Hey Oscar, what services does Blue Thistle Consulting provide?
I founded Blue Thistle in 2005 to support schools and organizations through:
  • coaching and training
  • retreat and meeting facilitation
  • strategic planning
  • program and curriculum design
I specialize in collaborating with program managers, site coordinators, and line staff to design and implement high quality youth-centered, project-based programs.
Who have you worked with?
Over the past decade I've worked with many organizations supporting Bay Area youth and families, including:
  • Be the Change Consulting
  • California Endowment
  • John Burton Foundation
  • Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Pearson Foundation
  • Public/Private Ventures
  • San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • SFUSD's ExCEL Program
Who have you worked with?
Over the past decade I've worked with many organizations supporting Bay Area youth and families, including:
  • Be the Change Consulting
  • California Endowment
  • John Burton Foundation
  • Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Pearson Foundation
  • Public/Private Ventures
  • San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • SFUSD's ExCEL Program
  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
What do people say about your work?
"Oscar's greatest strength and contribution to our strategic planning process was his ability to tailor his approach to our needs as an organization. His facilitation skills with both large and small groups, his flexibility, and his individualized attention helped us to develop a plan that will best serve our community and our foundation going forward."

"Oscar’s expansive knowledge in a multitude of fields allowed for every training to be tailored to our specific needs. He empowered staff in taking ownership of their time, gaining responsibility within the program and investing into more endeavors with students. He helped us stimulate new ideas and creative ways of meeting the students' needs and supporting their growth and development. His facilitation skills and handouts were both excellent in increasing our resources and knowledge base."

"Oscar is an amazing strategic thinker. He is affable with diverse populations - from Berkeley scholars to public housing youth. He's the person you want around when a crisis hits - as a few always do in organizing big events."

"The work of Oscar and Blue Thistle Consulting are integral to the development of our youth and teen services team at the San Francisco Public Library. He spent many hours coaching, mentoring and developing the leadership competencies of our team in preparation for the opening of a cutting edge teen media center in 2015. Oscar has my highest recommendation."
What else do you do in addition to consulting and training?
Along with my friend and colleague Eva Jo Meyers, we co-created Spark Decks, a set of professional development tools for expanded learning programs. Here's a short video about Spark Decks.



I also love to practice and teach the Brazilian art of Capoeira. In fact, I wrote a children's book about it called "Marina's Capoeira Countdown." Here is a video created by my Capoeira school.
What else do you do in addition to consulting and training?
Along with my friend and colleague Eva Jo Meyers, we co-created Spark Decks, a set of professional development tools for expanded learning programs. Here's a short video about Spark Decks.



I also love to practice and teach the Brazilian art of Capoeira. In fact, I wrote a children's book about it called "Marina's Capoeira Countdown." Here is a video created by my Capoeira school.
How can I contact you?
My email address is oscar@bluethistleconsulting.com

My phone number is (510) 285-7219.

Here's my LinkedIn page .

I look forward to hearing from you!