Who is First Creek?

First Creek Partners is a consulting firm dedicated to working with nonprofits to reach their next level. 

With clear-eyed evaluation of mission and vision, messaging, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, we collaborate with you to define and assure the future for your organization. We can reinvigorate your board and staff, and reconnect with your served community.

Are you ready to leap ahead?

O U R  A P P R O A C H

Painting a Picture of the Future Together

Craig Howard

Principal, First Creek Partners

Craig has worked in and around nonprofit organizations since 1998, when he co-founded the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. He followed Governor Booth Gardner as the board chairman, serving that role from 2007 to 2011. He was also on the founding board of the OceanGate Foundation.


Since 2005 Craig has been an active Trustee on the board of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, the largest private air and space museum in the world with an annual budget of $25 million. He is the immediate past chair of the Nominating and Governance committee.


He is a founding member of the Equinox Collective of Genius, a 501(c)3 in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Originally an organization to provide studio space for all kinds of artists, the Equinox COG is now pursuing opportunities to build work force housing in Georgetown.

Before nonprofit Craig worked in startup companies and in new business development worldwide. His relationship building and mediation skills have guided much of his career work. He believes that communication strategies and skills are key to moving organizations to the next level, and that our differences are what makes our teams strong, by filling in missing pieces.

Pulling in other expertise on an as-needed basis, Craig has access to a cadre of specialists whether it's for survey design, public meetings, focus groups, or campaign logistics.

Craig has attended numerous workshops, the most recent of which was with Teams and Leaders on Emotional Intelligence in the Organization. He is also a certified Leadership Circle trainer.


He attended Chapman University, and has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado. He's an active private pilot, volunteer EMT, and artist working in metals.

First Creek Partners collaborates with your whole team. Whether conducting a straight forward strategic planning session or a weeks- or months-long paradigm shift for your organization, we learn your unique culture. It is only by understanding how you got to where you are that we can work together to get you to where you want to go.

Teams of people have great individual strengths, yet may lack synergy. Often this comes down to individual and team communication habits. We have developed a model unique in the nonprofit realm for making communications work, nipping potential problems in the bud.

Finally, it's important to realize that staff, board, funders, and other stakeholders all see the same objects and objectives from different perspectives. At First Creek we have been staff, board, funders, and other stakeholders. This understanding really helps us to bring perspectives together.