Engagement Leader

Engagement Leaders scope and lead the implementation of NVA projects. Engagement Leaders are client-facing, oversee the work of the NVA team, and may run multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Food industry experience required
  • 10+ years of total business experience required
  • 4+ year consulting experience required
  • Business strategy experience required
  • Strong track record of strategic and team leadership
  • MBA required
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications
  • Able to lead peers in a virtual work environment


  • Develop scopes of work and staffing plans for client projects
  • Manage the relationship with the client and oversee NVA staff having day-to-day contact with the client
  • Provide strategic leadership for the project and guide the development of deliverables to make sure they meet the needs of the client at a very high level of analytical rigor and quality
  • Manage project resource planning and address resourcing needs and issues that may arise during a project
  • Report on project status and discoveries to NVA Principal and across project teams to gain and promote the collective wisdom of the NVA team


Contact Us

Please send your resume and short letter of introduction to [email protected].

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 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. The facility will also feature an incubation kitchen, demonstration kitchen, event and classroom space, collaborative office and conference facilities, and housing.  New Venture Advisors developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)