Esther Hammerschlag has been with the Goldstream Group since 2014. Esther brings an extensive background in program and coalition development to the team, including collaboration between Alaska Native and non-Native systems, and is able to use this knowledge to help frame projects in a context to meet the needs of clients.
Skilled in facilitating projects that are tailored to individual programs, communities, and funders, Esther integrates the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data sets to fit project goals and objectives. During her tenure with the Goldstream Group, Esther has led the impact assessment of funding to support community-based conservation work in Southeast Alaska for Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, the evaluation for STEM TRACKS, a project of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks aimed at developing middle school science curriculum in partnership with Indigenous communities, and the evaluation for Anikatiga, a program of the Alaska Native Justice Center in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. She has also led several community needs assessments and planning projects for clients including Tanana Chiefs Conference, the Fairbanks Wellness Coalition, Center for Safe Alaskans Anchorage Youth Development Coalition, Safe and Fear-Free Environment, Inc., and Cordova Family Resource Center.
Prior to joining the Goldstream Group, Esther led and facilitated several federally funded community-based projects. She was the Project Director for the Homer Prevention Project in Homer, Alaska, leading a coalition-based project to reduce alcohol use in the community, and was the Network Director of the Prince of Wales Health Network in Craig, Alaska, where she facilitated the formation and development of a collaboration of the healthcare providers serving Prince of Wales Island.
Esther has a M.A. degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a B.S. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington.