Wellstone, a translation of Bornstein, refers to the boring stones used to dig wells. So often we have to dig deep to find solutions and approaches that will truly make a lasting impact. We believe that to do that, stakeholders need to work together to determine solutions. Here at Wellstone Collaborative Strategies, we support our clients in doing just that.

Jacob Bornstein
Founder and Principal

Jacob Bornstein brings nineteen years of experience in strategic facilitation in Colorado and across the country, specializing in reaching consensus in collaborative initiatives around contentious topics. Bornstein is best known for his work at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. There he spearheaded the development of the scenario planning process that underpins Colorado’s Water Plan and facilitated the final set of consensus actions detailed in the Colorado Water Plan. This was accomplished through a stakeholder process that he managed. This stakeholder process included nearly 400 stakeholders in nine regional water roundtables and one statewide group called the Interbasin Compact Committee. Stakeholders ranged from conservative cattle ranchers to liberal environmentalists. Below are examples of Bornstein’s strategic facilitation projects:

  • Interbasin Compact Committee facilitation and technical support for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

  • Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments strategic plan and retreat facilitation.

  • Social-Emotional Learning Initiative strategic plan and stakeholder group facilitation for Denver Public Schools and the City of Denver.

  • Healthy Schools Collective Impact stakeholder group facilitation.

  • Community Living Quality Improvement Committee group facilitation and strategic roadmap. This stakeholder group seeks to improve the quality of services for people with disabilities and the elderly.


Bornstein was the Director of Consulting for the Spark Policy Institute, where he also managed senior level consultants. Prior to Bornstein’s work for Spark and the State of Colorado, he was the executive director for the Colorado Watershed Network and was the water and land conservation director for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Previously, Jacob was a statistics and scientific methods consultant helping Ph.D. students design their dissertations. He was also a statistician and methods consultant for large companies like General Electric.

Mr. Bornstein has a M.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy and history of science, with a minor in physics. He is also a certified facilitator and Six Sigma Black Belt (a statistical process improvement approach).

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"Jacob is a guy you can trust to get a job done and done right."


Wellstone Collaborative Strategies Operates on a network model, pulling together the right consultants for our projects. Below are some of our  associations and affiliated partners.

The Civic Consulting Collaborative is a consortium of independent Colorado consultants with a shared mission to collectively support clients in making a meaningful impact. Our expertise ranges from the health care system to natural resource management, from early childhood to climate change. We offer facilitation, evaluation, strategic planning, organizational change management, coaching, research, public relations, engagement, and a variety of other services to state and local government, foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises. Jacob is a principal and founding board member of the Civic Consulting Collaborative.

Marisol Rodriguez
Principal Level Affiliate

Marisol Rodriguez is a master facilitator and an expert in organizational development with experience advising the strategic growth of countless organizations throughout the public sector. Marisol specializes in strategic planning, and is inspired by the synergy between strategy and highly effective leaders and teams. Clients count on Marisol’s uncommon ability to help teams comprised of individuals with diverse skills, styles and perspectives come together in alignment around a shared path forward. She is the founder of Insignia Partners, and the founding board chair of the Civic Consulting Collaborative. She spent years in the nonprofit sector, working both inside a national nonprofit and for a national funder. In recent years she is thrilled to have had the City and County of Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Denver City Council amongst her clients. Given her deep experience in the education, non-profit, and public sectors positions Marisol is known to hit the ground running — preparing for the stakeholder dynamics that are unique to these processes, masterfully designing facilitation and engagement approaches, and responding quickly and effectively to questions, concerns, and issues as they arise.

Marisol is a frequent Wellstone partner on projects ranging from Denver's Climate Action to the Colorado General Assembly's Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force. 

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Katherine Archuleta 
Principal Level Affiliate

Katherine Archuleta’s career has been built on her commitment to creating positive and productive environments for hearing the voices of those who are most affected by public policy decisions. From her earliest days in Denver Mayor Federico Peña’s administration to her work for President Obama as the Director of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), she has integrated her values of inclusive leadership in every role. As OPM Director, she directed the federal government’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in collaboration with the White House and all federal departments – working closely with her own staff and other government leaders design steps to build more inclusive and responsive workplace environments. Katherine has taken her extensive experience of working with elected and appointed officials and understanding their particular insights, concerns and needs to design strategies to assist them in their development of informed and inclusive decision-making processes. She looks to finding collaboration, consensus and respectful understanding among the groups she leads and facilitates. Katherine was recently asked to join Braintrust for Representative Democracy, joining other practitioners and experts to bring their experience, insight and understanding to offer institutions – in particular Congress and public institutions – leadership and tools as they work to strengthen their inclusive engagement practices.

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Annie Miller, PhD

Dr. Annie Miller leads Collaborative Management Consulting and is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Washburn University. She is an active board member at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking and an alumna of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program. Formerly, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Denver in the International Disaster Psychology Department and served as Co-Director of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative. Her research and community-based efforts focus on supporting communities to reduce hate, discrimination, bias, and identity-based violence by enhancing protective factors locally and globally. Her scholarship focuses on the effectiveness of networks and collaborations seeking to combat human trafficking, non profit management, and capacity development at the community and network levels to end wicked problems.


Dr. Miller formerly served as the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Miami University Hamilton. While leading the Center, she coauthored the Ohio Civic Health Index which identifies civic and community behaviors and policy changes that might effectively lead to enhanced civic participation. She was at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Human Services Department prior to joining the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at DU. Annie holds a M.S. in Higher Education Administration, a M.A. in Political Science, and a doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. Annie loves to travel abroad, talk in nerdy ways about craft beer, ride bikes, and take her dog, Phyllis, to the mountains.

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Leander Lacy
Principal Level Affiliate

Leander Lacy is the founder and owner of Lacy Consulting Services. Leander is trained traditionally as a wildlife ecologist and received his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Lacy Consulting Services focuses on helping environmental organizations and sustainability-minded business meet their goal of improving human and community wellbeing through conservation action. Lacy Consulting Services uses applied social science and robust relationship building to better understand stakeholders. They have developed an approach for integrating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into conservation planning. Lacy Consulting Services has also created a science-driven workshop focused on identifying multiple strategies to help you build and sustain trust with diverse stakeholders.

Leander is a partner with Jacob on Colorado's Private Lands Conservation Plan through Keep It Colorado.