What do we mean when we say we provide "thought partnership"? We're glad you asked.


In a guest blog post via Forbes.com, entrepreneur, executive coach, and angel investment network co-founder Rania Anderson defines a Thought Partner as someone who:

  1. Challenges your thinking.
  2. Causes you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions.
  3.  Has information or a way of thinking that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life. 

For JLI Consulting, thought partnership means providing new perspectives to our nonprofit and philanthropic clients, grounded in rigor, research, and inquiry. It means asking questions that encourage divergent thinking, problem-solving, and "silo breaking." And it means helping organizations move beyond anecdotes to embrace a focus on measureable impact

Three key principles guide our work:

Abundance over Scarcity: We begin from the assumption that there is always enough, but that sometimes a new perspective is required to make this "enoughness" visible. We believe a mindset of abundance creates new possibilities, while a mindset of scarcity closes possibilities off.

Collaboration over Competition: We believe community is best served when its members join forces, rather than compete for resources. We recognize the emergent properties of collaborations, and value collective action.

Relationships over Transactions: We believe that all meaningful, lasting community work is rooted in relationships. We seed and cultivate relationships for the long-term, rather than harvest short-term transactions.

about joyce Lee-Ibarra

Since 2003, I’ve been a nonprofit consultant, providing grant writing, program evaluation, and academic research and writing services to a range of nonprofits, funders, and public sector agencies. My specialty is bringing rigor and analysis to inform the program strategy of nonprofits and philanthropies. Although my client base is broad, I have a special interest in organizations focused on improving social justice, meeting the needs of underserved youth, and advancing public health.

Prior to launching my nonprofit consulting career, I was a Teach For America corps member in rural North Carolina and, later, research coordinator of a youth violence intervention program at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. In addition to my consultancy, I am lead organizer of the Hawaiʻi Community Benefit Consultants, a network of community-minded independent consultants serving organizations throughout 


the state of Hawaii. 

I received my BA in Anthropology and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California-Berkeley, and my MS from the Harvard School of Public Health. I reside in Honolulu, Hawaii, with my husband, our two sons, and our rambunctious dog, Sandy.