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Senior Consultant
Nick’s passion for understanding behavior and human psychology has led him to appreciate the difficulty of effective decision-making; this drives him as he instills clarity and helps leaders make well-informed, data-driven decisions. In his free time, Nick is on a personal mission to pet every dog in Minnesota (and he’s only kind of kidding).


Nick is experienced in every stage of the evaluation process, from careful design and data collection to thoughtful analysis and insightful reporting. He is particularly skilled at asking the right questions to inform effective evaluations and uncover unexpected solutions; designing reports with a focus on increasing use; and using a keen eye for data visualization to bring results to life. Nick practices The Improve Group’s Community-Responsive ApproachSM through consideration for how affected communities and stakeholders can most benefit from each project.
Nick builds quality working and personal relationships with clients. As a facilitator, he creates a comfortable environment and effectively manages group dynamics. Nick’s flexible work style adapts to fit the preferences of others, and his mindful approach to communication leads to strong stakeholder relationships.  
Strategic Planning
Nick is skilled at using the Technology of Participation (ToP)® method for strategic planning as a framework; he then uses his expertise to propose modifications based on a client’s specific goals and needs. Nick pays extra attention to the focused implementation phase to ensure metrics are in place that will allow clients to measure a strategic plan’s success.

Professional Experience

The Improve Group | St. Paul, MN | Senior Consultant | 2020-present | Plans, leads, and implements project activities to make the most of information, navigate complexity, and ensure clients’ investments of time and money lead to meaningful, sustained impact. 

The Improve Group | St. Paul, MN | Associate Consultant | 2017-2020 | Worked collaboratively with project team to execute activities.

University of Wisconsin-Stout | Menomonie, WI | Graduate Assistant | 2016-2017 | Served as a Teaching Assistant for a Graduate-level Program Evaluation Course, overseeing and collaborating with four evaluation teams to develop survey instruments, collect and analyze data, and deliver high-impact projects for various stakeholders.

Valley Popcorn | Neenah, WI | Research Analyst, Customer Analysis | 2016 | Developed a survey, collected and analyzed data on more than 1,000 customers, and developed a report as part of a project to educate the company on how to make data-driven decisions.

West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency| Menomonie, WI | Program Evaluator | 2015-2016 | Led administration of a mixed methods needs assessment, analyzed survey data, and created a full report and data visualization of results to inform the agency on low-income populations across seven Wisconsin counties.


University of Wisconsin-Stout | Master of Science in Applied Psychology

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse | Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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