We're a small office of experienced people who want to help
We help leaders at nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies get what they need to get where they want to go.
Our principals Marc and Megara have decades of experience working with and for nonprofit cultural and service organizations of all sizes to manage change, evaluate programs, set strategy and plan and execute fundraising events.
We’ve worked with over 60 organizations in the Bay Area and around the country and in each case we’ve helped clients address short-term needs and build capacity for long-term success.
Marc Vogl, Principal
Marc has worked in the trenches and in leadership positions at cultural nonprofits and foundations and taught courses in managing arts organizations and cultural policy at Brown University.
In 1997 Marc co-founded the San Francisco comedy group Killing My Lobster and went on to become an arts program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition. Marc has served on the San Francisco Arts Task Force, Oakland's Arts Funding Advisory Council and on Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee. Marc is a trustee of the MOCA Foundation, a Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizens Committee on Community Development and Board Member of The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Marc has a BA from Brown University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The combination of experiences in the arts sector, academia and in public policy drive Marc’s passion for working with nonprofits and philanthropists to address social problems and enrich communities creatively and systematically.
Read Marc's one-page bio
Megara Vogl, Principal
Megara has over 18 years experience planning and producing events of all shapes and sizes
She enjoys working closely with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, individuals and companies to achieve their goals. In consulting engagements, she leads clients through conversations about their approach to planning an event and the day of execution. From the outset she seeks to drill down and understand what clients are looking to accomplish: whether it’s hitting a specific fundraising goal or how they want their guests to feel at the event, and after it. Read more about the range of Event Planning and Production services offered.
Early in her career, Megara worked in marketing and logistics to produce one of the largest annual medical conventions in the world as an in-house meeting and event planner at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Megara also worked in the facilities, operations, and development departments at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to produce events at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums including their largest fundraiser, Bouquets to Art. She also served as the Director of Development of the 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation, a non-profit advancing the history and culture of a 100-year old building and membership organization in downtown San Francisco.
A highlight of Megara's career was an engagement with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to assist in planning and producing President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade in January 2009. The project required months of on-site work with numerous governmental agencies, complex security protocols, a lunar rover, lots of horses and frigid temperatures–but resulted in the most-attended public event ever to occur in Washington DC.
Kelly Varian, Associate Consultant & Data Analyst
Kelly works on research, data collection and analysis, and strategic planning projects with nonprofit arts organizations, public agencies and academic institutions.
Kelly has served as Communications and Development Specialist for Sustain Arts, a project of the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University which provides meaningful data to artists and cultural stakeholders. Previously, Kelly worked as a consultant at The Beacon Group, a growth strategy consulting firm in Portland, Maine.
Baxter works on greeting guests at the home office, maintaining a low (and sleepy) profile during meetings and absconding with shoes if given half a chance.