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Copper Strategic advises ambitious, mission-driven leaders in the non-profit and corporate sectors on effective social impact strategy. We unlock leadership potential in pursuit of social change. We believe the world needs a little more badassery for good.

About: Who We Are


We’ve been there. We’ve lived it. We’ve been the CEO and the Board Chair. We’ve lived at the intersection of the public and private sectors. We’ve led through complexity, ambiguity, and downright hostility.


Co-founders Chris Korsmo and Sara Morris each bring three decades of experience in organizational leadership, strategy, and execution. We now help others navigate the technical aspects of management alongside the emotional complexity of leadership.


Why Copper? Copper is a conduit, used to achieve something else. It’s supple, yet strong. We and our clients adapt and flex to pursue mission-driven work bigger than ourselves.

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About: The Copper Difference
About: Testimonials

“I can’t think of anyone who models integrity more than Sara Morris."

Kurt Dammeier, Founder and CEO, Sugar Mountain




While she hopes it doesn’t look like it, Chris has led social change work for more than three decades. Through numerous leadership roles across social impact sectors, Chris successfully led efforts to expand health care, improve educational outcomes, and expand access to services on behalf of children and families.

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Sara Morris has spent her career leading social impact work in the public and private sectors. Prior to co-founding Copper Strategic, she was President of The Beecher’s Foundation and CEO of the Alliance for Education.

About: Leadership


Mark Ashida, Humonic

Jon Bridge, Ben Bridge Jewelers

Jane Broom, Microsoft Corp.

Michael Brown, Seattle Foundation

Lisa Brummel, Seattle Storm

Jacques Colon, City of Tacoma

Tonya Dressel, Balmer Group (ret.)

Josh Edelman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Matt Feldman, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Steven Gottlieb, Gottlieb Group

Mari Horita, NHL Seattle

Erin Kahn, Broad Reach Foundation

Rob McKenna, Orrick

Tom Stritikus, Fort Lewis University

Lynne Varner, Washington STEM

Chad Waite, Earthstar Farms

About: Advisory Council
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