Who is First Creek?

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

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

Are you ready to leap ahead?

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Past Clients

Here are a some of the organizations we've worked with in the past few years

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, and served for a year as interim Vice President of Development in 2009 during the great recession. He also served for five years as the Chair of the board's Development committee.


Craig is currently the founding Chair of the Georgetown Community Development Authority, which now has assets, cash, and commitments of $50 mil to build workforce housing and artisan workspace in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. This will become the long needed living and working anchor for arts and artists in Seattle.

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 each 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 Advanced EMT, and artist working in metals.

Washington State Academy of Sciences

Pybus Market Foundation

The Museum of Flight

Methow Conservancy

Sustainable NCW

Pioneer Industries

NOAA Marine Sanctuaries

United Artists of Georgetown

Disaster Leadership Team
Confluence Gallery and Art Center
Methow Valley Citizens Council


Aero Methow Rescue Service

C6F2F: Carbon Sequestration Solutions
Methow Recycles
Evergreen Hospital Foundation

Swedish Hospital
Okanogan County Long Term Recovery

Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation
Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center
Methow Valley Community Center
Collective of Genius: Equinox Studios

One X One: Fight Fistula
Busting Out (documentary)

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation
OceanGate Foundation
University of Rhode Island