Connect the Grey's multi-disciplinary team is rooted by our connections to rural communities, farming and agriculture, urban areas, community organizations, nonprofits, education, and government systems. We have the experience to work with complex institutions that cross the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Our core team

Janie Hanson
Founder & CEO

Janie Hanson is both an analytical and innovative thinker, with skills and passions that span art, science, and business. Her experience includes time working for John Deere in renewable energy development, and at GE in energy finance and enterprise risk management. She maintains a studio art practice in sculpture and photography, and previously co-owned the gallery Lu Magnus in New York, where she helped curate shows and manage artist relationships. Janie is the founder and CEO of Connect the Grey, which uses creative problem-solving and constructive dialogue to help businesses and organizations create impact. 

Janie's superpowers: Financing projects, finding patterns and connecting the dots among complex information


Pam Coughlan
Business Development Manager

Pam Coughlan assists people and businesses in making positive changes in their work and lives. She brings 30 years' experience in corporate and community fitness and 25 years as a lecturer and classroom instructor to Connect the Grey, where she builds and nurtures relationships and coordinates corporate communications. She has provided occupational health training and resources for companies in healthcare, manufacturing, ethanol plants, construction, and education systems. 

Pam's superpowers: Building relationships with genuine care, preventative health knowledge and coaching 


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