Ninigret Partners LLC (NP) was founded in 2001 to provide customized business strategy consulting services to a select group of clients in industries undergoing rapid change. Today, we have three main business segments: management consulting, economic development, and strategic communications.
NP has been part of award winning project teams including:
Our projects have also been recognized as innovators in addressing the complex issues facing communities today including Sustainia’s 100 Best Climate Change Projects for Pittsburgh’s EcoInnovation District and CNU’s Freeways Without Futures List for Route 34 in New Haven, CT.
A Team Approach. We work hard to make sure our clients get the right mix of skills and experience. We keep our own staff small and nimble and work with a variety of collaborators including designers, architects, engineers, planners, business and real estate specialists. Our flexibility means you get the best team - one that comes together specifically for your project.
Kevin Hively is the founder of NP. He has more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and government on a variety of strategic market issues. Previously he was a member of the Global Leadership Management Group for Telesis, the strategy consulting arm of Towers Perrin. Kevin's clients included Corning, IBM, Circle K Stores, LaFarge, Touchstone Energy, Fortis, JP Morgan, Baxter, among others. He focused on customer issues, competitive strategy and market entry strategies in US, Asian and European markets. Kevin also supported the economic development strategy activities of Telesis working on projects in several US states, Panama Canal Commission, and several World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy ecotourism studies in Africa and Oceania. Prior to Telesis, Kevin was Director of Policy for the Governor of Rhode Island where he helped launch the state's Slater Technology Fund. He is a graduate of Brown University.
Ariana McBride brings over a decade of community and organization development to NP. Most recently, she managed demonstration projects in New England for the Orton Family Foundation. In this role, she designed community selection processes and trained partner communities on the development and implementation of community engagement projects. She has developed planning methods and tools that focus on citizen engagement, collaborative decision making and local capacity building. Prior to the Foundation, Ariana worked for the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council where she focused on developing a place-centered approach to economic development. She earned a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary.
Keelia Kentor is a specialist for NP for physical planning and design. With experience in transportation planning, city planning, campus master planning and educational facilities planning, Keelia has worked for a variety of clients including municipalities and educational institutions, including Central Connecticut State University, East Providence Public School District, Ledyard CT, SUNY Buffalo and Henry Ford College. For the past 10 years, Keelia’s work has focused on visioning, master planning and facilities planning. In addition to developing campus and facilities master plans, she has assisted clients in outlining and prioritizing capital development programs and is well versed in coordinating facilities condition assessments. Her work for these clients has included developing compelling presentations for fundraisers and public engagement events. She enjoys projects that provide opportunities to innovate new ways to convey information. Keelia earned a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from New York University.
NP teams with other firms regularly to provide our clients with the best team possible. Our partners include:
Community Workshop LLC
Bishop Land Design, LLC
Durand & Anastas Environmental Strategies
Tighe & Bond
Athens Clarke County Unified Government, GA
Boston Redevelopment Authority, MA
Dayton OnMain, OH
Innovate Stamford, CT
Lower Ct. River Valley COG, CT
New Haven, CT
Park City, UT
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., PA
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Stamford Housing Authority, CT
Muncie Delaware County Economic Alliance, IN
Detroit Innovation District, MI
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., MI
Newport County Development Council, RI
Develop Springfield Inc., MA
Sturbridge Historic Preservation Partnership, MA
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
RI School of Design
Children’s Hospital Boston
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Beth Israel Deaconess
Texas A&M Research Office