The Room40 Group is led by Ben Mahnke, an experienced nonprofit executive, strategy consultant and board member.  The Room40 Group takes its inspiration from a real place created during World War I to understand and break codes.

 

Like its namesake, Room40 is a place where smart people come together to collaborate and work hard at analyzing data, uncovering meaning, and progressing toward a greater good.

Ben Mahnke

Ben is CEO of the Room40 Group. At Room40 Group, Ben has worked with nonprofit organizations in fields including education, youth services, civic society, and family services. Prior to co-founding Room40, Ben served as Executive Director and Operations and Finance officer for several large nonprofits, most recently Facing History and Ourselves and Jumpstart for Young Children. In addition to his senior management experience, Ben has provided strategic and management consulting services to dozens of nonprofit and foundation clients at The Bridgespan Group, a consultancy associated with Bain and Company. Ben holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his family live in Boston where he has served on the boards of several organizations.

 

The Room40 Group benefits from guidance from Principals with extensive experience with nonprofits.

Anna Fincke

Anna joined Room40 as a Partner in May 2016 and currently serves as a Principal. As a Principal, Anna makes particular contributions to creating a culture and building a team that both generates analytic insights new to the nonprofit sector and also implements client engagements with excellence. Prior to Room40, Anna was Vice President of Work Exchange Programs at CIEE, a nonprofit in Portland, Maine.  In this capacity, she was responsible for bringing 30,000 young people to the U.S. each year for cultural exchange programs in a highly regulated and quickly changing environment. In addition to her senior management experience, Anna spent a few years providing guidance to nonprofits as a Consultant with The Bridgespan Group, a consultancy associated with Bain and Company.  What seems like a lifetime ago, Anna started her career supporting senior leadership in a number of entrepreneurial, high-growth organizations, spanning industries from food to construction.  Anna holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  Anna and her husband live in Portland, Maine with their two children.

George Chu

George joined Room40 as a Partner in October 2014 and currently serves as a Principal. As a Principal, George makes particular contributions to designing and improving market and peer analysis that helps the leaders of nonprofit organizations make better decisions, faster. Previously, George served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Analytical Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for Citizen Schools, a nonprofit focused on improving schools. He was also a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm, and Arthur D. Little, a global strategy and operations management consulting firm. George started his career as a manufacturing engineer for Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a two time collegiate All-American wrestler, and is named an inventor on U.S. patent 5,746,741. He is currently seeking hobbies more befitting his physical and intellectual condition. George resides in Dedham, MA with his wife and two children.

Room40 is a consulting and advisory group that works with the leadership of nonprofits to improve, grow, and change their organizations.

What Makes Us Different

Consultants and executives.

We know you have limited executive bandwidth to balance the demands of day-to-day operations, deal with the crisis of the moment, and plan for the future. Room40 has experience finding the answers as consultants, and in making it happen as executives. These are complementary, but different, skillsets.

We can help cut through complexity, identify your most important decisions, and find a better way forward.

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Decisions, not just data.

There are plenty of data available to you. Success is rarely about gathering more. Good decisions result from developing a strong hypothesis, then identifying and analyzing the right data. We help you do so within your time and resource constraints. Sometimes a good decision today is better than a great decision 6 months from now.

We seek and use the right data to help you find the best path forward.

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Knowhow and expertise in executing strategy.

Room40 helps answer the questions that every successful nonprofit faces at some point: Now that we have the right strategy in place, what comes next? We’ve been there as nonprofit executives, board members, and consultants, and can help you make rapid progress on both the strategic and the tactical.

We have the experience and practical knowhow to help you execute strategy, efficiently and with limited resources.

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Pattern recognition. Peer learning.

Your organization and mission are unique. But the management challenges you face have almost certainly been tackled successfully by others. There’s no need—and no time—to reinvent the wheel. We draw on learning from across sectors get to the right answer for you.

We free your time for other important things.

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What We Promise

Committed to your success.

Identifying the best and smartest solutions only gets you part of the way to success. Implementing change can be difficult. We approach the challenging decisions required to implement something new with experience and empathy.

We work hard to be good listeners and clear communicators, making difficult decisions easier.

Positive return on investment.

The work we do creates positive financial return—from increased revenue to reduced costs to more efficient use of staff time.

If change and growth doesn’t make your organization better off, why do it?

Humor and humility.

Life’s too short not to have fun. Work is always better when you approach it with a sense of humor. We add a little levity (when appropriate) to every interaction. We know what we know, but are also well aware of our imperfections and flaws.*

*We thank our spouses and children for pointing those out daily. Clients also contribute to this awareness.