The future is open.
Openfields helps organizations translate big ideas and complex information into actionable strategies for growth and engagement.
Services: Insights to drive impact.
We develop agile strategies and creative programs based on insights into organizational culture, data, and trends shaping our economy and society.
Learning & Research
Seeing the past, present, and future more clearly in order to drive more effective decisions today.

+ Organizational Assessments
+ Curated Research
+ Trends Analysis
+ Data Analysis & Visualization
+ Measuring Performance & Impact
Vision & Strategy
Translating learning into agile plans for organizations to grow, manage change, and prepare for the future.

+ Visioning Workshops
+ Strategic Planning
+ Scenario Planning
+ Business Modelling
+ Expert Roundtables
Design & Implementation
Developing dynamic programs to increase learning, maximize engagement, and accelerate growth.

+ Custom Learning Programs
+ Program Design
+ Network Design
+ Brand & Communications
+ Coaching & Team Development
Portfolio: Experience our work.
We ask questions, dive into data, invite people to the table, generate ideas, imagine the future, test and learn, launch initiatives, host events, train teams, and pay attention to every detail.
The organizations we support.
We've helped large and small corporations, universities, philanthropies, local and national non-profits, faith-based and arts organizations from South Carolina to Atlanta, DC, New York, Boston, and Palo Alto.
Think big. Get it done.
We are a multidisciplinary team of experienced strategists, creators, collaborators, researchers, and educators. In addition to our core team we leverage a wide network of experts and creative partners to deliver dynamic insights and engaging programs for our clients.
Grady Powell
Founder & CEO
LinkedIn // @jgradypowell
#Futures, Strategy, Communications, Design, Facilitation
Grady is a strategist, program designer, and entrepreneur who serves as Openfields creative catalyst. He also co-founded Capita, an ideas lab committed to ensuring a future in which all young children and their families flourish.
Jeffrey Bailey, PhD
Director of Strategy
#Public Policy, Market Research, Think Tanks, Higher Education
Jeff is a public policy expert and certified strategic planner. Prior to joining Openfields, Jeff taught at Cambridge University and served as the Managing Director of the Centre for Social Justice in London.
Katie Pittman, MBA
Director of Operations, Sr. Consultant
#Operations, Accountability, HR, Education
Katie leverages her consulting and HR experience to effectively design and execute Openfields initiatives. Previously she served as Director of Accountability at KIPP DC and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Hilary Rikard
Operations & Program Manager
#Project Management, Events, Education, Literacy
Hilary is the person you want handling all of the details. She guarantees we deliver on Openfields promise of high-touch and hospitable client service. Hilary has a passion for serving children in need, especially through education.
Joe Waters
Sr. Advisor
LinkedIn // @JoeWaters_GVL
#Social Theory, Pay for Success, Early Childhood, Arts
Joe Waters is the co-founder and CEO of Capita. Prior to starting Capita, Joe was EVP of the Institute for Child Success. His commentary on issues facing America's families has been widely published.
Nathan Brown
Sr. Data Advisor
#Business Intelligence, Data Science, IT
Nathan is the founder and CEO of Kiona Technologies. He is a strategist and entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in corporate strategy, international business, information technology, data science, and entrepreneurship.
Tim Green, PhD
Sr. Researcher and Data Analyst
#DataViz, GIS, Research, Regional Planning
Tim is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Clemson University. Previously Tim worked as a GIS analyst at the World Wildlife Fund US.