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Maria Badali is an accomplished management consultant with nearly two decades of experience across sectors, industries, and geographies. As the Principal and Lead Consultant at Arkle Consulting Group, she specializes in change management, strategic planning and organizational, team & leadership effectiveness. She works with organizations from the nonprofit, private and public sectors to identify and address their most critical challenges to best position them for successful and sustainable futures.


Maria's multidisciplinary and multicultural skills provide her with a unique perspective when developing strategies for individual and organizational success. She can effectively integrate business, operational and human dynamics in working towards desired outcomes.  She is appreciated for her technical skills as well as her ability to connect with diverse audiences with authenticity and heart.


Maria created numerous strategic plans for mission-driven clients; designed and led signature training and development programs to build skills and capacity for client organizations; partnered with Fortune 500 clients to design and implement Diversity & Inclusion strategies and supporting organizational systems and structures; and advised leaders on deploying and managing significant organizational changes.


As a facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Maria has consulted to a wide range of organizations, including ASPCA, Columbia University School of Public Health, Covenant House International, Credit Suisse, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Park Service, Novartis, NYC Administration for Children Services, Pfizer, Policy Committee on NYC Hunger Resources, Settlement Health, and Roche.


Maria serves on the Board of the Association of Nonprofit Specialists and the Board of Trustees of the Elysian Charter School. Maria's passion for consulting and commitment to continuously enhancing the field led to the development of The Nonprofit Consultants Institute under the umbrella of the Association of Nonprofit Specialists. The Institute is now the Association’s signature annual program.


Maria holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a Master’s degree in Linguistics and Pedagogic from the University of Petrozavodsk, Russia. 

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