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WHO WE ARE

 

JQ Strategy Consulting is a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm works with social sector leaders and mission-driven partners to accelerate impact through strategic management, planning, and partnerships. We partner with operating nonprofits, charitable foundations, family offices, and other social-sector leaders to help partners accelerate their growth, expand programs, and achieve greater impact.

JQ Strategy Consulting brings significant social sector expertise to support a diverse range of clients. This includes clients that impact social chanage through public policies and advocacy, direct programs, professional services, grantmaking, and strategic partnerships.

 

We partner with clients to achieve greater social impact through better business.

Our Vision

We envision a social sector where nonprofits and other social-impact organizations realize their full potential and accelerate social changes that benefit underserved communities.

Our Mission

 

JQ Strategy Consulting helps mission-driven organizations launch new initiatives,  expand programs that work, and invest in promising solutions to scale social impact.

Our Values

Equity

Our team is committed to equity and justice in our firm and with clients. This means that our firm works actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We strive to apply these beliefs through practices that create an equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race/ethnicity, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, and other identity-based attributes.

We work with clients across a wide range of topics and issues. However, we will prioritize opportunities to partner that address systemic inequities and improve life outcomes for those who are furthest from opportunity in society.

Curiosity

We approach our work with zest and humility. Admittedly, our firm will not have all the answers, but we are eager to learn from different perspectives that can inform our own knowledge and understanding. We work with clients to discover opportunities as they appear and, when necessary, embrace unconventional positions.

As a curious partner, we will work with you to interrogate assumptions in the work and explore solutions that align with your needs. We will listen closely, respond honestly, and learn together. 

Problem Identification

As diagnosticians, we work with clients to answer two interrelated questions. First, what problems must your organization address? Second, what promising opportunities should you pursue?

Resource constraints dictate that the most critical problems receive the greatest priority. These are the problems that make a material difference to an organization's performance and competitive position. As your partner, we will be keen listeners with an ability to piece together puzzles from seemingly disconnected details. We encourage clients to identify a core business problem apart from its symptoms.

Double Bottom Line

Financial profit is the bottom line for any business. This motivation notwithstanding, we are committed to a business strategy that marries profit with social impact to make the world a better place. This means that we consider both the financial and social aspects of our business practices.

We apply these beliefs with our clients as well. Although nonprofits do not pursue a financial bottom line or returns on investment in the same manner as for-profit businesses, we believe that nonprofits cannot fulfill their full potential for impact and sustain good work without strong business strategies, structures, and operations. 

Our Team

JASON P. QUIARA |  Managing Principal

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ABOUT JASON QUIARA

Jason is Managing Principal at JQ Strategy Consulting and brings 18 years of experience in the social sector as a policy advocate, consultant, and grantmaker. His areas of expertise include philanthropy, business strategy, non-profit management, public policy, and strategic partnerships.

From 2020-23, Jason served as Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at ConnectED: The National Center for College & Career. For ConnectED, Jason oversaw all of the activities to scale the impact of the organization – including strategic planning, client acquisition, and business development.

Previously, Jason served as Senior Program Officer at The Joyce Foundation in its Education & Economic Mobility Program. At Joyce, he managed a national portfolio and invested over $40 million to help schools, colleges and universities, and business leaders to improve postsecondary education outcomes for young people in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and nationally. Prior to Joyce, Jason held leadership positions at Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the New England Board of Higher Education.

Jason holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he was awarded the merit-based Neubauer Civic Scholarship. He also holds a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

 

Jason serves on several nonprofit boards and currently resides in Chicago.

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