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. We believe 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 this historical gap between impact investors and proven social interventions. Likewise, we help donors, investors, and community partners identify the organizations that utilize proven, evidence-based methods of mitigating social issues.

Our Team: Ecotone is, without a doubt, 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. The genesis, evolution, and cultivation of ideas have, like a child, “taken a village”. We are immensely grateful for Impact Hub MSP for being such a foundational figure of social innovation, and consider the staff and members as a core part 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.