Just Works Consulting


Ora Grodsky

“Ora combines her wide-ranging skills and experience with a determination to engage her clients in processes that will meet their particular needs, in the context of their own organizational culture. She is absolutely artful. We achieved everything we set out to do."

-Judy Beals, Campaigns and Outreach Director, Oxfam America

Just Works principal consultant Ora Grodsky has consulted to organizations that work for social change for over 20 years. She’s a skillful facilitator, trainer and guide with a creative, empathetic approach, engaging groups to increase their alignment, optimism, and sense of direction. 

Ora brings to each project her extensive experience in organizational development, social change, leadership, education, and conflict transformation. She grounds her work in her deep commitment to racial, social, environmental and economic justice, and inner attention and healing. Clients choose to work with Ora because they discover in her a trusted guide with a shared sense of commitment to a more sustainable and just world. 

Creating Organizational Health

In her earlier career as an acupuncturist and academic dean of the New England School of Acupuncture, Ora noted parallels between the human body and the workings of organizations. She saw that organizations—like the body—are more than the sum of their parts. They are systems that are most effective when people, plans, structures and resources are aligned and working as part of a greater whole. Ora uses her holistic perspective to identify points of disharmony in organizations and facilitate processes that create clarity, balance, and health.

Ora’s commitment to creating organizational health as an essential part of social justice work crystalized when she cofounded the AIDS Care Project during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, prompting her to return to graduate school. After receiving a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she began consulting for the Massachusetts Prevention Center System, helping schools and community-based organizations build the capacity of youth to create healthier communities. She co-founded Just Works Consulting in 2000.

A Comprehensive Tool Box

Ora draws on a wide variety of tools and approaches in her work. She has trained extensively in small and large group facilitation, leadership development, planning, conflict resolution, mediation, anti-racism and liberation, and nonprofit governance. She utilizes many innovative and proven approaches in her work with her clients, including Nonviolent Communication, Power and Systems (the work of Barry Oshry), Graphic Facilitation, Immunity to Change, DISC, and Appreciative Inquiry.

Ora is married to Jonathan Rosenthal. They live near Boston, Massachusetts (USA) with their dog, their cat and, when they are truly lucky, their two amazing young adult daughters.

Contact Ora at info@just-works.com