The world needs your best work. We can help.

We are a consulting group for the uncommon good.


Design you future.

Change is inevitable. Make it intentional.

We realize you can’t predict the future, but the art and principles of organizational design will prepare you for a more effective path and increase your capacity to navigate through change, however unpredictable. We work with our clients to create custom processes for creating new options to bridge the gap from where they are and where they want to be.


L E A D E R S H I P     D E V E L O P M E N T

It’s not about choosing a good option, its about creating the right one. Some problems can’t be solved without changing the rules. Organizations who are creating new horizons for themselves face challenges and the tried and true methods for meeting yesterday’s challenges won’t do.

When the solutions that are needed don’t exist, we can help to innovate and adapt. Every organization has its own unique culture and history. Finding the right path and pace for an organization to be success are essential. Our consultants will partner with you to understand your situation from a different perspective, identify the underlying trends that are fueling the current outcomes and find the right strategy for your circumstance.


O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L   D E S I G N

For great organizations, leadership is everyone’s responsibility.

Leadership is not a gift to the few, but an activity everyone can learn and practice. At the core of most challenges is the opportunity to grow as people. Visioning, communication, accountability, followership and creativity are all greatly enhanced as our understanding and practice of leadership grows. We offer training and coaching in the transformational practice of adaptive leadership.


W O R K S H O P S   &   F A C I L I T A T I O N

We offer group facilitation for organizational meetings, retreats and strategy sessions. We also design experiential learning on subjects such as:

  • Storytelling for Transformation
  • Design Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
  • Effective Humility and Bridging Cultural Chasms
  • Collaborative Research Methods

To work towards a more equitable and flourishing future by partnering with public and private organizations committed to a more just and healthful world.

To deliver effective, efficient, and thoughtful results to our clients and the people they serve.

To inspire and retain talented and dedicated individuals by providing meaningful work, career opportunities, and the capacity to offer transformative service to our clients and their missions.

We envision a sustainable and profitable professional community  whose service is transformative, empathetic, and excellent; and where the lives of our partners, clients, neighbors, and environment are enriched by our presence.


Matthew Hayashi ( is the principal organization development and leadership consultant for Headwater People. He offers organizations a variety of strategic consulting services such as organization design, strategic planning, change management, process improvement, retreat planning and facilitation, and executive coaching. His passion is to help connect groups to the core mission of their work through collaborative and innovative learning and whole organizational health. Additionally, Matthew has significant experience in facilitating empowering and productive experiences in emotionally charged and relationally challenging circumstances. Relevant bodies of work include facilitating discussion between Seattle Public Schools and Seattle’s urban native community over failed efforts to close achievement gaps for Native learners; leading a project to partner IHS and a Montana Tribe to find equitable solutions over water disputes; and facilitating team-performance workshops for a physician partnership at Swedish hospitals. Very recent clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Indian Health Services, UW College of Education, Washington State Department of Commerce, the Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota and the Urban Native Educational Alliance. Matthew has a particular interest in supporting community-led projects that improve systems in Native American organizations and agencies. Matthew grew up in indigenous communities in Kaneohe, Hawaii and continues to be grounded in the perspective and gifts of traditional cultures.


Kate Hastings is a principal consultant for Headwater People. She heads the Public Health Communications & Policy practice, which helps individuals, organizations, industries, and government rapidly improve health and performance. She has more than a decade of experience in environmental public health, policy analysis, strategic planning, program design, social marketing, change management, community health, and facilitation for government, health care, foundation, and nonprofit clients.

Ms. Hastings specializes in seeing connections and opportunities to bring groups together to rapidly improve community, organizational or population health. She has designed and carried out health promotion campaigns for numerous clients including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Her campaigns have helped to rapidly reduce lung cancer deaths from radon and the number of emergency room visits due to asthma in communities nationwide.

Kate Hastings graduated magna cum laude with honors in government & legal studies from Bowdoin College. She has master’s degrees in comparative politics and political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and is a Fulbright Scholar. She is certified by the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Facilitative Leadership, Facilitating Change, and Essential Facilitation. She is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

  • Thrive Washington

    Designed grantee cohort experience to practice design thinking to re-imagine and redesign STEM programs for greater effect.
  • Partnerships for Native Health

    Professional Development: Cultural Humility: Creating High Performing Teams where diversity is a strength; Clear Speak: Communicating clearly to colleagues.
  • Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota

    Facilitated strategy summit that featured systems thinking and design thinking techniques to design a new program to address negative impacts of deficit model research on Native American and Alaska Native Youth
  • Northwest Harvest

    Keynote: Adaptive Leadership for Social Services Professional Development: Storytelling for Change: How storytelling shapes our organization’s narrative.
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

    Facilitated Design of Water is Life project.
  • Environmental Protection Agency

    Strategy and Facilitation: Policy dialogue, Pilot Project Design and Support for Tribal In-Home Asthma Work and Opportunities for healthcare reimbursement.
  • First Nations Development Institute

    Professional Development: Leadership and Design: How to discover the right move at the right time.
  • University of Washington

    Designed and developed learning tools for children exploring tidal eco-systems from an indigenous scientific perspective.
  • Washington Department of Commerce

    Keynote: The Art of Leadership: Thriving where there are no experts. Professional Development: Practicing Adaptive Leadership