Rich Bruer



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Rich has advised leaders and their organizations across three decades as a consultant, facilitator, and strategist.  He began consulting with Solid Ground in 2013.  Since then he’s led and supported strategic planning, branding, fundraising, executive search, and other initiatives for nonprofit, higher education, and public agency groups across the country.  His clients are commonly found among the environmental conservation, historic preservation, and health care sectors.

Throughout his career and in his work today, Rich has had one consistent mantra:  Communications starts with listening.  He learned this early on as a journalist, and the lesson has stuck with him as a marketer, employer, and now organizational consultant.  Inspiring ideas, breakthroughs, and stories are always available to us – when we take the time to listen.  And when our listening extends to the full diversity of people within our organizations and communities.

Prior to Solid Ground, Rich co-founded and led a successful business marketing agency in Portland, Oregon.  After nearly 14 years as agency principal, he sold his business in 2006 to move his work into supporting organizations committed to social equity and environmental sustainability.  Rich began his career as a news reporter after earning a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.  He’s never lost his love of writing and storytelling.

When not on the clock, Rich may be found stretching his body in yoga and his mind in book club.  Or checking out the many fabulous restaurants and jazz acts around Portland, running the hills in his neighborhood, or bicycling the back roads of Oregon.  And he admits his passion for Oregon Ducks football and Trail Blazers basketball has a way of interfering with his household chores.