Founder & Principal
Melinda Steffy (she/her) founded Concentric Strategy in 2020. She loves when creative practice and social impact collide, and her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector has been shaped by her perspective as an artist and educator. She brings innate creativity and nimbleness to her work, making complex ideas come to life through careful process, attention to detail, and abundant empathy.
Previously, Melinda served as Executive Director of Philadelphia music nonprofit LiveConnections for 8+ years. From start-up phase through significant growth, Melinda built infrastructure and expanded programming, fundraising, communications, and operations. When long-time partner venue World Cafe Live approached LiveConnections about a possible merger, Melinda was instrumental in the decision-making, due diligence (legal, financial, operational), and planning processes that led the two organizations to combine into a single nonprofit.
She previously held staff positions at The Music School of Delaware, SteegeThomson Communications, and Woodland Montessori School; was a founding board member of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society; and served on the board of the Chestnut Street Singers. Melinda has an MFA in painting from University of the Arts and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Eastern Mennonite University.
Melinda is a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia alum and Standards for Excellence Pennsylvania Licenced Consultant.
Since our founding in 2020, we have provided strategy and communications services for nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture, education, environment, human services, philanthropy, and social justice sectors.
Our clients have included:
“Comprehensive and thoughtful ... I walked in distracted by the constant, painful world noise, but the deliverables and tangible next steps are extremely energizing and create a path forward worth following.”
—Philadelphia Robotics Coalition
IMAGE: Melinda Steffy speaking at an event.
Photo by Conrad Erb Photography.
Headshot above by KD Morris Photography.