The team at MacDonald Boyd & Associates shares an enthusiasm for civic life, entrepreneurship, connecting people, and exploring ideas. We seek challenging opportunities in which we can learn, grow, and create a better world while having a great time doing it. We love our clients and enjoy our work immensely.


Steve Boyd

In over 30 years of consulting, Steve has enjoyed working with hundreds of public and private sector organizations around the globe. He jumps on every opportunity to work with leaders who are managing and leading change, transition, and growth. He is especially gifted at engaging a group to face their current challenges so they can move forward in a common, balanced, and compelling direction.

A proud Seattle native, Steve was the founder and President of the Washington Leadership Institute and the Governors’ School for Citizen Leadership (1985-94). He was a Fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1982-84) studying public participation in American foreign policy, leadership development theory and social change. Steve holds a masters in educational psychology from the University of Washington and certification on Organization Systems Renewal. He enjoys playing and listening to music, traveling, hiking, cooking, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.


Sheryl Harmer
Sheryl brings over thirty years of experience in public service, coaching and mentoring organization leaders, educators, families, and children with a focus on the development of social and emotional competencies. She has consulted with numerous non-profit, governmental, and school-based systems in the development of strong team processes, organization effectiveness, and culture change.

Her 20+ year career as a professional educator has been recognized through numerous awards including the 1998 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Washington State. Sheryl received her BA degree from Idaho State University, Master’s in Education from the University of Southern California, principal certification from Pacific Lutheran University, and an Ed.D. and Superintendent certification in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. She enjoys music, writing, visual arts, theater, gardening, and interior decorating.


Toni Harmer
Toni’s passion is people – helping them develop capacities and sharpen their skills. Toni spent 11 years in the construction industry working for a local General Contractor with 5 offices in three states. During her time there, she developed and ran an Employee Training and Ongoing Education program for over 500 employees on the West Coast. Areas of emphasis included: Behavior Styles, Conflict Resolution, Time Management, Presentation Skills, and Training the Trainers. Toni also worked as a project administrator – developing efficient work systems, establishing effective work relationships, and coordinating integrated work efforts.

She enjoys both writing and delivering training programs to people of varying backgrounds and education. Toni has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Christian University. An important part of Toni’s life includes participating in volunteer activities for the Seattle community. She is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children involved in family court cases and a Girl Scout Troop leader. She enjoys paper crafting, reading, yoga, and baking.

Galen Brodie
Over the course of her 13 years of experience in program and project management, Galen has learned how to get the best results from her team through clear communication and strong leadership. She spent a decade working in the oil & gas industry, administering a multi-million dollar procurement program for environmental remediation projects across the western United States. For the past 3 years she has worked as a project manager in financial services. She enjoys improving processes and program-wide communication as well as cultivating positive client relationships.

Galen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from San Diego State University and an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO where she studied effective leadership, managing change, and financial decision making. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and friends, traveling, Pilates, yoga, skiing, hiking, reading, and exploring all of the great things the Seattle area has to offer.