CCA Principals


elaine kuttner

For over 25 years Elaine Kuttner, Principal of CCA, has consulted with the leadership of colleges and universities and their related research organizations, health related not for profit organizations, foundations and professional societies, public health and human services organizations and the arts. Her work is primarily focused on strategic planning, governance assessment and design, and one-on-one support for individuals in leadership positions. Elaine completed both her undergraduate studies and graduate work in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan. Early in her professional career she became interested in strategic planning as a mechanism for changing and strengthening organizations. That interest ultimately led to the founding of Cambridge Concord Associates.

Working closely with the leadership of her client organizations, including board members, administrators and senior staffs, faculty members, and others, she helps them shape essential questions, address challenges, and plan for the future. She has a strong background in governance assessment and helps her clients rethink aspects of their own governance systems in order to more effectively carry out their missions. Elaine has significant experience working within complex systems and with multiple institutions as they plan together. She presents on topics related to both planning and governance. Elaine also has a strong leadership consulting practice, providing personal support and counsel to not-for-profit and higher education leaders.


Ralph works with leaders across a broad spectrum of purpose-driven organizations and associations. He has created and directed organizational planning, as well as implemented strategic plans at the Board and Executive levels within Philanthropic, Public Health, Education enterprises, and for Public/Private partnerships. 

As the former chief executive with several foundations, Ralph has a record of responsible stewardship and a history of earned trust through his unique capacity to appreciate individual, organizational, and societal needs within a results-oriented lens.  His Board role with many nonprofit organizations continues to provide Ralph with a deep appreciation for the requirements of governance, strategic planning, policy development, the regulatory environment, and the core practices of effective resources allocation. His facilitation and planning with groups of all sizes has produced lasting results across a wide range of stakeholders.

Most recently, Ralph completed 10 years as President of the DentaQuest Foundation. He continues to guide the transformation of philanthropy and innovation through the integration of longstanding enterprise functions and components for greater impact and Mission fulfillment. He is a member of the Santa Fe Group, the Northeast Regional Health Equity Council, and the Editorial Board of Preventing Chronic Disease, an online journal of the CDC. He is the current Vice Chair of the Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the US National Oral Health Alliance.   He is a recent past Director of the Texas Health Institute.

Ralph is a frequent speaker and invited subject matter expert on prevention and disease management, social impact, inter-disciplinary collaborations, and health equity.  He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his commitment to community service and the advancement of various health issues and social causes.


Jane, Principal of CCA, has helped the leadership of associations, professional societies, foundations, educational institutions, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations to take a strategic approach to addressing issues for more than 25 years. Jane’s consulting experience includes seven years with the firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she was Director of Association Consulting Services, as well as many years as an independent consultant. Prior to her consulting career, she was Director of Operations for Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that supports worldwide field research. Jane holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where her studies focused on organization and human resource management for the nonprofit sector. She also holds a BA in French and Spanish from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Associates & Partners

lillie RIS

Drawing on a decade of experience and graduate-level training in program evaluation, Lillie specializes in working with organizations to measure outcomes and assess their impact. Lillie brings an evaluation lens to planning activities, working with large, complex organizations to build the measurement of results and systematic learning into strategic planning processes. Through this process, she supports clients in creating plans that are structured in a manner that enables the assessment of impact over time.

Working in partnership with both implementers and funders, Lillie draws on internally- and externally-generated information to analyze complex problems and the ways that organizations address them. Through this process, she maps the ways project resources contribute to meaningful changes on the ground, enabling strategic project planning and targeted, useful inquiry into effectiveness and impact. Lillie has conducted evaluations for a range of interventions, ranging from large-scale United Nations development programming to short-term specialized media campaigns.  

A member of the American Evaluation Association and several virtual communities of practice, Lillie holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on Non-Profit Management and Human Security, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Duke University. Lillie was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006. 


Paul Kuttner is a Senior Associate at CCA. During his ten years with the practice, he has developed strategic plans for a wide array of colleges, universities, associations, research organizations, and nonprofits. Clients have included Oberlin College, the University of Maine System, the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and Community Catalyst. Paul has a background in nonprofit leadership and administration. He is also a writer and researcher: co-editor of the volume Disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline (Harvard Educational Review) and a co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford University Press). Paul's research and writing have appeared in popular and academic outlets including Harvard Educational Review, AERA Open, and Curriculum Inquiry. He holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Scott Hunt has had a strong relationship with CCA for many years, first as a client and then as a Senior Consultant. He has been a senior executive and CEO for several major not for profit organizations, most recently the Endocrine Society. Under his leadership the Endocrine Society grew to be one of the top 50 Associations in the Washington DC area. His change initiatives have met market threats and new opportunities in each setting, and have resulted in solid, profitable operations enhancing the organizations’ primary purposes. He has been a strategic planning consultant to several major medical organizations and is an expert on the interface of ambitious mission and practical implementation. His groups have experienced dramatic growth in scope and physical size and have embraced an opportunistic model that is realistic and sustainable. Scott has a strong expertise in building effective staffs and staff models that have pragmatic synergy and function very well. Scott has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and resides in Washington DC.


Beth LaDow has written and consulted for an array of clients including nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and consulting firms.  For the past ten years, she has worked across Harvard University for presidents and deans, including on major speeches for audiences in Beijing, Mumbai, Dublin, South Korea and South Africa, and on strategic presentations, plans and initiatives with the Development Office, the Offices of the President and Provost and the International Strategy Working Group, including the Common Spaces Committee report with the Director of University Planning and the Financial Aid Initiative presented to the Board of Overseers.  Other groups she has worked with include Arthur D. Little, The Massachusetts Historical Society, Winchester A Better Chance and Teachers As Scholars.  A published historian, Beth previously has been a magazine editor and taught history at Brandeis University and writing at Harvard. Her radio commentaries aired on WBUR in Boston.  She holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis, an M.A. in History from Harvard and a B.A. From Colorado College.