ABOUT US

Advance Consulting was founded in 2000 and established as a Limited Liability Corporation and partnership in February 2002. The firm has two partners, Christa Anders and Laurie Davis. We frequently collaborate and subcontract with other consultants with different specialties to meet the wide-ranging goals of our clients.

Advance Consulting LLC is proud to be a member of the Minnesota Keystone Program. We dedicate at least five percent of our annual income to nonprofit organizations in our community.


PARTNERS

Christa Anders, JD, MA

Laurie Davis, MSW, LISW

Christa Anders, JD, MA

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Christa is an analytic, strategic thinker with twenty years of experience impacting social policy. Her training and experience in both the law and public policy give her a keen awareness of the impact of the law on the lives of children and families. Her wide breadth of knowledge of social policy issues allows her to make connections across policies and programs, resulting in more comprehensive services and better outcomes for families. She has worked with a wide range of organizations and community resources and often draws on those relationships to help clients form strategic alliances.

Christa is particularly adept at facilitating large groups with diverse perspectives and is able to forge consensus and boil complex issues down into actionable tasks. Christa uses this skill to facilitate non-profit boards, listening sessions for public agencies seeking feedback from community members and advocates, and other groups seeking consensus around a goal or agenda. Her attention to detail and meticulous follow-through earn her the respect of executive directors and community members alike.

Christa received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council in 2010 in recognition of her commitment to children and families.

Professional Experience
  • Partner, Advance Consulting LLC
  • Legislative Manager, Legal and Planning Supervisor and Policy Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Support Enforcement Division
  • Special Assistant County Attorney for Hennepin County
  • Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Special Projects Intern with the Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota


Education and Credentials
  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies and Biology, St. Olaf College
  • Licensed attorney – State of Minnesota
  • Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice (Alternative Dispute Resolution)


Laurie Davis, MSW, LISW

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Laurie founded Advance Consulting LLC in 2000 to combine her clinical social work and public policy skills to improve the lives of children and families. Drawing on her experience and strength in policy development and analysis, communication, advocacy, research, program evaluation and building organizational capacity, she has worked with clients on a wide range of public policy issues, including early childhood, child support, welfare, health care, father empowerment and self-sufficiency.

In addition to her policy analysis and development skills, Laurie is a highly organized project manager who prides herself in attention to detail and delivering high-quality products to clients. Her clinical training and experience enhance her ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences around a multitude of issues. She is a strong leader who inspires confidence and respect. Laurie is also a skilled writer with the ability to translate complex concepts into clear, concise, accessible formats. She has extensive experience building and maintaining successful coalitions with diverse membership to impact public policy.

Professional Experience
  • Partner, Advance Consulting LLC
  • Program Consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Support Enforcement Division
  • Fiscal Policy Analyst, Governor’s Budget Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Associate Director, Julie E. Hamos & Associates, Ltd., public policy and lobbying firm in Chicago, Illinois
  • Senior Consultant, Accenture


Education and Credentials
  • Master of Arts in Social Work, Social Administration Concentration, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts, Law & Society and Sociology, Macalester College
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker – State of Minnesota