Business Management Consultant | Lindsey Wilson

Lindsey Wilson Non-profit Business Management Consultant Rural Support Partners-8

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Vice President

Lindsey Wilson is a business management consultant who serves as the Vice President of Rural Support. She is also lead consultant to the Appalachia Funders Network. Lindsey brings more than 13 years of leadership across non-profit, consulting, political, and social justice work.

What drives Lindsey is finding and supporting unexpected talent, driving progress in left-behind places, and helping organizations thrive. That passion is born from the fact that she is an unexpected leader from an unexpected background. Lindsey is formerly homeless, didn’t have the opportunity to get a college degree, and grew up in a time when it was downright dangerous to be a queer kid in the South. Those experiences make her uncommonly good as a consultant, thought partner, and leader. Lindsey has a knack for connecting with staff, partners, and clients. She strives to bring out the best in every individual and team.

Prior to joining Rural Support Partners, Lindsey served as the Director of Engagement and Operations for the Campaign for Southern Equality. That LGBTQ non-profit was a leader in winning marriage equality in the South. Lindsey spearheaded organizing work for marriage equality, managed daily non-profit operations, and led donor engagement efforts.

Lindsey has served in volunteer leadership as Chair of Sustainability and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Asheville and as Chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the City of Asheville.

Lindsey is a one-of-a-kind a business management consultant who will put her skills to work to help you deepen your impact and broaden your scale. Contact Lindsey via email.

Areas of Focus

Network Development and Executive Leadership
Leadership Development
Talent Development, Recruitment and Retention Strategy
Nonprofit and Business Operations and Development
Relationship Weaving Across Sectors
Political and Civic Engagement Strategy
Thought Partnership and Strategic Advisement


Rural Support Partners Services

We are a nationally recognized management consulting firm with deep expertise in nonprofit management, social-enterprise development, networks, philanthropy, and rural community economic development. We work with high-impact leaders, non-profit anchor organizations, foundations, social enterprises, and networks that are working to bring about innovative forms of large-scale community and economic change in rural areas. Our services are based on a strong commitment to rural communities and result in increased organizational effectiveness, improved strategies, more collaborative efforts, and deeper impact.


We specialize in anchor organizations, grantmakers, and enterprises whose work advances complex community and economic change. Our services are built on decades of nonprofit and business management experience, employ the latest innovations from around the world, and remain grounded in what it takes to do effective change work in rural places. We ask powerful questions, listen deeply, and tailor our services to maximize organizational impact. The results of our management, planning, and strategy focused work includes increased organizational effectiveness, deeper community impact, and more resilient organizations. Core services include:

Organizational Assessment, Problem Solving, Consultation
Executive Transitions
Strategic Planning & Theory of Change
Program / Project / Initiative Development
Evaluation and Measurement Systems
Social Enterprise Business Planning and Theory of Change
Thought-Partnership and Coaching


We have over 25 years of hands-on experience in building, growing, and managing rural networks, collaborations, and teams. From organizational staff teams, to regional collective impact efforts, to national networks, we help our clients cultivate the necessary relationships and trust, clarify group norms and values, define their collective focus, develop plans, and build the right management structure to get collaborative work done. Core services include:

Network and Team Assessment, Problem Solving, Consultation
Team Building
Development of Partnerships and Collaborations
Strategic Planning and Theory of Change for Networks
Network Evaluation and Measurement Systems
Backbone Support / Network Management Training and Coaching
Thought-Partner for those who fund or support collaborations and networks


Our experienced facilitation team has decades of experience in event planning and design, group process, and participatory facilitation. With this experience, we help groups learn from one another, find opportunities, uncover solutions to sticky problems, and make collective decisions. Our events are engaging, productive, and produce deeper relationships, shared knowledge, and greater alignment among the participants. Core services include:

Design, Facilitation & Management of:

Think Tanks / Problem Solving Retreats
Conferences, Gatherings, Events
Group and Staff Retreats


We are driven to capture and spread the lessons, innovation, models, and tools that arise from rural development work. Though participatory research and evaluation methods, we help clients understand their impact, reflect-on their efforts, and incorporate lessons learned into their future work. We also work to unearth, document, and share the innovation and proven practices that arise across RSP’s body of work—making us smarter consultants and helping to advance the broader field rural development. Core services include:

Participatory Research
Tool and Model Capture and Development
Workshops and Training
White Papers
Thought Partnership
Knowledge Capture / Training / Field building (white papers, thought partnership)

Our work starts by listening deeply to the needs, problems, and desires of our clients and partners. We pinpoint the leverage points to improve effectiveness, increase resiliency, and deepen impact. We tailor a suite of services to advance your project.