Birdnest Consulting was founded by David and Jennifer Conover with the goal of giving back to the communities where we live and travel. Over the years, our paths have taken us to Sitka, Alaska and Monmouth, Wales; St. George, Utah and Austin, Texas; Redlands, California and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Baltimore, Maryland and Fidalgo Island, Washington State; the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon; and Kyiv, Ukraine.
We’ve worked as educators at public schools in Alaska, California, Texas, and Vermont. We spent nine years teaching overseas at American international schools in both Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
David was a wilderness guide leading backcountry expeditions Alaska before spending twelve years directing summer camps for teens with Longacre Expeditions in New England and the Pacifica Northwest. He started the campus outdoor recreation program at California State University, San Bernardino and later led UH Outdoors the University of Houston.
Jennifer spent years as a professional photographer with a portfolio that includes corporate marketing and events.
David has worked as the athletic/activities director at three K-12 schools and has been actively involved in starting community sports programs everyplace where we have lived.
Jennifer has extensive background in the field of early childhood education, has served on the board of a Waldorf school, and worked as a nature school curriculum developer.
David served as the executive director of several nonprofits including 4K for Cancer and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.
We even had a (very) short-lived (and unsuccessful) stint as circus performers .
The common thread of all these experiences is two fold – a commitment to be actively engaged with the communities where we live & travel and a drive to find joy in all that we do.
What We Do
With over 40 years of combined experience in the fields of education; camp & sports management; nonprofit leadership; fundraising & organizational development; and marketing & communications – we are uniquely qualified to help your organization #dogoodwork.
Interim and executive leadership for nonprofit and community-based organizations.
Assistance with strategic planning, fundraising and the development of sustainable systems to help your organization grow.
Support of organizational initiatives with outcome specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques.
Event Planning & Volunteer Recruitment
Planning and organization of special events.
Make messaging a tool for marketing, sales and support by unifying your business communication & chats (email, SMS, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, etc.) into a central location.
Outcome Driven Marketing
Establish a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that incorporates print and digital media across multiple channels.
Produce compelling storytelling about your organization that informs and inspires.
Social Media Management
Develop and implement an effective marketing strategy for your social media sites that supports your mission and increases engagement.
Responsive Web Design
Offer a dynamic online experience that is optimized for high resolution viewing on computers, tablets, and phones.
Social Media Integration
Increase community engagement by embedding your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube feeds directly into your website.
Odd but True: Jennifer was once paid for a corporate photography gig with a year’s worth of Chick-fil-a gift cards.
Odd but True: David was once the #1 ranked pickleball player in Eastern Europe and is the founder of the Ukrainian Pickleball Association.