who we are
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Corrie is the founder of Uncommon. Equally at home working with C-level executives, award-winning creative teams, world leaders, and community organizers, she brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, with expertise in strategy development, program design and management, and facilitation.
Prior to starting Uncommon, Corrie served as the innovation lead for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Communications team. There, she led the development of the foundation’s digital channels, designed public engagement programs with partners including TED, Sundance, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and launched the team’s venture fund for early-stage innovations in communications.
Lisa Howe Verhovek
Lisa Howe Verhovek is a community connector, bringing people together to create a shared vision and a roadmap to realizing it. From 2007 - 2012, she served as the community relations manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lisa led the foundation’s civic efforts during the development of its new world headquarters and created the foundation’s first formal civic engagement program. Prior to this she was director of communications at Philanthropy Northwest, a professional organization for corporate social responsibility and philanthropic efforts in the six-state Northwest region.
Lisa serves as Senior Advisor with Uncommon. She combines her experience leading a pioneering global health organization with her journalism background to help improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Her specialty is coalition creation: guiding disparate stakeholders to align their expertise and skills toward more successful outcomes. She is a creative project manager, executive coach, and expert in strengthening board governance.
Lisa founded the Washington Global Health Alliance in 2007, the world's first regionally-focused global health alliance. She served as Executive Director for 10 years. Prior to WGHA, she spent 25 years as a manager and producer in broadcast news. She is active on several boards and advisory committees.
Galen has 14 years of project management experience in diverse industries and has a natural aptitude for managing details and keeping projects on track. She enjoys improving processes and program-wide communication as well as cultivating positive client relationships. She loves spending time outdoors with her friends and family, traveling, reading, and exploring all of the great things the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
With over 5 years in promotional roles for local businesses, Nick has developed a passion for event planning and networking. As a former Program Director of a commercial radio station, he has extensive experience in team coordination and brand management.
Always competitive, Nick loves to play wheelchair basketball whenever possible. After years of playing college basketball for the University of Illinois, he continues to play for a local team based in Seattle. Looking forward, Nick wants to work as an advocate for people with disabilities.