LaTosch Consulting specializes in expanding nonprofit diversity, equity and inclusion. Principal consultant Kathleen LaTosch partners with organizational leadership to design achievable goals tailored for the organization’s vision, mission, and values, assists in creating a roadmap for successfully achieving those goals, and provides tools and information along the way to make the path clear and simple.
LaTosch founded the firm after serving as Chief Administrative Officer at Affirmations, upon completion of a four-year racial inclusiveness initiative she led and facilitated, Blueprint for Change, earning the organization a Corp! Magazine Diversity Award in 2011. She brings extensive nonprofit program, fundraising, and administrative planning experience, with over 20 years in leadership roles.
In 2015, Ms. LaTosch was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging for her work on LGBT cultural competency with aging service providers. She currently serves on several boards, including Citizens for a Fair Ferndale where she co-founded the Ferndale Inclusion Network a grassroots effort designed to help the average community member “put good intentions to action.” She also serves on the Board of SAGE Metro Detroit and volunteers time with the Ferndale School District’s Diversity Committee. LaTosch holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.
With a strong passion for diversity and appreciation for difference of all kinds, LaTosch has a unique skill for bringing synergy to groups of differing opinions while managing conflict. Her approach to meeting people where they are is key to her success in building strong relationships, leaving members feeling respected and heard, and working towards a common vision.
What people are saying about Kathleen
“Working with Kat LaTosch on the AAA-LGBTQ Collaboration has been nothing but positive. In addition to her thorough content knowledge, she brought to the collaborative extensive leadership and communication skills as well as an ability to problem-solve quickly on bumps that arose in the project. Her grant research and writing skills were key in securing project funding. She follows up meetings with additional information to help supplement the collaborative’s work. She is always professional, but also warm and personable, making for the ideal collaborative project leader. I would recommend Kat to anyone considering diversity and LGBT trainings and initiatives.” – Andrea Mulheisen, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
“Kathleen is forward-thinking and energetic. When you work with Kathleen you can always expect excellence. She has a genuine passion for her work and shows great initiative in all she undertakes. I highly recommend her.” -Terry Stone, Executive Director of CenterLink
“Kathleen LaTosch is one of the most professional, efficient, and intelligent persons that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. We have worked side by side in many settings over the course of nearly two decades in projects, events, fundraising, and media events. I consider her a peer, and regardless of the circumstances of our interactions, she is always smart, pleasant, and helpful. “-Craig Covey, Oakland County Commissioner
“Kat is always prepared and contributing for the benefit of the group to accomplish our goals. She has a talent for listening and focusing on the big picture. She is a pleasure to work with and would benefit any organization with her passion and commitment.” -Carolyn Burdi, Owner, Carolyn Burdi Financial Consulting Services
Michigan affiliations, partnerships and clients
- ACLU of Michigan
- Area Agency on Aging 1-B
- Area Agency on Aging – Region 7
- Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan
- Beaumont Health System, Diversity & Inclusion
- Citizens for a Fair Ferndale
- Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
- Detroit Area Agency on Aging
- Ecology Center
- Equality Michigan
- Ferndale Education Foundation
- The Grand Rapids Pride Center
- LGBT Detroit
- Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency
- Michigan Health Endowment Fund
- Michigan Nonprofit Association
- Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion
- New Detroit
- Nonprofit Enterprises at Work
- Oakland County [government workforce initiative]
- Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
- SAGE Metro Detroit
- Schoolcraft College
- The Senior Alliance
- Transgender Michigan
- University of Michigan, School of Social Work
- UP Rainbow Pride
Consultant education & certifications
The Art of Transformational Consulting. With Robert Gass and The Social Transformation Project, 2017
“Deep Diversity” with Shakil Choudhury. Anima Leadership Institute, 2016.
Facilitating Difficult Conversations “Sitting in the Fire”. Anima Leadership Institute, 2015.
Qualified Administrator [licensed renewed 2015], 2014. Intercultural Development Inventory.
Social Justice Training Institute, 2013. Massachussetts
Multicultural Leadership Series, Class of 2007. New Detroit, Detroit, MI.
Leadership Detroit, Class XXV, 2004. Detroit, MI
Ed McNamara Award, 2017. The Senior Alliance, Wayne, MI.
Jan Stevenson Award, 2014. Affirmations Annual Gala, Detroit, MI.
Outstanding Woman Nominee, 2014. GIFT, Oak Park, MI.
Corp! Magazine Diversity Award, 2011. In partnership with Affirmations.
Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2010. 25th Annual Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony, Warren, MI.
Diversity Champion, 2008. Race Relations & Diversity Task Force of The Community House in Birmingham, MI.