Karen Finn - Results Leadership Group

Karen Finn, M.Ed, Partner/Senior Consultant

Results Leadership Group, LLC

Location: Washington, D.C.

Professional Highlights:

  • Former Chief of Programs and Policy, Maryland Governor’s Office for Children: Led statewide implementation of Results Accountability across 24 local jurisdictions
  • Consultant for over 15 years in non-profit and public sector organizational development including the: Forum for Youth Investment; Coalition for Community Schools; Epilepsy Foundation of America; National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds; Child Welfare League of America; Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Results Accountability Trainer and Coach for the United Ways of Anchorage, New York State, Central Maryland and Westchester and Putnam Counties (NY)
  • Founder and Facilitator, FinnCORE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Enhancement

Expertise in Results Accountability:

  • Results-based strategic planning
  • Coaching state and local groups to implement Results Accountability
  • Identifying performance measures for programs and agencies
  • Aligning agency performance with community-wide results

Expertise in Ready by 21 Approach:

  • National Trainer of Ready by 21 Institute
  • State Liaison for National Quality Counts Initiative

Finn has extensive experience in using Results Accountability particularly in the areas of children, youth and family policy. She was the Chief of Programs and Policy for the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children (GOC) from 2005 until 2008. This office supports the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in its mission to improve the well being of all the children and families of Maryland through interagency collaboration and state/local community partnerships. Finn had specific responsibility for building capacity throughout Maryland’s child-serving agencies and communities on both the state and local level to use the Results Accountability approach in developing strategic action plans and budgets to improve child and family well-being.

In conjunction with the Executive Director and Children’s Cabinet, Finn transformed the GOC’s funding and reporting process to implement a Results and Performance Accountability system; developed Maryland’s 3-year Children’s Plan to improve targeted state indicators of child and family well-being; negotiated community partnership agreements with 24 local jurisdictions using a Results Strategic Planning System and a mutual gains negotiation process; these agreements allowed local jurisdictions to implement Local Access Mechanisms, Systems of Care, High-Fidelity Wraparound, Community Based Resource Development, Gang Prevention Strategies, Truancy Prevention, Youth Assets Development Programs and other intervention and prevention strategies. Ms. Finn built capacity and implemented the use of headline performance measurement system for all GOC funding.

In addition, Finn has extensive experience in consulting with National, State and Local public agencies including: the Coalition for Community Schools; Epilepsy Foundation of America; Council on Quality and Leadership; National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds; Child Welfare League of America; Maryland’s Departments of Human Resources, Health and Mental Hygiene, Education, and Juvenile Services; Maryland’s Local Management Boards; County Health Departments; County Departments of Social Services and Mental Health Core Service Agencies.

Finn has designed and facilitated leadership development programs for the Epilepsy Foundation of America and FinnCORE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Enhancement. In her work as a consultant she has coached executive directors and non-profit board leadership in developing results-based strategic plans and collaborative community efforts focused on improving results for children and families.

Finn has over 25 years experience in Human Services including: direct service, case management, training and development, supervision, organizational administration, local and state-level policy development, and board development. She has provided consultation nationally on: Results-Based Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Achieving Results with Non-Profit Governance Boards, Cultural Competency, Outcome-Based Quality Standards for Health and Human Services Programs, Team Building, and Board Development. Ms. Finn has a Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Services and has completed post-graduate work in leadership development, multi-cultural diversity, mutual gains negotiation and results-based accountability. She is also a qualified trainer and administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

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