Strategic Advisors Advancing Culture and Education



KW is named for MaryJane Kubler and Karl Wirka, partners in work and in life. For more than 20 years, they have been helping advance education and culture in America working in partnership with nonprofit organizations across the country. Their personal approach and in-depth consulting expertise informed by a commitment to transparency and integrity have paved the way to many engagements.


MaryJane Kubler

In a career than spans a quarter century, MaryJane Kubler has helped many in the nonprofit sector successfully navigate change. From strategic planning and organizational improvement to major fundraising and capital campaign efforts, MaryJane has directed the reengineering, reorganization, and day-to-day operations of organizations large and small.

Prior to consulting, MaryJane served as chief operating officer of the external relations division at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She served as Dean of Students at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the School of Management at Yale. Her faith in the power and potential of America’s nonprofit sector can be traced to the 1980s, when, working as a planner at the City of Boston and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, she helped develop programs for Boston’s underprivileged youth and homeless population. Throughout her career, MaryJane has stayed engaged with her community and in causes she supports, such as Action for Boston Community Development, Georgetown University and Planned Parenthood.


Karl Wirka

With more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in the arts, higher education, and human services, Karl Wirka’s expertise and interests lie in strategic planning, vision formation and program development, strategic communications, and financial planning. Over the years, Karl has developed numerous program plans and scenarios, developed fundraising cases and proposals, and facilitated visioning and planning processes for a wide range of clients.

Karl began his career teaching English and Physics in western Kenya. Karl has led communications projects, managed fundraising programs, and planned major initiatives at Harvard and Yale universities. Before consulting, Karl worked as a fundraiser and planner at Harvard Business School.


Consultants of counsel

We pride ourselves on providing exactly the services each client engagement requires. Sometimes, this means bringing in specialists whose skills and experience complement our own. Many are professional colleagues with deep industry experience. In virtually every instance, they are trusted experts we know well—former clients, collaborators and interns. Most important, they always join us as partners, not subcontractors. Working shoulder to shoulder with the two of us, they are a valuable extension of the team.