Partners for your plans, vision, and change

Vessel Consulting Partners

Committed to:

        facilitators                         artists                           
        coaches                             writers                      
        consultants                      project managers          
        hr professionals              data analysts

        honesty                              community change
        integrity                             racial justice
        imagination                      social justice

Who we partner with on projects:

Jada Monica Drew

DEI + Leadership Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, and  Speaker

Jada is an engaging facilitator and speaker who has trained thousands in how to communicate clearly, how to become more efficient members of a team and how to implement inclusive policy and practices. Her specialty is catalyzing the growth of individuals and organizations. She serves as the lead consultant of Social Designs Consulting and is the author of three books.

Alessandra Pollock

Data + Evaluation Coach, Program Evaluator, Qualitative Researcher

Alessandra helps organizations develop insight into operations, workload, and performance and then use those insights to make smart, meaningful change for better results. She enjoys building sustainable and continuously improving systems and coaching individuals through every stage of the data and analytic life cycle.

Rheanna Smith

Virtual Solutions Specialist

Rheanna is skilled in organizing, leading, prioritizing, and creating efficient processes and procedures.

She offers a variety of solutions (marketing, communications, project management, tech + tools support) getting you the most for your money – and giving you time back to focus on your passion, your goals, and your mission. And, she built this website! 

Andrea Paull

Consultant, Coach, Facilitator - Specializing in HR & Equity

Andrea has facilitated workshops centered on racial equity, managing for bias, building cultural capacity and transformation for the past 16 years. She has dedicated her life to supporting leaders who are committed to creating extraordinary results towards a just + equitable world. She is also certified by the International Coaching Federation.

Roberto Ascalon

Poet, Performer, Group Facilitator, and Arts Educator

Roberto Ascalon specializes in facilitating creative conversations and healthy intercultural dialogue.  In 2007 he co-founded local nonprofit FEEST: the Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team. He is currently the manager of Fearless Ideas' programs at Yesler Terrace.

Wesley Morris

Coach, Facilitator, Community Organizer, and Chaplain


Wesley’s worked for more than a decade with the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, home of the nation’s first “Community Truth and Reconciliation Process” uniquely positions him to guide those interested in intergenerational learning, historical archiving, and community organizing. Currently, he is the Associate Director of Southern Vision Alliance, a justice-centered values-based “grassroots intermediary” organized to provide capacity building, coaching, and technical assistance to frontline organizing projects, leadership programs, and collaborations led by directly-impacted communities in the US South. Wesley graduated from North Carolina Agricultural Technical State University and Union Theological Seminary (NYC).

Sashya Clark

Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, Wellness Facilitator


Sashya works to forge genuine connections to help clients and students feel valued, cared for, and heard. She employs an integrative therapeutic approach using humanistic, collaborative, and feminist & multicultural perspectives. Sashya hopes clients can find healing through connection with others and with their authentic self and inner wisdom. Sashya received her MSW from the University of Washington.

Danielle Baer

Nonprofit, Philanthropic, and Public Sector Consultant


Danielle Baer has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for the past 20 years in the areas of direct service, policy and advocacy, project management, communications, and fund development. She is a strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, a value for creativity and collaboration, and a commitment to equity and social justice. She supports a broad array of missions with most of her work focused on youth development, education, arts and culture, early childhood, and family services. As a listener and observer, someone who makes connections and brings calm to complex situations, her steady support and guidance helps organizations overcome barriers to accessing funding opportunities and build their capacity to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Vi Nguyen

Project Management & Organizational Systems Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach

Vi helps leaders and teams get clarity, get organized and get going. Vi has held a variety of titles – project manager, scrum master, product owner, coach – for guiding and supporting individuals through complex projects involving change at the systems, process, product and people level. Vi developed her skills working for technology, philanthropy and non-profit organizations. Vi earned a BA from Vassar College, a Project Management Certificate from the University of Washington and multiple Agile certifications.

Annie Von Essen

Strategic + Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Coach, and Social Worker

Founder of Vessel Strategy & Consulting

Annie holds an MSW and an MPA from the University of Washington's School of Social Work and Evan's School of Public Affairs, specializing in organizational management and community organizing.

If you work with Vessel Consulting, you will likely work closely with Annie and a team of partners she brings in for your project.

Here is more about her philosophy and consulting style:

"Ever since I can remember, I have been organizing cupboards and calling club meetings to order. My love of a club and clean cupboards inform my consulting style. For me, it’s about getting the job done well and facilitating with grace along the way. It’s about coming into a project that is complex and stressful and working with a team to deliver results and create positive change with less stress, more connection, and more fun. I never forget that projects, organizations, and communities are made up of individual, diverse people. Positive change happens when ALL the people involved are engaged and listened to.

Check out what clients have to say in their own words about my facilitation & consulting, and Vessel’s teams approach.

I am a social worker by trade and training so I am always listening for the whole picture and looking at the whole person. My leadership coaching delivers clean, clear plans for forward movement — but I always circle back to the individual’s true desires and the team’s larger needs. I am two-thirds cheerleader and one-third ass-kicker with a good sprinkling of strategy.

When working with a team, I offer individual strengths-based coaching and pay attention to the diverse perspectives of the team members. I work with teams to achieve a common purpose that honors distinct experiences and needs. We build toward courageous communication, clear agreements, and ways of working together that foster joy and manifest action."

Want to know more about Annie?

Vessel Consulting is so great to work with! They have a lot of experience with racial equity work, do deep-dive discussions on racism & culture, and really take the time to get to know you and your expectations.

Consulting Client

The Vessel team were delights to work with. The intelligence and energy made attending meetings a pleasure. If yours is a relationship-based group, they're the perfect fit.

Josh Heim, Deputy Director

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