About Resilience Collaborative

More than ever, the skills, knowledge, and conditions for resilience need to be strengthened. This requires new ways of thinking, planning, and acting that build on existing community, business, and organizational strengths and assets, motivate cross sector collaboration, and inspire democratic leadership. Reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities and increasing social equity is a critical part of this work. 

Resilience Collaborative partners with institutions and individuals with wide ranging skills in resilience to apply the latest resilience research for our clients. We have deep expertise in policy development, executive advising, international development, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational development, and working with diverse communities to foster positive change.​​​


Tye Ferrell's life work has focused on empowering diverse individuals and communities to create a more sustainable and resilient future. With the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), he designed and implemented complex international development projects to strengthen governance, democracy, and health systems; build peace; and increase community resilience. He has worked in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and most recently Tanzania. In the U.S., he developed and oversaw implementation of sustainability policies and programs as a Seattle City Council Legislative Aide. He also worked for the Mayor of Seattle, King County, and PCC Natural Markets. Tye was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

Phyllis Shulman: Phyllis has worked in community organizing, organizational and leadership development, project development and conflict resolution in the nonprofit, business, government and education sectors. She has extensive experience initiating, developing, leading, and implementing innovative policies, programs, and projects and has been a regional and national thought leader on issues including sustainability, climate change and adaptation, emergency preparedness and response, economic development, food systems, and transportation. She thrives on applying systems approaches to complex issues. In her role as a Senior Advisor for a Seattle City Councilmember she developed major new initiatives including a Resilient City Strategy and the Local Food Action Initiative.

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