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Meet Michael, Our Newest Principal

By Michael Kosmala

We’re pleased to announce that Michael Kosmala, Founder and Principal of Twin Goats LLC., has officially joined Coraggio Group. As our newest Principal, Michael brings over 18 years of experience leading strategy and organizational effectiveness initiatives for non-profit, public and private organizations. His strategy and change work for values-based organizations like Mercy Corps, Oregon Cultural Trust, and World Affairs Council of Oregon makes him an asset to our team.

Martin Jones, CEO of MetroEast Community Media said this about Michael…”he has a gift for deep listening and intuitive learning about organizations at a DNA level. The work he has done for me and my team has truly been transformative. He has become a trusted advisor, sounding board, and motivator.”

Read on to learn more about Michael and why he made the big decision to become a Coraggian:

What were you doing prior to Coraggio?
Most recently, running my own consulting business and providing interim executive leadership to non-profits who are in the midst of significant change.

What excites you about working at Coraggio?
The work, people and reputation.

The core of my work over the last decade has been focused on strategic planning and change management. Joining the Coraggio team gives me the chance to continue that work and bring those experiences into new industries and geographies. PDX is a small town. I’ve competed against Coraggio for business in the past and have been on both sides of the decision. I’ve also served on nonprofit boards that have benefited from their services. Their work is first-rate and their approach is aligned with how I like to “show up” with my clients.

Share with our readers something that you are personally passionate about.
Cycling. About six years ago, a friend invited me to a cyclocross race (think road bike frame with knobby tires to give you some traction on mud and gravel). It was November and the Oregon weather and experience didn’t disappoint. That’s all it took to get me hooked.

Today, I spend most of my spare time after work and family commitments on my bike training or racing. I thrive on the competition, it keeps my head clear, and couldn’t ask for a better community of people to share it with.

What’s a fun fact about you?
In my past life, I was a professional bass trombonist. It gave me the chance to travel the world playing in orchestras in Germany, Mexico and the United States. While performing classical music was my specialty, I once had the chance to perform in the horn section for pop legend Frankie Valli in front of a crowd of over 25,000. It was a once-in-lifetime opportunity that was not only exciting but made my mother very proud, since he is one of her favorite singers.