Director of Consulting
Simply put, Daren Nyquist manages a team of consultants, making sure that the evaluation trains are running on time.

Brings to the Team

  • A systems oriented approach toward issue framing and problem solving
  • A wide variety of evaluation experience in the public and private sectors
  • A passion for community driven solutions
  •  Deep experience with qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • Commitment to pragmatic evaluation – do what’s going to be useful
  •  Local government experience and knowledge

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Director of Consulting (2017–present)
  • The Improve Group, Research & Evaluation Director (2015–2017)
  • The Metropolitan Council, Community Outreach Coordinator (2013–2015)
  • Grassroots Solutions, Senior Project Manager (2011–2013)
  • Dakota County Office of Planning and Analysis, Management Analyst III (2006-2011)


Brings to the Community

  • HPDL Neighborhood Association, board member
  • Former member of several nonprofit boards and community advisory councils

Beyond the Bio

Daren cut his teeth as a community organizer, where he learned to find common interests between groups with uncommon backgrounds. He credits this experience as the origin of his interest in evaluation. An avid fly fisher, he contends that if more people took up fly-fishing, the world would be a better place.