Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet VI

Spring-Summer 2022
Project Location
Palo Alto, CA
Project Type
Fast track
Project Focus
Executive Coaching,
Organizational Development
Organization Type


Acterra’s mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. The organization’s current focus is on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. Its science-based approach instills hope while building community, with educational programs – across beneficial electrification, climate-friendly food, and community resilience – to build collective action in fighting climate change.


What is the best organizational design for Acterra during a time of rapid growth?


A 50-year-old organization, Acterra has grown dramatically in the past three years, expanding out from its base on the Peninsula to the East Bay and now to San Francisco and the North Bay. This growth has exceeded expectations, and the organization believes that now is the time to make decisions about how to best design Acterra’s internal organization to match its growth.

Project Overview

Acterra has a unique work culture, with highly effective and dedicated staff, an open and communicative design structure, and a flat model that works well…for now. The organization, currently headed by a first-time Executive Director, seeks ACT’s guidance in thinking through the best organizational design to help it thrive for the next 50 years. The project will include analysis of and recommendations on structure/reporting relationships, team engagement, remote staff, training, culture, professional development, and board composition/engagement.


This is a Fast Track project:

  • Scope: Focused, specific organizational issue
  • Team Size: 3-4 consultants
  • Project Duration: 3 months
  • Estimated Time Contribution: 25-30 hrs total (per consultant)

Read more about the Fast Track Project Consultant role.