About Us

Our Mission

Ecotone’s mission is to help clients scale their social and environmental impact by communicating impact value to stakeholders and investors.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where organizations using evidence-based interventions can accurately account for the social and environmental benefit they’re creating, and communicate that value to investors, donors, and the public.

A new era of impact investing has the potential to fundamentally change how capital is mobilized to solve social and environmental challenges. A key element in this emerging ecosystem is the accurate and timely accounting of impact created by investments in social and environmental impact organizations. We bridge the gap between impact investors and proven social interventions. We also help donors, investors, and community partners identify the organizations that use proven, evidence-based approaches to social issues and barriers.

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Why Ecotone?

“Their command of capital markets is remarkable, as are their innovative valuation tools and techniques. But it’s the firm’s authenticity — a quality that simply can’t be manufactured — that really sets them apart.”

— Emily Hunt Turner, founder of Ecotone client All Square

Leaders in Impact Accounting: We’re the only Minnesota-based firm that offers evidence-based valuation of impact. We follow the current trends and best practices in this field to ensure we’re providing you with the state-of-the-art valuation techniques and tools.

Impact Scholars: Our team is constantly researching, developing, and engaging in the philosophical evolution of utilizing capital to achieve substantial, sustainable social change.

Fresh Perspective: We provide our clients with new and groundbreaking ways to prove and communicate their impact to stakeholders and funders, and tailor our services to fit your impact.

Systems Approach: We look at the system holistically to find the most efficient way to create the outcome we’re looking for.

Passionate, Inquisitive Team: Our team is passionate about making change in the world and scaling impact, and we love being part of our clients’ important work.

Proof in the Pudding: We live our values as a General Benefit Corporation in the State of Minnesota.

Our Team

Ecotone is a creation of the community we work within. The strategic partners, relationships, mentors, and friends who have influenced and guided our work feel as much a part of the team as any one of us individually. We are grateful for Impact Hub MSP for being a foundational figure of social innovation and an extension of our team.

Tim Roman, Co-Founder & CEOtim@ecotone-partners.com

Tim has an MBA from Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, where he studied integrative leadership and stakeholder collaboration for social and environmental impact. He has consulting experience in business modeling, organizational design, and process improvement for social enterprise, as well as 12 years’ experience in IT, from coding to department management.

Ted Carling, Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officerted@ecotone-partners.com

Ted spent 12 years in the hospitality industry, where he implemented operating procedures at his company that helped yearly revenue grow from $350,000 to $3 million over 5 years. He brings expertise in data analytics, systems thinking, and strategy design to Ecotone’s work to measure impact and social return on investment.

Will Nielsen Ecotone Analytics

Will Nielsen, Data Resource Analyst

Will brings 5+ years experience in impact-oriented consulting work from the World Bank, to a Latin American think tank, to a social enterprise in Pakistan, among other projects. In each case he has worked to support various stakeholders understand and maximize their positive impact. Will received an MPA from Cornell University, graduating as an Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow, and received his BS from the University of Minnesota in applied economics.

Colleen Powers

Colleen Powers, Content Strategist

Colleen is a writer and editor with experience in copywriting, journalism, and strategic content planning. Previously, she has been a marketing agency copywriter and strategist, and has managed social media and written stories about artists in community for the nonprofit Springboard for the Arts. She earned a degree in journalism and film studies from the University of Minnesota.

Data Visualization Partner: Background Stories

Background Stories data visualization info designBackground Stories is a design consultancy that uses visuals to communicate complex information on social and environmental issues — particularly for non-expert audiences. They create infographics, data visualizations, online interactive experiences, and more. Arlene Birt, founder and visual storyteller at Background Stories is also a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, teaching courses on infodesign and sustainability since 2008.