Ross Strategic Principal Nancy Tosta Is a New Burien City Council Member
In November 2013 Nancy Tosta, long-term Ross Strategic principal, was elected by a significant majority to the Burien City Council. Burien is a community of nearly 50,000 people about 12 miles south of Seattle. On January 6 she was sworn in for a four-year term. Community engagement and communications, economic development, food policy, arts and culture, and environmental protection are several of her priorities.
Visit the Burien City Council website to learn more.
Catalyzing Climate and Energy Policy Action
Ross Strategic has played a key role in catalyzing action in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to advance climate and energy policy on the West Coast through the Pacific Coast Collaborative. The PCC is a ground-breaking initiative that unites the leaders of the three states and BC to set a cooperative direction in climate and energy policy areas of mutual interest. Ross Strategic has helped establish a robust agenda of climate and energy outcomes, helped jurisdictions develop a collaborative work plan, and created alignment among jurisdictions and stakeholders. Click here for news about this effort, including articles by the New York Times and Salon.
Responding to Community Concerns about Cancer Clusters
State and local health agencies receive approximately 1,000 inquiries per year regarding suspected cancer clusters. Ross Strategic, with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, convened a workgroup of epidemiologists to distill the latest thinking about data resources, investigative techniques, and statistical methods, and to glean knowledge based on large- and small-scale cluster investigations. The resulting Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article includes a four-step approach (initial response, assessment, major feasibility study, and etiologic investigation) as a tool for managing a suspected cluster.
Developing Peer Networks
Over the last several years, Ross Strategic has worked with the Department of Energy and the EPA to create communities of practice that connect over 80 state and local governments and their partners through peer networks. These networks help communities design, test, and refine local strategies to reduce emissions and save energy. Through highly participatory workshops and weekly webinars, we’ve helped communities tap their knowledge and ensure that federal investments in energy efficiency and climate are transforming markets and programs. See this video developed by EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities for an example of our work.
Asthma Management and Control in the U.S.
Asthma remains a major public health challenge. The rate at which Americans are diagnosed has slowed since the 1990s but is still growing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) to address the rising public health and economic impact of asthma. Ross Strategic recently developed NACP’s report,
An Investment in America’s Health, to illustrate the program’s significant progress in controlling asthma in the U.S. Over the last 12 years, costs due to asthma illness and death have decreased by $23.1 billion, representing an estimated return on investment of $71 for each dollar spent.
Services We Offer
Welcome to Ross Strategic. We are dedicated to tackling environmental, public health, transportation, energy, and natural resource challenges. Our clients – public institutions, private business, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations – turn to us for our ability to use ideas and information to shape strategy, design programs and policies, and evaluate performance.
We have a reputation for responsive, insightful, and well-crafted advice that exceeds our clients’ expectations, bringing them back again and again. We look forward to the opportunity to do the same for your organization.