Jan Elliott

Certified Coach


Jan is a Harwood Certified Coach. She works internationally to build capacities in community engagement and change. Her way of working reflects an evolution of her public policy and community engagement experience as a senior executive with the Government of Canada, Vice President with the national not-for-profit Public Policy Forum, and as an independent consultant.

Jan focuses on social and public innovation, made possible through dialogue and collaborative learning that leads to collective action. She builds capacity to work collaboratively across organizational and sector boundaries (public, private, and not-for-profits) to leverage resources and impact. This includes creating neutral spaces for multi-sectoral engagement about public issues, often among deeply divided stakeholders.

Rich and the Harwood approach are powerful additions to other ways of working innovatively and effectively to support communities in creating the change they hope for. The frameworks, tools, and their impact, coupled with Rich’s values and commitment inspired Jan to become a Harwood coach. She is a Canadian and works in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. 

Jan is co-founder of the award winning international Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement graduate certificate program. She also serves as Board Chair for the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. Jan has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jan’s life and work are profoundly affected by her practice of Zen. She loves learning, photography and traveling around the globe with her partner.