Michael Courville is Founder and Principal of Open Mind Consulting.
Michael has worked on social change/social justice issues since 1994. He was a Teach for America corps member in rural North Carolina and has substantive experience with rural development, education, organizational capacity building, mental health, inclusive communities, rural poverty, and food sovereignty movements. He holds degrees from The University of California, Berkeley and The University of Connecticut, with training in nonprofit management, social science research and public policy.
Prior to founding Open Mind, Michael served as Director of Community Programs and Development at California Rural Legal Assistance and National Program Director for The Respect for All Project at Groundspark. He has incubated and led organizational change efforts throughout his career, and continues to guide the leadership of others engaged in similar efforts. He approaches his work with clients as a partnership for growth and transformation. He believes that a combination of research, strategic analysis and reflective leadership can help to advance equality and enhance our capacity to care for others along the way.
Michael has led a number of formal program and learning evaluations for nonprofits and public agencies. His research experience includes: investigations of heat stress among farmworkers; the role of the arts in community change, analyses of leadership practices in nonprofits; studies of community land trusts; and evaluations of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Michael writes and publishes on a range of topics related to social change and organizational development. He is most interested in the relationship between human development and economic equality. Michael is also an Associate Member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.