We are strategic counselors to social innovators. We connect the best advice, guidance, and tools on the planet with the best ideas and efforts to change it.
We have helped design and build organizations, programs, and projects for some of the world's most prominent change agents.
We look forward to doing the same with you.
We love helping smart teams build great things.
Our team has worked in senior leadership at the highest levels of global philanthropy and social innovation. We have built internal capacity across teams working within some of the most impactful organizations in the world.
We have helped design, build, scale, and evaluate innovative programs and partnerships. Along the way, we have worked effectively, efficiently, and collaboratively with dynamic leaders, cross-sector partners, funders, other advisers, implementers, and program teams.
We have developed the keen ability to see what works, what can work better, and what to look for in building great organizations and impactful programs.
We know the importance of preserving vision, growing strong and healthy teams within a culture of innovation and excitement, and always focusing on the opportunity to make a positive impact and ensure measurable results.
We bring both professional and subject matter expertise to each engagement. We also bring infectious enthusiasm and a shared vision for world-changing outcomes to match our own sense of obligation to “do more good, better.”
Our team consists of a team of expert advisers, affiliated specialty services firms, and a global network of firms that support the most innovative nonprofits, operating charities, and social impact initiatives working around the world.
Our work has supported teams working across issue areas including global health, climate change, international development, commercial agriculture, supply chain innovation, childhood obesity, small business mentoring, post-disaster relief, globally-focused conferences, and museum and special event operations.
Scott M. Curran
Social Impact Strategy, Organizational Growth & Program Development
Scott serves as general and strategic counsel to the social sector, helping nonprofits and for-profit social enterprises grow their organizations and programs to scale.
Building on his 10 years of service to the Clinton Foundation, he now counsels leaders of nonprofits, social enterprises, and law firms in developing social impact strategies, growing organizational capacity, and creating projects, programs, and partnerships that achieve measurable results.
Scott founded Beyond Advisers to help social innovators, nonprofits, philanthropists, governments, and private sector leaders design and build their organizations and initiatives for impact. He teaches and lectures on the role of lawyers in social innovation, advises law schools in developing social impact clinical practices, and consults with law firms to develop social impact practice groups. Crain's Chicago Business called the class he teaches one of "the coolest classes for law students."
Prior to starting Beyond Advisers, Scott served as General Counsel for the Clinton Foundation. During a decade of service to the Clinton Foundation, Scott established, grew, and led the legal team that supported a global operating charity with over 2,000 staff and volunteers working in 36 countries on more than a dozen initiatives. Scott led the team of in-house professionals and outside firms that created the organizational and operational structures that supported the Clinton Foundation's board, enterprise systems, and program teams during their most intense period of growth.
In supporting the program work of the Clinton Foundation's initiatives, Scott counseled dynamic leaders and teams in developing partnerships designed to spur social and economic change around the world. These partnerships spanned the areas of global health, climate change, international development, commercial agriculture, supply chain innovation, childhood obesity, small business mentoring, post-disaster relief, globally-focused conferences, and museum and special event operations.
As a corporate attorney prior to his time with the Clinton Foundation, and as a graduate of the first program in the U.S. to offer a master’s degree in public service, Scott has advised new endeavors and established enterprises working to change the world. From programs working with sweet potato growers in the Mississippi Delta and cashew farmers in India to private sector startups and nonprofit spinoffs, Scott’s work has equipped him with deep knowledge of legal, program, and organizational operations.
With his background in public service, law, and communications, Scott is motivated by the possibility and promise that bold ideas can be transformed into action to change lives and communities in new, specific, and measurable ways. He spends some of the best parts of his days being inspired by his wife, two kids, and rescue dogs, including Miss Tommie, who is blind, deaf, and awesome!
Social Impact Measurement, Innovation & Investment
Scott Taitel is an expert in designing innovative financial structures to achieve social impact as well the performance evaluation of social enterprises with a focus on the correlation of financial and social returns.
As Clinical Professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Scott heads the school’s specialization in Social Impact, Innovation & Investment and directs its Financial Initiative on Social Impact. Scott teaches graduate courses in Social Impact Investment, Managing Financial & Social Returns of the Social Enterprise, Corporate Finance and Public Policy and Financial Management of the Global Nonprofit.
As the former Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Scott has developed, financed and monitored social impact projects throughout the developing world, created and implemented Impact Investment Funds and designed the operational and financing structure of social enterprises in numerous sectors including agriculture, last mile distribution and training and education.
Scott has also been Managing Partner of a venture capital firm, and CFO, COO and Treasury Manager for both private and public multinational companies. Scott began his early career as an urban Economic Development planner responsible for public private partnership development and the formation of a Community Development Credit Union.
Scott holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA in Policy Studies from Syracuse University.
Brand Experience, Digital Infrastructure & Experience Design
For two decades, Jim has led and defined the experience design field with a focus on user-centered design methodologies and the innovative insights and direction these processes reveal. Jim advises Beyond clients on the development of industry-changing brands from naming to positioning to messaging frameworks.
Concurrently, he is the founding partner in the ADMCi Foundation, which focuses on applying the principles of master-craftsmanship in a modern world. Starting with the simple question, “What am I built for?” Jim and the ADMCi work with people driven to craft both internal and external experiences for a more rewarding life’s journey. Their work transforms business performance and the people contributing to its success.
Formerly, Jim was the founding partner of one of the most successful privately owned agencies in the country. Jim led a new era of brand experience and engagement. He drove his company's strategy for solving sophisticated business problems with innovative experience design solutions. His teams innovated customer experience journeys, platform integration strategies, and content strategies spanning social media, marketing communications, and software platforms.
Jim’s early career focused on professional services, providing documentation and training for the largest privately held consulting company in the Midwest, Whittman-Hart. There, he pioneered experience design integration with back-end systems development, built some of the first interactive design teams, and created user-centered design processes that have become a standard in the industry.
Program Design & Management, Development Strategy, and Impact Assessment
Joe Ballard works with philanthropic leaders, family offices, and Fortune 500s at the nexus of public, private, and non-governmental sectors to achieve measurable impact in their work to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
Joe helps Beyond clients in four primary areas:
- Program Design & Management;
- Landscape Mapping and Strategic Planning;
- Impact Assessment & Storytelling; and
- Development & Fundraising Strategy.
Joe helps clients identify their unique competitive advantage, articulate new, specific, and actionable goals, and operationalize their core values in real ways.
For more than 15 years, Joe has supported diverse teams working across complex environments on a range of critical issue areas. He is an expert in strategic program design, project management, data analysis, partnership development, and network mapping.
Prior to joining Beyond, Joe led the monitoring and evaluation team at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he was responsible for data, impact assessment, and related analytics. In this role, Joe led partnerships with Palantir Technologies, IBM, and other leading technology companies to develop intelligence utilized by CGI and its member organizations in improving their social impact work. Prior to that, Joe managed the Global Energy and domestic Rural Economic Development portfolios working with groups including Coca-Cola, NRG Energy, the US Department of State, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the United Nations Foundation, and Lockheed Martin.
Joe received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Creighton University and a Master of Public Service degree from the University of Arkansas. Joe completed three terms of national service with AmeriCorps and served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as an instructor and Director of International Projects and Partnerships.