How We Work

17a is a public sector strategy firm, working to change the game for how top talent and the best tech tools get deployed to big public problems.


What We Do 

We are a boutique consultancy focused on improving public service delivery – using a combination of classic management consulting tools and more out-of-the-box solution design and development.

We regularly partner with groups who have the potential to improve public sector service delivery, including public sector agencies, technology/data science companies, large corporates and the investment community.


What our projects look like, by client-type:


Established Players
working in public service delivery

  • Strategy and Program Design, focused on improving the effectiveness and impact of groups that delivery public services - including government agencies and private players (e.g., owners of affordable housing, Medicaid managed care plans).

  • Change Management and Implementation support for new or newly designed service delivery models, often focused on capability building and planning to ensure the sustainable transformation of operations.


tackling public problems

  • Growth Strategy, to create new market entry strategies, 6-/12-/18-month operational plans or next-wave organizational processes. We work in an advisory capacity, in close partnership with start-up leadership teams.
  • Operational Support, as flex capacity to provide direct execution of start-up in the form pilot management, structuring and facilitation of new contracting arrangements, or the development of content needed for new market creation.

Work at the Ecosystem-level 

  • Partnership Design and Development, focused on creating novel structures for better forms of collaboration - often related to cross-sector cooperation or performance-based contracting.

  • Content Creation, to produce and curate resources that advance the development of the public problem solving ecosystem.


Past and Current Partners

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.