Testimonials

“Ed helped us deepen our impact in Oklahoma.  He was able to see the big picture of what we could achieve and find creative solutions for realizing that vision.  Through Ed’s help we were able to dramatically increase our service capacity and establish new state partnerships that provide a stable foundation for CEO’s future.  It was Ed clear and genuine commitment to our mission that always came through when working with him.  He is the rare partner who brings a passion and commitment to the purpose of our work along with an understanding of how to achieve our goals.  I would highly recommend him to any mission-driven organization.” –Bill Heiser, Senior Director of State Policy, Center for Employment Opportunities

“Ed brought our Board of Directors further along in our strategic thinking than we ever thought we could get in a short period of time. Especially helpful were the listening sessions he convened and facilitated with our membership. Those results provided insight, inspiration and clear paths of action for the future growth and success of our Association. I look forward to working with Ed again.” —Desiree Doherty, Past Executive Director, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa & Board Member, Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health

“In my two decades of work with kids and families I have come across very few advocates that truly understand the path toward creative solutions we must embrace in Oklahoma. Ed Long is most certainly one of those professionals. His thoughtful approach is matched by tenacity and the skill to develop relationships with all players needed to implement change.” —AJ Griffin, Former Oklahoma State Senator & Director of External Affairs, Paycom

“The Arnall Family Foundation had the privilege of partnering with Ed and Cross Sector Innovations in developing the state’s second Pay for Success contract. Ed was not only knowledgeable and professional, but he was also incredibly detail oriented and persistent in finalizing the deal. He is a passionate advocate for social good, and I would recommend him without hesitation.” —Lindsay Laird, Arnall Family Foundation

“Ed has the exceptional ability to blend a passion for social change, knowledge of the tools available to achieve it, and the network to bring the correct public and private resources to the table to get it done.” —Blake Trippet, President, MetaFund

”I have over the many years of our acquaintance, been impressed with Ed’s ability to be both positive and pragmatic while exploring innovative solutions to the challenges our community and state face.” —Pat Potts, Potts Family Foundation

“Ed is the type of professional most of us aspire to be. He is a fresh thinker, hard worker, clear communicator, and laughs with ease. He was instrumental in assisting our office, and our state, with forging local partnerships through facilitation on difficult resource sharing issues. His dedication and enthusiasm for people and for work is contagious. I would highly recommend him for facilitation and innovative resource sharing and funding model expertise, as well for other projects that require a fresh eye and a devoted mind.” —Erin Risley-Baird, PhD, Executive Director, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development

”I have worked with Ed Long on several different projects, in many contexts and always found him to be one of the most knowledgeable people in the room. He is well-respected in our community as a practitioner, subject matter expert, and convener on a wide range of issues. He balances this position in our community with an inspiring humility, honesty, and genuine desire to put the best outcome ahead of any personal advancement. Ed’s combination of integrity, skills, and passion are simply unparalleled in his field.” —Adam Luck, CEO, City Care & Member, Oklahoma State Board of Corrections

“Ed provided us with valuable expertise in teaming, communication and leadership.” —Noel Tyler, Former Director, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

“I have worked alongside Mr. Ed Long on several occasions. He has provided ORO Development Corporation with many professional ideas to move forward into another phase of the program. Mr. Long is  truly a professional that has passion for social change, and has the knowledge and the expertise to make it happen. He has provided us with team-building expertise, leadership, and communication skills through strategic planning that will lead ORO for the next 4 or 5 years.” – Jorge Martinez, Executive Director, ORO Development Corporation.

”Ed is dedicated to social impact and service. This is evident as Ed demonstrates his dedication to service through the quality of work he consistently performs and the passion he displays in doing impactful work. Ed has the capacity to bring diverse stakeholders to the table to accomplish common goals, even those that are greatly challenging. Through the facilitation of Cross Sector Innovations, that focuses on human centered design, the Northeast Workforce Development Board has gained significant strides in identifying solutions to create progress in some very difficult work. The results of his efforts to help navigate our team through significant challenges are of benefit to our local area, and reach even broader to impact the state of Oklahoma.” —Michelle Bish, Executive Director, Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Development Board

“TAG is fortunate to have had Ed’s help during our board retreat sessions. His knowledge of the nonprofit sector and wisdom with the application of principles of board development have been invaluable to us. We are excited about the direction that TAG is headed and look forward to more great things happening in the community of Guthrie.” —Lucy Swanson, Executive Director, The Arts in Guthrie