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, Senior Economist

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.

Stephanie Shekels, Senior Analyst

Stephanie Shekels analyzes research and collaborates with our Senior Economist to build the evidence base for the impact value map. She also helps clients understand and communicate their impact through the creation of the Impact Overview. She brings experience in sustainable land and food systems, and she received a BA in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ben Paul, VP of Strategic Partnerships

Ben joined the Ecotone team after gaining a decade of sales, operations, marketing and management experience at 2U, a DC-based startup turned public, which works as an online program manager in the edtech industry. With a broad focus on strategy, growth, and business development, Ben is passionate about empowering Ecotone clients and partners with the tools they need to help drive change. Ben lives in Minneapolis (and on Zoom) and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, cooking, and various pursuits of sport. 

Data Visualization Partner: Background Stories

Background Stories data visualization info design

Background 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.