Throughout her career, Ari has served in senior leadership roles at several nonprofits in the environmental, civics, and mental health fields. She has managed organization-wide technology projects, ranging from CRM implementation to website development. Ari brings project management, client relations, and communications skills, as well as her commitment to social change work, to the Build Consulting team. In her role as consultant, Ari works with nonprofit leaders and their teams to better align their technology goals with broader organizational strategy.
“I am passionate about making technology more accessible to nonprofits because I know how it feels to be a social sector leader confronted with balancing the scope and budget of a major technology project with other competing priorities. I have witnessed firsthand the transformative effects that a strategic software solution can have on a nonprofit, and I am committed to empowering nonprofit leaders by providing them with the tools, resources, and connections to amplify their critical work.” – Ari Eisen
Ari’s work with Build was born out of years of founding, leading, and consulting for nonprofits in the environmental, political, and mental health sectors. During the pandemic, Ari co-founded the COVID Grief Network (CGN), an international mutual aid organization that provides free emotional support for people in their 20s and 30s who are grieving a COVID loss. Ari continues to volunteer as CGN’s Executive Director, managing all strategy, technology, fundraising, and communications. Ari implemented a CRM for the organization to manage program operations and streamline stakeholder communications.
Ari helped to launch Futures by Design, a design-thinking consultancy focused on civic engagement for next-generation voters. This new firm grew out of Vote by Design, a national nonpartisan voter education organization, where Ari served as COO and directed communications and technology efforts.
Prior to her work with CGN and Futures by Design, Ari served as the Program Director at Urban Adamah, an environmental education nonprofit in Berkeley, CA. In addition to her role designing and producing climate education and food justice programs, she supported a major website and database project that involved both front-end redesign and back-end integration with Salesforce. Ari currently serves on Urban Adamah’s Board of Directors and its finance committee.
Ari earned a B.A. in Global Health & Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
At each nonprofit in which Ari has served, she has supported strategic planning and technology projects, including website development, CRM implementation, database management, marketing automation, technical training, and project evaluation. Ari has worked with nonprofits at the local, national, and international levels, and enjoys collaborating with diverse stakeholders to scope and implement projects that meet both individual and organizational needs.
- Office Productivity (G Suite/Google Workplace, Microsoft 365)
- Cloud File Collaboration (SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive)
- Constituent Relationship Management (Salesforce, Airtable)
- Enterprise Social Collaboration (Microsoft Teams, Slack)
- Website CMS (WordPress, Squarespace, Wix) and Analytics (Google Analytics)
- Marketing Platforms (Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Sendinblue)
- Project Management (Teamwork, Asana)
- Unified Communications Platforms (Microsoft, Zoom)
- Event Management (Eventbrite)
- Survey Software (SurveyMonkey)
- Fundraising Platforms (Classy, Givebutter, Kickstarter)
“Ari’s experience and deep understanding of the nonprofit world is invaluable to her consulting work.”
“She brings professionalism, empathy, and leadership to all of her engagements.”
“She always keeps one foot in high-level strategy and one foot in the details, a balance that is difficult to strike and critical to the success of an organization.”
“Ari’s superpower is remaining grounded, focused, and strategic when stakes and tensions are high. Her sense of humor is also a major asset in these situations.”