Griffin Reames, Principal

Griffin is an effective, democratic leader who quickly establishes trust, demonstrates a systematic approach to problem solving and future state design, and uses creativity and collaboration to generate meaningful change. She is a professional coach with extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational design, and Lean process improvement. She is mission driven, with a desire to understand both the creative nature and practical realities of business. Griffin is motivated by compassion for people at every level of an organization, all of whom drive success.

At Guideline, Griffin consults with academic institutions, non-profits, and small businesses. She facilitates large-scale strategic planning processes, organizational assessments, and change management projects while managing the business and development of Guideline itself. Griffin offers guidance on the development, structure, and continuous improvement of organizations and their work, and believes strongly in the comprehensive engagement of relevant stakeholders.

As Chief Operating Officer at the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC), Griffin leads the administration of sixty staff within the functional areas of business operations, information technology, data management and programming, analysis, and project management. KECC is an interdisciplinary research center located at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health that carries out research in epidemiology, public policy, economics, outcomes research relating to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), chronic kidney disease, kidney dialysis, and organ transplantation, with approximately $10M in annual research and contract awards. Griffin is currently designing and implementing Lean in daily work methodologies and a comprehensive performance management and professional development plan at KECC, among other initiatives.

From 2009-2011, Griffin worked as a strategic business analyst and lead project manager for National Grid, one of the largest utilities in the U.S. and U.K. As the lead project manager for new technology development throughout U.S. operations, she managed 6-10 projects at any given time, including multi-million-dollar cross-functional projects for current and potential technologies. From 2003-2008 Griffin worked for the Ann Arbor Observer, Ann Arbor’s popular monthly magazine. As production manager, she supervised creative development and information flow from the editorial, advertising, and design departments, taking the magazine to final print and web production.

Education

Griffin has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business (2008-2010), a BA in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Michigan School of Literature, Science, and Arts (1994-1998), and an Associate Degree in Photographic Technology from Washtenaw Community College (1999-2001). Griffin is a professional coach, trained by the Co-Active Training
Institute (2019).