our mission

We believe that every human deserves the opportunity to live a happy and prosperous life, and that we will not achieve this goal without a strong and high-functioning social sector. At Kinetic West, we empower leading social sector organizations to solve their toughest challenges on the way to supporting regional prosperity.



Our team


marc casale

Marc is the founder and CEO of Kinetic West. His expertise includes strategy development, data analytics, program design, and capacity building. Marc was a Project Leader in the Boston Consulting Group's Seattle office, working on a variety of education-focused projects from school district mergers to charter school expansion plans. Prior to consulting, Marc worked as a 5th grade teacher in the Bronx, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a master's in teaching from Pace University in New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. Marc also serves on the board of Techbridge Girls.



Andy is a Consulting Manager and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kinetic West. He has extensive experience in strategy development/execution, change management, organizational design, and data analysis. Prior to Kinetic West, Andy was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group in Seattle. While at BCG, Andy worked on projects including non-profit growth strategy and workforce development. Before consulting, Andy was a Kindergarten teacher and Upper Elementary Math Specialist at a charter school in Washington, DC.  Andy earned his MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude with a BA in environmental studies. He is a Pacific Northwest native, growing up in Seattle and Portland. Andy is a board member for SOAR Academy Public Charter School in Tacoma.


Sam Simas

Sam is an Associate Consultant at Kinetic West. Her background includes extensive work with the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, growth & investment strategy, and workforce development research. Sam began her consulting career with Boston-based Tyton Partners, working on several adult education expansion strategies for low-income and underserved adults, and driving research behind postsecondary financial aid strategy. She has also worked on growth and success at Impact Hub Seattle. Sam is a Seattle native and graduated cum laude with a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.




Brock Grubb

Brock is a frequent contributor to the Kinetic West team. His expertise includes strategy, postsecondary success and data analysis. Brock has worked extensively with the Gates Foundation supporting postsecondary success strategy and initiatives on college completion rates. Brock also has a background as a mixed methods researcher at the MRDC and at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education. Brock also has experience in the classroom as a teacher. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota.

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Rachel Klein

Rachel is a Seattle-based education consultant who passionately believes that public schools should be a path to success for every student. Rachel has worked as a grantmaker at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a district administrator in Highline Public Schools overseeing more than a dozen critical programs focused on academic improvement and college & career readiness, VP for Code.org leading professional learning efforts, and as a board president for Bike Works, an innovative nonprofit in South Seattle. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. In her free time, Rachel likes to hike, bike, and ski, and therefore loves to grow food, cook and eat.


Long dinh

Long is a researcher, passionate about using human-centered design methodologies to solve people problems. Long began his career with Google where he focused on the field of user experience. Since then, he has conducted research in 5 different countries to highlight user need to inform worldwide communication products. He was a student at South Seattle College and the University of Washington, where he advocated for first-generation students mentoring them through their 2-year transfer process. Born and raised in Seattle, Long holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Washington. 



Interested in joining the team?

 send us a resume at marc.casale@kineticwest.com