About

Hi, I’m Mitch Tobin, owner of Sea to Snow Consulting.

I help my clients with writing, photo/video, evaluations, PowerPoint, data visualization, policy analysis, social media, web design, and strategy.

Please call 303-330-9487, email me, download my resume, read my bio, or scroll down to learn more about me and my work.

Photos © Mitch Tobin

Services

I have two decades of professional writing and editing experience. Whether it’s a couple of hundred words for a website or a few hundred pages in a book, I can craft lucid, engaging prose. In addition to offering meticulous copy editing that improves clarity, I provide higher-level guidance on issues such as structure, tone, and logic.

My journalism career began on the print side of the business, but since leaving daily newspapers in 2006, I’ve developed my multimedia skills. A photographer since my teens, I increasingly use video and animation in my work. Whether it’s still or moving images, I’m comfortable shooting my own material or working with stock footage.

My master’s degree in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University equipped me with strong skills in statistics, econometrics, and data visualization. I’m comfortable with GIS and a variety of software packages, including Excel, ArcView, and Tableau. I specialize in building dashboards and other online interactives.

I use my writing experience and visual sense to craft PowerPoint slides that are powerful and persuasive. I can add animation, narration, and other advanced features to presentations.

I use WordPress to build blogs and websites like this one. I’ve also served as a social media manager and strategist. Whatever the platform or channel, I know how to showcase multimedia assets and write engaging web copy.

Some of the nation’s largest charitable foundations have asked me to evaluate their environmental grantmaking and provide guidance on future investments. I often use a journalistic approach to my evaluation assignments, mixing narrative, graphics, photos, and other storytelling tools to analyze wins and losses in philanthropic investments.

Before becoming a journalist, I was a social science researcher and gained solid experience in quantiative and qualitative methods. As a reporter, I became practiced in fact-checking and weighing competiting evidence. As a nonprofit consultant, I’ve applied the same curiosity and diligence to research tasks ranging from deep sea fishing to the snowpack in the Rockies.

I’ve facilitated strategic planning for a diverse group of NGOs and have many years of experience working with logic models, theories of change, and other tools. Communications strategy is a specialty.

Portfolio

My work in recent years has included writing a critically acclaimed book, creating a website to track environmental trends, and evaluating grantmaking for major philanthropic foundations.

Clients

I’ve been privileged to work with some of the world’s leading philanthropic foundations and environmental NGOs.

Energy Innovation
Walton Family Foundation
Appalachian Voices
ClimateWorks
Pond5
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Envato Market
Audubon Rockies
S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Ocean Conservancy
Sierra Club
EDF

Qualities

I’m a humble guy, but folks tell me I have these traits and talents.

Visual

My journalism career started on the print side of the business, but I now create photo, video, and other multimedia assets to complement my written work.

Meticulous

I’m a careful writer and analyst who pays attention to details and takes the time to get things right.

Organized

I’m skilled at breaking down large problems into manageable tasks and keeping big projects on target.

Bright

I earned degrees from Yale and Berkeley but have never stopped learning.

Passionate

I’m committed to helping my clients succeed and I dedicate both heart and mind to my work.

Responsive

Eight years as a newspaper reporter taught me to work quickly, think on my feet, and take deadlines seriously.

Trustworthy

I’m reliable, discreet, and accustomed to working with sensitive or confidential information.

Versatile

I’m comfortable working independently or on teams. I’ve often served as a utility-infielder for communications, research, and analytical tasks.

Inquisitive

I’m curious by nature and love uncovering the truth. I know how to ask the right questions, and listen carefully.

Connect

Have a question or want to chat about how I might solve a problem? Please give me a call at 303-330-9487 or email me.