Carol Elder

104 N Seymour St, Sullivan IL 61951


An organizer and connector of people and information: improving processes and communication, bridging cultures, crossing information gaps, teaching new skills, and building understanding.


Partner, Ganzerža
Sullivan, Illinois, 07/2002 to present

Started my own consulting practice to provide management and organizational consulting services.

Project Manager, Financial Research and Advisory Committee (now Civic Consulting Alliance)
Chicago, Illinois, 01/2000 to 07/2002

Worked on consulting teams to assess programs and processes, identify weaknesses, and recommend improvements during management consulting projects for municipal government clients.

Designed and led the implementation of an internal knowledge management system, including set-up and administration of an intranet.

Hired and supervised summer interns.

Board Officer and Consultant, Global Outreach, Inc
Mankato, Minnesota, 04/1994 to present

Planned and chaired Board meetings, led strategic planning, performed financial analysis for current and new programs, wrote newsletters and regulatory reports, and conducted orientation sessions for participants.

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Global Outreach, Inc
Alexandria, Virginia, 04/1994 to 08/1996

Summer Fellow, Council for Excellence in Government
Washington, DC, 06/1998 to 08/1998

Led a Web site redesign project, designed and presented a workshop on creating public-private partnerships, and wrote a concept paper for a Congressional hearing on performance management in government.

International Education Consultant, self-employed
Washington, DC, 09/1996 to 08/1997

Led US high school students on a 5-week homestay and travel program in Italy for World Learning. Researched and wrote training manuals, articles, and news releases on education and international youth exchanges for clients.

Student Services/International Specialist, National FFA Organization
Alexandria, Virginia, 09/1992 to 03/1994


Boston University

Master's in Business Administration, May 1999.

Yale University

BA magna cum laude in Sociology, May 1991.


President, Moultrie County United Way Board of Directors
Sullivan, Illinois, 03/2003 to present

High School Catechist, St Columcille Church
Sullivan, Illinois, 09/2004 to 05/2005

Committee Member, Community Trendbending community development process
Sullivan, Illinois, 04/2003 to 05/2004

Substitute Teacher, Sullivan High School
Sullivan, Illinois, 02/2003 to 05/2003


Highly proficient in all aspects of professional office computing.


I speak English, French, and Italian fluently, and I have some basic Japanese skills. I can move easily between different cultures and between rural and urban audiences. I am an accomplished contra-dancer, a decent pianist, and a beginning gardener.

My professional home on the Web is


See for a list of projects and detailed descriptions.


Last updated: June 2006.

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