FOUNDER & CEO
Corrie is systems thinker with a passion for helping leaders and their teams wrestle down big, world-changing ideas and turn them into action. Equally at home working with C-level executives, award-winning creative teams, world leaders, and community organizers, Corrie brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, program design and management, and facilitation to her work at the firm.
Since founding Uncommon in 2012, Corrie has advised the United Nations Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Grist, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Washington Global Health Alliance, PATH, Malaria No More, and others on new strategies, projects, and programs.
Prior to founding the firm, she spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where 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. Before joining Gates, Corrie developed and launched new programs for Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and start-ups alike.
Beyond her work at Uncommon, Corrie is committed to advocating for equity and inclusion for people with disabilities. She currently serves as Vice President of the board of Seattle Adaptive sports, where her teenage son Jack plays wheelchair basketball for the nationally ranked Seattle Jr. Sonics varsity team.
When not at work, Corrie spends her time binge-listening to podcasts, reading fiction, walking her favorite path in the woods near her home with her husband Terence, a filmmaker, or shooting hoops with their boy.
The Real Corrie
Hidden talent: I toss a mean pizza.
Easily swayed by: Opportunities to fix what’s not working or create something new (and: fancy salads.)
Favorite guilty pleasure: Bad TV.
Travel essential: Starbucks Via coffee packets. Little zip-up bags for random item sorting (extra pens in one, power cords in another, etc.)
Life motto or quote that really resonates with you: Try again, fail again, fail better. - Samuel Beckett
Beach, mountain, or city? Beach (saltwater, please!)