The Practical Strategy team is comprised of experienced professionals offering a wide range of skills and experience in government and non-profit leadership, education, policy development, technology and management. We always build our consulting team to meet the unique needs of each client, combining core team members with a national network of consultants and partners.

Core Team

Sally Sachar

Sally is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of USAgainstAlzheimer's and USAgainstAlzheimer's Network, as part of Practical Strategy’s practice leading and managing non-profit organizations. USAgainstAlzheimer’s (USA2) is a 501(c)(4) organization engaging in public advocacy, federal relations, grassroots activity and voter education. USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network is a 501(c)(3) organization connecting networks of organizations and individuals to take action to end Alzheimer’s by 2020, while providing the general public, policy leaders and the media with vital information about Alzheimer’s disease. She also led Practical Strategy’s work with the Election Assistance Commission and Jubilee Jumpstart.

Prior to consulting to clients at Practical Strategy, Sally spent over five years focused on K-12 school issues in the nation's capital. She was the founding Executive Director of DC Children First, a coalition led by former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, and previously was President and CEO of the Washington Scholarship Fund. Sally also was Deputy Director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and a Vice President at the Council for Excellence in Government. She served at the U.S. Labor Department as the Deputy Chief of Staff, the Associate Assistant Secretary for Policy and the Chief of Staff, Employment and Training Administration. She has also worked at the National Governors Association, the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training as Director of Legislative Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government as Assistant Director of the two-year degree programs. Sally holds an M.B.A. (highest honors) from Boston University and BA from Colgate University. Her leadership has been profiled in the Bridgespan Group publication "Answering the hard question: "What difference are we making?"

Robert D. Muller, Ed.D.

Rob returns to Practical Strategy after serving as Vice President, Education, at CNA, a national non-profit research organization, and Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he teaches strategy implementation, and at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, where he teaches education policy and management. While at CNA, Rob led a growing education research practice, which included the award of the approximately $25 million five-year lab contract, major research grants and evaluation contracts. He founded Practical Strategy in 2003, and was responsible for leading its diverse and growing portfolio of projects from 2003-09. Prior, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education at the US Department of Education, where he was responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of a portfolio of $1.9 billion. He also served as senior adviser to the Deputy Secretary on strategic planning, technology and management reform. Earlier in his career, Muller was part of a change management and business process reengineering practice at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. He held positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy's Environmental Management Program, and worked as an economic and management consultant, and in the non-profit arena. Muller holds an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and B.A. from Amherst College. He served as the County Council appointed chair of the Montgomery County, MD Interagency Coordinating Board, which sets policy for after school use of over 190 school and public facilities.

Mark Abbott, Ph.D.

As an established executive with a reputation for entrepreneurial problem solving, creative, high-impact programming, and effectiveness in matrixed management environments, Mark brings a wealth of senior management and program expertise to his clients. Mark is a recognized expert in private foundation and federal grantmaking, including re-engineering of grant processes/systems, performance-based grantmaking, and policy implementation through innovative grant programs. In his role as grant director for the federal Election Assistance Commission, Mark oversaw creation of a fully reconstituted grants department including development of policies and systems to track performance, manage risk, strengthen federal monitoring and increase customer satisfaction for a $3 billion grants portfolio. As chief-of-staff for the COO at the Corporation for National and Community Service, he served on the Federal Grants Management Line of Business executive board and as an agency representative to grants.gov. He oversaw a $6 million technology investment to upgrade the grants management system at the agency and managed the development of new performance measures to meet OMB and Congressional requirements. Most recently, Mark led the poverty team for the C.S. Mott Foundation, overseeing portfolios in the areas of education, assets and income security, workforce development, and community building and civic engagement. Mark’s content expertise expands a wide range of topics from national service and civic engagement to workforce development and at-risk youth programming.

Mark holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Anthropology, B.A. in economics/political science from Albion College. A near-fluent Russian speaker, Mark’s graduate field research focused on women entrepreneurs and management practices in private industry in Russia. Mark is also a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program for Public Affairs and a recipient of the David L. Boren National Security Fellowship.

Jennifer Molinoff

Jennifer brings over fifteen years of experience from the private and public sectors to Practical Strategy, where she has been conducting analysis and supporting projects since 2006. Prior to entering the field of education, Jennifer held numerous positions in the technology services sector where she was responsible for managing client relationships for large-scale application development and infrastructure projects. After receiving her M.A. from Teachers College, Jennifer taught at the secondary level at both public and private schools. Since joining Practical Strategy, she has conducted research and analyzed data and policies to recommend strategic and programmatic improvements to a wide range of educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

Elizabeth Plant

Liz’s current work at Practical Strategy focuses on the USAgainstAlzheimer’s campaign. She also was instrumental in the grants management reform work for the Election Assistance Commission. Elizabeth has held senior positions at education non-profits in the District of Columbia. She served as Deputy Director of DC Children First and previously was the Senior Director, Program, Legislative Affairs, and Education Policy of the Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF). While at WSF, she oversaw the implementation of two scholarship programs that provided over $13 million in scholarships annually to approximately 2,400 children in K-12 to attend the school of their choice. Elizabeth has a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and graduated Cum Laude from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Public Policy and Psychology. She currently volunteers with organizations focused on education including in2books and DC College Success Foundation.

Virginia Biggar

Ginny joined Practical Strategy as part of the media and communications team supporting the USAgainstAlzheimer’s campaign. A skilled writer, editor, and producer of compelling stories and social analysis, she brings 20 years of experience as a writer, reporter, and filmmaker. Ginny wrote and produced the film "Sweater Queen: May Gruber and the Rise of Pandora Industries," about 100-year-old May Gruber, one of the most successful businesswomen of her generation. Prior to that, she worked for National Public Radio as a reporter in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. She conducted interviews, and analyzed, wrote and recorded stories on a wide range of issues, including the Clinton impeachment trial, labor issues, welfare reform, and the O.J. Simpson civil trial. Ginny also researched and wrote a history of one of the oldest girls' camps in the country called Its Hats Off to Alford Lake! Ginny graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut with a B.A. in History.

Consultants and Partners

Practical Strategy works with a national network of partner organizations and independent consultants. We bring the expertise of these firms and individuals to each client assignment, depending on customer needs. Such partners include training and technical assistance providers, information technology systems and on-line learning platform developers, executive coaches and organizational development experts, and additional subject matter experts in areas of client need.

Clients hire us to expand understanding and analysis of their external operating environment and internal capacity, to develop clear goals and direction, and then implement practical ways to get results.

We add the most value in situations where we combine our knowledge of policy and practice, serving as both leader in introducing new content and as facilitator of participatory processes.

Our clients tend to be leaders/leadership teams seeking to create common purpose and drive change, navigating complex environments internally and/or externally, and working to align the vision of their board and leadership with the performance and capacity of their organization.

Our work generates impact by clarifying direction and developing understanding of implications for action, helping align day-to-day operations with mission, building commitment to common purpose and supporting continuous improvement. The teams we work with are left with new insights into their strategic direction and value, and improved performance.