Viva-Strategy.com

 

 

Experienced. Informed. Fresh. Frank.

VIVA is a full-service strategy firm specializing in large-scale community change efforts. Our primary focus is strategic consultation, which we couple with cutting-edge technology and communications to help local communities, philanthropic institutions, public agencies, and non-profit organizations work together to meet community needs.

As a women-owned firm, VIVA lends a powerfully fresh perspective to strategic conversations. We think big without losing the details; we focus on impact and effectiveness without abandoning efficiency; we adapt to the circumstances at hand without compromising standards – ours or our clients.’

VIVA cuts straight to the core to inspire a renewed connection with your true vision and give you the insight, strategy and tactics you’ll need to make it a reality.

 

VIVA Managing Partners

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Christina Bath Collosi, M.A. and Nicole Oriana Tanner, Ph.D.

Christina Bath Collosi, M.A.
Managing Partner 

Christina Bath Collosi is a skilled strategist and facilitator inspired by a core belief that human suffering is not inevitable, acceptable or just.

Christina has walked in the same shoes as her clients. As a former educator, she has seen the beauty of opportunity in a child’s face simultaneously knowing that same child is homeless. Christina has a firsthand understanding of the frustration that nonprofit managers and directors feel as they work to please, attract, and comply with public and private funding sources, all while serving clients in a way that makes the most sense. While working for a public agency funder, she has made painful recommendations regarding investment priorities in a time of declining revenue. It is this unique combination of experience gained over ten years that directly propels Christina’s ability to be strategically effective. She gets it. 

As a skilled facilitator, Christina has completed numerous strategic planning projects for public and non-profit agencies. She is able to succinctly write and organize information in publications targeted to a variety of audiences. Christina has spoken at a multitude of statewide conferences about best practices for human service agencies, such as the development of community initiatives, capacity building and outcomes-based decision-making. She has organized everything from intimate focus groups to large-scale assemblies for elected officials, executives and service providers. Clients appreciate Christina's ability to calmly navigate tense and politically charged situations with exceptional analytical skills and a sense of humor.

Christina has a Master’s Degree in Education from CSU Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an emphasis on cross cultural communication (summa cum laude) and a B.S. in Biology (with departmental honors) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is married with two young children.

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Nicole Oriana Tanner, Ph.D.
Managing Partner

Nicole Oriana Tanner brings over 20 years of experience to her work in strategic planning, facilitated organizational change and strategic communications for public, non-profit and philanthropic organizations.

Nicole is well known to offer a candid, sharp and informed perspective to every project. She is valued for her ability to grasp the complexities of multi-sector partnerships and to expertly facilitate diverse groups towards their shared vision. Her strong leadership and communications skills, and an obsessive commitment to quality, have been essential for designing and implementing a diverse array of large-scale, high-impact projects and initiatives for a variety of organizations.

At a young age Nicole spent extended time in some of the poorest nations in the world, including Nepal, Indonesia and Bolivia. Her experiences there continue to inspire her to live and work with a keen appreciation for the opportunities she has, and she is passionate about opening doors for others to have the same.

Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Community Collaboratives for Children, an M.A. in Education with a focus on Group Dynamics & Leadership in Multi-Sector Partnerships and a B.A. in Law & Society, all from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is married and the mother to two young children.

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Kathryn Burnside
Director of Communications

Kathryn is a skilled communicator with 15 years experience in marketing communications, public relations and media relations, public affairs, business-to-business communications, stakeholder relations, crisis communications and journalism.

Known for her enthusiasm, Kathryn is a dynamic leader who enjoys working collectively with diverse constituencies towards a common goal. Prior to VIVA, she led statewide and global initiatives promoting California’s $102 billion tourism industry, working in close partnership with the industry’s investor community. She has also managed external communications for a $550 million non-profit international relief and development agency, and was successful in publicizing the agency’s work overseas to the U.S. donor audience, NGO community and public officials. Kathryn spent the first eight years of her career in broadcast news, and was responsible for daily news content and special live event coverage for CBS Radio in Boston.

Kathryn has a B.A. in German Literature from the University of California at San Diego. She is married and has a son.

Edwin Ferran
Program Manager

Edwin has over 25 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and strategic planner within the public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. He has a strong background in education, having worked closely with the Superintendent of a large urban school district on the planning and implementation of an education reform plan. He also was the project manager for the planning and evaluation of multi-agency, multi-school district collaboration to implement the Federal Safe Schools-Healthy Students initiative. More recently, Edwin has worked as the Program and Evaluation Officer for First 5 Sonoma County and Director of Learning and Engagement with the county’s community action agency. He has a degree in Organizational Development with a focus on Education Reform from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Edwin is bilingual English-Spanish.

Karina Rivera
Program Assistant

Karina currently supports a number of VIVA’s multi-partner projects. She is the steady hand that keeps VIVA’s projects organized as well as being our research wiz.  Her prior experience ranges from data and statistical evaluation to behavioral therapy with a focus on preschoolers with autism. Her commitment to quality is demonstrated by her innate desire to maximize both effectiveness and efficiency. Karina has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Karina is bilingual English-Spanish. 

The VIVA team:

In addition to Christina, Nicole, Kathryn, Edwin and Karina, the VIVA team includes a strong group of creative geniuses, policy and content experts, and support staff.