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).

Jacob Bornstein
"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 Athena Group is a national consortium of independent consultants that work together on projects to support clients in accomplishing their goals and making extraordinary impacts through evolutionary

leadership, powerful conversations, and culture and systems transformations.

The Civic Consulting Network 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 with the Civic Consulting Network

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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.

Jon Lange, PhD

Jon Lange has provided high-stakes mediation and facilitation, communication and conflict training, strategic planning, coaching, and organizational development services to individuals, groups, and organizations for over three decades.

Jon has assisted leadership teams with strategic planning, goal-setting, and visioning, in addition to providing management consulting and coaching to middle- and top-level managers and CEOs. He brings a breadth of experience, a wise presence, the perfect tools, and proven processes to enhance individual, group, and organizational functioning.

Jon is past president and chair of the Board of Directors of Resolve: Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice and the Principal of Jon Lange Consulting. On the roster of the United States Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution, Jon has facilitated federal environmental policy efforts and mediated national natural resource disputes. He was also selected for membership on the Oregon Solutions roster and has been an active participant on the Oregon Consensus Applied Practitioner Team. Jon was previously a board member of the California Center for the Resolution of Environmental Disputes as well as the Advisory Council of the Southern Oregon Small Diameter Timber Collaborative, which he co-facilitated for 18 months.

Jon holds a PhD in communication from the University of Washington, and was a professor at Southern Oregon University. After 30 years of teaching courses in communication, dispute resolution, leadership, and organizational communication, Jon was named professor emeritus. Jon has trained and certified hundreds of mediators. He is the author of more than 30 academic and refereed articles on conflict management and organizational behavior.