My goal is to help public and nonprofit organizations, leaders and community groups effect positive change in the systems or agencies that serve the community, with a special emphasis on those that serve children, youth and their families.

  1. Is it a good match? The first step is a determination (by phone) about whether MB+A can add value to you achieving your goals. A good match is essential. If this is not a good match, I will help you make one.
  2. What do you need? The next step always entails a preliminary assessment of your needs – something that can be done by all or any of the following: a series of phone calls or meetings involving probing questions; reviews of relevant documents and data; and interviews with key stakeholders. It can take hours, a day or a week. As a social worker, I know needs and aspirations are defined by the client. Together, we will figure out how MB+A can help you the most.
  3. Talking and thinking to make important decisions: Whether through a speaking engagement, a workshop, a consultation process or the facilitation of a planning session, it’s all about finding the right way to think through issues, talk to and with the right people, and be inspired to develop creative solutions and actions.
  4. Follow-up: We all know that the struggle to do better is never over. A part of every interaction will be a documentation of the work completed and conclusions drawn, and, most important, recommendations for future steps.

Cost – sliding scale


“Margaret Brodkin runs meetings I look forward to attending. No one has the skills she has to convene all the right people at the table resulting in a deepening of working relationships and strengthening outcomes. Every meeting is jam-packed with information sharing, building bridges and clear next steps. She does it all with energy, passion, extraordinary knowledge about the care of our children, families and neighborhoods, and a great sense of humor.”

– Judy Nemzoff
Director of Community Arts and Education, San Francisco Arts Commission
Member, Community School Council, San Francisco


“Margaret Brodkin has brought extraordinary vision, heart, and commitment to her work on behalf of young people.”

– Sylvia Yee, Vice President of Programs, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund