ABOUT PEMI RIVER CONSULTING
Pemi River Consulting is a flexible, scalable consulting firm, able to assemble the right team for specific client needs.
The firm is led by Thad Guldbrandsen, a higher education innovator, nonprofit leader, and anthropologist with more than two decades of experience working in partnership with community organizations, government agencies, businesses, and higher education partners in the United States and internationally.
Pemi River Consulting is especially interested in helping colleges and universities develop projects, programs, and initiatives that involve community-economic development, faculty scholarship, and hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Other areas of expertise include workforce development, research administration, partnership development, strategic planning, and assessment.
ABOUT THADDEUS GULDBRANDSEN
President, CEO, and
I am drawn to consulting because I like working with others to help them to achieve their goals. That’s why I became an educator. That’s been the basis of my research. That’s why I became a university administrator. That’s why I launched my consulting firm.
I have always worked collaboratively with colleagues, partners, and students to create new programs and help make existing programs better. In fact, I have never had a professional job that someone else had before me (at least not since I finished graduate school and left my waiter’s apron and bow tie behind).
I am most comfortable in the creative, collaborative spaces where I can help people achieve their goals. As an anthropologist, my work revolves around the age-old anthropological questions: How do social systems work? In what ways does leadership matter? How can small groups of individuals create changes in their communities in the face of forces much bigger than themselves?
As a researcher, university administrator, and community development practitioner, I have studied and learned about what makes initiatives work and what makes them fail. What enables people to come together to achieve their goals, and where are the hidden pitfalls that derail projects. At every opportunity, I am eager to learn lessons from others, and now I want to share those lessons perspectives with people in other organizations and institutions.