How We Do It

We staff projects with strategy, technical and operational experts from our network.  Our staffing model is contractor-based. Team members join our projects on a full or part-time basis, often for 3-6 months.  Roles and travel vary based on project needs.

We have found that a contractor model enables us to staff teams perfectly matched for the work to be done -- and also that it enables better career pathing through the public problem solving ecosystem.  Short term opportunities with 17a give team members runway to start new businesses that tackle problems outside of traditional venture lanes, develop platforms for thought leadership, fill time in transition between often fragmented and discontinuous opportunities, and channel high value skills into impactful projects through more flexible work structures.

If you are interested in what we do, we want to talk to you.  Email Annie at with a few lines about your interest.