot of volunteer time into a project if they think it and their work makes a difference in the outcome.
- Having clearly stated principles, missions, goals, strategies and measurable objectives are good for every organization and individual that wants to make a difference in what they do.
- Quality outside help in developing the above is worth the expense.
- Having fun in meetings, work, and life leads to better results and more efficient use of time in the long run.