Founding partners

We met at Stanford University during our time as members of the Stanford Improvisors (SImps, for short). After exploring a variety of fields, we all realized that improvisation and design thinking were the most valuable tools we had as collaborators, communicators, and leaders. We founded Collective Capital in 2014 to bring these mindsets to as many teams as possible.

Austin Meyer Journalist-Ultrarunner Austin is a journalist whose publishing credits include the New York Times, LA Times, and KQED. He was an IDEO storytelling fellow, taught at Stanford's d.school, and worked for SAP Software & Solutions to scale creative cultures in the world’s largest organizations. More >>

Austin Meyer
Journalist-Ultrarunner

Austin is a journalist whose publishing credits include the New York Times, LA Times, and KQED. He was an IDEO storytelling fellow, taught at Stanford's d.school, and worked for SAP Software & Solutions to scale creative cultures in the world’s largest organizations.
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Erik Olesund For-Good Designer Erik is passionate about helping organizations solve the right problems in the right ways at the right time. Through years of teaching at Stanford's d.school, he's used design to connect organizations with their customers, define better challenges, and generate innovative ideas.  More >>

Erik Olesund
For-Good Designer

Erik is passionate about helping organizations solve the right problems in the right ways at the right time. Through years of teaching at Stanford's d.school, he's used design to connect organizations with their customers, define better challenges, and generate innovative ideas. 
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Karrah Phillips Cross-Sector Strategist As a catalyst and systems thinker energized by the intersection of technology, human capital, and social impact, Karrah believes that solving big problems requires a capacity for empathy, a deep ability to collaborate, and compelling storytelling. More >>

Karrah Phillips
Cross-Sector Strategist

As a catalyst and systems thinker energized by the intersection of technology, human capital, and social impact, Karrah believes that solving big problems requires a capacity for empathy, a deep ability to collaborate, and compelling storytelling.
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Jon Proctor Resident Scientist Jon's passion for spontaneity, creativity, and co-creation sprouts from a drive to make the world a better place. When Jon is not leading workshops, he’s pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. More >>

Jon Proctor
Resident Scientist

Jon's passion for spontaneity, creativity, and co-creation sprouts from a drive to make the world a better place. When Jon is not leading workshops, he’s pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley.
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Mona Thompson Performer-Teacher Mona loves to take on nearly-impossible tasks. In 2013, she co-designed and produced a show on Alcatraz. And she's currently organizing an 8-week cross-country tour of her two-woman improv group, Mona and Shara Do Improv. More >>

Mona Thompson
Performer-Teacher

Mona loves to take on nearly-impossible tasks. In 2013, she co-designed and produced a show on Alcatraz. And she's currently organizing an 8-week cross-country tour of her two-woman improv group, Mona and Shara Do Improv.
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David Havens Social Impact Specialist Through a varied career in design consulting, venture philanthropy, and financial technology, David has solidified his belief that improvisation is the fundamental art of human interaction and creativity. More >>

David Havens
Social Impact Specialist

Through a varied career in design consulting, venture philanthropy, and financial technology, David has solidified his belief that improvisation is the fundamental art of human interaction and creativity.
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Coaches

Our coaches bring expertise in the mindsets of improvisation and design thinking. They are strategists, performers, leaders, and teachers intent on improving the way that teams collaborate, communicate, and innovate.

Jessia Hoffman New York City

Jessia Hoffman
New York City

Rebecca Poretsky San Francisco

Rebecca Poretsky
San Francisco

Natalya Thakur San Francisco

Natalya Thakur
San Francisco

Shara Tonn San Francisco

Shara Tonn
San Francisco