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Empathy Engagement Energy Evaluation Excitement Ēlumināt

Ēlumināt is about building empathy, the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s point of view. That’s what makes Ēlumināt different.

We help leaders problem-solve by first understanding you. All problem-solving is inherently local. That’s where the first-hand knowledge of the problems lie. And that’s where the energy, enthusiasm, and ingenuity to solve the problem should originate as well. 

Ēlumināt helps you to create a better future with more of what works best for you.

Our Expertise

We specialize in creating the framework for a comfortable, safe, and inclusive environment to guide you as you identify, elaborate on, and resolve your most challenging problems. Because we are skilled problem-solvers ourselves, we understand that the secret to solving problems is enabling those who own the problems to solve them - themselves.

Who knows better than you what solutions will work in your organization? Who should be more empowered than you to own those solutions in order to take them forward and bring them to fruition?

We help you get the most creative thoughts from your team. Ēlumināt uses design thinking methodologies to develop solutions from inside your organization by helping your team identify the problems you are trying to solve and coaching them through the creative decision-making process. The result is more powerful solutions more finely attuned to your goals, your mission, and your landscape.

Our Services

Unlike other consultants, we aren’t going to bring you a prepackaged solution.

We exist to help you create custom solutions that will work for you.

Strategic Planning



Process Design

Community Insights and Engagement

Entrepreneurship Competitions

Pop Up Events

Our Team

Cross-generational. Cross-discipline. Complementary perspectives.

David Levy

Gen Xer • City Planner • Urbanist •
With more than 25 years of experience in city planning at the local and federal levels, I specialize in developing creative solutions to the complex challenges of both urban governance and urban placemaking. I work to build diverse, lively, and inclusive communities that encourage life on foot.

Kyle Duarte

Millennial • Human Centered Design • Polyglot •

A Stanford-trained Design Thinking expert, I am particularly interested in how citizens win when government agencies innovate in their products and services. I also have experience with Universal Design principles and exploring how language affects product success.

Our Clients

Our clients are innovative leaders just like you.

We've helped them find solutions that extend their organization’s reach and perform more effectively by continuously honing and fine-tuning what they do.

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We're proud to have worked on a variety of projects that create meaningful engagements and effect positive change in communities. Here's a sample of our past work.