Carrie Ferrence

Systems Thinking & Change Management

Carrie bringsmore thantwenty yearsexperience working with small businesses and nonprofits to promote resilient and thriving communities. As principal at The Big Lil she operationalizeslongterm strategies, business models, and marketing/communication efforts to grow the impact and reach of small businesses. Most recently, she was Executive Director at City Fruit and cofounder and CEO at StockboxNeighborhood Grocery, wheresheworked to improve access to good and fresh food inside of Seattle’s urban core. Previously, Carrie had more than a decade of experience in directing planning, marketing, and operations for nonprofits, public organizations, and retail businesses including Second Use Building Materials, Seattle Public Schools, NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala) and more. She has also managed multisector planning projects in her work as the cofounder of a Seattle nonprofit, which helped secure and develop a local park and community center.Carrie was a Kiva Fellow in Tajikistan and an Echoing Green Fellowin social enterprise. She earned a double B.A. in International Relations and Latin America Area Studies from America University and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now PresidioGraduate School).

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